Uncle Sam Boat Tours is located on James Street in the Village of Alexandria Bay NY in the Heart of the 1000 Islands.
The thousand Islands actually number 1865 in a 50 mile span between Kingston and Brockville. Today most of the islands boast of having hydro electric power and telephone service being carried by underwater cable from island to island.
Recent zoning regulations forbid building on islands of less than 2 acres, mainly because of the space required for septic tank systems. This section of the river freezes over solidly in winter, but downstream near the 1000 Islands Bridge, the water flow is much swifter and the river stays open all winter. There are no bird species unique to the 1000 Islands but the area is important as a staging area for migrating waterfowl in the spring. Bird watchers will be interested to know that three species that had almost totally disappeared are now making a strong comeback. White Tail Deer are also being seen in ever increasing numbers in the area but are mainly seen on the mainland or larger islands like Hill Island. European settlement of the islands began around 1783 with the arrival of the United Empire Loyalists, who moved from the United States after the American War of Independence in order to remain loyal to the British Crown.
In 1816, a British hydrographer, Captain William Fitzwilliam Owen, completed his survey of the Islands assigning names to over 1800 Islands. The beauty of the area was noted by many who went through the area in the 17th and 18th centuries.
It wasn’t long until whole families wanted to come to the area and as a result, large luxurious hotels began to spring up. This Golden Age started changing as a result of two world wars, the introduction of income tax, the Great Depression and more importantly, the invention of the automobile.
Follow the boating travels of Bruno and Cari as they journey the oceans, canals and lakes of America. On the very eastern end of Lake Ontario, the last lake in the chain of Great Lakes on their way to the Atlantic, the lake ends and the land narrows and shallows, and an amazing number of islands appear.
In the late 1800’s Victorian Era, a very wealthy man, Henry Boldt, came to visit a friend who had a cabin literally “on the lake” because it was built on a small island in the middle. But, apparently, the castle was not “on-the-water” enough, so he had a barge built and parked it next to his island.  It was decked out in the very opulent style of the day, with his master suite and a dance floor on the top deck, and the guest quarters and wait staff below. One day to impress his wife, he asked the chef to prepare a new salad dressing for that evening’s diner. The area is impressive for its beauty and is a boaters dream with stunning views and appealing anchorages everywhere you look. We visited the Antique Boat Museum nearby in Clayton, did their 45 minute speedboat ride through the islands in a replica of an old wooden runabout from the 30’s (but with a 454 cu in engine). The New York State campground we stayed at was large, but didn’t feel crowded with its large spaces, green grasses and mature trees. We stayed in the 1000 Islands for two days, choosing the near empty Rest Area at the foot of the bridge over to Canada for the second night, and in the morning we took it. We drove on the Canadian equivalent of an Interstate for a quick drive to Montreal, and spent two days sight seeing in the old (Vieux Montreal) and the very modern new parts of town. We left Quebec in the afternoon of the second day, ready to return to the States and the land of more reasonable prices and radio announcers that didn’t speak French, heading south to go through the customs and immigration gauntlet at the US border and into Maine. We crossed over a few small mountains and eventually dropped into the valley of the Kennebec River. This item will be shipped through the Global Shipping Program and includes international tracking.
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Watertown’s illustrious past is evidenced by the many stately mansions and dignified buildings of the historic downtown district. A great family attraction to visit while in Watertown is the New York State Living Museum at Thompson. The Tug Hill Plateau, just south of Watertown, is known for its abundant snow and great trail systems.
Explore New York’s “wild side” at the only zoo dedicated to the state’s wild animals and habitat.
Downtown Watertown’s historic public square has a mix of locally owned and operated retail stores, speciality shops, arts studios and local eateries. Some are not much more than rocky shoals, while others are very large, such as Wolfe Island, 27 miles long by 9 miles wide; and Howe Island, 9 miles long by 3 miles wide. Islands not able to accommodate septic systems are now required to have holding tanks, which are pumped out on a regular basis.
Three previous ice ages also contributed to the formation of the islands and they actually form a connecting bridge between the Canadian Shield to the north and the Adirondack mountains to the south in New York State. In addition to the many trees and plants common to Canada, there are two species unique to this area.


