No visit to the 1000 Islands would be complete without a boat cruise through the islands! Brockville has its own boat cruise company in the heart of our waterfront, and there is also another tour company just outside of Brockville in the village of Rockport. Both tours offer amazing views of the 1000 Islands, and are worth checking out.
1000 Islands and Seaway Cruises
Brockville’s very own boat tour can be found on Blockhouse Island - 1000 Islands and Seaway Cruises! Captain Andy has been manning the helm for over 25 years, and he has hosted countless happy tourists over the years.
Looking to experience the eastern end of the 1000 Islands? Enjoy the 90 minute “Jewels of the St.Lawrence” tour! Learn interesting facts about Brockville and its history as you cruise through the islands and past the waterfront mansions on Millionaire’s Row.
Perhaps you’re looking for something that will get your heart racing? Experience the Wildcat, a high speed cruise on a catamaran through the 1000 Islands. There are two options for your high speed adventure - 1 or 2 hours. For the one hour tour, zoom past the islands and take in the sights of Singer Castle, built on the fortune of the Singer Sewing Machine Company. For those wanting to see more, the two hour “Castle Prowler Adrenisland” will let you see both Singer Castle and Boldt Castle, three historic lighthouses, and even see the world’s shortest international bridge!
There are always opportunities for special cruises as well, such as dinner cruises, the Rockin River Revue party cruises, and even chartered cruises. Check out the website and contact Captain Andy for more information about your cruise options!
Just west of Brockville, tucked in between Highway 2 and the river, is the village of Rockport and the home of Rockport Cruises. These cruises go through the heart of the 1000 Islands, and zig zag across the Canada / USA border so you can experience the beauty of both sides of the St.Lawrence River. There are many cruises for you to choose from, all depending on the amount of time you have available to you.
Starting at 60 minutes, the “Heart of the Islands” cruise will let you experience a taste of the 1000 Islands. For those hungry for a bit more, the “Palaces and Palisades” cruise takes you in and around the 1000 Islands for 2 hours and lets you see and learn more about the area. Start by seeing a statue of Saint Lawrence watching over the river named after him, and then cruise through the cottage country referred to as Millionaires Row. These cottages are not your average summer getaways! The cruise even circles Boldt Castle, but doesn’t stop there.
If you’re wanting to see Boldt Castle up close, be sure to check out the “Boldt Castle Tour”. This 4 hour boat tour will take you to Boldt Castle and let you explore the grounds - but don’t forget your passport! Boldt Castle is an American island. If you have a full day to explore the islands and castles of the area, you can check out the “Two Castle Tour.” This tour will let you experience both Boldt and Singer Castle during this six hour cruise.
If you’re looking for tragic romance in a gorgeous castle, you don’t need to search far and wide - those stories happened right here in the 1000 Islands, at Boldt Castle in Alexandria Bay, New York State.
George Boldt, the hotel millionaire, began building this castle in 1900 for his beloved wife, Louise. Boldt Castle was intended to be their perfect summer home on Heart Island. It took 300 workers to create this gorgeous home, and not a single detail or expense was spared. This six story, 120 room castle included tunnels, a power house, Italian gardens, a drawbridge, a children’s playhouse known as Alster Tower, and a dove cote.
This work all stopped in January 1904 however. Louise had died suddenly, and a telegraph to the island from Boldt commanded that the workers immediately stop all construction, as he could not imagine his dream castle without the love of his life. Boldt never returned to the island, and the castle was left incomplete, at the mercy of the elements and vandals. It sat like that for 73 years. In 1977, the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority acquired Boldt Castle, and since then, all net revenue has gone to restoring the castle to its intended beauty for future generations.
Originally known as “The Towers,” Singer Castle is a beautiful castle that rests just south of the Canada / USA border. Singer Castle can be found on Dark Island. Designed by the American architect Ernest Flagg, it was the last of several castles built along the 1000 Islands between 1888-1905. Frederick Bourne, the president of the Singer Sewing Machine Company at the time, had the castle built to originally be his hunting retreat for his family. The castle was built from granite that was quarried from Oak Island, with the stone ferried over by small boats between the two islands. Singer castle has 28 rooms, 4 towers, and many secret passageways throughout the building. Singer Castle remained in the Bourne family until the 1960s.