Setting Sail on the St. Lawrence: Excursions to the greatest destinations the Thousand Islands offer

View of the Rock Island Lighthouse and Thousand Islands Bridge as seen from the Clayton Island Boat Tour.

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Discover a world away just across the border in Kingston

Downtown Ontario Street. Photo courtesy Tourism Kingston

‘Limestone City’ offers culture, cuisine and charm

Located where the St. Lawrence River and the Rideau Canal meet Lake Ontario, you’ll find Kingston, a city boasting a heritage that blends the beauty of the past with the many modern amenities of a larger, metropolitan area.

From its urban core, Canada’s first capital sparkles with relaxed boutiques and bistros while its waterfront teems with a mix of historic neighborhoods and pristine parkland. All of this in a city less than an hour or two from most points in Northern New York. Indeed, this cross-border city delights with 19th century limestone architecture and attractions of a major hub, but retains an affable small-town charm. [Read more…]

Save the date: Opening days scheduled for summer favorites

As warmer weather approaches, seasonal offerings throughout the north country come out of hibernation. We’ve compiled a short roundup of seasonal favorites and included their opening days:

  • Horne’s Ferry: Wednesday, May 1
  • Old McDonald’s Farm: Wednesday, May 1
  • I Love My Park Day: Saturday, May 4
  • Antique Boat Museum, Clayton: Friday, May 10
  • Seaway Trail Discovery Center, Sackets Harbor: Friday, May 10
  • Boldt Castle, Alexandria Bay: Saturday, May 11
  • Singer Castle on Dark Island: Saturday, May 18
  • Fort Henry & Upper Canada Village, Kingston: Saturday, May 18
  • Clayton Island Boat Tours, Clayton: Saturday, May 18
  • Adirondack Museum, Blue Mountain Lake: Friday, May 24
  • Tibbett’s Point Light House, Cape Vincent: Saturday, May 25
  • Almanzo Wilder Homestead, Malone: Sunday, May 26
  • Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce Farmers Market: Wednesday, May 29
  • Enchanted Forest Water Safari, Old Forge: Wednesday, June 12

Destination guide available online

Looking forward to summer? Can’t wait to get out on the river? The 1,000 Islands Clayton-Area Chamber of Commerce has planned ahead and published the 1,000 Island Clayton 2013 Official Visitor’s Guide online, available at, or through the chamber’s website,

Locals can keep the visitor’s guide handy for its extensive calendar of summer events and to keep tabs on what’s coming up in the Clayton area throughout the year. Not to mention, the guide features an array of businesses to visit and activities to do in the river region, perfect for any weekend when the kids get antsy during summer break.

Sackets Harbor tourism rates up in 2012, linked to the War of 1812 bicentennial

SACKETS HARBOR — The village saw more visitors in 2012, coinciding with several War of 1812 bicentennial celebrations.

So far this year, the village’s visitors center has seen approximately 8,500 people, surpassing the 7,920 who stopped by the center in 2011.

“I think it’s been a very good year,” said Gail S. Gorgen, manager of the center. “I think Sackets is really coming up with some great things to draw people here.”

The visitor numbers at the center are similar to those in 2010, when about 9,500 people stopped at the center, coinciding with a busy summer that included the village hosting the annual North American War of 1812 Grand Tactical re-enactment, an event that drew several thousand visitors and participants.

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Access the Thousand Islands – instantly

The 1,000 Islands International Tourism Council launched a new smartphone app late last week that allows users quick access to attractions, recreational activities, events, lodging, marinas, golf courses and fishing guides.

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