Thousand Islands Cottage Rental Photos and Description
3 bedrooms (1 double bed, 2 queen sized), 1 bathroom, sleeps 6
Located in the magnificent 1000 Islands, this 3-bedroom cottage with 1.8 acres sits in a 'postcard pretty,' calm and protected bay. It features 330 feet of water frontage, a dock with a canoe and pedal boat and a large wrap around deck for enjoying the fabulous view. High speed Internet will allow you to stay in touch while you enjoy the magnificent St. Lawrence River right out front. Situated at the mouth of Jones Creek, means an extensive (and calm on windy days) nature preserve is also instantly accessible. Jones Creek is part of the Thousand Islands National Park (with many miles of nature trails) and the Thousand Islands Biosphere Reserve and a favored fishing area. 10 minutes from Brockville where all shopping conveniences are available, it sits 30 minutes east of Kingston (Ontario's two most historic cities), 1 hour from Ottawa, 1.5 hrs from Syracuse, N.Y., 2 hours from Montreal and 3 from Toronto. Email for additional information on the cottage and immediate area.
In ancient times the natives called it 'The Garden of the Great Spirit' In the 1800s Charles Dickens (otherwise unimpressed with his North American travels) called it 'a place of uncommon beauty.' I call it 'The Secret Garden', as it is still largely undiscovered. There is a lot of history here. In one photo a Willow tree sits on its own tiny island. That island has its own story. In the 1700s when the British and French were at war, a French ship heading to Fort Cataraqui (Kingston) with the payroll was being chased down by a British ship. They dodged into the bay and threw the 'treasure' overboard, planning to retrieve it later. Silt and weeds from the creek made it impossible to find, but in 1909, the grandfather of the former cottage owner brought a dredge here to look for the treasure. The dredgings were piled in one spot, to not cover the treasure. It was never found, but a willow branch floating down the creek took root on the tiny island and it has prospered here ever since.
The cottage sits on a protected bay at the conjunction of the extensive Jones Creek waterway and the St. Lawrence River, the site of an Indian village discovered by the first missionary (Father Simon Lemoyne) to visit the area in the mid 1600s. Perhaps because of this conjunction, the fishing is excellent. One mile west is Browns Bay Provincial Park with arguably the finest beach on the Canadian side. The cottage includes a season pass to use the park for swimming and picnicking as you wish.
Each of the seasons here has its own special appeal. Spring is a delight as first the flox and then the lilacs lining the drive burst into bloom. Summer brings with it long, lazy days, perfect for relaxing or exploring the creek or perhaps a game of Boules on the lawn by the water, while others watch from the deck above. A small fire pit provides a spot to roast marshmallows. Fall is arguably the finest time on the river. Summer boat traffic evaporates after Labor day, leaving the river at is at its quietest, with just the occasional fisherman about. The warmth of the water lingers, holding fall at bay. A few hundred yards inland, the colors begin to change in late September, but it is mid October before the leaves along the shore turn red. Email for additional details and pictures.
The cottage includes the use of a canoe, perfect for exploring the adjacent Jones Creek National Park, but the river is vast and best explored in a larger craft and it is WELL worth exploring. My recommendation is a deck boat, a powered living room in essence, and these are available for rental about 10 miles upstream. You can rent one for the duration and keep it at the dock, or simply plan your river outings around a day or two's rental. For international travelers, bed linens are available for an additional $100.
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- pets considered
About Ian Coristine
Now a passionate Islander, I discovered the Thousand Islands on a random flight in my floatplane in 1992. That flight changed my life. Trying to convey the beauty of the place to friends in Montreal, I began taking aerial pictures and they evolved into a new career, five printed books and one interactive eBook. See 1000IslandsPhotoArt.com for more as well as hundreds of pictures of the region. Under Albums, Jones Creek area shows the immediate vicinity of the cottage.
Ian Coristine purchased this cottage in 2003
Why Ian Coristine chose Thousand Islands
I purchased it to provide an access point to the island as well as winter accommodation.
What makes this cottage unique
Impeccably located on a beautiful, protected bay, it provides instant access to the River out front or on windy days, serene exploration of Jones Creek National Park behind. Your choice.
Guestbook comments from the owner
We hope you'll enjoy the cottage, its deck, dock and wonderful view and that this will be one of your most memorable vacations. Use the pedal boat as a swim platform and to explore the extensive Jones Creek area that lies behind, full of wildlife, beauty and serenity. You'll see Great Blue Herons, Osprey, waterfowl of all kinds, turtles and if you're quiet, perhaps muskrats, mink or deer. There are also wild turkeys here. You might get lucky and see one.If you make it back about a mile, there is a fork to the right called McIlhenney's Creek which runs for about a half mile in a navigable gorge or narrow canyon. Very beautiful and very different from the expansive beauty of the St. Lawrence River out front.Pedal out front of the bay around the group of islands that serve as a protective barrier for the shore here. Don't venture beyond the islands if the wind is blowing as the river can do a pretty good imitation of an ocean when it's blowing.While it is beautiful simply looking out from the cottage, we hope you'll plan some time for further exploration of this amazing place that mixes history (the highway that settled the continent), natural beauty and the grand island homes and castles of the last century plus some pretty exceptional newer ones too. This is also the St. Lawrence Seaway, so you'll see everything from ocean going ships, to giant "lakers" to cruise ships, private yachts and square riggers. You'll get a glimpse of them in the distance. We've left binoculars to get closer views. Several boatlines give great tours, each very different from perhaps 8 departure points in the US and Canada. Did we mention that New York State lies on the opposite shoreline?By car, explore Wolfe Island, Howe Island, Hill island (with a marvellous observation tower and do walk the walkway (with your camera) of the Canadian span of the 1000 Islands bridge) in Canada, and Wellesley Island (T.I. Park, Boldt Yacht House and Castle etc.), just across the US border from Hill Island (bring photo ID plus a birth certificate or a passport). You can follow theCanadian shoreline along the 1000 Islands parkway which has a 30 mile bike/roller blade path paralleling it. The US side also is well worth exploring, particularly Clayton. NY which has quaint shops and several museums including the Antique Boat Museum which is world class.Did we mention that fishing is a