1000 Islands and St. Lawrence Seaway International Travel Guide — 2011-2012 Edition
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Cape Vincent, NY

Cape Vincent – “Where Lake and River Meet” – and the “Golden Crescent” of Chaumont Bay offer some of the most awe-inspiring scenery in the region. These classic maritime villages serve as points of departure for freshwater recreation of all kinds.

Cape Vincent

This river community prides itself in keeping strong ties with its French heritage. The colorful French Festival is held every year near Bastille Day, the second weekend in July. French pastries and bread are a must while watching Napoleon lead the parade. It was his brother Joseph who established residence in the community in the early 1800s.

To learn more about the village’s glorious past, visit the Cape Vincent Historical Museum, set in an elegant stone building that served as a barracks for soldiers during the War of 1812. Nearby, in a restored gristmill, you can explore the underwater life of the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario at the NYS DEC Research Station and Aquarium. Visitors with a variety of interests enjoy Cape Vincent all year round. Anglers compete in several area warm water and ice fishing derbies and visitors enjoy strolling through the Village Green for craft fairs, vintage auto shows and farmers markets throughout the spring, summer and fall. Scuba divers take advantage of the river access from Waterfront Park. Many enjoy the leisurely drive (or bike ride) down scenic Tibbetts Point Road with a stop at Tibbetts Point Lighthouse and Visitors Center.

Horne’s Ferry, the only international auto ferry crossing the St. Lawrence River to Canada, departs from the port of Cape Vincent.

Three Mile Bay and Chaumont

A short drive southeast from Cape Vincent brings you to the delightful villages of Three Mile Bay and Chaumont. The “Golden Crescent” of Lake Ontario is the largest freshwater bay in the world. A great fishing and sailing destination, the area also offers a fine range of campsites, marinas and boat launches.