By now you have an idea what the 1000 Islands is all about but do you know who the 1000 Islands is?
We spoke with folks who spend their time hosting visitors to get a sense of what you can expect when you discover the 1000 Islands this season. We hope you enjoy and learn about what it means for us to host you.
Creating Joy for Other People
Daniel Pina and Capt. Brett Kessler are a pair of US Army veterans from nearby Fort Drum focused on getting visitors out onto the water. Daniel operates SUP Sackets, a stand up paddle board shop at Madison Barracks. Brett runs Sail Ontario, a charter cruise, instruction and rental business alongside SUP Sackets. The two strangers found a bond in their shared background and now work together to give visitors to Sackets Harbor a world-class freshwater experience of stand up paddle boarding and sailing. Both are certified and specializing in providing a “magical” experience out on the water.
Southern Comfort in Cape Vincent
Cynthia Niles is a hands-on business owner. Her southern values and sense for hospitality make Thousand Islands Marina and Cottages in Cape Vincent, NY, a treat for anyone looking for a laid back, relaxing vacation in the 1000 Islands. Her customer-first approach is evident throughout the property, especially in her 24-hour gas dock pump that is open to transient boaters. Cape Vincent is a quiet gem along the 1000 Islands, with enough entertainment and services to keep you busy but a low-key vibe not found in other spots. Whether you’re looking for a spot for your next fishing trip or just here to relax and check out nearby Tibbetts Point Lighthouse, you’re in capable hands with Cynthia and the other cottage colonies in Cape Vincent.
This is My Office
Boomerang Bicycle and Kayak Rental is all about sharing Holly’s passion for the St. Lawrence River. She makes sure guests get out onto the water and the country roads of Wellesley Island to experience paddling among the flora and fauna of the area. Holly’s devotion to the region is repeated over and over again among our small business operators who specialize in all sorts of attractions and activities.
Everybody’s Working for the Same Thing: Recreational Boating and Fishing
After a long, successful day of Lake Ontario fishing, anglers can bring their catch to Henchen Marina for cleaning, refueling and all the bait, tackle and groceries they need. But when record high water levels threatened the business, it was the fishing guides and charter captains who helped take care of the business that takes care of them. Check out our video on fishing browns and lake trout out of Henderson Harbor.
A Dream Job on the Water
For some, classic wooden boats and the St. Lawrence River are a way of life. Joy comes from introducing this old-time tradition to new visitors. You’ll be hard-pressed to find someone enjoying their job more than the volunteer drives at the the Antique Boat Museum.
Aside from housing an enormous collection of classic and antique boats, the museum boasts an active “on the water” program that includes rides in a classic wood speedboat, rowing a traditional St. Lawrence Skiff and nautical skills courses such as sailing and knot-tying. The museum is one of several sites in Clayton preserving the nautical history of the region.
Keeping Boldt Castle… Open, No Matter What
Boldt Castle on Heart Island is one of the 1000 Islands’ most popular attractions and is regarded for its multi-million dollar restoration dating back to the 1970s. The work is never done at Boldt Castle and last season presented the workers with a challenge like never before. It was all hands on deck.⇧