The 1000 Islands constitute an archipelago of 1864 islands that straddles the Canada-U.S. border in the St. Lawrence River as it emerges from the northeast corner of Lake Ontario. They stretch for about 80 km downstream from Kingston, Ontario. The 1864 islands range in size from over 100km2 to smaller islands occupies by a single residence, or uninhabited outcroppings of racks that are only home to migratory waterfowl.
The region was a part of the War of 1812 between the British Empire and the United States. Many sites from the war still can be found such as Fort Wellington in Prescott and the Garrison on Chimney Island in Mallorytown along the 1000 Islands Parkway. Some masonry “castles” remain as international landmarks. The most famous examples are ‘The Towers’ on Dark Islands, now called Singer Castle, and Boldt Castle on Heart Island.
Of course, no visit to Brockville would be complete without a cruise of the world famous 1000 Islands. Departing from Blockhouse Island in the City’s historic downtown, 1000 Islands & Seaway Cruises operates a fleet of boats offering a close-up view of the islands. Choose from a variety of traditional sightseeing, dining and entertainment cruises, or get your motor running aboard the Islands’ only high-speed passenger boat, the ‘Wildcat’ (shown above)- safe, family fun; an adventure for all ages.
The above is an excerpt from the 2016 Brockville & 1000 Islands Visitor Guide. Stop by our office to pick up a copy today.