The native peoples called this region – where Great Lake Ontario meets the St. Lawrence River – the “Garden of the Great Spirit.” Over 1860 islands offer exploration, romance, history and maritime culture.
The water beckons - explore the lakes and rivers of the region by kayak, kite surfing or boat tour. Go below water and dive hundreds of wrecks in the pristine St. Lawrence River. Find a wide array of fishing derbies all year round – including one for carp!
You may have heard of historic 1000 Islands-Seaway Region destinations like Alexandria Bay, Clayton, Cape Vincent, Oswego, Watertown, Pulaski, Henderson Harbor, Ogdensburg, Potdam, Canton and Sackets Harbor, as well as iconic Boldt Castle on Heart Island, Singer Castle on Dark Island, Chaumont Bay, the Black River, and Wellesley Island. This region stretches from Oswego County on the shores of eastern Lake Ontario up to Massena, along the St. Lawrence River.
Did you know? The entire 1000 Islands-Seaway Region is traversed by the Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway, which stretches from Erie, PA to Massena, NY? Travel along the byway and find many distinctive and enjoyable villages, eateries, wineries, lighthouses, water access points, historic sites and museums.
“It is pleasant to have been to a place the way a river went.” – Henry David Thoreau
Photo credit: George Fischer/1000 Islands Int'l Tourism Council