The Thousand Islands stretch across 80 kilometers of the St. Lawrence River sandwiched between Canada and the United States. The region is part of the Frontenac Arch, a granite outcrop that reaches from Algonquin Provincial Park to the Adirondack Mountains. Remnants of this ancient mountain range peek through the river producing 1,864 islands. Many are so tiny that they support nothing more than a tree.
The islands have a long and rich history. First Nations fished in the area for thousands of years, entrepreneurial pirates smuggled rum through its channels and many a great ship sank in its rocky shoals. During the early 1900s, a large number of islands were sold to private ownership. Concerned locals petitioned the government to secure public access. In 1904 the St. Lawrence Islands National Park (now Thousand Islands National Park) was established. It is one of the oldest National Parks in the country and the first in Eastern Canada.
Park rules and visitor attitudes differ between islands. Personally, I am inclined towards those with fewer docks and a ban on portable generators. Gordon Island, Leek Island and Mulcaster Island are three of my favourites. Gordon Island has a century-old stone gazebo and a number of wood-fired cook stoves that have long been used by fisherman to cook up the day’s catch. Mulcaster is a favourite for its cliffs and rugged coastline, whereas Leek Island provides a sandy beach that can only be accessed by paddling or swimming.
Photos (C) 2015 Caroline Morrow
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