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Luxury Nautical Living in the World Renowned 1000 Islands
The 1000 Islands constitute an archipelago of 1,864 islands that straddles the Canada-U.S. border in the St Lawrence River as it emerges from the northeast corner of Lake Ontario. Large freighters frequently ply the St Lawrence Seaway and under the Canadian span, a vessel just less than 25 feet offshore can find itself in over 200 feet of water.
The water is so clear in some areas that a rocky bottom can be observed in 80 feet of water. The area has several shipwrecks, and although most of them are over 100 feet underwater, some are a mere 15 feet down and can be seen from the surface.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many distinguished visitors made the region widely known as a summer resort. Several grand hotels provided luxurious accommodations while steamboats offered extensive tours among the islands. Wealthy and middle-class summer residents built summer homes. Some masonry "castles" remain as international landmarks.
During the half century (1874–1912) of the area's greatest prominence, most wealthy vacationers came from New York City, joined by prominent families from Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and other cities of the United States and Canada. The region retains a historically important collection of vacation homes from ... more
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