Feature Friday - Thousand Islands, New York

Thousand Islands, New York

Near the end of our Pennsylvania/New York vacation, we explore the gorgeous Thousand Island area of New York in the Saint Lawrence River.


In 1534, French navigator Jacques Cartier was the first European explorer to discover the Saint Lawrence River in present-day Quebec, Canada.

The Saint Lawrence River connects the North River in Minnesota with the Cabot Strait leading to the Atlantic Ocean. It crosses the North American continent for 2,500 miles or 4,000 kilometers. It covers about 73,000 square miles.


It is one of the world's most used international trade routes. 35-40 million tons of cargo move through the Montreal-Lake Ontario section every year. Large freighters must navigate the Saint Lawrence Seaway with the help of maritime pilots since the area has so many shoals and rocks.

The Great Lakes hold about 20% of the fresh water in the world.

The River is 250 feet at its deepest point.

The water in the Saint Lawrence River is 95% pure.


Thousand Islands is between Northern New York State and Southeastern Ontario, Canada in the Saint Lawrence River. Most of the islands, 2/3 of them, are in Ontario.

It is an archipelago of 1,864 islands stretching for 50 miles. Most of the islands are privately owned.

The islands range in size from 40 square miles to single residences and uninhabited rocks. To be considered an island, land must have at least one square foot of land and be above water level year-round. It also must support at least 2 living trees.


The largest island is Wolfe Island, about 100 square kilometers on the Ontario side. Just Room Enough is one of the smallest, with just a single cottage, a tree, and some shrubs.

Yes, Thousand Island dressing is named after these Thousand Islands.

Humans have inhabited the islands for 7,000 years. Iroquois hunted in the area between 700 B.C. and 1600 A.D.


Saint Lawrence River and Seaway - https://www.britannica.com/place/Saint-Lawrence-River

Visit the Thousand Islands - http://www.visit1000islands.com/

9 Best Things to Do in the Thousand Islands This Summer - http://www.newyorkupstate.com/thousand-islands/2015/04/best_things_to_do_in_the_thousand_islands_this_summer_visit_1000_islands.html

Saint Lawrence River and Seaway - https://www.britannica.com/place/Saint-Lawrence-River

1000 Island Seaway - http://www.iloveny.com/articles/view/1000-island-seaway-fact-sheet/809/#.WBTx6oW7yo8

The Thousand Islands: St. Lawrence - http://www.mynewwaterfronthome.com/thousandislands.aspx


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