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TI Life in April ‘13

TI Life in April ‘13

Lots of news … First, take a stand-up Jet-Ski ride over ice and water… Our Kim Lunman writes for "BoatUSA" and I introduce our April contributors. The Canadian Park Islands have a new name and we have an update on water levels. We thank those who leave comments for they often lead to new stories about the 1000 Islands…
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life in January ‘13

TI Life in January ‘13

This is one of our most ambitious issues… 13 articles… over 130 photographs, special videos including one created on YouTube for TI Life, Seaway 2012, history, an excursion, a book review… and the launch of RiverQuest...Then, ever wonder what was here before? We introduce new Facebook pages featuring vintage photographs … and we show snowbirds how winter 2013 has started..
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life in September 2012

TI Life in September 2012

Yes, that is a truck you see...It was caught on camera by Martin Zonnenberg as the Grindstone Island Barge made its way across the River... We introduce a new book by Chris Brock and poetry by Fred Schmidt... Lots more in this month's issue, enjoy.
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life May 1st - Special edition, "One in a Thousand"

TI Life May 1st - Special edition, "One in a Thousand"

When I learned that Ian Coristine was writing a new book I got excited. As perhaps one of his most devoted fans (his contributions to Thousand Islands Life are immeasurable), I decided...
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life “Lite”

TI Life “Lite”

July is vacation time and hopefully you are not sitting at your computer but instead enjoying these truly hot, hazy, crazy days of summer. For that reason in July we publish TI Life ‘Lite'. And to help you enjoy the summer, do check this article as we share a new slide show of the Thousand Islands, created by Ian Coristine with the music of Great Lake Swimmers...
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
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
A Bass is Too Valuable to Catch Only Once…

A Bass is Too Valuable to Catch Only Once…

Save The River’s Bass Catch and Release Program Save The River, the Upper St. Lawrence River’s envir...
by: John Peach
Do You Know Where Your Bouy is tonight?  Are You Losing Your Markers?

Do You Know Where Your Bouy is tonight? Are You Losing Your Markers?

Good questions…. and there is one more:  “Do you want it back”?  Here is the beginning of the mystery. Early ...
by: Richard L. Withington
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
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
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
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
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
Close Call …. Again

Close Call …. Again

We were crossing the channel Wednesday morning, May 28th when my husband, Gary, shouted out, “Ship!” I had been looking ...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
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
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In our family we have often said… “We will cross that bridge when we come to it…” When Paul Malo, created TI Life in 20...
by: Susan W. Smith
The Wind in the Islands, by Scott Ouderkirk

The Wind in the Islands, by Scott Ouderkirk

I was reading The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame for the umpteenth time, and all I could think about was that I ...
by: Scott Ouderkirk
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
Pale Swallow-wort–A 1000 Islands Invader

Pale Swallow-wort–A 1000 Islands Invader

The Thousand Islands have been affected by an invader – the Pale Swallow-wort – with large infestations in the region, i...
by: Brandon Hollis
Island Life 2014

Island Life 2014

It's that time of year again. Island Time. It's time to celebrate summer and enjoy The River in one of the most enchant...
by: Kim Lunman
A New Wheelhouse in Gananoque

A New Wheelhouse in Gananoque

For many years the Arthur Child Heritage Museum in Gananoque has dreamed of undertaking a unique exhibit to be housed in...
by: Pat Colby
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
Spring is finally here…a list by Dick Withington

Spring is finally here…a list by Dick Withington

After a winter of continuous cold and snow, another weekend visit of the Polar Vortex seemed routine. The Vernal Equinox...
by: Richard L. Withington
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
How I found the missing American Boat Line…

How I found the missing American Boat Line…

I’ve long been a fan of the American Boat Line double deck tour boats. In fact, I’ve written about them before on my blo...
by: Mike Fesko
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
Hay Island’s David Ross: Canada’s Junior Culinary Olympic Team Member

Hay Island’s David Ross: Canada’s Junior Culinary Olympic Team Member

The Thousand Islands region will, in 2016, have an  Olympian! David Ross, who will graduate from Niagara College t...
by: Susan W. Smith
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
“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
The Orsula on Christmas Day

