The 1000 Islands have been a revelation. It is a gorgeous area; many of the islands have homes on them ranging from fishing shacks to outright castles. The area was "discovered" in the late 19th century by the nouveau riche of New York City, millionaires who earned their money instead of inheriting it. Because they were in business they were not considered part of New York society, so they weren't welcome in the usual summer playgrounds of New York rich. They came up here, bought islands, built homes and hotels, and made this a summer destination for many New Yorkers. At the turn of the 20th century there were 12 trains a day from New York City to Alexandria Bay. George Pullman (railroad cars) invited President Ulysses S. Grant to visit him here in the 1870s. The resulting publicity put the 1000 Islands in the American mind.
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Although you can anchor in the U.S. islands, there aren't any facilities, you are just anchoring in front of someone's house. On the Canadian side, there is the St. Lawrence Islands National Park, series of islands that can only be reached by boat. Each island has one or more small docks, toilets and walking trails. The islands are covered in trees and wildflowers, with voles, squirrels, chipmunks and rabbits, no big mammals. We're at our third island now and each of them has been charming. As the Canadians we have met have been. Canadians are just nice people. The park rules are that you can stay no more than three days on any one island. Jim has asked people at each of our stops what happens if you stay more than three days. No one knows, because no one has ever stayed more than three days.