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TI Life Happenings in February ‘14

TI Life Happenings in February ‘14

Open this article to go for a walk on black ice with Kenny Brabant or see “1000 Reasons to do Business in Gananoque”. Get ready to take your snowmobile on a popular winter trail and think what it is like to be a farmer on Wellesley Island. Plus a dozen photographs…
by: Susan W. Smith
Important News for Brockville and the Thousand Islands

Important News for Brockville and the Thousand Islands

A proposed anchor tourism attraction for the Thousand Islands is a huge step closer to opening its doors on Brockville’s...
by: Kim Lunman
TI Park… Then and Now

TI Park… Then and Now

Thousand Island Park is no stranger to fire. On the night of August 13th, 2014, shortly before midnight, a fire was disc...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Cherry Island's Casa Blanca

Cherry Island's Casa Blanca

It was love at first sight that saved Casa Blanca, a grand Gilded Age estate on Cherry Island. The century-old cottag...
by: Kim Lunman
A Special Thanks to Mary Dial

A Special Thanks to Mary Dial

There may be a simple way to thank community members for acts of generosity - a thank you letter; perhaps a plaque to ha...
by: Janet Sullins & Susan Smith
A Fiery Prescription for Camelot Island’s Pitch Pines

A Fiery Prescription for Camelot Island’s Pitch Pines

Tuesday, July 22nd was a perfect day on the river – sunny and warm with a light wind blowing from the southwest. My budd...
by: Tom King
“You Can’t Go Home Again!” (Or Can You?)

“You Can’t Go Home Again!” (Or Can You?)

A cold February evening in Kansas, still at least six more weeks of winter weather. “You’ve got mail” ...
by: Deane C. Parkhurst
Dreams of a River

Dreams of a River

It’s been almost 15 years since the first time I laid eyes on the beauty of the 1000 Islands. I still remember it,...
by: Tyler W. Barton
Lone Goose…

Lone Goose…

I have a love/hate relationship with Canada geese. One goose by itself I can handle, but as a group…oh, my! The n...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
It's Kismet

It's Kismet

What's in a name? The dictionary defines 'Kismet' as "a power that is believed to control what happens in the future." ...
by: Kim Lunman
Hugh P. Papworth, Nine Decades a River Rat

Hugh P. Papworth, Nine Decades a River Rat

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Hugh Papworth in Alexandria Bay. Our conversations were much like reviewing a ...
by: Susan W. Smith
Talk About A Piece of River History!

Talk About A Piece of River History!

I accumulate stuff. Thirty years on the staff of the United States House of Representatives in Washington, gave me an o...
by: Cary R. Brick
Oak Point- Where Else?

Oak Point- Where Else?

All along the shores of the St Lawrence River in the Thousand Islands are small communities. Most consist of year-round ...
by: Kathleen Thomas
A Dream Realized After 120 Years

A Dream Realized After 120 Years

On 9 July, 2014 Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the opening of the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel in Clayton, NY, with the fo...
by: Rex Ennis
Come and visit the Grenadier Island Country Club…

Come and visit the Grenadier Island Country Club…

The first time I experienced the Grenadier Island Country Club or GICC, as it’s known to its members, was in 2003. ...
by: Elaine Vedette Tack
Riverstone: A River Runs Through It

Riverstone: A River Runs Through It

One of North America's premier developers renowned for his luxury custom design is revitalizing Gananoque's waterfront w...
by: Kim Lunman
A Pilot’s Story

A Pilot’s Story

Do you remember the Great Canadian Flag Debate of 1964? When our country’s Prime Minister, Nobel Peace Prizewinner Leste...
by: Brian Johnson
New River Museum Floats Its First Boat

New River Museum Floats Its First Boat

The launch of a St. Lawrence skiff has fittingly marked the launch of the first phase of the new Thousand Islands Boat M...
by: Kim Lunman
Flyboarding Takes Off Over The Thousand Islands

Flyboarding Takes Off Over The Thousand Islands

Sitting with All In Adventures co-owner Kevin Thorn near the water’s edge at Bonnie Castle’s Pointe Bar & Grill in A...
by: Hayley Coristine
Our First Year in the 1000 Islands Tower!

Our First Year in the 1000 Islands Tower!

1000 Islands Tower – (recent) past, present and future 2013 was a great first season. There was so much media coverage ...
by: Konrad Linckh
Tracing a King’s Man on the St. Lawrence

Tracing a King’s Man on the St. Lawrence

It must have been an arduous journey for my 5th. great-grandfather, Jacob Karn travelling from the Palatinate region of ...
by: Arthur Pegg UE
Restoring the Common Tern in the Islands

Restoring the Common Tern in the Islands

The peep- peep –peep call of the Common Tern is a ubiquitous part of the sound of the 1000 Islands. Once a very plent...
by: John Peach
Remembering Fallen Police Officers

Remembering Fallen Police Officers

All too often we pass over or under a highway bridge with a tribute name displayed on a sign.  We rarely stop to th...
by: Susan W. Smith
A Dog’s Life on Comfort Island

A Dog’s Life on Comfort Island

Surely there are enough 1000 Islands dog stories to fill a dozen books. Few places on earth are better suited to the end...
by: Tad Clark
Health Habits start early…

Health Habits start early…

This is my first summer interning with the Thousand Islands Land Trust (TILT), but for years I have periodically spent m...
by: Kelly Kearns
125 Years of Boating at Ed Huck Marine

125 Years of Boating at Ed Huck Marine

A young German immigrant named Fred Huck discovered the Thousand Islands in the late 1800s; first in Cape Vincent and th...
by: Kim Lunman
The Thousand Islands Inn: A Home for New Traditions

The Thousand Islands Inn: A Home for New Traditions

Once a quiet waterfront village, Clayton has arguably become the poster child for Thousand Islands revitalization over t...
by: Hayley Coristine
Hunting for Fishermen in the 1000 Islands

Hunting for Fishermen in the 1000 Islands

Editor’s Note: In late March of this year I received an email from Rod Anstee.  He collects photograph albums and...
by: Rod Anstee
Life on an Island… Down Under…

Life on an Island… Down Under…

Editor’s Note:  Our TI Life policy suggests we stick to stories, photographs or illustrations that relate to the ...
by: Pauline Buckby
Grenell: The Garden Isle

Grenell: The Garden Isle

My mother-in-law said when she was growing up, her relatives, the Pratts didn’t allow any weeding, raking or lawn mowing...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
A Lesson About Geese, Well Learned

A Lesson About Geese, Well Learned

We have always lived in Clayton, NY,  but not on the River. Our farm is at the upper end of French Creek and border...
by: Nancy Bond
The Mystery of Honeymoon Island

The Mystery of Honeymoon Island

Many years of playing and working on The River allowed me to make the acquaintance of several fascinating people. Some w...
by: Hunter Grimes
Chauncey Bugbee–the American Patriot

Chauncey Bugbee–the American Patriot

Unfortunately the story of the North American Patriots coming to Tasmania, has not had the publicity it deserves;  ...
by: Pauline Buckby
Brewing Up a Success Story in Gananoque

Brewing Up a Success Story in Gananoque

“What’s the local brew?” It’s a simple question, but arguably the one that began Thousand Islands B&B owner Bruce Da...
by: Hayley Coristine
Finding my ancestor… and his Battle for Oswego

Finding my ancestor… and his Battle for Oswego

On May 3, 1814, troops from Kingston boarded seven ships, and eleven gunboats, manned by a thousand Royal Navy sailors; ...
by: Arthur Pegg UE
Tony Collins, Meet Jim Oberstar

Tony Collins, Meet Jim Oberstar

  A Seaway Newcomer Comes on Board As a Seaway Giant Becomes a Legend It is highly unlikely that Clarkson Univers...
by: Cary R. Brick
100 Year Old Naval Disaster Connects to Grindstone

100 Year Old Naval Disaster Connects to Grindstone

Over twenty years ago Janet, my wife, was working in her store, the Karmelcorn Shop in Watertown. It was an old building...
by: Rex Ennis
"The Story of Grenell" and the Women Who Wrote It.

"The Story of Grenell" and the Women Who Wrote It.