The Orsula on Christmas Day

From December 25, 2013 to December 30, 2013 the Bulk Carrier Orsula was stranded at Tibbetts Point...
by: Dennis McCarthy and Khris Hunt
Rose Bowl Parade and the 1000 Islands

Rose Bowl Parade and the 1000 Islands

  Carol and Ken Kozin of Clayton, NY, have been traveling to Pasadena California for the last six years to help ...
by: Susan W. Smith
“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
December Newsletter from RiverQuest

December Newsletter from RiverQuest

It’s been an incredibly exciting year for RiverQuest’s Aquatarium, and 2014 looks even brighter! With the RiverQuest Aq...
by: Morgan McLellan
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
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
Get Ready for the 2013 Photo Contest…

Get Ready for the 2013 Photo Contest…

Thousand Islands Life Magazine’s second annual Christmas photo contest is upon us. Why Christmas? Because the winners’ a...
by: Ian Coristine
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
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
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
Google Trek of the Thousand Islands National Park

Google Trek of the Thousand Islands National Park

Email, Facebook, Instagram, and all the other wondrous tools available on the Internet have made it easier than ever to ...
by: Bruce MacMillan
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"
“HISTORY Carved Out of Wood”, Lakeland Boating

“HISTORY Carved Out of Wood”, Lakeland Boating

The St. Lawrence River town of Clayton, New York overlooking the Thousand Islands has a claim to fame other than being a...
by: Kim Lunman
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
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
Boat Shoes

Boat Shoes

Is it a loafer or a moccasin? It is called a “boat shoe,” and it has a skid resistant, rubber sole. The upper looks like...
by: Tad Clark
“Save Our Casino” Rally – July 30th

“Save Our Casino” Rally – July 30th

Editor’s Note: Thousand Islands  Life is pleased to publicize this important “Save our Casino Rally”.  Kevin ...
by: Susan W. Smith
“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
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
Help Count Loons…

Help Count Loons…

Thousand Islands Land Trust (TILT) has once again announced their Annual Loon Count for July 20, 2013. Observers across...
by: Susan W. Smith
Take the Rum-Runners Challenge…

Take the Rum-Runners Challenge…

When something is prohibited,....
by: Dianne Phillips
Photographs from the 4th of July, 2013

Photographs from the 4th of July, 2013

To celebrate the 4th of July, Dennis & I took a Rockport Boat Line cruise to watch the fireworks over Boldt Castle, ...
by: Kathi and Dennis McCarthy
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
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
Have you ever considered owning a legend?

Have you ever considered owning a legend?

The boat you are looking at is the oldest motoryacht in continuous usage anywhere in North America, and presents one of ...
by: Michael Joyce
Camping in comfort in Thousand Islands National Park

Camping in comfort in Thousand Islands National Park

Camping on an island has a special appeal -- that feeling of leaving the everyday back on the mainland. This quality tha...
by: Kim Robinson
The Shoal Sisters are calling to Shoal up Support

The Shoal Sisters are calling to Shoal up Support

Any Islander will tell you, they are an integral part of keeping our river community safe. And with water levels becomi...
by: Morgan McLellan
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
2013 or 1913? Photo essay by Ian Coristine

2013 or 1913? Photo essay by Ian Coristine

Wednesday, June 4th, 2013 – or is it?  The calendar may be correct, but the scenery told another story.  More ...
by: Ian Coristine
Clayton’s visitors, Photo essay by Janet Sullins

Clayton’s visitors, Photo essay by Janet Sullins

As Brockville was preparing for the arrival of 14 tall ships, Clayton was ready for another 3 to arrive as part of the 2...
by: Janet Sullins
“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
It's Island Time: “Island Life Magazine 2013”

It's Island Time: “Island Life Magazine 2013”

It's that time of year again: Island Time. Summer is back and so is Island Life Magazine. Here's a preview of this year'...
by: Kim Lunman
“1000 Thanks” to Military Families

“1000 Thanks” to Military Families

It all sounded too good to be true. When Dawn and Kevin Rast heard about a program where Fort Drum families were invite...
by: Missy L. Rosenberry
“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
Paddle the Arch Tours

Paddle the Arch Tours

Paddlers, local and visiting, novice and expert, can choose from a new selection of paddling tours this season within th...
by: Celia Medcalf
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
Summer 2013  –  We are underway

