The Fascinating One Thousand Islands in Canada and USA

Travel Man's 2008-2009 shots at Thousand Islands featuring Boldt & Singer Castles

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The BOLDT CASTLE at the Heart Island near New York border (Photos taken by Travel_Man1971 aka Ireno Alcala)10-13December2008Boldt castle (IAA)Montreal, Canada (IAA)The Singer Castle (IAA)The DARK ISLAND (IAA)The HEART ISLAND (IAA)The Boldt Castle -in its grandeur (IAA)The Guest aka Bird on a Nest (IAA)WHAT If I Live Here? (IAA)The LightHouse in Thousand IslandsSinger Castle, Summer of 2009 (May)[IAA]
The BOLDT CASTLE at the Heart Island near New York border (Photos taken by Travel_Man1971 aka Ireno Alcala)10-13December2008
The BOLDT CASTLE at the Heart Island near New York border (Photos taken by Travel_Man1971 aka Ireno Alcala)10-13December2008
Boldt castle (IAA)
Boldt castle (IAA)
Montreal, Canada (IAA)
Montreal, Canada (IAA)
The Singer Castle (IAA)
The Singer Castle (IAA)
The DARK ISLAND (IAA)
The DARK ISLAND (IAA)
The HEART ISLAND (IAA)
The HEART ISLAND (IAA)
The Boldt Castle -in its grandeur (IAA)
The Boldt Castle -in its grandeur (IAA)
The Guest aka Bird on a Nest (IAA)
The Guest aka Bird on a Nest (IAA)
WHAT If I Live Here? (IAA)
WHAT If I Live Here? (IAA)
The LightHouse in Thousand Islands
The LightHouse in Thousand Islands
Singer Castle, Summer of 2009 (May)[IAA]
Singer Castle, Summer of 2009 (May)[IAA]

 I fell in love with Canada, when the cargo ship that I worked for in 2008-2009 included almost all the provinces and key cities of the country surrounding the Seven Great Lakes. I've been at the ports of Quebec and Toronto last Christmas of 2008. The rigors of passing the locks of the lakes at the top of the mountains, just overlooking two countries (of course the United States of America) was awesome to remember. But the most vivid photos I've been longing to share with you were the beauty of the famed 'One Thousand Islands' and the two historic castles that were vocally and visually promoted by the port captains and visitors that went onboard our vessel. I left my heart on those islands and those friendly homeowners who can't stop waving on us when we shouted Christmas greetings on them. The cold and frigid air didn't stopped me from taking those memorable photographs including some videos.

This coming Christmas 2010, I'll recommend that you explore the islands and the two castles, Boldt and Singer Castles that I'm sure will be included in your itinerary.In Thousand Islands, Canada and USA meet at St. Lawrence Seaway and Ontario.

Please stay with me and be mesmerized by the photos and videos I've collated just for you.

I'll entice you to visit one of the islands. You'll never regret you did. If you have the budget...choose one of the cozy hotels, befriend Canadian or American guides to help you get acquainted with the 'magic' of the Thousand Islands.

Choose One of Thousand Islands between Canada & USA

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A markerThousand Islands, Alexandria Bay, New York, USA -
Alexandria Bay, NY, USA
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B markerThousand Islands, Canada -
Thousand Islands, Frontenac Islands, ON, Canada
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C markerThousand Islands, Orleans, NY 13640 USA -
Thousand Islands, Orleans, NY 13640, USA
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D markerThousand Islands, Front of Yonge, ON, Canada -
Thousand Islands, Front of Yonge, ON, Canada
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E markerBoldt Castle, Heart Island, NY 13640, USA -
Boldt Castle, Heart Island, NY 13640, USA
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F markerThousand Islands, Dark Island (Singer Castle), Hammond, NY 13646, USA -
Hammond, NY 13646, USA
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G markerThousand Islands, Alexandria Bay. NY, USA -
Alexandria Bay, NY, USA
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H markerLake Ontario, Cobourg, ON, Canada -
Lake Ontario, Cobourg, ON, Canada
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'One Thousand Islands' is not per see an exact number of these group of big and small floating land portions in the Saint Lawrence River beside the Canadian Border while at the Alexandria Bay in New York, USA.

