Luxury Nautical Living in the World Renowned 1000 Islands

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

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 this time.

The 1000 Islands have long been a center for recreational boating. Large steam yachts required distinctive yacht houses. The region was known also for innovative power boating during this period.

I'm proud to represent the Tall Ships Landing Condominium development of luxury nautical living in Brockville, ON in the 1000 Islands.  I have units in Canadian Dollars ranging in price from $336,900 up to $1,200,000 for a Penthouse unit.

Commercial passenger air service to the Thousand Islands region is available in both Ontario and New York stateWatertown International Airport (ART) in Watertown, New York has daily service on American Airlines connecting through Philadelphia (PHL).  Norman Rogers Airport (YGK) in Kingston, Ontario offers daily service on Air Canada connecting through Toronto Pearson. Both airports also offer private aviation services. 

Maxson Airfield (FAA LID: 89NY) is a privately owned, private-use general aviation airport located two nautical miles (4 km) south of the central business district of Alexandria Bay, a village in Jefferson County, New York. Maxson is available to the public by Maxson Airfield, LLC.

Brockville Municipal Airport (XBR), is a registered aerodrome located in Elizabethtown-Kitley Township, 4.8 nautical miles (8.9 km; 5.5 mi) northwest of the city of Brockville, Ontario, Canada.

Ottawa also has an International Airport and is less than an hour from Brockville.

Regional and International Airport Internet sites: 



No matter where you live, we can get you here :)

Come for a visit and stay for a lifetime!

Please contact me, Susan Emo, for more information on this world renowned playground!

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 Susan Emo
Sales Representative,
Sotheby's International Realty Canada, Brokerage*
Kingston, Ontario

 Serving the Kingston, Gananoque and the 1000 Islands Region
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Comments (6)

Ronald DiLalla
Century 21 Discovery DRE 01813824 - Anaheim, CA
No. Orange Cty Real Estate

Hi Susan, what an opportunity for those buyers interested in Condos in this area.   Thanks for sharing with us.

Oct 25, 2015 05:14 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Congrats on your listing.  What a coup!  Wishing you a great week.  A

Oct 25, 2015 05:17 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Susan Emo ,I bet that's quite a sight, watching those big boats come and go.

Oct 29, 2015 11:53 AM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Hi Susan, speaking of those grand summer homes...I have visted many time throughout my life the historic Bolts Castle. The story so tragic, the house so beyond grand.

Oct 31, 2015 12:40 AM
Susan Emo

If you haven't seen it recently it is well worth a revisit! 

Oct 31, 2015 01:03 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Hello Susan.  These are beautiful pictures.  Thank you.  Some interesting facts.  It seems the border areas between Canada and US have some beautiful areas.  From coast to coast.  I trust you enjoyed your Halloween and do enjoy your Sunday tomorrow.  Mark

Oct 31, 2015 03:39 PM
Susan Emo

We are fortunate to share some beautiful regions of both countries!  

I had a fantastic Halloween with 150 little trick or treaters; all so polite and appreciative, not to mention creative!

Enjoy your Sunday; I hope you took advantage of that extra hour!

Nov 01, 2015 12:57 AM
Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL

I loved your read today, hope this becomes a beautiful & peaceful Sunday.

Oct 31, 2015 11:06 PM
Susan Emo

Thanks Winston Heverly -  enjoy your Sunday as well!

Nov 01, 2015 12:58 AM