Our trip along the Seaway Trail comes to an end at The Thousand Islands. This region of Northern New York and Southern Ontario is one of the great tourist attractions on the continent. I could spend years writing daily posts about the Thousand Islands and not cover everything there is to do here. Instead I’ll tell you a little about some of the attractions along the Seaway Trail and then provide you with some links to additional information.
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Henderson Harbor was first discovered by European explorers in 1615. Ever since then it has provided recreation to visitors who arrive by land or by water. Lake Ontario’s gentle breezes make the harbor perfect for sailboats and fisherman alike. Those breezes also provide respite from the summer heat as the high temperature at Henderson Harbor averages about 10 degrees less than the surrounding communities. For more information, please visit Henderson Harbor’s website.
About eight miles from Henderson Harbor is the village of Sackets Harbor. This charming village was a focal point of naval activity during the war of 1812 and today you can visit the Sackets Harbor Historic Site. Sackets Harbor also acts as home to the Sackets Harbor Bicycle Loop. This 21 mile loop also visits Sulphur Springs, Brownville and Dexter. I suggest you begin your visit to Sackets Harbor at the Visitors’ Center at 301 West Main Street. For lots more information, visit the Village of Sackets Harbor website.
Another 25 miles along the Seaway Trail brings us to the village of Cape Vincent. Cape Vincent has a very strong French heritage as it was a trading post between Iroquois Indians and French settlers as far back as the 1650s. For the past 40 years, Cape Vincent has celebrated this heritage with an annual French Festival. This festival, held in July, features arts and crafts, children’s programs and a giant parade. Cape Vincent is also home of Tibbets Point Lighthouse, the Cape Vincent Historical Museum and over 50 buildings on the State and Federal Historic Register. Learn more from Cape Vincent’s website.
The Town of Clayton is home to the Antique Boat Museum. Started as an annual antique boat show, the museum now consists of 10 buildings, over 25,000 square feet of exhibit space and 1,900 feet of dock space. Among the exhibits is La Suchesse, a 106 foot houseboat that was built in 1903 by Geroge Boldt, the millionaire manager of the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City. Clayton also plays host to the Handweaving Museum and Art Center and the 1000 Island Museum. Check out Clatyon’s website for more information.
Our final stop is Alexandria Bay which is just 11 miles up the Seaway Trail from Clayton. One of Alexandria Bay’s main attractions is Boldt Castle. Built between 1900 and 1903, the castle stands six stories tall and has 120 rooms, tunnels, a drawbridge and Italian Gardens. During construction George Boldt’s wife Louise died and the heart broken Mr. Boldt stopped the construction. The castle sat untouched until 1977 when the Thousand Island Bridge Authority bought the property and began preservation and renovation. Here is a video of the castle that you might find interesting.
Alexandria Bay is also the home of some fantastic sport fishing and there are plenty of charter boats available for hire. You can also enjoy a boat tour of the bay on one of several different boats. For more information on this great tourist destination, check out Alexandria Bay’s Website.
This completes our journey up the Seaway Trail. I hope you enjoyed it. For additional information on the Seaway Trail and the Thousand Islands, please visit any of these websites: www.1000islands.com, www.visit1000islands.com, www.roundthebend.com or www.seawaytrail.com.
If you’re looking for picnic backpacks or other picnic accessories, please visit Picnic Baskets and More and if you need a camping tent or other camping gear, visit Camping Gear Stop.
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Map of today’s travel.