It’s only a 5 x 8 book with 108 pages, but this little dynamo powers my unquenchable interest in Grenell Island history....
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Buck Mullin

Buck Mullin

“That young Mullin deserves a medal... taking me across the ice under impossible conditions...” Dr. Kenneth J. Regan; K...
by: Brian Johnson
Bob Hunt as I knew Him - an essay by Donald Heberling

Bob Hunt as I knew Him - an essay by Donald Heberling

After my father, Donald Heberling, died in 2003, I found two dozen essays he wrote during his plebe year at the United S...
by: Paul Heberling
From Coal Yard to Condos – Part Three: The Gordon Family Era

From Coal Yard to Condos – Part Three: The Gordon Family Era

From Coal Yard to Condos – The History of the Gordon Marine Property on the Gananoque Waterfront  Part Three: The...
by: Tom King
130-Year-Old House Tour…

130-Year-Old House Tour…

  How would you like to visit some Thousand Island homes and cottages as they were one hundred and thirty years ag...
by: Robert L. Matthews
Cole Shoal Lighthouse

Cole Shoal Lighthouse

This article is one of a series examining the early lighthouses of the Thousand Islands, in both Canadian and American w...
by: Mary Alice Snetsinger
British Soldiers witnessed the first Stars & Stripes in Battle

British Soldiers witnessed the first Stars & Stripes in Battle

Travelling down the St. Lawrence River and passing Carleton Island...
by: Dennis McCarthy
A Visionary Leader is Needed…

A Visionary Leader is Needed…

Editor’s note:  I recently learned that the Aquatairum is moving forward with the concept of establishing RiverQues...
by: Ian Coristine
Three Generations of News thanks to the Smith family…

Three Generations of News thanks to the Smith family…

As I delve into Grenell Island history, the newspaper archive is a treasure trove of information. Sporadically throughou...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
East Line Road Angel

East Line Road Angel

An article like this one is difficult to write. It was suggested to me at a recent HASHING OVER HISTORY session. A neigh...
by: Nancy Bond
Island View Hotel and My Family

Island View Hotel and My Family

My father, Robert Gareth Service, had many talents: gifted writer, creative artist, in spite of being color blind, and a...
by: Martha Grimes
From Coal Yard to Condos – Part Two: The Cuttle Years

From Coal Yard to Condos – Part Two: The Cuttle Years

From Coal Yard to Condos – The History of the Gordon Marine Property on the Gananoque Waterfront Part Two: The Cuttle Y...
by: Tom King
Barriefield Village Celebrates its Bicentennial

Barriefield Village Celebrates its Bicentennial

Two kilometers east of Kingston City Hall is an 1814-1816 rural village, much of it looking as way-back-then...
by: Floyd Patterson
Alarms and Explosions on the St. Lawrence – Events from 2013

Alarms and Explosions on the St. Lawrence – Events from 2013

Events of the 2013 Commemoration of the War of 1812 The second year of the War of 1812 began on the St. Lawrence, with ...
by: Morley Verdier
The Other Pullman Island

The Other Pullman Island

For those of us who live at the foot of Grenell, Pullman Island is helpful for nighttime navigation. We depend on that r...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
February Hockey: That Very First Goal

February Hockey: That Very First Goal

With half of the second period gone, Brydge staged a nice little rush, passed the puck to Patterson who tied the count w...
by: Brian Johnson
They left Jefferson County Forever…

They left Jefferson County Forever…

In June 2010, TI Life profiled Dr. John Carter in John Carter’s Prisoners in Van Diemen’s Land, The story had a remarkab...
by: John Carter
Cherry Island’s Stuyvesant Lodge

Cherry Island’s Stuyvesant Lodge

Island Settlement The War of 1812 was a 32-month conflict between the United States and Great Britain. At the conclusio...
by: Anthony Mollica Jr.
From Coal Yard to Condos – Part One: Sampson Coal Company

From Coal Yard to Condos – Part One: Sampson Coal Company

From Coal Yard to Condos – The History of the Gordon Marine Property on the Gananoque Waterfront Part One: The Sampson ...
by: Tom King
Drama Closes Seaway Season in 2013

Drama Closes Seaway Season in 2013

Just as both side of the river prepared to enjoy the Christmas holiday, those aboard the ocean-going vessel Orsula were ...
by: Michael Folsom
Valentine remembrances, include the Cape Vincent Fire Department…

Valentine remembrances, include the Cape Vincent Fire Department…

So, who loves you? Hint: they are often seen around Cape Vincent driving a Valentine heart red vehicle.
by: Linda Rowe
Charley MacLean’s Homecoming Down River

Charley MacLean’s Homecoming Down River

In the midst of winter, it is certainly fun to think of the glorious ‘tea party’ hosted for the grand children and great...
by: Charles MacLean Cochand
Grindstone Family’s Olympic Games Connection

Grindstone Family’s Olympic Games Connection

Editor’s Note:  For those of us fascinated by genealogy, this story is perfect.  Rex Ennis weaves his magic by...
by: Rex Ennis
The River's Keepers

The River's Keepers

The Professor I was writing about the Thousand Islands for just a few months when photographer Ian Coristine introduc...
by: Kim Lunman
Will Salisbury Making Waves

Will Salisbury Making Waves

Will Salisbury began his art adventure more than four decades ago. “It was in Big Sur in 1971, that my first sales occur...
by: Susan W. Smith
“To Be or Not to Be”- Yes, Right Here in Prescott

“To Be or Not to Be”- Yes, Right Here in Prescott

Many of us have studied, or know of, Hamlet and, this summer, we may be able to experience something different, very dif...
by: Susan W. Smith
Listen to French Creek

Listen to French Creek

From my beginnings I flowed quietly and deep. In Summer you could hardly see my current as it flowed to the Great River....
by: Nancy Bond
The River’s Spell

The River’s Spell

When you talk about The River here in the Thousand Islands, no further explanation is required. Why? Because it might as...
by: Kim Lunman
The whole story of Hub Island

The whole story of Hub Island

Before my first visit to Grenell, my husband, then fiancé, tried to describe Grenell and surroundings. When he mentioned...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Life After Death for a Wooden Boat

Life After Death for a Wooden Boat

The life of a wooden boat can be harsh. As they age, these boats are often one problem away from being unceremoniously p...
by: Scott Ouderkirk
Special Weekend Guests

Special Weekend Guests

It all started with our neighbors. That is how most good things begin on Mink Island. The Navarras and the Ryans are fri...
by: Martha Grimes
Memories of Zenda

Memories of Zenda

The first time I walked down the curving drive to the Zenda Lodge I was going to apply for a job. I had heard that they ...
by: Nancy Bond
“Thanks to the Community… We’ve Moved”

“Thanks to the Community… We’ve Moved”

Take a grant from the Northern New York Community Foundation and one from the Delaney Bay Foundation on Grindstone Islan...
by: Susan Smith and Bill Munro
Pictures of the Thousand Islands, circa 1886

Pictures of the Thousand Islands, circa 1886

These Thousand Island pictures, taken over one hundred twenty five years ago, are a treasure to be shared. They are sca...
by: Robert L. Matthews
A Gift from Brockville

A Gift from Brockville

Winters grasp begins to take hold. The boaters are long gone, either to a distant land or are squirreled away inside, be...
by: Michael Chahley
Five Years of Island Life

Five Years of Island Life

Heron Cay. Kismet. Cherry. And Honey Bee. What do these Thousand Islands have in common? They will be featured in the pa...
by: Kim Lunman
The Traditional Shore Dinner

The Traditional Shore Dinner

The closest I’d been to a traditional Thousand Island Shore Dinner is the banner hanging in my cottage kitchen. I’ve bee...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Remembering the Battle

Remembering the Battle

As with the chronicling of any historical event, period newspapers and journals were written for different reasons and from varied perspectives.
by: John Carter
Closing Up is Hard to Do

Closing Up is Hard to Do

Let’s face it. We’re in love. For many of us, this romance began when we were old enough to wriggle into a life preserv...
by: Mark R. Russell
The Library grows a tree

The Library grows a tree

“How can we help the Library and the community?” asked the the Friends of the Hawn Memorial Library
by: Susan W. Smith
Re-Enactors return to French Creek

Re-Enactors return to French Creek

Cannon fire, presentations and re-enactors commemorated the Bicentennial Celebration of the War of 1812 Battle of French...
by: Dennis McCarthy
Remembering Clayton

Remembering Clayton

It's hard for me to believe that I'm so old that my childhood memories could be called history, but after sitting in on ...
by: Nancy Bond
St. Lawrence East

St. Lawrence East

On October 20th 2013 Jan and I entered the St. Lawrence River from the Atlantic Ocean through the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
by: Rex Ennis
“Last Chance” and “Stormy’s” Season 2013

“Last Chance” and “Stormy’s” Season 2013

It is that time of year again. The days are shorter, nights are cooler, and the geese are flocking. The evening star is ...
by: Richard L. Withington
A Proud Wolfe Islander from Button Bay

A Proud Wolfe Islander from Button Bay

Paul V. Johnson October 15, 1940 – October 8, 2011 Ambitious, meticulous, redheaded Irishman... could be hotheaded, to...
by: Brian Johnson
Tattered to Perfection

Tattered to Perfection

A River Shirt is that special work shirt that is tattered, torn or splattered with paint, but it goes way beyond that.
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Honey Bee Island’s Little Free Library

Honey Bee Island’s Little Free Library

Two years ago, Janice and I were watching the evening news when we saw a report on something called “The Little Free Lib...
by: Michael and Janice Laprade
Is the 1000 Islands Region Scenic Enough?