The islands are like stepping stones so they don’t have to fly across the wide expanse of Lake Ontario. Wild Turkeys were reintroduced to Hill Island, near the 1000 Islands International Bridge in 1984 and are spreading widely in the deciduous forests. We know of their presence from a stone hunting point found on Gordon Island, just east of Gananoque.
They came up the river in boats powered by oars, towing them through the rapids with ropes. He created 8 groups of islands, among which is the Admiralty Group with 64 Islands, named after the British Lords of the Admiralty. The Islands’ accessibility to prosperous urban areas such as New York, Boston, Montreal and Toronto soon led to the development of the Islands as a prime summer vacation area. On the American side, as many as 20 trains a day were required to bring all the summer visitors. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. The area in northern New York State was called the 1000 Islands, though it is reported to have around 1800 islands.
Being on a boat on an island, when the chef checked the pantry he found it was in need of replenishment.
It was an amazing and beautiful ride, but I doubt the $25 fee even covered the gas for that monster V8 engine. It was unclear to me just what social justice was being met by penalizing people for using “their” parks on weekends, when most people have time off, or penalized because you didn’t waste a park ranger’s time in taking 200 reservations a day, or for penalizing out-of-state residents who have already spent large amounts of tourist dollars to visit the state and enjoy the resources. Quebec City is the second oldest European city in North America, presumably after Santa Fe, and the only example of a walled city other than in Mexico, an apparent necessity living in the 1600’s.
Gas is over $5 a gallon, and city parking is $20 a day in Montreal and $24 dollars in Quebec, general prices seem high on everything, and sales taxes are around 15%.
After a lot of questions and document checking, the unsmiling and terse border guard’s final request was to look in the back door of the RV to make sure there was no one else on board.
In 1775, General George Washington instructed one of his junior generals to take 1000 men, 400 boats, and supplies for a battle, up the Kennebec River and into Canada to take over and occupy Quebec City, then occupied by the British. The junior general was commended for his efforts in the battle, but his acclaim didn’t last long, because he later decided to switch sides, and his name ultimately became synonymous with being a traitor. Contact the seller- opens in a new window or tab and request a shipping method to your location. You have read and agree to the Global Shipping Program terms and conditions - opens in a new window or tab. Whatever the purpose, use our 1000 Islands Boat Rentals directory to find the best rental deals. You can learn more about Watertown’s unique history by touring the extensive collections of the Jefferson County Historical Society Museum which is housed in a 19th century mansion.
The 355-acre Thompson Park, designed by the Olmstead brothers, also features paved walkways, play areas, sports facilities, picnic areas and a great panoramic view of the surrounding area.
Limitless possibilities for summer hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding make this a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts.
Both of these islands have year round residents and are serviced by ferry boats from the mainland. There is no salt water here, it is all fresh water, most of it originating in the Great Lakes.
Today, oceangoing ships from around the world can visit right into the heart of North America, calling on such industrial cities as Toronto, Detroit, Chicago and Duluth. If you watch carefully, you’ll be able to see ducks, Canada Geese and loons that are resident here.
Ospreys are returning to the 1000 Islands using man-made nesting platforms erected on small rocky islands. Large trees were harvested, lashed together in timber rafts and floated down river to Montreal and Quebec.
It came from a Palaeo-Indian culture that inhabited southern Ontario from 9000 to 7000 years ago. Several Iroquois tribes of Onandaga, Seneca, Cayuga, Mohawk, Tuscarrora and Oneida formed a confederacy.
Lawrence was a highway for military activity, a vital route that delivered warships and men during the war between France and Britain from 1754 to 1759, the American War of Independence between Britain and the United States in 1776 and the War of 1812 between Britain and the United States. Before long, the loyalists were joined by other Europeans, mainly English, Scottish, Irish and German. He also included the Navy Group with 33 Islands, named after officers in the Royal Navy and the Lake Fleet Group of Islands, which also number 33 and named after ships of the Royal Navy. Many of the area’s first visitors were American governors, senators, presidents and legislators. On the Canadian side, a railway connected Gananoque to the main Canadian National Line, a few miles north of the town. Today, people can visit the area within an easy one day drive from the large urban centers in Eastern U.S. So what determines if something sticking out of a lake is indeed a rock, or is it an island? Why not just raise the base rates, if more money is needed, instead of imposing ridiculous sounding fees and creating a feeling of resentment for being gouged, just because you can do it.


