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Boldt Castle and 1000 Islands 6/15/2019
The side trip to Kingston, Gananoque, Rockport, 1000 Islands and Boldt Castle was fantastic! The weather wasn’t the greatest, but the scenery was stunning! We took a ferry tour through the 1000 Islands, which there are actually a little over 1, 800 islands. Some huge, some small, but to be considered an island, it must have a tree. The beauty in this area of the St. Lawrence is breath taking. Reminded us of northern MN and WI.
Boldt Castle, on Heart Island, is an unbelievable architectural feat. George Boldt, of Waldorf-Astoria Hotel fame had it built for his wife, Louise. Unfortunately, she passed away and he never returned to the island/home after her death. The home and buildings on the island started to decay. It was purchased by others but was never brought back to its full glory until the State of New York purchased it and started the huge undertaking of renovating the property. The first and second floors have been renovated and brought back to there former brilliance. Other floors are in process as well as the Alster Tower. We both loved the estate and surrounding area. Definitely a side trip worth taking!
More from the Trent-Severn Waterway later~
Tom & Sue Slightam
Read along as we circumnavigate the eastern half of the United States and southern Canada on the Great Loop on our boat BELLA, a Cruiser 460 Express.