Summer 2013 – We are underway

The 2013 season is officially up and running on all cylinders throughout the region. Ice has melted, birds have returned...
by: Michael Folsom
TALL SHIPS 1812 Tour in Brockville

TALL SHIPS 1812 Tour in Brockville

The St. Lawrence River has always been an important transportation route. During the War of 1812 the Upper St. Lawrence...
by: Alicia Wanless
Her Majesty’s Royal Yacht

Her Majesty’s Royal Yacht

When we travel to different corners of the world, I’m always amazed how often our experiences somehow link back to the S...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
To Learn about Wooden Boats of Canada and 1000 Islands

To Learn about Wooden Boats of Canada and 1000 Islands

The historic and picturesque lakeside city of Kingston, Ontario will become the focus of the Antique and Classic Boat un...
by: John Peach
Polar Bears in A-Bay

Polar Bears in A-Bay

These polar bears give “helping the community” a whole new meaning to the word "courage".
by: "Johnny Truesdell's ABay.com"
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
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"
Quilting the River Region…

Quilting the River Region…

Readers of Thousand Islands Life well know how the St. Lawrence River inspires artists, poets, writers . . .
by: Kara Lynn Dunn
The Fees go up, but “How Much”?

The Fees go up, but “How Much”?

Our family came to the Thousand Islands and spent five years visiting the St. Lawrence Islands National Park docks. As a...
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life to the rescue…

TI Life to the rescue…

Wheelock Souvenir China In early February we received this email from Carol Apperson. Oceanside, Oregon, USA.  Car...
by: Susan W. Smith
Red Hot Start Leads to Positive Seaway Season

Red Hot Start Leads to Positive Seaway Season

There was no ice to thaw as the Seaway season got underway back in March due to temperatures being higher than normal th...
by: Michael Folsom
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
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
Excursion to England, 2012

Excursion to England, 2012

In August 1958, my family of five, mom, dad, brother, sister, and myself sailed aboard the Cunard’s famous RMS Queen Elizabeth liner to Southampton, England.
by: Rex Ennis
Dear People of the United States of America and Canada…

Dear People of the United States of America and Canada…

A few weeks ago, just after sunset, I saw a gorgeous ship upbound at Clayton... It was unusual because it was bathed ent...
by: Richard L. Withington
“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
Cattail Caper

Cattail Caper

Sometimes Mother Nature needs a hand. Low water levels on the St. Lawrence presented environmental groups the perfect op...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
North Country’s 20 under 40

North Country’s 20 under 40

For those of you who wish you were back on the River – be envious.  On Thursday, December 13, I had the chance to g...
by: Susan W. Smith
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
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
Had Enough of the War of 1812?

Had Enough of the War of 1812?

Had enough of The War of 1812? Not really? Good, because I feel the same way. Ever since the Kingston Historical Soci...
by: Bill Fitsell
Excursions and More…

Excursions and More…

Excursions, books & magazines and a special gift to subscribers...all reasons to enjoy TI Life in the Fall, so read more here..
by: Susan W. Smith
Bottoms Up…

Bottoms Up…

Bottoms up for the St. Lawrence River… but not the kind you would tip your glass for.  The bottom of the St. Law...
by: Michael Folsom
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
St. Lawrence River: High-Tech Trend Setter

St. Lawrence River: High-Tech Trend Setter

The St. Lawrence River has served as an avenue of exploration, a battleground for national freedom fighters, a platform ...
by: Kara Lynn Dunn
Getting Kids Back to Nature

Getting Kids Back to Nature

Now that my first summer as Coordinator of Education & Outreach at the Thousand Islands Land Trust (TILT) is winding...
by: Corinne Mockler
Writers find the River…

Writers find the River…

You see there are any number of distinct advantages to living in the Thousand Islands region, as attested to by the number of articles in this magazine...
by: Russ Disotell
Update for “One in a Thousand”

Update for “One in a Thousand”

When Ian Coristine published One in a Thousand on May 1st, we asked if we at TI Life could be involved in some small way...
by: Susan W. Smith
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
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
TIA enters the 21st Century…