Is the 1000 Islands Region Scenic Enough?

Plans are currently underway to bring a new distinction to the 1000 Islands region that is long overdue, providing more ...
by: Mary Hamilton
Underground Railroad Station on Grindstone?

Underground Railroad Station on Grindstone?

This summer Meki Tate, a descendant of Cato Leonard visited the Thousand Island Museum in Clayton, NY.   Her v...
by: Rex Ennis
Renaming Ceremony

Renaming Ceremony

When we bought our 1922 Lindsey launch in the fall of 2011, she sported the name 1922 La Tache for the favorite wine of ...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Wood Boat Restorers of the Thousand Islands

Wood Boat Restorers of the Thousand Islands

In the 1960’s, when I was growing up on Manhattan Island on the St Lawrence River, fiberglass boats were beginning to ma...
by: John Peach
Just where in the heck is Redwood, NY?..

Just where in the heck is Redwood, NY?..

It was back in November 2011 that I first  published  “Just where in the heck is Redwood, NY?..What's in Redwo...
by: "Johnny Truesdell's ABay.com"
Evidence found for the origin of the Thousand Island Dressing!

Evidence found for the origin of the Thousand Island Dressing!

In 2011, Eric J. Roberts and Andrea Reeves took an “Uncle Sam’s” boat tour one morning during a day trip to the Thousand...
by: Susan W. Smith
The Harrison M. Brown Cottage

The Harrison M. Brown Cottage

"Where do your stories come from?" is a question we writers like to hear. In my case the answer is specific: the stories...
by: Thomas Pullyblank
Woodies…

Woodies…

Where else could you expect to meet the Vagabond King, Lady Gilbert, Red Devil and BarrTender? At a golf course on an i...
by: Kim Lunman
The Journey from House to Home

The Journey from House to Home

"Wait a minute lady! What about me? When you moved in here almost forty years ago with those eight little kids, do you know what I was thinking?
by: Nancy Bond
The Search for Uncle ‘Moe’

The Search for Uncle ‘Moe’

“The sinking of the Athabaskan is the worst naval disaster in Canadian history,”
by: Brian Johnson
Grayce Lulu Bickford, Girl Friday

Grayce Lulu Bickford, Girl Friday

Grayce Lulu Bickford was Charles G. Emery’s girl Friday at the New Frontenac Hotel on Round Island. Born 19 December 187...
by: Rex Ennis
TILTKids Camp at Zenda

TILTKids Camp at Zenda

My sister, Smith, and I have been coming to the Thousand Islands since we were little, following the tradition of spendi...
by: Henney Hambrose
Mass Escape From Fort Henry

Mass Escape From Fort Henry

The mass escape of state prisoners on July 29, 1838 was a singular event in the history of Fort Henry, but it was an important chapter in the history...
by: John Carter
“The Russians are Coming!

“The Russians are Coming!

“The Russians are Coming! The Russians are coming!” Okay, I don’t think that’s actually what Stephanie Weiss, assistant ...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
I am 10 years old… What my summer is all about

I am 10 years old… What my summer is all about

Editor’s Note:  Imagine how pleased we were to receive this submission written by Kate Modler, who just competed 4t...
by: Kate Modler
Rock Island Lighthouse Reopens at Last!

Rock Island Lighthouse Reopens at Last!

A moment long-awaited by enthusiasts of Rock Island Lighthouse came the morning of Tuesday, June 4th, when a Grand Reope...
by: Mark A. Wentling
Goldilocks? Is that you?

Goldilocks? Is that you?

We’re here! We arrived on the island in the middle of a glorious sunny day. The crossing was a little bumpy but Linda at...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
A Grand ‘ol Dame gets a facelift.. The Old House Museum on Wolfe Island

A Grand ‘ol Dame gets a facelift.. The Old House Museum on Wolfe Island

“I wouldn’t live anywhere else... I don’t think you can beat it!” Antoine ‘Tiner’ LaRush “People are drawn to this hou...
by: Brian Johnson
Same beautiful Park with a wonderful new Name…

Same beautiful Park with a wonderful new Name…

A handful of brave souls ventured out in the cold for the grand opening of the newly renamed Thousand Islands National P...
by: Lorraine Payette
Spring River Stories

Spring River Stories

The Thousand Islands Navy, or the Admiralty as it is known by some, was established in 1940 by W. Grant Mitchell, my gre...
by: Tom French
The Thrill of the Hunt… Gananoque’s Flea Market

The Thrill of the Hunt… Gananoque’s Flea Market

The sandwich board points to a Flea Market and each time I see it I experience the thrill of the hunt!   In fa...
by: Susan W. Smith
What is the Land Trust anyway?

What is the Land Trust anyway?

I’ve only been working with the Thousand Islands Land Trust (TILT) for a little over a year, but in that short time I fe...
by: Corinne Mockler
Our Lovely Man from the North Country

Our Lovely Man from the North Country

Remington died of appendicitis in 1909 at the age of 48. Theodore Roosevelt...
by: Deborah Shaw
RiverQuest UpDate…

RiverQuest UpDate…

Riverquest...It’s all about inspiring curiosity! So whatever things you are “In Quest of”, be it adventure...
by: Morgan McLellan
“Growing Up on Wolfe Island”, history and storytelling…

“Growing Up on Wolfe Island”, history and storytelling…

“It began as a spark of an idea that grew from conversations about the wonderful ‘Island’ stories...
by: Brian Johnson
A Cottage By Any Other Name…

A Cottage By Any Other Name…

It’s time to head north. I get emails from non-River friends all the time asking, “When are you going back to the cabin ...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
“I’d like to buy a tower today…”

“I’d like to buy a tower today…”

This is how -  we -  Heidi and Konrad Linckh, came to buy Hill Island's Skydeck Observation Tower. There is d...
by: Konrad Linckh
Alexandria Bay's Remarkable Boat Shop

Alexandria Bay's Remarkable Boat Shop

The decade of the 1920s is well remembered as a time of rapid growth in the American economy and the development of pers...
by: Anthony Mollica Jr.
A Look Back in Time…

A Look Back in Time…

Now That We’re Here, Where Will We Stay? Some people collect postcards or stamps but my efforts  turned to acquiri...
by: Robert L. Matthews, narrated by Jan Eliot
Flying Solo; the Felicity McKendry story

Flying Solo; the Felicity McKendry story

"Enough of that! Now for the really thrilling news... I soloed on Sunday, April 29! Yip, I SOLOed!
by: Brian Johnson
The Burning of the “Sir Robert Peel”…

The Burning of the “Sir Robert Peel”…

“...the burning of the Sir Robert Peel Steamer, by a band of masked villains – [was] outdoing the worst deeds of the worst ...
by: John Carter
Bringing Back River Memories

Bringing Back River Memories

The memories most dear to me are the times I spent with my Grandfather. He was so proud to show-off his first born grandson to the River captain community in the 'Burg...
by: Philip Jellie
Clayton, Tour Boats, Alexandria Bay – 60’s Style

Clayton, Tour Boats, Alexandria Bay – 60’s Style

So what's different? Who out there remembers the 1000 Islands from the 60's and can compare it to today? Let me take a stab at it...
by: Mike Fesko
“Riverlicious”and the Grenville Brewery

“Riverlicious”and the Grenville Brewery

Since 2004 my family and I have been visiting our secret garden cottage retreat, on the shores of the Thousand Islands R...
by: Michelle Caron
A Winter Wake on Wolfe Island…

