Located in the magnificent 1000 Islands, this 4-bedroom cottage with 1.75 acres sits in a 'postcard pretty,' calm and protected bay. It features 330 feet of water frontage, a dock with a row boat 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 while Jones Creek, an extensive nature preserve and national park that is part of the Thousand Islands Biosphere Reserve and favored fishing area lie right behind. 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.
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.
I purchased it to provide an access point to the island as well as winter accommodation.
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.
Activities include: The Thousand Islands is a Unesco biosphere reserve (as is the adjacent Rideau Waterway) and this cottage is situated at the mouth of Jones Creek which is part of Canada's Thousand Islands National Park. Enjoy 1000 Islands boat tours to see different parts of the River from Brockville, Rockport, Ivy Lea, Gananoque or Kingston on the Canadian side or from Alexandria Bay or Clayton on the U.S. side. Expert fishing guides are available (with boat) to take you to the hot spots or on a personalized tour. Enjoy fishing from the dock or our canoe, hiking, bicycling, swimming, golf, theater, Brockville 'ghost walks', the finest freshwater scuba diving in the world with over 200 shipwrecks, antiquing, bird watching, a spring and fall artist studio tour and wonderful museums including The Antique Boat Museum in nearby Clayton is the world's finest of this genre. Waterfront restaurants, marinas, historic cottage colonies, two famous and historic island castles (Boldt and Singer) to explore, the historic Rideau Canal System, Upper Canada Village, Kingston and the nation's capital are all nearby. There are over 1800 islands to explore (several accessible by car) with historic lighthouses, grand old mansions and yacht houses built on islands over a century ago. The St. Lawrence Seaway, Thousand Islands National Park and numerous State parks are all here. Browns Bay Provincial Park (the finest beach on the Canadian side and Jones Creek National Park nature trails are a one minute drive or ten minute walk from the cottage. The 1000 Islands are a very special place, revered by those who could choose anywhere for well over a century.
Other Activities: 6 different tourboat companies, fishing guides nearby
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event||Minimum Stay|
My Standard Rate
|Refundable damage deposit||C$250.00|
|50% with reservation, 50% on arrival. If a cancellation is necessary, every effort will be made to re-rent the property. If unsuccessful, the deposit will not be refunded.|
|Rates for June and September $1900/week. April, May and October $1600/week.|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay. Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (CAD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.
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