TIA enters the 21st Century…

Attended by almost 300 people, this year’s Thousand Islands Association annual meeting and traditional shore breakfast w...
by: Thornley Stoker
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
Grenell Aglow

Grenell Aglow

If you cruise by Grenell Island after dark this month, you might notice something special. Grenell Island is glowing wit...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
“That’s Her” Story…

“That’s Her” Story…

Grenellians have an intense attachment to the old launch "That’s Her". For me, the stories make her seem larger...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Beacons of Hope…Kayaking for MS

Beacons of Hope…Kayaking for MS

It stood out like a beacon, which in fact it was. For seven days, Rob Morrisette had seen nothing but water, sunrise to...
by: Brian Johnson
Where it all Began

Where it all Began

Long dresses, top hats and lots of red, blue and grey uniforms made their way into Joel Stone Heritage Park on Monday, J...
by: Morley Verdier
I am proud to be known as "The Ship Watcher."

I am proud to be known as "The Ship Watcher."

Editor’s Note:  On May 30, Michael Folsom published this message on his website Ship Watcher Blog.  Michael is...
by: Michael Folsom
Flag Etiquette in the 1000 Islands

Flag Etiquette in the 1000 Islands

For several years I’ve been interested in flags and flag etiquette and wanted to share some of the correct and incorrect...
by: Bud Andress
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
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
Sneak Preview… Kim’s “Island Life Magazine”

Sneak Preview… Kim’s “Island Life Magazine”

Kim Lunman, the owner and publisher of Island Life, founded the annual glossy magazine in 2009. The writer and photograp...
by: Susan W. Smith
How Professional Golf is Coming to Smugglers

How Professional Golf is Coming to Smugglers

From September 3rd to 9th, Smuggler's Glen Golf Club near Ivy Lea (Ontario) will be the site of the inaugural Great Wate...
by: David P. Dargie
Ticks and Lyme Disease

Ticks and Lyme Disease

Everyone loved those seventy degree days we enjoyed this past March. However, one of the downsides of what seems to be a...
by: Don Brown
Is Your Voice Heard… Save The River Announcement

Is Your Voice Heard… Save The River Announcement

For more than a decade, River communities have advocated for a new water levels management plan that is protective of Ri...
by: Jennifer J. Caddick
“It is a privilege to have shared…”

“It is a privilege to have shared…”

Ian Coristine is a modest man. While he aptly describes One in a Thousand as a collaborative effort, he doesn’t explain ...
by: Donna Walsh Inglehart
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
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
Farewell, Buttercup

Farewell, Buttercup

“You got guts, Vicki, I like your spirit. Keep it up!” Canadian hockey icon Don Cherry “You got spunk... I hate spunk!”...
by: Brian Johnson
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
Wolfe Island, Scene of the Crime

Wolfe Island, Scene of the Crime

Every year, on the second Saturday in August, the members of a criminal cohort make their way by ferry to peaceful, buco...
by: Vicki Delany
A 21st Century Lady…

A 21st Century Lady…

She ain’t no lady! She’s not a tramp either!   She introduces you to the 1000 Islands in her own inimitable wa...
by: James Morrison
Almost Being Here…

Almost Being Here…

I found my own way to view the river and the ships when I discovered the various webcams on www.Abay.com.
by: Tara Hutson
Du Zhongyi buys Eagle Point Estates

Du Zhongyi buys Eagle Point Estates

Hon. Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, in Ontario, announced on March 7th that the Eagle Point prope...
by: Susan W. Smith
2011 Seaway Recap

2011 Seaway Recap

Where has the winter gone? Or better yet, where was it, to begin with? The 2011 shipping season managed to sail away un...
by: Michael Folsom
Ice Fishing Anyone?

Ice Fishing Anyone?

On Saturday, January 28th, Alexandria Bay held their Annual Ice Fishing Derby. Each year Ice Fishermen (and women) and y...
by: David Pritt
Ready for the War of 1812?

Ready for the War of 1812?