A Winter Wake on Wolfe Island…

Island residents face their toughest winter in years. The ferry Wolfe Islander operates on an erratic schedule because o...
by: Brian Johnson
Clan St. Lawrence River

Clan St. Lawrence River

It’s estimated that around 5 million people in Canada and 20 million people in the United States are of Scottish decent....
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Ashlie Corcoran takes the helm…

Ashlie Corcoran takes the helm…

For the first time since the Thousand Islands Playhouse was formed in 1982, a new Artistic Director has taken the reins....
by: Debbie Bennett
Hutchinson's Remarkable Wartime Transition

Hutchinson's Remarkable Wartime Transition

In the fall of 1940 officials from the United States Defense Department made a quiet trip to Alexandria Bay, NY. It was ...
by: Anthony Mollica Jr.
GE at Carleton Island

GE at Carleton Island

Early in September, 1927 a steam-powered barge appeared on the water off Snowshoe Point near Henderson Harbor in eastern...
by: Timothy W. Lake
Volunteering: A Time to Do Good Deeds

Volunteering: A Time to Do Good Deeds

When people hear the word ‘volunteer’ a lot of things may come to mind. For me, volunteering as a way to give back to my...
by: Nicole Gokey
New Chapter for Leeds County Books

New Chapter for Leeds County Books

My boots tap on the faux-wood floor as I walk into Leeds County Books in downtown Brockville. The brightness and warmth ...
by: April Scott-Clarke
35 years of Riverkeeping…

35 years of Riverkeeping…

My father-in-law used to joke that the most expensive piece of artwork he owned was the wooden blue heron that sat on th...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
“May Irwin Gives Up Home to Join Hubby at Farming”

“May Irwin Gives Up Home to Join Hubby at Farming”

My thanks go to Brian Winter, the archivist for the Whitby Ontario Library for sharing this 1927 Toronto Daily Star arti...
by: Karen Killian
There's a 1000 Islands Calling My Name…

There's a 1000 Islands Calling My Name…

It's a new song about our favorite spot in the World. The 1000 Islands. It's written by a local performer called JPShaggy
by: "Johnny Truesdell's ABay.com"
Appreciating the River in Winter

Appreciating the River in Winter

My grandfather, Thomas Mitchell (1913-1990), told me many stories about life on the river during the winter months. Many...
by: Tom French
Point La Morte - or Lindsay Point's Place in History

Point La Morte - or Lindsay Point's Place in History

One of the little known historic sites on the Canadian mainland is the area around Sheriff’s and Lindsay’s Points west o...
by: Alan Lindsay
The Collection Moves On…

The Collection Moves On…

I love looking at photographs of the Thousand Islands. In fact, I can never get enough of them, so when I learned that D...
by: Susan W. Smith
Patriot Chronicles: The Hickory Island Incursion

Patriot Chronicles: The Hickory Island Incursion

The date was February 1838. Action in the Upper Canadian rebellion had abated on Navy Island on the Niagara River and ha...
by: John Carter
A Thanks Leads to Memories

A Thanks Leads to Memories

In early February TI Life received a note from Rob Pakan.  He gave a heartfelt thanks to TI Life and our many autho...
by: Robert Pakan
The Bell Rings Twice…

The Bell Rings Twice…

You can see the utter joy on their faces as children of the congregation come forward to ring the chapel. Lots of childr...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Frederick G. Bourne and "The Things That Matter Most"

Frederick G. Bourne and "The Things That Matter Most"

His name has become quite familiar in the Thousand Islands in recent years even though he hasn't been there in almost a ...
by: Patty Mondore
MUSKIES---Believe it or Not

MUSKIES---Believe it or Not

I’ve heard stories, seen pictures and I’ve even seen the dusty stuffed trophies mounted...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
1000 Islands 130 Years Ago

1000 Islands 130 Years Ago

There are times in one’s life when the stars seem to be in alignment and maybe this to be one of those times.  It i...
by: Robert L. Matthews, narrated by Jan Eliot
Winter’s update from Round Island

Winter’s update from Round Island

Throughout the winter season Dr. Richard Withington  provides a unique service to Round Islanders.  He writes ...
by: Richard L. Withington
Restoring an Outboard Engine

Restoring an Outboard Engine

In mid-September 2011, I visited the Thousand Islands briefly from my home in East Virginia to gather material for an ar...
by: Dave Whitford
RiverQuest Discovered

RiverQuest Discovered

Were you around this summer to see photographers and videographers with cameras in hand shooting from the air, on boats,...
by: Susan W. Smith
Living the dream: the story of Cross-Island Farms

Living the dream: the story of Cross-Island Farms

The day that she and partner David Belding bought their first two pigs is the day Dani Baker thinks her mother rolled ov...
by: Melinda Stubbee
“Last Chance”… Review

“Last Chance”… Review

As we approach the holiday season it is appropriate to reflect on our circumstances that might otherwise be taken for gr...
by: Richard L. Withington
One Pilot's Dream: Paul Island

One Pilot's Dream: Paul Island

It's the towering tree that you first notice about this little island west of Brockville. It almost resembles a palm tre...
by: Kim Lunman
What to do?  Low Water

What to do? Low Water

Island neighbor, Catherine Hinds, tells me the water was so low the year she was born, that her parents could walk from ...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Grant ‘Lindy’ Lucy, boatman, founder of GBL

Grant ‘Lindy’ Lucy, boatman, founder of GBL

“There’s just gott’a be a better way to earn a living than this!” Grant ‘Lindy’ Lucy, machine operator at Parmenter &am...
by: Brian Johnson
The Great Escape at Singer Castle

The Great Escape at Singer Castle

Excitement is in the air! We are heading downriver on an October Saturday, cutting through the rippling waters of the St...
by: M.A. Noble
Bridge or Ferry?

Bridge or Ferry?

. . . Here I am again, sitting in my car on the Prescott/Ogdensburg international bridge, waiting in a line of traffic. ...
by: William J. Elliott
History Detectives…in Leeds and the Thousand Islands

History Detectives…in Leeds and the Thousand Islands

The history detectives at the Leeds and the Thousand Islands Archives (LTIArchives) are hard at work, constantly in search of their quarry.
by: Pierre Mercier
Raising the Roof on Red Top

Raising the Roof on Red Top

 Anne and Charles Phillips honeymooned in the Thousand Islands in 1929. Before they left, the bride of a Methodist ...
by: Kim Lunman
Ring…. the way we were…

Ring…. the way we were…

Bounce! Bounce! PLOP! And the phone was gone. It was a blustery day and the river was so rough my husband changed to car...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
A Royal Job

A Royal Job

Surfing the internet one day, I landed on a 1000-Island tourist attraction and found myself staring into the picture of ...
by: M.A. Noble
September 21, 1812

September 21, 1812

It was September 21, 1812 - 200 years ago, the first shots on the St. Lawrence River frontier rang out in Gananoque. &#...
by: Paul Scott
Story Book Wedding

Story Book Wedding

Bob, raised in Endicott NY often tent camped at Wellesley Island State Park. I am from small town Nebraska. Today we div...
by: Jill and Bob White
Great Lake Swimmers Dive into the River

Great Lake Swimmers Dive into the River

The Great Lake Swimmers literally swam and dove into the St. Lawrence, spending a hot summer day here in August filming ...
by: Kim Lunman
The Antique Boat Parade…

The Antique Boat Parade…

When you live on an island, boats are important. In the early days, most people got to and from the island via a steamer...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Found by a Rocket…

Found by a Rocket…

No I’m not talking about making a new dive site by sinking a ship with a rocket. I am talking about a lost shipwreck tha...
by: Kathi McCarthy
Part II Mitchell & Wilson Ltd’s Minute Book: “People and Places”

Part II Mitchell & Wilson Ltd’s Minute Book: “People and Places”

“No story of a small privately-owned firm such as Mitchell & Wilson Ltd. can be...
by: Susan W. Smith
Bill Johnston: Correcting the Historical Record

Bill Johnston: Correcting the Historical Record

The history of every legendary figure includes tall tales, deliberate embellishments, and apocrypha. Bill Johnston, the ...
by: Shaun J. McLaughlin
Remington's Heaven

Remington's Heaven

Temagami Island   I am in Chippewa Bay 10 miles below Alexandria Bay. Seven miles wide here and blows like hell ev...
by: Kim Lunman
100 Years Improving

100 Years Improving

Sam Grenell first laid out lots for summer cottages on Grenell Island in 1879. By the turn of the century there were ove...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Little Boxes, Little Boxes.. Fort Henry Connection

Little Boxes, Little Boxes.. Fort Henry Connection

2012 marks the 175th anniversary of the 1837/38 Upper Canadian Rebellions. This is a chapter in that story which has a F...
by: John Carter
Taking the Plunge:  AquaZoo - Treasure and Local Lore Await in A-Bay

Taking the Plunge: AquaZoo - Treasure and Local Lore Await in A-Bay

Dave and Mary Roberts signed a lease to open their privately owned public aquarium...
by: Kristen Taylor
Romance and Tragedy on the River: The Circle Closes

Romance and Tragedy on the River: The Circle Closes

It has been a roller-coaster since I first saw Kim Lunmen’s June 2011 article  Fulford Yacht's Historical Homecomin...
by: Charles MacLean Cochand
River Stories…

River Stories…

I’ve always held a fascination with history, especially along the river. Whether it was the wreck of the Riverside near the rift...
by: Tom French
Do you know the Answer?