The area is very popular among vacationers, campers, and boaters, and is often referred to as the "fresh water boating capital of the world".

My fellow seafarers 'believed' that the delicious vegetable salad dressing named after the islands came from Canada (mostly made from Holland). Nah, it actually originated in New York. Okay, on a lighter note, the dressing really makes magic to vegetable salad I prepared onboard ship.

The two famous and historic islands among those famed 'thousand islands' (totaling 1, 793), are the Boldt Castle and the Singer Castle.

The Boldt Castle is located at the Heart Island (due to its shape) near the New York border. The George Boldt's castle is very historic due to the love story that embedded the purpose of its construction. It is a testament of one man's love of his wife, has been under renovation by its owner, the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority since 1977, and can be visited by boat or tour cruise. This 120-room mansion and surrounding grounds are available for touring, and is also available for wedding ceremonies.

Meanwhile, the Singer Castle is located at the Dark Island and is equally famous because its master owned the sewing machine empire (my mother used to own a unit of the machine) in the world.It is privately renovated and is open to tourists. Frederick Bourne had his castle constructed with secret passageways so that he could spy on his guests.

Note: I've included my personal edited videos of the views of Thousand Islands and my adventures in Canada while working onboard ship. MrMusicman1971 is my account on YouTube. Enjoy viewing!!!


Boldt & Singer Castles (Music Richard Clyderman Instrumentals) c/o MrMusicman1971

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A map showing the Great Lakes and their watershed, with State, Provincial and International boundaries.(Courtesy of http://upload.wikimedia.org/)The GREAT LAKES of Canada/USA-A rare satellite view of a cloudless summer day over the entire Great Lakes region, August 2010.(Provided by the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE.)
A map showing the Great Lakes and their watershed, with State, Provincial and International boundaries.(Courtesy of http://upload.wikimedia.org/)
A map showing the Great Lakes and their watershed, with State, Provincial and International boundaries.(Courtesy of http://upload.wikimedia.org/)
The GREAT LAKES of Canada/USA-A rare satellite view of a cloudless summer day over the entire Great Lakes region, August 2010.(Provided by the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE.)
The GREAT LAKES of Canada/USA-A rare satellite view of a cloudless summer day over the entire Great Lakes region, August 2010.(Provided by the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE.)

Thousand Islanders...Ahoy There?!!!

My fascination began when our cargo vessel, M/V Utviken (owned by Norwegian Company - Viken - a conglomerate of Wallem shipping), sailed the St. Lawrence waterways on December 13th, 2008.

The consolation of weary, sleepy and tired watchmen of the vessel was the spectacular views of unique houses, including the ice-frosted Boldt castle and Singer Castle during that wintertime.

While cooking our lunch on 13th of December 2008, I excitedly took some shots and videos of some beautiful spots of several islets of Thousand Island group, much to the disgust of my fellow cook (he's my senior chief cook). Anyway, all seafarers were giddy (excited in a nice way) about the snow (it's cold..brrr!!!), posing outside the superweather deck of the ship just wearing skimpy clothing (not afraid of acquiring hypothermia-to be frozen in a cold temperature).

If you're one of us, you'll be amazed of our enthusiasm clicking our digital cameras, out of focus or not, on everything that fancied our eyes while passing the borders. Birds, houses, boats, especially the two historic castles, Boldt & Singer, with the encouragement of our ship pilots and stevedores.

Going Ashore (Music:Just Dance-LadyGAGA) c/o MrMusicman1971

Crossing the Canada-US borders

The lure to pass the border without notice among residents on the two sides of the rivers are common.

But a BIG, BIG CAUTION TO ALL UNACCOUNTED TOURISTS or YOU MAY CALL THEM INTRUDERS or ILLEGAL CROSSER.

The advisory to all Canadians or Americans who will pass  borders by tunnels, bridges or rivers without the proper permission will be accounted to the laws being implemented between the two countries regarding 'BORDER CONTROL'.