If well coordinated, the St. Lawrence region is perfectly poised to foster a unique brand of heritage tourism...
by: Alicia Wanless
Chasing the World Record Muskie…

Chasing the World Record Muskie…

It was a really good hit, I grabbed the rod, set the hook and checked the drag. Dan was right next to me and I said, ‘Here...
by: Rich Clarke
The War is Coming…

The War is Coming…

Yes, towns around the Thousand Islands in 2012 are getting ready to “celebrate, learn and/or participate” in the 200th a...
by: Michael Whittaker
20 Years From Now?

20 Years From Now?

What is your vision of the Thousand Islands in twenty or even fifty years? What characteristics of the Islands do you c...
by: David Bull
Discovering the Box Stove Wreck…

Discovering the Box Stove Wreck…

I'm not sure why shipwrecks fascinate me. Maybe it's because I watched a boat sink while standing on my parent's beach i...
by: Dennis McCarthy
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
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
R. B. ‘Ratch’ Wallace: ‘Captain Hollywood’

R. B. ‘Ratch’ Wallace: ‘Captain Hollywood’

It was Sunday morning, October 16, 2011. My good friend and fellow "Canadian Empress" colleague, Ratch Burnill Wallace had suddenly passed away. He was 66...
by: Brian Johnson
Can you solve the Mystery???

Can you solve the Mystery???

Mystery!.......It was just before sunrise when my phone unexpectedly rang. Dark thoughts run through your head in the in...
by: Richard L. Withington
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
All Sorts of Boats

All Sorts of Boats

Have you been to Clayton lately? If not, you are probably missing out on some interesting sights along the water. For...
by: Michael Folsom
Protecting “One Dive at a Time

Protecting “One Dive at a Time

“If there’s that much trash in this one little area, then how much is in the entire river?” asked a spectator on a Septe...
by: Dennis McCarthy
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
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
Thanks to Tom French History Comes in 3-D

Thanks to Tom French History Comes in 3-D

“My Mom and I have this collection of stereograph cards, and we want to share it,” Tom French told me over the telephone...
by: Susan W. Smith
The Day Has Finally Come…

The Day Has Finally Come…

The Day Has Finally Come - June 14, 2011 – a day I will remember. I woke up just after 6 a.m. to begin my day. I was ho...
by: Michael Folsom
Motor Heads and Car Buffs

Motor Heads and Car Buffs

If you ask Elliott Hillback how to begin collecting cars he answers with a question: Do you want to drive the car or sho...
by: Susan W. Smith
Two New Library Additions…

Two New Library Additions…

“Saints, Sinners & Sailors of the Gilded Age”, by Rexford M. Ennis and Archeophone Records presents "The High Priestess of Jollity & The Southern Singer."
by: Susan W. Smith
Honoring Hutchinson

Honoring Hutchinson

I started looking for sources of Hutchinson history to see if there might be enough material available to actually create a modest exhibit...
by: Anthony Mollica Jr.
Do you have an iPad?…

Do you have an iPad?…

Do you have an iPad, here's a really neat way to experience ThousandIslandsLife.com, using a new free iPad app called Fl...
by: Larry Golden
Copy of Canada Border Services Agency Fact Sheet

Copy of Canada Border Services Agency Fact Sheet

This fact sheet appears on the Canadian Border Services Agency website: Fact Sheet July 2011 Simplified cell phone r...
by: Susan W. Smith
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
Remembering the “Aycliffe Hall”

Remembering the “Aycliffe Hall”

It was just before 5:30 am on June 11th when Captain Charles Dyon of the Windsolite heard the warning whistles amidst th...
by: Joel Godfrey
Heather’s dedication, “For my Father”

Heather’s dedication, “For my Father”

Heather Chitty found a special way to honor the memory of her late father, this Father’s Day,
by: Susan W. Smith
Save The River is growing!

Save The River is growing!