Do you know the Answer?

Bob kicked the clod of earth that had covered the artifacts and out fell a brass tag that was about two and a half inches...
by: Ken Deedy
Mitchell & Wilson Ltd.’s Minute Book, Part I

Mitchell & Wilson Ltd.’s Minute Book, Part I

The 3-ring, leather, binder is the best “read” I have had in many years. Neither a novel or a piece of non-fiction it is...
by: Susan W. Smith
It’s about the Grenell Island Store…

It’s about the Grenell Island Store…

During my first week on the island, July, 1975, I went to the Grenell Island Store/Post Office to mail postcards home to...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Taking the Plunge… River Yoga’s Liz Price-Kellogg

Taking the Plunge… River Yoga’s Liz Price-Kellogg

Though her journey to year-round Thousand Islands life was more of a self-described “gradual wading in” than “plunge,” my friend Elizabeth “Liz” Price-Kellogg
by: Kristen Taylor
If Minna Anthony Common had a Blog…

If Minna Anthony Common had a Blog…

If Minna Anthony Common had a Rock Ridges Trail blog I would have had it bookmarked, or better yet I would have pinned i...
by: Sarah Miller
A Wolfe Island Ceilidh

A Wolfe Island Ceilidh

A kitchen party in the 1950s, rural Canada. A small, tightly-knit, stable, island community in the mouth of the St Lawre...
by: Joan Russell
Queen’s Jubilee reaches Leeds and the Thousand Islands…

Queen’s Jubilee reaches Leeds and the Thousand Islands…

The Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates a remarkable 60 years on the throne by a monarch who ha...
by: Liz Huff
Out in the Open

Out in the Open

I grew up in rural Maine with “back-to-the-land” parents, so naturally I couldn’t wait to move to the big city...
by: Corinne Mockler
Fire… Gone in 5 minutes

Fire… Gone in 5 minutes

Gone in 5 minutes… Every story I’ve heard about fire on the islands usually had the phrase…it was gone in 5 minutes. ...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Why the name Chapman Shoal?

Why the name Chapman Shoal?

Chapman Shoal is located between Round Island and Pine (AKA: Beckwith) Island in the St. Lawrence River downriver from C...
by: Rex Ennis
The River Runs Through This

The River Runs Through This

How it all began… Caroline and I have all of Ian Coristine’s books. We hadn't met Ian but I was always envious when his...
by: Doug McLellan
The Grand Lady of Totem Point

The Grand Lady of Totem Point

Author's Note: I first met Mary Hewitt in the summer of 2010 and interviewed her several times near Rockport at her ma...
by: Kim Lunman
Disaster, Leaks and to the Dogs…

Disaster, Leaks and to the Dogs…

The first sign of the shipping season came early, one full day early to be exact. Mississagi made its way from Hamilton...
by: Michael Folsom
Grenell by Numbers

Grenell by Numbers

If there is one thing that Grenell Island does not need, it’s more numbers. There are Lot Numbers, Fire Numbers and the ...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Taking the Plunge: Stories of Year-Round Thousand Islands Life

Taking the Plunge: Stories of Year-Round Thousand Islands Life

My husband, Jon, and I moved from the Washington, DC area to Clayton in fall 2010 after a few years of dreaming of year-round River living.
by: Kristen Taylor
Landing at Georgina Island

Landing at Georgina Island

We rowed carefully into the bay at Georgina Island, one trainee looking expectantly into the water off the bow, waiting to spot ...
by: Jason McNaught
Detroit Photographic Co. – continued

Detroit Photographic Co. – continued

Early postcard scenes of the Canadian Thousand Islands published by the Detroit Photographic Co.
by: Robert L. Matthews
Discovering Frank T. Lent

Discovering Frank T. Lent

I live a long way from the Thousand Islands but my quest to discover who designed my home in Worcester, Massachusetts le...
by: Dolores R. Buckley
Toujours Frontenac on Round Island

Toujours Frontenac on Round Island

The citizens of Round Island are gathering at the dockside post office under a sapphire blue sky on a Sunday afternoon i...
by: Kim Lunman
The Cottages of Grenell

The Cottages of Grenell

“How many cottages are on the island?” This is usually the first question I’m asked when I begin to describe life on Gr...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
The Doctor is in

The Doctor is in

This doctor doesn't just make house calls. Dr. Dick Withington, known around this stretch of the River simply as 'Doc,' ...
by: Kim Lunman
“Show Girl”, a Thousand Islands Classic

“Show Girl”, a Thousand Islands Classic

"Show Girl" is the name of a pristine vintage launch that was built in the shop of the Hutchinson Brothers Boat Works in 1921
by: Anthony Mollica Jr.
Washington Island’s Wreck

Washington Island’s Wreck

The 1876 St. Lawrence River Chart No 6, drawn by the US Army Corps of Engineers, listed a wreck off Washington Island in...
by: Dennis McCarthy
Searching for a Pirate's Lost Lair

Searching for a Pirate's Lost Lair

In 1838, William "Pirate Bill" Johnston served as admiral in the rebel forces that repeatedly attacked Upper Canada, and...
by: Shaun J. McLaughlin
“Shall We Gather at the River” by Hannah Connolly

“Shall We Gather at the River” by Hannah Connolly

The Grindstone Island community gathers for the last church service of the season, hand in hand, around the old poplar t...
by: Hannah Connolly
Mudlunta's Matriarchs

Mudlunta's Matriarchs

A Gananoque businessman and sailor who loved to explore the St. Lawrence River
by: Kim Lunman
Water Water Everywhere….

Water Water Everywhere….

From my very first summer on the River, I’ve heard the story about Harry Chalk and his tin cup. Harry was the intrepid c...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
The Essence of an American Christmas

The Essence of an American Christmas

Getting to Grindstone - First glitch, the boys had thrown locking hitches on the dock lines. NEVER a locking hitch after November 1!
by: Richard L. Withington
Who Was Sam Grenell?

Who Was Sam Grenell?

I probably have a dozen things with the word Grenell on them: t-shirts, hats, sweatshirts, rain jackets, canvas bags and...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Anchors Away…

Anchors Away…

From the moment the anchor emerged dripping from the waters of the St. Lawrence River, the twelfth grade students of Tho...
by: Hayley Jones and Laura Kelly
TI Collectables Part II, Four Track Series Brochures

TI Collectables Part II, Four Track Series Brochures

I had no idea as to its value and asked the dealer the price. She held up two fingers but did she mean two dollars, twenty dollars or two hundred dollars?
by: Robert L. Matthews
Around and Through: The Path that Binds Us

Around and Through: The Path that Binds Us

Before my first visit to Grenell in 1975, my then fiancé - now husband, Gary, showed me the lot map of Grenell drawn in ...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Inheriting a Cottage

Inheriting a Cottage

Some good things start with death. When my father's Uncle Luther died in October 1952, Big Bob was glum. "You’d’ve like...
by: Dave Whitford
Garden Island grew from merely a dot

Garden Island grew from merely a dot

"Garden Island grew from merely a dot in the wilderness to be the home of hundreds - it made a bit of history all its ow...
by: Kim Lunman
Does Size Matter?

Does Size Matter?