Quebec, important for its ability to control the traffic through St Lawrence Seaway, has changed hands 11 times in its history. My new favorite company to hate, Verizon, even wants 89 cents a minute for phone calls, and $2 a megabyte for data (that’s $2000 per Gigabyte that I normally pay $10 for) because I am “Roaming”. It was a difficult route to travel in those days, being little more than a game trail beyond the river. If you reside in an EU member state besides UK, import VAT on this purchase is not recoverable.
Import charges previously quoted are subject to change if you increase you maximum bid amount. Duffy Fairgrounds to watch the oldest semi-pro football team in the nation, Watertown Red & Black. Watertown is also a bargain hunter’s delight with shopping centers,  historic downtown shops, and Salmon Run Mall and Towne Centre Plaza located just outside the city on the way toward Lake Ontario. The ability of the pitch pine to withstand alternate soaking and drying made it useful wood for the making of mill waterwheels and sluice boxes.
When the steamship era began and wood was needed for their boilers, further denuding of the area occurred. They lived on the American and Canadian main shore and traveled to the islands by dug-out canoe and then birch bark canoe. A smaller conflict was the Patriot War in 1837-1838 when there were acts of piracy among the 1000 Islands.
While the area adjacent to the islands wasn’t settled as quickly as other areas, the marginal farmland was used for pasturing dairy cattle. Media interest in their activities soon led to a flood of favorable publicity with lavish description of the area. The influx of visitors wanting to see the Islands grew and soon, there was an evident need for boats to carry passengers.
He mixed the three together, and in doing so created 1000 Island Dressing, and Reuben sandwich eaters the world over can now rejoice. But other fees are then added: an extra $4 because it was a weekend, and $3 because we were unregistered drop-ins, and we got to pay $5 extra because we were from Colorado and not New York state residents. If you visit in the spring, summer or fall, arrange for a white-water rafting adventure on the Black River which includes 14 sets of challenging rapids rated Class III and IV.
Even some of the smaller islands have year round residents who gain access to their islands in winter by air boats and snowmobiles.
Happily, some areas had unusually enlightened rules for that time, if you bought two islands, you could only cut timber on one.
They took advantage of the excellent fishing to store the smoked fish for winter consumption.
Many of the famous explorers passed through the area including such well known names as Champlain, de Courcelles, Comte de Frontenac, Rene-Robert Cavalier.
Many forts, blockhouses and military installations still dot the area and serve to remind us of our stormy past. In the 19th century, the Counties of Leeds and Grenville became one of the province’s top producers of cheese and today, world famous Leeds County aged cheddar cheese can be purchased from local stores in Gananoque. Two thirds of the Islands are in Canadian territory but the total acreage of the Canadian and American Islands is roughly equal. The first tour boat operator in Gananoque was a local mailman who delivered mail to the island residents and took passengers as a sideline to his mail delivery business. Names such as Pullman, the inventor of the railway Pullman car, John Jacob Astor a financier of New York City, and Helena Rubenstein, of cosmetic product fame, were all known in the area at that time having built luxurious summer homes in the 1000 Islands. If the rock has a tree on it, it then graduates in status, and becomes more than just a boating navigation hazard; it becomes an island. Meanwhile trees have made a strong comeback and the islands are largely back to their original state, thanks to a desire for conservation by the local residents. There are some 40 archeological sites in the islands that attest to the presence of the early people. Today we boast of the longest undefended border in the world between the United States and Canada. Soon the sideline outgrew the mail route and he started what is now the Gananoque Boat Line. The late 1800’s was also the era of conspicuous consumption, so to out-do his friend and demonstrate his great wealth, he built a large and elaborate French Chateaux style castle on it.
Beau Rivage and Burnt Islands, in the Admiralty Group of islands just west of Gananoque and Gordon and Mulcaster Islands, in the Lake Fleet Group, east of Gananoque, are typical of these well utilized government parks. Lawrence since the end of the ice age, was thought to have disappeared, until 1994 a small population was discovered.
Bass, pike, pickerel and perch are still popular catches to be served at the famous 1000 Island shore dinners, cooked and served by the local fishing guides.
In addition to the catch of fish, other mouthwatering treats like bacon, egg, steak, coffee and French toast, covered with Canadian Maple Syrup are served.



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