A great fresh-water summer cruising destination, the Thousand Islands dot the St. Lawrence River between New York State and the province of Ontario, straddling the invisible border between the U.S. and Canada. It’s an area where you could easily spend a few days, or an entire summer, navigating – slowly – among the granite islands that have been there since the Ice Age. Some are large, generally meaning a few acres, and some are small; one is the size of a billiard table. Large or small, the rocks surrounding them are real; you definitely want to stay in the well-marked channels.
I was there a few years ago with Billy Black, the photographer, and Gretchen Thor, his assistant then, on a new Hunt 29, cruising on both sides of the river, spending time in the marina at Alexandria Bay, the major town on the New York side, and also at the marina in Gananoque, on the Canadian. The water is clear, cold and beautiful, and the living is easy. A don’t miss highlight: The Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, N.Y., where you can take a ride on a vintage boat (see my pictures below).
Here’s a fun story in Coastal Living about things to do, where to eat and the major attractions in this inviting part of the world. http://www.coastalliving.com/travel/other-coasts/thousand-islands-new-york-canada-travel-guide?xid=cl_socialflow_facebook&utm_campaign=coastalliving&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social