It’s a question that is so often taken out of context. Does size matter? More times than not the response is – No. Howe...
by: Michael Folsom
Borrowing Books…

Borrowing Books…

From the day the Grenell Island Community House was dedicated in 1934, the southwest corner room was designated as a lib...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Post Office on Grenell

Post Office on Grenell

The trek to the post office to retrieve the mail is a daily ritual on Grenell. It’s rarely a straight shot there and bac...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
The Gazebo Story

The Gazebo Story

It ended up being a love story of sorts. When one of my coworkers mentioned that her sister-in-law’s family was responsi...
by: Patty Mondore
The End of the Ferry Crisis…

The End of the Ferry Crisis…

This story first appeared in the Kingston Whig-Standard as: “1946: End of the ferry crises” on November 17, 2006. The tr...
by: Brian Johnson
Reality TV’s Great Escape

Reality TV’s Great Escape

Six blindfolded men and women board a boat in the middle of the St. Lawrence River and are taken to a century-old castle...
by: Kim Lunman
Thousand Islands One-Design Sailboats

Thousand Islands One-Design Sailboats

The 1000 Islands is a playground for a multitude of summer water-based activities. Swimming, rowing, kayaking, wake-boar...
by: Tad Clark
An Unforgettable Turn of Events…

An Unforgettable Turn of Events…

Without the motor power, we still felt the boat dancing on the rocks and getting pushed around by the waves.
by: Konrad Linckh
Doing Something about Border Issues

Doing Something about Border Issues

It is not often that we hear that legislators and/or government officials in the United States and Canada are “doing som...
by: Susan W. Smith
Private Islands are Vladi's World

Private Islands are Vladi's World

They say every man is an island. Farhad Vladi says every man can own an island. Vladi, as he is known in international ...
by: Kim Lunman
Grenell Island Community House

Grenell Island Community House

Located near the foot of the island, just down the sidewalk from the Grenell Island Chapel, stands the heart of Grenell—...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Varick Chittenden’s TAUNY

Varick Chittenden’s TAUNY

Varick Chittenden founded the non-profit organization, TAUNY (Traditional Arts in Upstate New York), 25 years ago. Altho...
by: Ted Mascott
Clayton Butler’s Thousand Island Park

Clayton Butler’s Thousand Island Park

In late August, I received a copy of Thousand Island Park: The Story of an American Eden, authored by Clayton J. Butler....
by: Susan W. Smith
Louise Gaylord Cooke “87 years young and going strong”

Louise Gaylord Cooke “87 years young and going strong”

Louise Gaylor Cooke deserves special recognition for her dedication in preserving the history of Point Vivian.  We ...
by: Richard W. Randall
How The Canadian Thousand Islands Are Named and Renamed

How The Canadian Thousand Islands Are Named and Renamed

The Canadian Geographical Names Data Base at Natural Resources Canada is the repository for official names records...
by: Ross D. Pollack
Grenell Island Regatta

Grenell Island Regatta

Island life is all about boats, so why did it take Grenell Island Improvement Association 91 years to come up with the i...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Discovering my past…

Discovering my past…

In the 1980s, while working at St. Lawrence Islands National Park, I became involved with the writing of the history of ...
by: Kathleen Burtch
The Keech Family of Clayton and Fishers Landing

The Keech Family of Clayton and Fishers Landing

Andrew Keech, and his young family, settled on a farm near Clayton, New York, around 1830, thus continuing more than 150...
by: M. Bruce McAdam
How the American Thousand Islands are Named and Renamed

How the American Thousand Islands are Named and Renamed

Official names of places and features in the United States are selected by the Board on Geographic Names...
by: Ross D. Pollack
The Castle of Secrets

The Castle of Secrets

It was famously dubbed the Castle of Mysteries by the New York Times more than a century ago and today it still holds mo...
by: Kim Lunman
The Top of the World For Sale... …

The Top of the World For Sale... …

Enterprising, accomplished, and a passionate champion for the Thousand Islands, Leonard Stratford is literally on top of...
by: Michelle Caron
A Fistful of Pines

A Fistful of Pines

Two old cottages beneath a fistful of pines—that was my first impression of what was then known as Ogden Point.  Be...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Fulford Yacht's Historical Homecoming

Fulford Yacht's Historical Homecoming

Cangarda, the century-old luxury yacht that once sailed the St. Lawrence River  as Senator George T. Fulford's Mage...
by: Kim Lunman
She Saves Wildlife

She Saves Wildlife

A few weeks ago, Sue-Ryn Burns called the TILT office asking permission to release a Great Horned Owl at the Crooked Cre...
by: Star Carter
Kestrel Finds its 'Castle' at Boldt Yacht House

Kestrel Finds its 'Castle' at Boldt Yacht House

George C. Boldt, who famously built a castle for his beloved bride on Heart Island in what would become the most tragic ...
by: Kim Lunman
Northern Marine’s  community…

Northern Marine’s community…

Imagine if there was no gas station near your home, no mechanic to fix your car, or, when at home, no place to park your...
by: Susan W. Smith
Facilities for the Faithful

Facilities for the Faithful

The first Christian denomination on Grindstone was known as Christian Order founded by elder Jason McKee of Stone Mills ...
by: Rex Ennis
A Picture Window onto Paradise

A Picture Window onto Paradise

I met many interesting people around the park but one particular gentleman stands out in my mind. Joe Pullaw was an old river rat, probably sixty years my senior...
by: Tom King
Chalks Marina, Our Magic Portal

Chalks Marina, Our Magic Portal

The portal to our magical island world starts in Fishers Landing at Chalks Marina. I think my heartbeat doubles as soon...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
The House that Jack Built

The House that Jack Built

"The House that Jack Built", a 161-page illustrated catalogue that examines Sherman Pratt’s remarkable and little known residence on Niagara Island...
by: Portia Leggat
How Sweet It Is

How Sweet It Is

Sporting a weathered Commodore's cap to Sugar Island's opening encampment ceremonies complete with traditional bugle pla...
by: Kim Lunman
Have you paddled a Voyageur Canoe?

Have you paddled a Voyageur Canoe?

Because of daily walks on Wellesley, rarely does a day pass that I’m not out on the River. I can’t imagine visiting the ...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
120 Years and Counting

120 Years and Counting

"There's something pretty special going on here" says Scott MacCrimmon surveying the crowded room. It’s early January in...
by: Linda Gayle Ross
Henry R. Heath: Union Soldier, Thousand Islands Pioneer (Part II)

Henry R. Heath: Union Soldier, Thousand Islands Pioneer (Part II)

Part II of a two-part biography of Henry R. Heath, a pioneer promoter of the Thousand Islands.  This is the second ...
by: Steven D. Glazer
Calumet Island's Lost Castle

Calumet Island's Lost Castle

It's one of the most familiar landmarks off the shores of Clayton, visible from the quaint village's waterfront patios a...
by: Kim Lunman
The Narrows

The Narrows

The last two months I’ve written about my walks on Wellesley. But as with anything in life, sometimes it’s not the desti...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Castle Rest, Past and Present

Castle Rest, Past and Present

Pullman Island stands for everything that was grand about the Thousand Islands during its gilded era a century ago and a...
by: Kim Lunman
Through the Ice - A Tale of Survival

Through the Ice - A Tale of Survival

Thousand Islands Life thanks author Dan Denney for sharing this harrowing experience with our readers.  No matter h...
by: Dan Denney
Van’s Motor Marine

Van’s Motor Marine

Very few of the boaters who stop by Van’s Motor Marine in Alexandria Bay have any idea that they are docking at one of t...
by: John Peach
Fancy That!  And a Book Review…

Fancy That! And a Book Review…

Some islands have names with stories that are just meant to be told. This little known Thousand Island off the shores of...
by: Kim Lunman
Walks on Wellesley

Walks on Wellesley

For me, walking in nature and writing are somehow connected. The more I write, the more I need to walk. In order to writ...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Ian’s Wallpaper Puzzle

Ian’s Wallpaper Puzzle

Who knows the correct answer? If you are a “subscriber” to TI Life, then from November to April, Canadian photographer ...
by: Susan W. Smith
“Camp Grindstone”

“Camp Grindstone”

“Camp Grindstone,” written by Henry Eckford and illustrated by William Allen Rogers, appeared in the August 1885 issue o...
by: Robert L. Matthews
Marrying into Island Life

Marrying into Island Life

We usually close up, leave the island and head south after Columbus Day. This year we left early as our son Rob got marr...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Around Lake Ontario

