Ontario: 1000 Islands Cruise
It was summer last year when we went for a 2 days tour in Toronto and Niagara. En route to Toronto, we dropped by Kingston, Ontario to experience the 1000 Islands Cruise.
I was a beautiful sunny day at that time. Everything around us is green and blue and the port is packed with tourist wanting to get aboard for an unforgettable historical cruise.
I may not be an outstanding historian or a storyteller of any sort but let me tell you what I know about it. Thousand Islands (Ontario part) is 80 km long section of the St Lawrence River that extends to the Adirondack Mountains in New York state, so basically, as we cruise along the St Lawrence River, part of what we are cruising is no longer in Canada but in the US. No wonder I keep on seeing US flag on some islands, as a sign that I am no longer in Canada. Cruising this archipelago reminds me so much of my home country Philippines, we have 7,641 islands as of 2018 update. But here in 1000 Islands of Canada, we have 1,864 islands, my friends.
The island’s history was way before the 18th century when it became the war site of the British Empire and the United States. After the war, on the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it became a summer resort for the prominent families. They also built castles and grand hotels with luxurious accommodations. The other wealthy and middle-class residents built summer homes.
All islands have its name but the most notable is the Heart Island (New York side) which stands the magnificent Boldt Castle. It was built by famous hotelier George Charles Boldt Sr. for his wife Louise Kehrer Boldt, but because of her untimely death, George Boldt Sr stopped the construction of the castle and it stayed inhabited for the next 75 years from the time it was built. The project continued using Boldt’s original plan and since then Boldt Castle has become the main attraction in 1000 Islands. Two cruise companies offer Boldt Castle tour, but for visitors from Canada, we will have to secure US visa. Unfortunately, our tour does not include Boldt Castle tour, but I would very much love to go back to explore this beautiful castle. (Photos below are Boldt Castle photos)
That’s it for my 1000 Islands Cruise blog. I will be blogging about our short tour in Toronto next time!
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Photo Credits to Olive Bato