The 1000 Islands is a playground for those who love boating, fishing and a water oriented lifestyle. The area straddles the Canada-US border in the St Lawrence River. It stretches about 50 miles downstream from Kingston, with arguably the best known and iconic portions located primarily between Gananoque and Brockville. It is roughly half way between Montreal and Toronto. The 1000 Islands is part of the Parks Canada’s National Parks system, the Ontario Provincial Parks network and is a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Development has been carefully controlled, and as a result, its natural beauty and wilderness feeling have been maintained rather than spoiled or overdeveloped.
Although the international border runs down “the middle” of the River, residents cross it regularly to visit, play and dine. The area on both sides of the River is rich in history, culture, amenities and activities, to say nothing of the splendid landscape that generally distinguishes it as one of the continent’s unique playgrounds and destination locations. Residents and visitors can take advantage of many fine restaurants, shops, markets and activities including boating, swimming, waterskiing/wake boarding and wreck diving or visit local museums including the internationally renowned Antique Boat Museum.
Owning a property in the 1000 islands is a privilege. It provides owners, their friends and families with an opportunity to take advantage of a truly unique and wonderful lifestyle which is difficult to find or replicate anywhere else. Whether it is living on an island with the fun and enjoyment of boat access only or living seasonally or year around on mainland properties overlooking the spectacular river vistas which the St Lawrence affords, the 1000 Islands is a place that, once you come to visit, you will never want to leave.