Discover a freshwater paradise where picturesque coastline, castles and troves of island sanctuaries, create a storybook world for you to explore.
Stay in a grand waterside resort, woodland cottage or lakeside campsite and wake up to splendid views and refreshing adventures. Scenic cruises range from wildlife watching with Clayton Island Tours to vintage-speedboat rides at Clayton's Antique Boat Museum, hosting the Antique Boat Show in August. Uncle Sam Boat Tours visit Bold Castle, Singer Castle and Millionaires' Row. But if you want to see the world from new heights, sail above Alexandria Bay with Champagne Balloon Adventures.
Follow the Great Lakes Seaway Trail, rated a Top 9 Great American Drive to lighthouses, wineries and summer fun, including amusement parks to scuba diving. This route will bring you to Frederic Remington Art Museum, the Save Haven Museum and nearby whitewater rafting in the Black River Canyon.
Head to the Eisenhower Lock & Visitor Center, where huge ships traveling between the Great Lakes and Atlantic Ocean are raised or lowered 40 feet. Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River attract anglers from around the world for the best catch from salmon to monster muskellunge. The mighty St. Lawrence, one of the world's premier fisheries hosts the Bassmaster Elite Series and several World Cup Tournaments.
Waterfront events on Lake Ontario include Cape Vincent's French Festival and Oswego's Harbor fest in July. Alexandria Bay celebrates pirate legends with Bill Johnston's Pirate Days every August. In Canton, the St. Lawrence International Film Festival runs in September.
Find more information at: 1000 Islands Regional Tourism Office