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Alexandria Bay and 1000 Islands

Last week, we decided to escape the heat and drive up to Perth, Ontario, via Alexandria bay and the 1000 Islands–all new to Ethel. We thought that the best way to see the Islands was to take the tourist boat. It can be booked for a one- or two-hour tour of the Islands and it also drops passengers off at Boldt Castle which is built on one of them. It’s not really a castle, but a romantic mansion built by a wealthy Prussian immigrant for his prospective wife. A great many of the islands, large and small, have houses built upon them closely surrounded by the river– Pretty in the summer, but we wondered what the heavy winter months would bring?

While we were in the area, we visited the Frederick Remington museum at Ogdensburg, 35 miles east of Alexandria Bay

Here are some pictures of the Islands. I will post the Frederick Remington and Perth ones separately:

St. Lawrence sky

Boating and fishing are the norm

Spooky tower

No house?

Wide open

This one needs work on the roof!



Ethel in the inside cabin






Boldt Castle entrance




Boldt Castle


Diving platform


Sinking feeling?


Floating away?


Alex Bay from the river








2 Responses

  1. The thousand islands were one of our prime camping stops when the children were very young and I had a 14′ motorboat to cruise around in and also hold all the camping gear neede for a family of 5. Boldt Castle was on of our mandatory spots to tie up and explore. At that time, the late 50’s it was a magnificent wreck with a wonderful story. We also had a small island that was half Canadian and half USA according to the chart. We would tie up the boat and eat our sandwiches in Canada and our fruit in USA. Wonderful memories and treasured.

    • Happy days, John! I too have pleasant memeories of 1000 Islands. For 25 years my fishing friend, David, and I passed through Alexandria Bay on our way to the far north. It was a convenient stop-over going and coming. In the early days when we were travelling in David’s camper, we would sometimes stay in Keywadin state park. And for many years, I took my grandson, Kiowa, with me. I wish we had known you then–You would have had three more visitors to your international island!

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