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) enforces rules regarding identification requirements for U.S. citizens and international travellers entering the country.

Starting June 2009, persons arriving through land and sea ports-of-entry (including ferries) will be required to present a valid passport; however, an enhanced driver's license, passport card, ora DHS-approved trusted traveler program will suffice for U.S. and Canadian citizens.

Border Control Laws and Regulations apply to all countries around the world in order to protect their sovereignty, especially to notorious people who smuggle goods or even involved themselves in human trafficking.

Here is the List of Canada-US border crossings that will help you get acquainted with the bridges or tunnels you'll pass if you go to the Thousand Islands.

  1. Fort Frances-International Falls International Bridge – Fort Frances, Ontario and International Falls, Minnesota
  2. Baudette-Rainy River International Bridge – Baudette, Minnesota and Rainy River, Ontario
  3. Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge – Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
  4. Blue Water Bridge – Port Huron, Michigan and Sarnia, Ontario
  5. St. Clair Tunnel
  6. Detroit–Windsor Tunnel – Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan
  7. Michigan Central Railway Tunnel – Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan
  8. Ambassador Bridge – Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan
  9. Peace Bridge – Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, New York
  10. Whirlpool Rapids Bridge – Niagara Falls, Ontario and Niagara Falls, New York
  11. Rainbow Bridge – Niagara Falls, Ontario and Niagara Falls, New York
  12. Queenston-Lewiston Bridge – Queenston, Ontario and Lewiston, New York
  13. Thousand Islands Bridge – Wellesley Island, New York and Hill Island, Ontario
  14. Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge – Ogdensburg, New York and Johnstown, Ontario
  15. Three Nations Crossing – Cornwall, Ontario and Massena, New York
  16. Blackpool Border Crossing - Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Quebec and Champlain, New York

Visit at Seaman's Center(Music:IGotAFeelin'-BEP)

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Photo credits (travel_man1971 got these photos from hotel sites that were mentioned on his hub.)
Photo credits (travel_man1971 got these photos from hotel sites that were mentioned on his hub.)
Photo credits (travel_man1971 got these photos from hotel sites that were mentioned on his hub.)

Best Hotels & Motels at One Thousand Islands -Where you want to stay on vacation


The most cheap or affordable hotel or motel is the traveler's goal when spending a memorable vacation, especially at One Thousand Islands.

Travel advisory include these hotels and motels where you can spend a week or even months while visiting historical locations in the islands, whether your in Canada or in USA.

So let's browse and decide what hotel or motel is your best choice.

  1. 1000 Islands Quality Inn & Suites - 5 minutes to Gananoque Boat Line 1000 Islands Cruises. Walking distance to Thousand Islands Charity Casino. Address: 650 King St. E Gananoque,On,K7G 1H3Phone: (613) 382-1453Fax: (613) 382-4387E-mail qualityinn1000islands@gananoque.comToll free: 1-866-466-7912Website www.qualityinn1000islands.com
  2. 1000 Islands Comfort Inn - PET FRIENDLY, Senior and CAA/AAA rates. Address: 785 King St. E Gananoque,On, K7G 1H4Phone: (613) 382-4728Fax: (613) 382-4387Toll Free 1-866-466-6773Email comfortinn1000islands@gananoque.com Website www.comfortinn1000islands.com
  3. Howard Johnson Inn Gananoque - offers warm hospitality and exceptional services suited to please business and leisure travelers. Address: 550 King St. E Gananoque, OnPhone: 613-382-3911Fax: 613-382-8638Toll Free 1-888-689-7973Email hojo1000island@hotmail.com Website:http://www.hojo1000island.com/
  4. Colonial Resort & Spa - is a full service hotel with restaurant, pub and spa. Address:780 King Street West, Gananoque, ON K7G 2H5Toll Free: 1-800-267-9497Tel: 613-382-3226Fax: 613-382-8390Email: info@1000islandtours.com Website: www.colonialresort.com
  5. Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites - Indoor Pool, Fitness Centre and Business Centre. On site guest laundry. Conference Facilities. Located close to Gananoque Boat Line 1000 Islands Cruise and walking distance to 1000 Islands Casino. Address: 777 King Street East, Gananoque, ON K7G 1H4Toll Free: 1-866-301-2650 Tel: 613-382-8338Fax: 613-382-0435Email: holidayinnexpress@gananoque.com Website: www.holidayinnexpress1000islands.com

