Founder/CEO of Wavve Boating, lifelong River Rat
· 5 min read
Make it your mission to explore the St. Lawrence's most appealing attractions.
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With over 800 miles of mighty river to work with, you’ll find the perfect way to spend your days.
1. Boldt Castle
A castle with a story as epic as its imposing gothic touches. George C. Boldt tapped top architects and hundreds of laborers to build a dream home for his beloved wife. When she died shortly before the castle was completed, the devastated George left, never to return.
See it in its full glory. Restored — but not re-finished so you’re easily transported back to 1900 — you can “ohh and aww” your way through 129 rooms and ramble over the five-acre grounds.
Accessible exclusively by boat, bring your navigational aids and your imagination.
Where: Heart Island, Alexandria Bay, NY.
When: May 12 through October 21
How Much? Adults US$9.50; Children (5 - 12 years) US$6.50; Infants (4 years and under) Free
More Info: Boldt Castle Visitor Info
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2. Eisenhower Lock (Near Massena, NY)
Canal locks are a not-so-modern marvel. The Eisenhower Lock’s design ensures that it doesn’t interfere with waterflow to nearby hydroelectric installations; its (incredibly!) narrow dimensions and surrounding scenery ensure a feast for the eyes.
Watch massive cargo ships lumber their way along the US-Canadian waterway as the lock raises and lowers them to safe levels. A true feat of engineering!
Where: Massena, NY
When: Visitors’ Center open from late May through Labor Day. Year-round viewing is possible from north overloop parking lot.
How Much: Free
More Info: Dwight D. Eisenhower Visitors’ Center
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3. Thousand Islands Playhouse
Let world-class casts and crews entertain you with dramas, classics, comedies, musicals - and musical comedies!
The internationally renowned Thousand Islands Playhouse devotes the vast majority of its operating budget to producing compelling shows, and Canadian works are a big (and beloved) part of the repertoire. You’ll soon understand why it’s called the “most charming theatre in the country.”
Where: Gananoque, ON
When: May through October
How Much: Prices Vary (be sure to call ahead to reserve a guest docking slip!)
More Info: 1000 Island Playhouse
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4. Saint Lawrence Spirits
Go from water to land and from farm to table.
This is the first distillery to use purified water from our favourite river in all their small batch spirits. Grains and ingredients from local growers amplify the outstanding quality. Enjoy vodka, gin, whiskey, bourbon, and other handcrafted delights while taking in the gorgeous riverside views.
Sound like perfection? When you add the Rack of Venison or “I Like Pig Butts and I Cannot Lie” (a breakfast must), you are absolutely right!
Where: Clayton, NY
When: Year-Round (Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm; Dinner Thursday - Monday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm; Brunch Saturday & Sunday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm).
How Much: Prices Vary
More Info: Saint Lawrence Spirits
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5. Potter’s Beach (Near Clayton, NY)
Hot and sweaty? Drop anchor along this gorgeous beach. Potters’ Beach is a popular destination for those looking to wile away the day — before heading to Saint Lawrence Spirits?
You’ll need your boat, and a reliable navigation system, to access this spot. And plenty of sunscreen to enjoy it.
Where: Near Clayton, NY, off the west end of Grindstone Island (dock your boat along the beach)
When: Whenever you need to cool off!
How much: Free
More Info: Connect with Potter’s Beach on Facebook
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