1000 Islands and St. Lawrence Seaway International Travel Guide — 2011-2012 Edition
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Brockville, ON

City of the 1000 Islands

“The beauty of the noble stream at almost any point, but especially in the commencement of this journey, when it winds its way among the Thousand Islands, can hardly be imagined.”

- Charles Dickens in American Notes, from an excursion through the 1000 Islands in the early 1840s.

Dickens’ observation about this world famous destination stands true nearly two centuries later. However, no need to imagine. Visit the 1000 Islands and take in all the attractions the region has to offer today.

We invite all visitors to explore the region’s natural beauty by tour boat, kayak, hiking and cycling trails or camping and picnic sites on St. Lawrence Islands National Parks and municipally owned islands in the Brock Isles. World class scuba diving, pristine golf-courses, fine dining, museums and the arts: It is all here.

Experience coastal living along the St. Lawrence River and enjoy the amenities the City of the 1000 Islands has to offer you and your family. Brockville on the River, the eastern gateway to the 1000 Islands, offers panoramic waterfront views and access to a spectacular string of 16 municipally-owned islands at its doorstep.

Brockville is one of the oldest communities in Ontario and is so close to the St. Lawrence River’s international channel you can reach out from the shore and nearly touch the massive steel freighters that cruise by.

During the summer Brockville is home to many festivals including the 1000 Islands Wine and Food Festival, Riverfest, 1000 Islands Poker Run, Ribfest, Automotion, 1000 Islands Jazz Festival, Doors Open, Tiko Dog Show and more. Be sure to check out our calendar of events at www.brockvilletourism.com.

Brockville is also home to the popular Brockville Arts Centre, built in 1858 and recently newly renovated, theatre with state of the art acoustics, luxurious décor and comfortable seating.

Pedal your way through the heart of the 1000 Islands on a ride to remember. A 37-km stretch of trail parallel to the 1000 Islands Parkway linking Brockville, Rockport, Ivy Lea and Gananoque takes you on a spectacular waterfront trail with views of the river, islands and parks along the way.

Looking for something a little more fast paced? Check out the Brockville Speedway with quarter-mile clay, oval track running Sportsman, Pro Stock and Modifiers. Race fans have been flocking to the Brockville Speedway since 1969.

The Islands

Yes, there really are 1,000 islands. Quite a few more than that actually– 1,864 to be exact! To become an official part of the count, an island must meet two criteria: it must be above water 365 days a year and support two living trees.

Each island is unique and has its own stories. Some served as hideouts for pirates, several were used by bootleggers smuggling whisky across the border and others were maintained as summer vacation homes by prestigious families. Each island has its own individuality with features such as stately granite cliffs, soft sand bays, tall dark pines and vibrant maple trees – it’s a sightseer’s paradise.

Many islands are privately owned but ample public access can be found at island parks and villages throughout the region. Ferries or bridges provide access to Wellesley Island, Hill Island, Wolfe Island, Simcoe Island and Howe Island.