I carry around a little notebook with me everywhere I go that contains my current ‘to do’ list, which includes everythin...
by: Jennifer J. Caddick
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
When I see a ‘saltie’…

When I see a ‘saltie’…

When I see a ‘saltie’, I wonder what critters might be stowed away in its ballast tanks...
by: Jennifer J. Caddick
Creating Passion and Voices…

Creating Passion and Voices…

In the spring of 2000 my husband, Doug Girvin, and I moved to the Islands.  By summer we’d become 1000 Islands boat...
by: Linda Gayle Ross
Seaway Happenings, 2011

Seaway Happenings, 2011

Channel markers were removed from the Thousand Islands Regional Dock in Clayton last month, indicating that the 2011 shi...
by: Michael Folsom
Kim’s Island Life

Kim’s Island Life

Last year at this time I introduced Kim Lunman’s “Thousand Islands Ink” publishing company and her glossy magazine Islan...
by: Susan W. Smith
New Leaders in Town

New Leaders in Town

A visit to Clayton NY on a beautiful day in April gave me the opportunity to take a photograph of the newly appointed ex...
by: Susan W. Smith
Thousand Islands Playhouse 30th Anniversary Season

Thousand Islands Playhouse 30th Anniversary Season

This year the Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque celebrates a major landmark - its 30th Anniversary Season.  A...
by: Lin Bennett
What’s Cookin’

What’s Cookin’

The ice is thawing and the birds are starting to migrate back to islands. However, birds aren’t the only ones making the...
by: Michael Folsom
Island Quest Scavenger Hunt …

Island Quest Scavenger Hunt …

Getting stranded on an island with your students may sound like a teacher’s field trip nightmare, but in St. Lawrence Is...
by: Kim Robinson
Johnny Truesdell’s Abay.com

Johnny Truesdell’s Abay.com

The 1st part of my trip was really fun.. the last part 'not so much'.. it was becoming Man vs Wild back there..
by: Susan W. Smith
Coming to Clayton... in June

Coming to Clayton... in June

TI Life’s team member, Michael Folsom will be busy this summer. He is the event organizer for a special happening in Cla...
by: Susan W. Smith
Update…Through the ice–a Tale of Survival.

Update…Through the ice–a Tale of Survival.

Dan Denney’s winter experience Through the Ice - A Tale of Survival, published in January 2011, caused quite a stir....
by: Dan Denney
Hotel Guest Registry: Fill in the Blanks

Hotel Guest Registry: Fill in the Blanks

Rex Ennis, local historian and author of Toujours Jeune Always Young: Thousand Islands, Emery and The New Frontenac Hote...
by: Susan W. Smith
2010 Seaway Season Recap

2010 Seaway Season Recap

The 2010 Seaway season rolled in like a lamb back at the end of March, but it wouldn’t take long for it to become nothin...
by: Michael Folsom
Bringing Back Ice Fishing…

Bringing Back Ice Fishing…

Tim Jowett is a dedicated fisherman.

by: Kim Robinson
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
A (Book) Celebration

A (Book) Celebration

A new book includes Canada's St. Lawrence Islands National Park...
by: Susan W. Smith
Not Easy Being On A Ship: Part II

Not Easy Being On A Ship: Part II

A ship passes across the frigid, icy waters of Lake Ontario on a late November morning. Sea fog rises off the ripples of...
by: Michael Folsom
How to print a Thousand Islands Life Article

How to print a Thousand Islands Life Article

Printing stories from websites is not always easy to do - but not anymore!
by: Mike Cox
Don’t Spill The Beans: A River Grounding

Don’t Spill The Beans: A River Grounding

Another shipping incident, this time involving a tug and two barges in the tight quarters of the American Narrows near Alexandria Bay.
by: Michael Folsom
TI Life Editor Susie Smith Named 'Keeper of the Islands’

TI Life Editor Susie Smith Named 'Keeper of the Islands’

It's a crisp October afternoon in Rockport and the sky and River are postcard perfect blue. The sun is shining brightly ...
by: Kim Lunman
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
Truths, Half Truths & Damn Lies

Truths, Half Truths & Damn Lies

Tom Massey’s was a fisherman, tour boat captain and tug boat skipper, but one of his most important attributes was being...
by: Susan W. Smith
Not Easy Being On A Ship: Part I

Not Easy Being On A Ship: Part I

Paper work. Mounds and mounds of paper work pile high on a desk in an office over the summer months – a common sight for...
by: Michael Folsom
Severe Storm Batters Admiralty Islands

Severe Storm Batters Admiralty Islands

A "microburst" swept through the Thousand Islands last month, uprooting trees, damaging cottages and leaving some island...
by: Kim Lunman
46 Years and Counting…