Around Lake Ontario

No trip to this area would be complete without a cruise of the 1,000 Islands. My narrated two-hour cruise aboard the Sea Prince 11 was the best.
by: George Bailey
Building the Bridge to Somewhere

Building the Bridge to Somewhere

A well-recognized structure among the islands is The Thousand Islands Bridge, operated by The Thousands Islands Bridge A...
by: Alan Lindsay
A Nautical Hitchhiker…

A Nautical Hitchhiker…

As a nautical hitchhiker, I've explored the Thousand Islands by tall ship, cruise ship, power boat, canoe skiff, Sea-Doo...
by: Kim Lunman
1960’s Calumet Island

1960’s Calumet Island

My brother and I spent every summer weekend on Calumet Island in the 1960s...
by: Mike Fesko
Hill Island’s Link to Monsters and Murderers…

Hill Island’s Link to Monsters and Murderers…

Looking up the history of Hill Island's Lot #7 we discovered monsters and murderers...
by: Susan Smith with the Heberlings
Summer Adventures

Summer Adventures

My co-workers warned me that June seems to skip right into September and everything in between is just a blur. How true it is,
by: Star Carter
A Return to Fairyland

A Return to Fairyland

Marilyn Lee stepped out of the classic wooden boat Teal and onto the shores of Fairyland Island for the first time in 47...
by: Kim Lunman
Play the Ball Where the Monkey Drops It!

Play the Ball Where the Monkey Drops It!

“The real drama came when a boat ferrying a dozen of our weddings guests, including my wife Nina, began to take on water over the transom...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Gananoque’s Link to Victory

Gananoque’s Link to Victory

Edwin A. Link could fix most any machine, but all he really wanted to do, was fly...
by: John and Jim Taylor
Garden of Stone

Garden of Stone

Tucked in a corner of Sackets Harbor is a reminder of our military heritage, and of the generations of veterans who live...
by: Randy Rezabek
What’s in a building… Part I

What’s in a building… Part I

What’s in a Building? Bricks, mortar and a lot of wood. But the Gananoque Canoe Club (GCC), now known as the Thousand Is...
by: Gretchen Bambrick
Cottage Life Isn’t for Sissies

Cottage Life Isn’t for Sissies

As our neighbor says, “Cottage life isn’t for sissies.” He says it with a smile though and we all know what it means.

by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Arriving with Stuff…

Arriving with Stuff…

Non-island friends are always curious about how we get things to the island. There’s only one answer…by boat.
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
A Grindstone Development

A Grindstone Development

Betsey Fitch of Rutland, NY was given Lot 16. Lots 19 and 20 were sold to William Wells of Augusta, Upper Canada for a total of $1,340.00.
by: Rex Ennis
A Thousand Islands Bouquet for Spring

A Thousand Islands Bouquet for Spring

March and spring may share the same month on the calendar in the Thousand Islands but they are so very often not on the ...
by: Kim Lunman
Darlingside - the Story of Darling’s Wharf

Darlingside - the Story of Darling’s Wharf

The Darlingside store is located on the St. Lawrence  River, east of the Thousand Island Bridge, on the Canadian sh...
by: Alan Lindsay
Thanks for “ Things I Remember”

Thanks for “ Things I Remember”

"...My parents remembered Alexandria Bay when it was only a “wooding station: where boats landed for fuel.
by: Susan W. Smith
Grindstone Island: Lost in Time

Grindstone Island: Lost in Time

Listen to the audio version as read by Jan Eliot  Some islands tell a story. Grindstone Island tells many of them....
by: Kim Lunman
Thousand Island Park Revisited

Thousand Island Park Revisited

The island road twists through a series of snake-like turns and suddenly there it is - Thousand Island Park- a bit of Am...
by: Trude Brown Fitelson
The New Frontenac Hotel Flag

The New Frontenac Hotel Flag

Flags abound in the islands. At Grenell Island’s July 2009 regatta, participants were asked to count the flags as they p...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
From Cottage to Castle

From Cottage to Castle

It wasn’t used and it took up too much space. Yet, chopping it up with an ax and burning it was not an option.
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Capitalists, a Socialist, and the Thousand Islands

Capitalists, a Socialist, and the Thousand Islands

The capitalists, the builders of our country, made the Thousand Islands their playground in what we call today the “Gold...
by: Rex Ennis
Tremont Island History Comes Alive

Tremont Island History Comes Alive

"Tidd’s Island: a History of its People and Their Stories" was published in July of 2009
by: Susan W. Smith
First Summer Cottage on Grenell

First Summer Cottage on Grenell

By the time I first arrived on Grenell Island in 1975, my husband’s family had already been on the Point, for nearly a h...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Wolfe Island’s Lighthouses

Wolfe Island’s Lighthouses

The first Wolfe Island lighthouse was built on the eastern end of the island in 1861...
by: Mary Alice Snetsinger
Broomstick Castle in Fairyland

Broomstick Castle in Fairyland

Storybook bridges. Broomstick Castle. An historic boathouse and an idyllic summer retreat called The Folly. This is Fair...
by: Kim Lunman
Castle Rest, Its story

Castle Rest, Its story

The Pullmans were the first of the islanders to arrive by private railroad car -a sumptuous conveyance, as might be expected of the railroad car builder.
by: Paul Malo
Howe Island Vines

Howe Island Vines

The Ontario landscape has long been known for its ideal geographical location for growing grapes. However, to many of us...
by: James Rappaport
Island Nuptials…

Island Nuptials…

When my husband proposed to me back in 1974, he asked if I would consider getting married on the island. At that point i...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Lost Villages, Inundation Day

Lost Villages, Inundation Day

Mary Lynn Johnston was a Mille Roches girl She had an important chore, while her Mother ran a rooming house And her ...
by: Brian Johnson
Mrs. Simcoe’s Chapel, Drawings & Diary

Mrs. Simcoe’s Chapel, Drawings & Diary

In 1988 I went to England to carry out research at the National Maritime Archives in Greenwich and the
by: Susan W. Smith
Lost Villages, Another Perspective

Lost Villages, Another Perspective

Painted over 40 years before, it is the center line of what once was a two lane highway which ran along the shore of a very different River.
by: Ian Coristine
Stamps on Murray Isle

Stamps on Murray Isle

We're not talking "Pony Express", but about a more-personalized mail service than most receive today, a service that is cherished and greatly appreciated.
by: Rachel Cole
Exhibit in the Making – Alson S. Clark

Exhibit in the Making – Alson S. Clark

It was a cold and rainy day on June 1st – but the invitation to meet Mike Franklin, Patricia Tague and Rhea Jenkner and ...
by: Susan W. Smith
Navigating Lost Channels

Navigating Lost Channels

Great Lake Swimmers Back in River Tony Dekker, the lead musician of the Great Lake Swimmers, rests his hand on the helm...
by: Kim Lunman
1760 "Battle of the Thousand Islands"

1760 "Battle of the Thousand Islands"

What went down in history as the Battle of the Thousand Islands ended when the French and Canadian defenders struck thei...
by: Michael Whittaker
Wolfe Island Wind Turbines

Wolfe Island Wind Turbines

    The following was received in mid-April: Dear Susan, ...
by: Susan W. Smith
Island Names, Updated May 2009

Island Names, Updated May 2009

As the new season begins on the River, I’m pleased to offer this Sixth online edition of POLLACK’S GAZETTEER OF THE THOU...
by: Ross D. Pollack
Peacock Yacht House, Part II

Peacock Yacht House, Part II

The Peacock Yacht House succumbed to a fire in early 1990’s leaving only the
by: Rick Tague
The Tallest Cathedral...

The Tallest Cathedral...

The tradition of worship in Half Moon Bay began in 1887.  People came from neighbouring islands and from Gananoque ...
by: Carolyn Pratt
An Historic Treasure: Comfort Island

An Historic Treasure: Comfort Island

Comfort Island is for sale. . .  When Paul Malo created Thousand Islands Life in 2006, he created a Properties page...
by: Susan W. Smith
Honey Bee Island's Magic

Honey Bee Island's Magic

It can be said every island has its magic. But not every island has its own magician. Honey Bee Island is the summer ho...
by: Kim Lunman
Research at Governor's Island

Research at Governor's Island

The Thousand Islands Biological Station (TIBS) is located on Governor's Island, near Clayton, NY, and is an important re...
by: John Farrell, PhD
Geronimo's Remains in the Thousand Islands?

Geronimo's Remains in the Thousand Islands?

