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When Paul Malo created Thousand Islands Life in 2005, he did so with a hope that much of the "past" would be appreciated.  He wrote at that time:

"In the interest of finding appreciative stewards of historic properties, Thousand Islands Life presents some real estate of exceptional importance when offered for sale."

TI Life has compiled a number of resources to present these properties -  however we do not promote any sale.  All inquiries should be made to the contact on each property listing.

Updated:  August, 2014



Cherry Island, Gananoque, ON

Situated amongst old growth trees and gentle breezeS, you will find this 1000 Islands “piece of heaven on earth.” The cedar lined boathouse will welcome you to Cherry Island when heading west from Gananoque.  Your family and guests will be able to stay in either the two-bedroom boathouse or the main “bunkie” with two beds; while you maintain your privacy in your master suite on the second floor of the main cottage.  Just imagine morning coffee overlooking the water from your balcony. Follow the sun from dawn to dusk from the three unique waterfront entertaining areas.  The Island is literally minutes from Gananoque, but with privacy like you are miles from anywhere. 



MLS® 14604187


For more information contact: 

Todd Bickerton - Sales Representative,, Telephone:  613-217-8683

Tony Chard – Broker, e Telephone 613-540-2280

Royal LePage ProAlliance Realty, Brokerage

80 Queen Street, Kingston ON K7K 6W7


Bloomfield Island, Canadian Island

Bloomfield Island

Click here to see the slide show of 36 photographs of Bloomfield Island

First time on the market in 50 years, Bloomfield is charming and has a spacious 5 bedroom summer home with big rooms, stone fireplace, family kitchen and wrap around verandah. The 2 level boat house has just been completely re-build and has concrete docks, good water and renovated living quarters on the 2nd floor. Add to this 2 sand beaches, a deep water swimming dock and golf and tennis around the corner and, you have all making for a happy summer!

The 1000 Islands

Asking price: $1,650,000

Georgina Ratcliffe
Sales Representative
Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited., Brokerage
Office: 416.925.9191  Cell: 416-464-5165

Buck Island & Doctors Island, Canadian Islands

Buck Island  was developed at the turn of the last century as a hunting camp.  the main house was enlarged to its current, gracious 5 bedrooms with 4.5 bathrooms in the early 1930s. 

It has a glorious Victorian feel and outstanding woodwork/paneling created by the premier boat builder of the day, Ed Andress.  Rooms are large and bright, the wrap-around veranda is screened.  Included with this sale is Doctors Island.  Doctors Island is a one acre plus, undeveloped island.  It serves as a wonderful swimming/picnicking destination.

These two islands were bought in the early 1930s by the current owners’ family. At that time the buildings were renovated and enlarged. The architectural style and detail, the huge wrap-around veranda and the sweeping vistas up the river make this summer home a treasure. Doctors Island is not developed and has been used only as a family destination for swimmers, picnics and campouts.
The main house has 6 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, the bunkie has a sink and a toilet and the guest house, used in the shoulder seasons has 2 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms and a kitchen.  It has been insulated so it can be used in the shoulder seasons.

#1 Buck Island and #1 Doctors Island

The 1000 Islands
Asking price: $1,650,000

Georgina Ratcliffe
Sales Representative
Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited., Brokerage
Office: 416.925.9191  Cell: 416-464-5165

Huckleberry Island, also known as Little Basswood or Lone Pine Island, US Island

MLS# S303183

Lone Pine Island – also known as Huckleberry or Little Basswood -  is a private small island  located between Maple Island and Basswood Island on the main channel near Clayton, NY.

The cottage was designed by architect Robert Hammond, Annapolis, MD, in 1981.  It is a 1000 square-foot contemporary cottage with an open floor plan which opens to a loft.  There are large windows looking out on the St. Lawrence River’s Seaway.   A Vermont Casting Wood Stove provides a focal point in the cathedral ceiling living room, with Douglas fir floors.

The cottage is surrounded by outdoor decks and there are unique sliding panels for window protection.   

The protected docks measure 48’ and 32’. 
Galloo Island Light House

Until 1981 when John and Sarah Mara built their cottage on the island, Sara and her sister, Nancy Hammond “tented”  as children, on the island and as a family, swam there, had picnics, even celebrating the Fourth of July. 