46 Years and Counting…

The Antique Boat Museum's 46th Annual Boat Show in Clayton, held over the July 30th - August 1st weekend, attracted over 7000 visitors
by: David Dodge
Avoiding A Slick

Avoiding A Slick

At roughly 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 4, Algobay had made its way past Singer Castle and began drifting out of the channe...
by: Michael Folsom
Grindstone: A Novel by Donna Walsh Inglehart

Grindstone: A Novel by Donna Walsh Inglehart

I read about the “Mystery of Maple Island” my very first season on the island. So I’m long familiar with the legend that...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Tall Ship – Tall Mission

Tall Ship – Tall Mission

The schooner Roseway tied up to the dock at Frink’s Park in Clayton, New York, on June 25th. It was a cool, dreary, drip...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
“All about community”… “Thousand Island Park Now and Then”

“All about community”… “Thousand Island Park Now and Then”

It was one of those “hot summer days” when I first watched Thousand Island Park Now and Then.  The thirty-minute DV...
by: Susan W. Smith
Artouch in Gananoque

Artouch in Gananoque

Consistent with our mission of raising the bar, Thousand Island Life seeks to recognize exceptional quality. A new enter...
by: Susan W. Smith
“Toujours Jeune Always Young” by Rex Ennis

“Toujours Jeune Always Young” by Rex Ennis

A new book by Rex Ennis...
by: Susan W. Smith
Many thanks, Ian

Many thanks, Ian

Ian Coristine has constantly told his friends, that "raising the bar" in the Thousand Islands is our Number One task and...
by: Susan W. Smith
Photos and Music Celebrate the Thousand Islands

Photos and Music Celebrate the Thousand Islands

Beijing,China-Vancouver,BC-Chicago & Brockville-Clayton These are just a few of the stops on The Great Lake Swimmers’ 2010 Tour.
by: Erin McCarthy Brick
Wellesley’s Cross Island Farms

Wellesley’s Cross Island Farms

As the first decade of the new millennium has passed, this writer has met many people in our community who ask “what doe...
by: James Rappaport
New River Leader

New River Leader

Clayton's Fred Schmitt has accepted the Board of Trustees’ offer to succeed John MacLean as Executive Director of the Antique Boat Museum.
by: Susan W. Smith
Wearing hats during low water…

Wearing hats during low water…

Most folks on the River know me as the Executive Director of Save The River, but I also wear a few additional hats – yea...
by: Jennifer J. Caddick
Spring’s Seaway News

Spring’s Seaway News

It is early in the shipping season, however there is a lot happening in the region related to the St. Lawrence Seaway. ...
by: Michael Folsom
Workin’ “Robby Bay”

Workin’ “Robby Bay”

Every spring begins as the birds migrate, the snow melts and the little white and green tug boat sitting in Massena, New...
by: Michael Folsom
Thousand Islands Ink

Thousand Islands Ink

Kim Lunman publishes the premiere issue of an annual magazine on the Thousand Islands.
by: Susan W. Smith
Singer Castle in Print

Singer Castle in Print

After finishing a documentary DVD, a book, and then an updated version of our movie, we were pretty sure that we had com...
by: Patty Mondore
This park is closed…

This park is closed…

The news in the last few years coming from Albany would bring a challenge to even the greatest of optimists. One look at...
by: James Rappaport
I’m editing a cookbook

I’m editing a cookbook

I’m editing a cookbook.  Those of you who know me well must be savoring the irony. Don’t get me wrong – I like to e...
by: Erin McCarthy Brick
“The Summer Cottage: Retreats of the 1000 Islands”

“The Summer Cottage: Retreats of the 1000 Islands”

As the jacket notes describe: "most charming...
by: Susan W. Smith
Poker Run’s Poker Stakes

Poker Run’s Poker Stakes

Despite the intentions of the Poker Run, it is frequently cited by environmentalists as an example of conspicuous consumption and pollution.
by: James Rappaport
2009 Seaway Season Recap

2009 Seaway Season Recap

...the season would go in the books as one of the worst since the early 1960s in terms of tonnage. The 25% decrease in cargo volume ...
by: Michael Folsom
National Geographic Presents Award

National Geographic Presents Award

Consistent with our mission of raising the bar, Thousand Island Life seeks to recognize special tributes.
by: Susan W. Smith
Floating History for Sale