Are the remains of Geronimo in the Thousand Islands? The legendary Apache Chief died
by: Rex Ennis
Preserving the Thousand Islands

Preserving the Thousand Islands

Have you seen the terns circling over their nests on the Eagle Wing Shoals? When was the last time you walked the Macshe...
by: David Ray & Susan W. Smith
St. Lawrence Red

St. Lawrence Red

When I envisioned a visit to the Thousand Islands Winery, I imagined the grandeur of Boldt Castle, the upscale atmosphere that typifies the Saint Lawrence River experience. I expected a graying gentleman
by: Ashley Brenon
Part II - May Dewey's Diary

Part II - May Dewey's Diary

This is the first day of a new month. We all have been hanging around ...
by: Kristen Pinkney
Black Duck Cottage Family History

Black Duck Cottage Family History

In November we received a note from Marnie Ross, a member of the Canadian Thousand Islands Watershed Land Trust, “Would ...
by: Jean King
More than a Salad Dressing & the Golden Apple Fire

More than a Salad Dressing & the Golden Apple Fire

Each month I seek links to the Islands which highlight the area's history and activities, to emphasize why the Islands s...
by: Susan W. Smith
Grenadier Island and its Unofficial Mayor

Grenadier Island and its Unofficial Mayor

GRENADIER ISLAND: June Hodge was born in a houseboat on the St. Lawrence River.
by: Kim Lunman
Clayton's Historic Island Hotels

Clayton's Historic Island Hotels

Rexford M. Ennis is the author of several dissertations on Thousand Islands history; often presented to an appreciative ...
by: Rex Ennis
Island Names Updated, December 2008

Island Names Updated, December 2008

This is the fifth online edition of “Pollack’s Gazetteer of the Thousand Islands of the United States and Canada in the ...
by: Ross D. Pollack
More than a Salad Dressing and “See’s Famous Old Time Candies”

More than a Salad Dressing and “See’s Famous Old Time Candies”

It is almost Christmas and I am about to buy several boxes of candy to give as presents. Of course I know all about See’...
by: Susan W. Smith
Brockville's Waterfront

Brockville's Waterfront

"Brockville’s Waterfront" first appeared in the Brockville Recorder and Times on August 30, 2008 and subsequently was pu...
by: Kim Lunman
Life at the Crossroads - The Frontenac Arch

Life at the Crossroads - The Frontenac Arch

HILL ISLAND - To many, the Canadian Shield is the quintessential Canadian landscape—the rugged “north”, ...
by: Don Ross
Clayton: a Boating World

Clayton: a Boating World

There can be no disputing Clayton is the boating capital of the Thousand Islands both on land and in the water. This small U.S. town on the St. Lawrence River has been transformed ...
by: Kim Lunman
The Mystery of the Thousand Islands Dressing

The Mystery of the Thousand Islands Dressing

CLAYTON, NY The salad dressing that put this place on the map might have a slight geography Challenge.
by: Kim Lunman
Brock’s Islands

Brock’s Islands

Many of the officers who fought in the British campaigns during the War of 1812 are commemorated in the Brock Islands. W...
by: Susan W. Smith
More than a Salad Dressing and the 1st Duke of Wellington

More than a Salad Dressing and the 1st Duke of Wellington

Throughout the winter, I will provide a number of links to demonstrate how our region of the mighty St. Lawrence River s...
by: Susan W. Smith
Queen of the Castle on Dark Island

Queen of the Castle on Dark Island

DARK ISLAND N.Y. It's hard to know what to pack when you're going to spend the night in the Royal Suite of a castle as ...
by: Kim Lunman
King of the Castle on Dark Island

King of the Castle on Dark Island

DARK ISLAND N.Y.: Scott Garris gets to be king for a night almost every night of the year at Singer Castle. The 46-year...
by: Kim Lunman
T.I. Park: A Step Back In Time

T.I. Park: A Step Back In Time

Beginning on Saturday, July 5, 2008 and appearing every Saturday through Labour Day Weekend, Kim Lunman's series entitle...
by: Kim Lunman
Historic Hart House Inn

Historic Hart House Inn

When Paul Malo created Thousand Islands Life, the magazine, in 2005, he did so with a hope that much of the "past" would...
by: Susan W. Smith
Ghost of a gilded age: Carleton Island's Wyckoff Villa

Ghost of a gilded age: Carleton Island's Wyckoff Villa

  CARLETON ISLAND This is the second story in a series written by staff reporter, Kim Lunman, for the Brockville...
by: Kim Lunman
A Trip to Kingston's Rosemount Inn & Spa

A Trip to Kingston's Rosemount Inn & Spa

Feature story and photographs by Mike Franklin I recently discovered the Rosemount Inn & Spa in Kingston and the ar...
by: Mike Franklin
More than a Salad Dressing and George Washington

More than a Salad Dressing and George Washington

More than a Salad Dressing… Years ago, I met a young medical student and I was telling her about my favourite vacation r...
by: Susan W. Smith
Island Names Updated, September 2008

Island Names Updated, September 2008

Dedication: This fourth online edition and all subsequent editions of “Pollack’s Gazetteer of the Thousand Islands of th...
by: Ross D. Pollack
"The Camp"

"The Camp"

This article, written by Paul Malo, was originally posted in the old format of TI Life as part of the series Grand River...
by: Paul Malo
Best Foot Forward Award

Best Foot Forward Award

Consistent with our mission of raising the bar, Thousand Island Life seeks to recognize exceptional quality. Thousand...
by: Paul Malo
Perfecting a Place: Improving Thousand Island Park

Perfecting a Place: Improving Thousand Island Park

Towards the end of the twentieth century, Thousand Island Park was not the place that is now, when the twenty-first cent...
by: Paul Malo
Rediscovering Fort Haldimand, compiled by Mike Franklin and Paul Malo

Rediscovering Fort Haldimand, compiled by Mike Franklin and Paul Malo

Obscurity … has hung like a cloud of oblivion over the history of this island
by: Paul Malo
Gananoque Inn

Gananoque Inn

The Gananoque Inn & Spa, Gananoque Ontario At the turn of the twentieth century fast rail access made the Thousand ...
by: Paul Malo
Captain Jim's Hubbard House

Captain Jim's Hubbard House

Before we had hotels, we had inns. Before we had inns, we had taverns. The earliest accommodations for visitors on the r...
by: Paul Malo
Vince Dee Remembered

Vince Dee Remembered

Most of us ask what a place offers us;  fewer of us ask what we can offer the place.  Thousand Islands Life co...
by: Paul Malo
Alexandria Bay Historic Photographic Exhibition

Alexandria Bay Historic Photographic Exhibition

The major photographer of the Thousand Islands, A. C. McIntyre began taking daguerreotypes in the mid-nineteenth century...
by: Paul Malo
Original River Houseboat, Balboa

Original River Houseboat, Balboa

The Clark family of Comfort Island in 1893 acquired the first houseboat on the river, the Comfort (later Balboa). As Pau...
by: Paul Malo
Island Names Directory, 2007

Island Names Directory, 2007

Help Me Catalog the Thousand Islands. International Collaborative Effort Sought Since appearance of the last issue o...
by: Ross D. Pollack
Stephanie L. Woods' Brockville Photographs

Stephanie L. Woods' Brockville Photographs

Photographs of Brockville by Brockville resident, Stephanie L Woods.  2007  King Street Old Post Office ...
by: Paul Malo
Veracity, or Truth in Advertising

Veracity, or Truth in Advertising

Phil Amsterdam, himself an old tour-boat guide and boat-line operator, complains about about sitting on his Cherry Islan...
by: Paul Malo
Carleton Island Villa: A Souvenir The Thousand Islands of the St. Lawrence River by John A Haddock, 1895

Carleton Island Villa: A Souvenir The Thousand Islands of the St. Lawrence River by John A Haddock, 1895

Standing on the peninsula-like head of Carleton Island ...
by: Paul Malo
Carleton Villa Visit 2003

Carleton Villa Visit 2003

  The following presentation has been adapted from an article that appeared in the Thousand Islands Sun Vacationer ...
by: Paul Malo
Clayton Opens Up

Clayton Opens Up

Clayton's Carl Frink was known as inventor of the steel snow plow. His Frink Sno-Plow Co. by the 1930s had become the largest producer of snow plows in America. The Clayton plant closed in 2000, after the firm became Frink-America, Inc.
by: Paul Malo