CASTLES IN THE 1000 ISLANDS ATTRACT ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY!

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Real Estate Agent with Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage

Gananoque, On

Living the the heart of the world renowned 1000 Islands provides us with interesting characters practically on a daily basis.  We have visitors from around the world, walking our streets and boating on the St Lawrence River, touring our 1000 Islands

This summer, our islands were being scouted by Bertram van Munster - known for creating The Amazing Race and taking it around the world 17 times!!!   He personally selected the 1000 Islands for his new show called The Great Escape and considered 2 of the 1000 Island castles:  Singer Castle and Boldt Castle for his pilot episode which will air in the next few months.  

photo compliments of Boldt Castle website

"Both Singer Castle and Boldt Castle wer e approached for the pilot episode, and while both castles are loved, Singer Castle was selected because of their passageways," said Thomas Weldon, the general manager of the castle.  

photo compliments of Singer Castle website

"The show transformed the entire castle, 30,000 square feet, into a very locked down structure"  (all the better to make escape difficult one would presume!) 

Filming took place on September 14th and 15th.  Approximately 100 people were working on the island - 50 - 60 from the entertainment industry and approx. 40 people that were hired locally.  He estimates that $100,000 was brought into the community for the filming of the TV show. 

He further says, "The entertainment industry gave the castle back to us better than we gave it to them!"  They fixed all the passageways and completed a lot of the work through the summer before the filming crew arrived. 

Make sure to look for The Great Escape coming to a TV near you! 

And, when you're in the 1000 Island area, give Susan Emo a call and she'll show you why people come for a visit and stay for a lifetime!

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HI Susan,

Very cool, how the movie industry really brings in a whole new energy in to a community, we see a fair bit of it here in Victoria even more so in Vancouver off course.

As you say they sure tend to leave things better than how they found them..... nice pictures by the way

Sep 30, 2011 01:07 PM #1
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Hi Susan...Very Interesting Post on the Goings on in your neck of the woods or should I say islands!!! And what's coming...Movie Production and All. You'll probably get discovered and be in the Movies soon.

Cheers, thanks for keeping us in the loop..Love your Photos

Sep 30, 2011 01:56 PM #2
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Hi Peter -  we tend to see more movie folks in Kingston so it was nice to have the TV folks a bit further down the road!

Sep 30, 2011 03:31 PM #3
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Hi Fred -  I'll remember you dahling when I've made it big !

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Gosh, susan these are beautiful shots.  It certainly looks like an area for a "great escape".  Bet the pilot will get a lot of viewers. :) Gail

Sep 30, 2011 11:10 PM #5
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Hi Susan - The Amazing Race wins Emmys every year and is an amazing program.  I am not familiar with Singer Castle, only my own castle. :)  I'll need to check out the neighbours, eh?

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Fantasticc photos, and what a great write-up.  I grew up on the American side and spent many summers in the Islands. 

Oct 01, 2011 12:58 AM #7
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Gail -  we live in a postcard :0)   Everywhere you look, there's a 'Kodak Moment'!

Oct 01, 2011 02:31 AM #8
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Marc  -  "your" castle is the more famous of the two (for the moment!)   You'll be able to check out the neighours on tv -  cool!

Oct 01, 2011 02:32 AM #9
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Kathryn -  what a small world!   You were a lucky girl :0)

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Hi Susan.....Can I carry your Bags when you're rich and famous...ha. Love these two Castles, what's the history behind them?  Maybe another post?

Oct 01, 2011 02:40 AM #11
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Susan, this is very, very cool! I will have to watch for this. Actually, this makes me want to vist there, what a fantastic looking place!

Oct 01, 2011 03:30 AM #12
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Fred -  what do you mean 'when' ?   LOL

Oct 01, 2011 04:02 AM #13
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Andrea -  see you next summer!

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Susan:  I love the Amazing Race so will have to watch for the Great Escape...hope you got to be a "walk on" in the show!

Oct 01, 2011 12:48 PM #15
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Gwynn -  No walk-on for me . . . I'm a Star or nothing, dahling!

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I would love to live in a castle, not heating it wouldn't be fun, but owning it would be! Now, having it on an island makes it even that much cooler!

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Hi Susan...Then when are we leaving...I'll be there.

Cheers

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