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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
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
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
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
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
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
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, Grenell and Wellesley's Historic Churches

Grindstone, Grenell and Wellesley's Historic Churches

The idea for a study of the Architecture on Historic Churches in Jefferson County, New York came from a request by the J...
by: Rick Tague
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
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
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
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
“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
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
“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
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
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
Ogdensburg’s Harbor Lighthouse

Ogdensburg’s Harbor Lighthouse

The American lighthouses of the Thousand Islands have fared better than their Canadian counterparts over the years. Of t...
by: Mary Alice Snetsinger
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
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
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
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
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 “Cangarda” Story

The “Cangarda” Story

There is, probably, no steam yacht on the St. Lawrence River that brought more delight to passengers, or spectators, tha...
by: Dick Sherwood
Mudlunta's Matriarchs

Mudlunta's Matriarchs

A Gananoque businessman and sailor who loved to explore the St. Lawrence River
by: Kim Lunman
The House That Jack Built, Kitsymenie Island

The House That Jack Built, Kitsymenie Island

Carolyn Pratt spent summers as a young girl with her family on Mudlunta Island just a pebble's toss away from Kitsymenie...
by: Kim Lunman
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
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
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
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
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
The Digger… on Carleton Island

The Digger… on Carleton Island

Dr. Douglas J. Pippin, Star Carter,  and I are standing on the embankment at Fort Haldimand, a British Fort built o...
by: Susan Smith & Douglas Pippin
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
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
Going, Going, Almost Gone…

Going, Going, Almost Gone…

In April, the website ABay.com published photographs of the crumbling boathouse on Ina Island.  The author, aka Joh...
by: Susan W. Smith
Artist Kelly Curry

Artist Kelly Curry

“I never touched a paint brush until age thirty-five,” Kelly Curry says proudly. But in the past decade, she has painted...
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
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
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
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
“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
Balboa - a Century of History

Balboa - a Century of History

My family was fortunate to call the Balboa our summer home in the Thousand Islands from 1955 to 2008 and it has served...
by: Robert S. Miner
Time Stops on Watch Island

Time Stops on Watch Island

April's TI Life listed Watch Island on the "Properties" page where we post important properties of the region that are f...
by: Mike Franklin
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
A Trickling Stream of History

A Trickling Stream of History

The first time we saw the Inn was in spring, on a day bursting with the promise of a fresh season. The grass was almost ...
by: Susanne Richter
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
The Peacock Yacht House

The Peacock Yacht House

Growing up in the Thousand Islands the old homes and
by: Rick Tague
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
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
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 Grater House

A Grater House

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
Hub Island's "Miss Lady Slipper"

Hub Island's "Miss Lady Slipper"

Hub Island house, built by Steve Taylor from Wellesley Island.  Originally posted in the old format of TI Life as p...
by: Paul Malo
Fairview Manor

Fairview Manor

Above Clayton, about the year 1937, Fairview Manor was constructed of boulders, sometimes said to be “Adirondack river s...
by: Paul Malo
Nelfred

Nelfred

The last large summer home appeared on “millionaire’s row” prior 1913 (although by one account that property was not acq...
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
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