  6. Glen House Resort - is located in the heart of the 1000 Islands, midway between Toronto and Montreal and 1 hour from Ottawa and Syracuse. Address: 1000 Islands Parkway, Gananoque, On K7G 2T6 Phone: (613) 659-2204 Fax: (613) 659-2232Toll Free: 800-268-GLEN (4536)Email: glenhse@1000island.net Website:http://www.glenhouseresort.com

  7. Clarion Inn & Conference Centre - Breakfast Bar included in room rate. Standard rooms and Deluxe Whirlpool/Fireplace suites. Indoor pool, fitness centre, business centre. Address: 50 Main StreetGananoque, Ontario, K7G 2L7Phone: (613) 382-7272Fax: (613)-382-4096Toll Free: 1-800-265-7474Email: clarioninn1000islands@gananoque.com Website www.clarioninn1000islands.com

  8. Pecks Marina Motel - In the heart of the 1000 islands, sit on your own deck overlooking the picturesque marina and the mighty St. Lawrence river. Address: Pecks Marina Motel505 1000 Island ParkwayLansdowne, OnK0E-1L0Phone: 613-659-3185Phone: 1-800-951-7325 E-mail: pecks@1000island.net 2km West of the US Bridge9 km east of Gananoquewebsite http://www.pecksmarina.on.ca

  9. Gateway Motel - Experience the quiet country atmosphere with "in town" convenience to all local attractions. Address: 819 King St. West Gananoque, OnFax: 1-613-382-4868Toll Free 1-800-427-0296 Website:http://www.gananoque.com/gateway

  10. Hill Island Lodge - Canada's only hotels on one of the 1000 Islands.Address: 37 Skydeck Road, RR#1 Lansdowne, OntarioPhone: (613) 659-2286Toll Free: 1-866-659-4459
    Email: hillisland@hillislandlodge.comWebsite:http://www.hillislandlodge.com/
  11. The Ramada Provincial Inn - Minutes from Gananoque Boat Line, a scenic bike path, golf courses and live theatre.Address:846 King St. East, Gananoque,On Phone: (613) 382-2038Fax: (613) 382-8663Toll Free: 1-877-837-7768
  12. Imperial Inn - Nestled in the heart of the 1000 Islands. Address: 555 King Street EastGananoque, Ontario K7G 1H1Email: imperialinn1000islands@yahoo.comPhone: 613-382-4282 Fax: 613-382-2737 Website: http://www.imperialinn1000islands.com/
  13. 1000 Island Condo Getaway - The condo looks directly at the Gananoque Marina. Address: Gananoque, On.Phone: Please call for reservations! 1-613-329-6600Fax: 1-613-382-4903Toll free: 1-888-559-9937Email: condogetaway@gmail.com
  14. Best Western Country Squire Resort - FREE BUFFET BREAKFAST WHEN YOU STAY WITH US! Tranquility Spa included. Address: 715 King Street East, Gananoque,Ontario Canada K7G 1H41-800-267-9415Tel: (613) 382-3511 Fax: (613) 382-4890 Website: http://www.1000islandsbestwestern.com/

Note: Most of hotel owners and management nowadays advocate smoke-free, pet-friendly and tranquil-abound environment. Their services also include spa, massage or even beauty shops for priming and relaxing your whole body. What I like is free internet or the wi-fi service if you carry your laptop or netbook computer or smaller ones like cellular phones that include web browsing or internet service. Giving tips is also important for the good service they (hotel, motel attendants) rendered on you.