Floating History for Sale

It looks like it could be the end of an era for the last antique wooden tour boat in the Thousand Islands. The Morrisani...
by: Kim Lunman
The Sinister Side

The Sinister Side

However, once the sun has set, the St. Lawrence River has, amidst all its beauty, a very dark underbelly that continues to this day.
by: James Rappaport
Full TILT Ahead

Full TILT Ahead

After close to a year spent collecting information, answering questions, copying documents...
by: Susie Wood
Paul’s Legacy, Judy’s Gift, TI Gold

Paul’s Legacy, Judy’s Gift, TI Gold

Finding a particular photograph, identifying an individual or an historic fact is like finding “gold” to a researcher. ...
by: Susan W. Smith
An Island Ghost Hunt

An Island Ghost Hunt

In 1984 there were three famous men best known for fighting evil spirits which had taken New York City by storm. They to...
by: Michael Folsom
Thousand Islands Postcards

Thousand Islands Postcards

Lynn Beahm, at Arcadia Publishing, sent us several photos of postcards and a description of Arcadia’s recent:  Post...
by: Susan W. Smith
Masts Motors & Music

Masts Motors & Music

Great Lake Swimmers are coming June 6th! Celebrating the Maritime Discovery Center of the Thousand Islands. Eighteen m...
by: Ian Coristine
Wolfe Island Wind Turbines

Wolfe Island Wind Turbines

    The following was received in mid-April: Dear Susan, ...
by: Susan W. Smith
Film Pays Tribute to the Wreck of the J.B. King

Film Pays Tribute to the Wreck of the J.B. King

A  documentary that takes viewers beneath the St. Lawrence River to a wreck at the bottom the Brockville Narrows is...
by: Kim Lunman
Border Crossings

Border Crossings

One of the unique elements in the Thousand Islands region is our ability to travel between our two countries with relati...
by: James Rappaport
"Lakeland Boating's" Tribute to the Islands

"Lakeland Boating's" Tribute to the Islands

In March we announced that Ian Coristine's photographs were featured in the March
by: Susan W. Smith
A Spring Islander

A Spring Islander

In January the River took its leave, pulled a thick white blanket over itself, and rested. Freed from the turmoil of thr...
by: Richard L. Withington
River-Lations: A Music Video

River-Lations: A Music Video

Patricia and Robert Mondore received good news this
by: Susan W. Smith
Training On Ice

Training On Ice

Ice on the mighty St. Lawrence is beginning to thaw, but as light snow fell on the morning of February 22, nearly thirty...
by: Michael Folsom
Danger On Ice

Danger On Ice

We were going to contact you about going airboating with us, but we had a small mishap a few weeks ago.
by: Michelle Argersinger
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
Time On Tug Was No Breeze

Time On Tug Was No Breeze

  Some sleep in queen-sized beds on luxury yachts, some sleep under the Thousand Islands sky in a sleeping bag, but...
by: Michael Folsom
The MacNair Forty-Acre Muskie

The MacNair Forty-Acre Muskie

A “Monster” muskie was caught in the Thousand Islands on November 28th by Ottawa resident Dale MacNair who was with his ...
by: David Ray & Susan W. Smith
King of the Empress

King of the Empress

PRESCOTT: The Canadian Empress is about to set sail from the Fort Town to its next port of call - Brockville - with passengers from all over North America
by: Kim Lunman
Winter Island living - "How do you do it?"

Winter Island living - "How do you do it?"

In listening to the Inauguration, I was struck by our new President's call for individual responsibility. As I thought a...
by: Richard L. Withington
Spring into the Boating Season

Spring into the Boating Season

February, the dead of winter, and here we are thinking spring. We asked Roland Pootmans and his wife, Danielle, if they ...
by: Roland Pootmans
2008 Seaway Season Recap

2008 Seaway Season Recap

Snow has covered summer cottage roofs, boats have been shrink wrapped and placed in marina parking lots and ice is formi...
by: Michael Folsom
A Winter Islander

A Winter Islander

So you think you're a dedicated Thousand Islander? Dr. Dick Withington (also known as Doc) is enjoying his fourth consec...
by: Richard L. Withington