Thousand Islands Region New York
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This section of the New York Visitors Network focuses on the Thousand Islands Region of our state. The 1000 Islands - Seaway Region is a playground in one of the most beautiful settings in the northeastern United States. The historic lighthouses at Oswego, Port Ontario, Sackets Harbor, Cape Vincent and Ogdensburg mark the way along Lake Ontario. Historic battlefields at Fort Ontario, Little Sandy, Sackets Harbor and Ogdensburg defended the frontier of our young nation. And the 1000 Islands, romantic Boldt Castle, the impressive Eisenhower Lock and the Erie Canal - are attractions that stand as monuments to the wonders of nature and mankind. Visit us and see for yourself.
The Thousand Islands constitute an archipelago of 1,864 islands that straddles the Canada-U.S. border in the Saint Lawrence River as it emerges from the northeast corner of Lake Ontario. They stretch for about 50 miles downstream from Kingston, Ontario. The Canadian islands are in the province of Ontario, the U.S. islands in the state of New York. Canada is home to the majority of islands with just over two-thirds in Ontario.

The 1,864 islands range in size from over 40 square milesto smaller islands occupied by a single residence, or uninhabited outcroppings of rocks that are only home to migratory waterfowl. To count as one of the Thousand Islands, emergent land within the river channel must have at least one square foot of land above water level year-round, and support at least two living trees.

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The Thousand Islands is a corridor for nature lovers, and both Ontario and New York have government-regulated parks along the waterfront. The waterfront is served by New York State Routes 12 and 37 and by the Thousand Islands Parkway in Ontario. Ontario also has the Waterfront Trail alongside the Parkway for cyclists who wish to see the area in an alternative way.

The Thousand Islands gave their name to the popular Thousand Island dressing around the turn of the 20th century. Local accounts state that the dressing originated when Sophie LaLonde, of Clayton, New York served the dressing at dinners for guests of her husband, a popular fishing guide. As a result of one of these dinners, she gave the recipe to Clayton hotel owner Ella Bertrand and New York City stage actress May Irwin. Irwin shared it with hotel magnate George C. Boldt.

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