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Thousand Islands encompass the area on both sides of the United States and Canadian borders along the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario. The Thousand Islands Seaway Region is an international tourist destination for visiting the more than thousand islands that dots the lake and river.
Called the ‘Garden of Great Spirit’ by local tribes, visitors can relish the beauty of Thousand Island’s stunning garden of woods and waters which is truly one of the most picturesque settings in northeastern United States. The islands are unique with features such as massive granite cliffs, powder soft sandy beaches, tall pines, and colorful majestic maple trees. Stroll through the villages and discover each island’s individuality, character and ambiance. Most of the islands are privately owned but ample public access can be found at beautiful parks and villages throughout the region. The atmosphere in Thousand Islands is friendly and laid-back, a wonderful place to renew and refresh the soul and spirit.
Charming and scenic communities are dotted along the shores offering quaint bed and breakfast establishments, vacation homes and excellent camping grounds. Explore the treasures of each community at the many amazing museums and historical sites. Discover Thousand Island’s nautical history by visiting the Maritime Museum of the Great Lakes, or tour the awesome collection of antique boats at the Antique Boat Museum and antique boat show in Clayton. The stretch along Clayton and Alexandria Bay is known as Millionaire's Row, featuring up scale communities, retail shops, and fantastic marinas and ports.
Take a cruise to Heart Island where one of Thousand Islands main attractions, the magnificent Boldt Castle, is located. The castle was built by George Boldt as an act of love to his beloved wife. Thousand Islands are the ultimate boat friendly destination and most of the popular attractions in the region are accessible by boat. Visitors can enjoy the water wonderland to the fullest exploring the lively activities, many ports, breathtaking scenery, and captivating history. Have fun on the water and take delight in the region’s beauty and wildlife by canoeing the lovely serene bays and lakes. There are more than 30 splendid golf courses for the avid golfer to explore. Thousand Islands unique setting, spectacular scenic beauty, interesting history, and distinctive communities, is definitely well worth a visit.