Lone Pine Island, as all the locals call it, was the last uninhabited island in the immediate region.  When Sarah’s parents' cottage on Murray Isle became too small for the family, she and her husband hired her  sister's husband, Robert Hammond an architect in Annapolis, MD, to design the cottage. At the time the Mara’s lived in Colorado and wanted a simple, low-maintenance house, one that was easy to “open and close.”

The island will last in the hearts of many young children as Sarah and her sister, Nancy Robinson Hammond, collaborated in 2005 on the children's book titled, A Snug Little Island. 

Sara wrote the story and Nancy, a well-known River artist, illustrated it.  The book was launched at The Antique Boat Museum selling over 2,000 copies in Canada and the US.

Click all photographs to enlarge.

Price:  $420,000

Prudential 1000 Realty

421 Riverside Dr
Clayton, NY 14618
Office: 315-686-1010,

Agent:  Lora Stopper


Showing appointments: 315-771-3476


Dewer’s Inn on the River – 1649 County Road #2, Prescott, Ontario

The history of this property was written in detail in the April’13 issue of Thousand Islands Life Magazine.

“Riverlicious”and the Grenville Brewery, by Michelle Caron

Excerpt:  “Long before our paradise became a recreational riverfront, in 1869 an industrialist by the name of John McCarthy chose this perfect setting on the St. Lawrence River to establish a red brick brewery with his partner James Quinn. There, next to the grand St. Lawrence River was a bountiful abundance of cool natural spring water for masterful beer crafting. These perfect conditions came together with John McCarthy’s extensive experience in the distillery business. Producing 7,000 barrels of beer a year, he managed to grow the brewery into Upper Canada’s largest brewery. Furthermore, the natural foundation of a bedrock floor allowed for the brewery ideal conditions to house storage vaults on a bedrock floor basement. This contributed to the genius of making some of Canada’s finest beer- no wonder our secret garden cottage retreat is such a happy place!”


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Profitable waterfront paradise – Pristine turnkey investment property featuring 18 custom built and decorated housekeeping cottages, cozy motel efficiency units and 3 spacious apartments with fireplaces.  Located in the world famous 1000 Islands region of the great waterway tourism corridor, over 11 million people are located within 4 hours drive.

Investors or live-in proprietors, cash in on this outstanding established business.  This 1.4 acre property with 300’ of River frontage features stunning landscaped grounds with boardwalk and rest areas, ready for kayaking, scuba diving or fishing.  Relax and enjoy watching international ships traverse the longest freshwater shipping channel in the world right by your door.  This multi-unit exceptional property also houses a 300 SF reception area, 325 SF breakfast room, 256  SF garden shed, 1,300 SF workshop and parking for 25 cars.

The units have all been in renovation and updating stages for the past 10 years, and are in nearly-new well cared for condition.






Wee House (Flora Island), Near Grenell Island.  US Island


WEE HOUSE  Built circa 1890.  The original owner, Seward Prosser, bought the island for $50 and built the cottage from a plan he found in the Ladies Home Journal, calling it "The Bump".  In 1916, it was sold and greatly enlarged, adding rooms built on docks.  [History provided by Lynn McElfresh, Grenell Island historian]

Built in 1935 this classic River cottage sits on it`s own island. The property consists of a 3 bedroom cottage, boathouse, Skiff house, and enough docks for 5 or 6 boats.Charming wood interior with stone fireplace, galley kitchen and breakfast room. Living room has sliding doors that open to the covered front porch. Great views of the shipping channel and up river towards Bluff and Clayton. Water depth is excellent for swimming and boating even this late in the season. The inside will amaze you. Call for an appointment to see what summer on the river is all about.

View on the water Interior Kitchen
Interior two Waterside view
[Click to enlarge all photographs]

16414 Flora Ismap
Clayton, NEW YORK 13624

3 Bedrooms, 1.1 Bathrooms
1 Partial Baths
730 Square Ft.
Listing # S277187

Price: $375,000  (New Price)

Jack Stopper, Licensed R.E. Associate Broker

Cell: 315-771-7594

Prudential 1000 Realty
421 Riverside Dr
Clayton, NY 14618
Office: 315-686-1010, Ext. 306



Watch Island, near Blind Bay, NYUS Island

Magnificent Watch Island … Unique, beautiful and very private ! The island is located in the 1000 Island region of the St. Lawrence River in upstate NY near Blind Bay, between the ports of Clayton & Alexandria Bay. Island coordinates are … Latitude 44º16 min.15sec.N & Longitude -76º01min.22sec.W.