More Amazing Shots at Canada-US Borders via St. Lawrence River and Ontario

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Travel_Man1971 enjoying a shopping spree at one of the supermarts in Thorold, Ontario, Canada (Photo courtesy of Electrician Arezza)-May 2, 2009Passing the Lock-Massena, New York, USA (Photo courtesy of Electrician Arezza)Massena, New York, USA (Photo courtesy of Electrician Arezza)St. Lawrence Seaway (Photo courtesy of electrician Arezza)Canada-USA border (Photo courtesy of Electrician Arezza)McCOY Island-one of Thousand Islands (Photo courtesy of Electrician Arezza)Singer Castle @ Dark Island (Courtesy of Electrician Arezza)Welland Canal, Thorold, Ontario, Canada-just beside Niagara Falls (Photo courtesy of Electrician Arezza)C/V Utviken (my vessel) bridge and Niagara crossing at Thorold, Ontario (Photo courtesy of Electrician Arezza)Adirondack Mountain during Winter of 2008 (Photo by Travel_Man1971 aka Ireno Alcala)
Travel_Man1971 enjoying a shopping spree at one of the supermarts in Thorold, Ontario, Canada (Photo courtesy of Electrician Arezza)-May 2, 2009
Travel_Man1971 enjoying a shopping spree at one of the supermarts in Thorold, Ontario, Canada (Photo courtesy of Electrician Arezza)-May 2, 2009
Passing the Lock-Massena, New York, USA (Photo courtesy of Electrician Arezza)
Passing the Lock-Massena, New York, USA (Photo courtesy of Electrician Arezza)
Massena, New York, USA (Photo courtesy of Electrician Arezza)
Massena, New York, USA (Photo courtesy of Electrician Arezza)
St. Lawrence Seaway (Photo courtesy of electrician Arezza)
St. Lawrence Seaway (Photo courtesy of electrician Arezza)
Canada-USA border (Photo courtesy of Electrician Arezza)
Canada-USA border (Photo courtesy of Electrician Arezza)
McCOY Island-one of Thousand Islands (Photo courtesy of Electrician Arezza)
McCOY Island-one of Thousand Islands (Photo courtesy of Electrician Arezza)
Singer Castle @ Dark Island (Courtesy of Electrician Arezza)
Singer Castle @ Dark Island (Courtesy of Electrician Arezza)
Welland Canal, Thorold, Ontario, Canada-just beside Niagara Falls (Photo courtesy of Electrician Arezza)
Welland Canal, Thorold, Ontario, Canada-just beside Niagara Falls (Photo courtesy of Electrician Arezza)
C/V Utviken (my vessel) bridge and Niagara crossing at Thorold, Ontario (Photo courtesy of Electrician Arezza)
C/V Utviken (my vessel) bridge and Niagara crossing at Thorold, Ontario (Photo courtesy of Electrician Arezza)
Adirondack Mountain during Winter of 2008 (Photo by Travel_Man1971 aka Ireno Alcala)
Adirondack Mountain during Winter of 2008 (Photo by Travel_Man1971 aka Ireno Alcala)

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Simone Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

Great hub! I'd love to travel about the Thousand Islands someday- and hahaa, I'll admit, I was wondering about the dressing thing, so I'm glad you've cleared that up! Great video compliments, by the way :D


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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Thanks, Simone. It's great to be sharing this once in a lifetime adventure while working onboard ship. It's a good thing that Princessa suggested to concentrate on Vacation Destinations this week on HubMob Weekly topic. With contest or not, I was brewing this idea to publish my account on Thousand Islands, even without the famous salad dressing (hehe!):D


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earthbound1974 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

Wow, a superb hub! I'd like to work and stay in Canada someday. My friends used to say that people are nice and living there is more peaceful than any other parts of the world.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@earthbound1974: You can really appreciate these attractions at 1,000 islands if you'll persevere to go there. Good luck to you!


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada

Travel Man, I found your hub! It was actually a related hub to mine. I love this! I did not know about these islands until you mentioned them and they look so gorgeous! I love the way you have put so much of your own material into the hub. Very enjoyable! Take care.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@prairieprincess: I'm glad you noticed this hub, too! It's about a year now since I did this (2 months shy to be exact).

Canada still fascinates me. I hope my next ship will load and discharge cargo there in the future.

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