A glorious Victorian 3-story home stands tall on 1.3 acres providing 6,421 sq. ft. of early 20th century living space with 15 rooms surrounded by 1,140’ of water frontage. You will enjoy spacious lawns, sidewalks, shrubs, 22 mature trees, beautiful rock formations, a 28’ boat house, 200’ of docks with some having 7’+ water depth, a shed, pump house, two 5’ brass/stone light sculptures, a flag pole and a cement patio. Built in 1895 the house continued improvements through 1901 followed by adding a boat house in 1925, crib docks in 1960 and a complete renovation in 1999.

view of house

Island view

The house exterior has a blend of stone, cedar, wood & composite siding. All 40 original windows are protected with aluminum storms & screens. A maintenance free galvanized roof protects the 3rd floor spacious full attic.


Seven grand entrances from 4 porches lead you into the 1st floor, most the original large wood doors. An eat-in-country kitchen has 2 lead glass chandeliers, walk in pantry, and a stairway accessing the 2nd floor.


A hallway leads you to the dining room with a magnificent wood beam ceiling, brass chandelier, 3 doors, 11 large windows and 13 upper small windows decorated with diamond muntins allowing stunning views of the river. In the center of the 1st floor is a huge living room with a wood burning fireplace surrounded by wood benches and shelves beneath a balcony. The ceiling has wood beams, a chandelier, and wood columns supporting a spectacular spiral spindle staircase leading to the upper balcony, foyer and sitting room on the 2nd floor. Another hallway leads to the 1st floor full bath & bedroom.


The 2nd floor balcony/foyer and hall way accesses the sitting room, 9 bedrooms (8 w/closets, 2 w/sinks & bath access); 3 full bathrooms with original marble fixtures and sink, toilet, tub w/showers, stainless steel accessories & mirrors. Throughout the house are original plastered walls, tin ceilings, hardwood doors, double hung windows, large molding, hard wood floors and light fixtures. On the 3rd floor is an open huge full attack with 18’ center ceiling & 13 windows.


The island has its own well providing good drinking water. Convenient washer and dryers are on the 1st and 2nd floors. A walk-in-basement provides modernized utilities including two 200 amp electrical panels that feed panels on every floor, an electric forced air heating and air condition system, base board elec. heat in all bedrooms and bathrooms, 119 gallon pressure tank, 100 gallon electric hot water tank, all new copper water lines and PVC drain lines that lead to a septic system.


The island views of the river are spectacular; look west toward the main channel for magnificent sunsets, look east toward the NY main land for sun rises, and looking 360º you observe several islands … Wellesley, Murray, Picton, Grenell, Basswood, Maple, Bluff, Pine, Grindstone, Round, Little Round, and Rock to name a few. The island is conveniently accessible from land or river … only a 6 minute boat ride from marinas in Spicer Bay or Mullet Creek Bay. A rented slip at Northern Marine, in Spicer Bay is currently available.

MLS # R250294    -    $1,399,000  

1.3 Acres 10 Bedrooms 4 Full Baths 6,421 SF

special offering by: Ron Strine, Broker/Owner of Yor-Way Realty Inc.

1244 Stafford Crescent, Webster, N.Y. 15480

Bus: 585-872-3575 fax: 585-219-5674, e-mail:, web site:

All images and information provided by Ron Strine


Dalton Point, Clayton NY

Once part of the Zenda Farm property, this significant waterfront parcel at Dalton Point, is a valuable example of the historic and agricultural heritage of the St. Lawrence valley.  A spectacular, location with privacy, granite outcroppings, rolling fields and wooded terrain with hardwoods, birch and native maple trees. Near the village of Clayton, honored as one of the best small towns in the Great Lakes region, are attractions of national and international reputation: The Antique Boat Museum, the Clayton Opera House and numerous other attractions.




38907 Dalton Lane, Clayton, N

Listing Price: $999,000
Acreage: 11.20
Waterfrontage: 1145 feet

Prudential 1000 Realty

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Carleton Island Villa

Carleton Island
Ian Coristine ©

Carleton Villa, Cape Vincent, NY

Lot #1 Carleton Island, Cape Vincent, NY 13618

Ghost of a gilded age: Carleton Island's Wyckoff Villa, by Kim Lunman

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