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Old 01-09-2017, 11:24 AM   #1
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Default Thousand Island Vacation

Hoping for some local input to add to my planning. My family and I (Myself, wife and (2) 2-1/2 year old kids) are planning a vacation this summer to the Thousand Islands. We are trailering our 26 SeaRay dancer from South Jersey. At this point we are looking to come the last week in July and stay at the The Ledges Resort & Marina (nothing set in stone, just looked like a cool place with having your boat docked at your front door). Im open to suggestion on lodging as well.

We are adventurous boaters that love taking long trips and hitting different towns and restaurants, we do most of our boating on the Norther Chesapeake Bay. What are the Must See that we should not miss??

Besides Passports, what other documentation should we bring? Is it difficult to travel to Canadian destinations, how does that work with Customs?

Should there be anything I should know about what, or what NOT to have on board when entering Canadian waters?

Thanks in advance for the help!
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It's been awhile but we did the magic triangle years ago, my wife and twins , age 7 at time. Took us two weeks. Started around Alexandria Bay, down the St. Lawrence to Montreal. UP the Ottawa river to Ottawa. Down the Rideau waterway to Kingston Ontario then back to Alexandria bay. Slept on 26' aft cabin Doral.
Google "thousand islands things to see". Boldt Castle was one memorable stop as well as just cruising all the little islands.
Things have changed regarding entering and leaving canada. Not sure how it works when cruising in and out of canadian waters. Typically here in Ohio, when going over into canadian waters to fish on Lake Erie, we just call an 800 number. they will want passport number, expiration date and driver's license. Once you are in the system, typically you won't have to repeat that info every time. Unsure on kids.
Most likely you will be required to report back into US customs at some point upon conclusion of your trip but , again, maybe someone local can give you a more definitive answer. We aren't required to report into US customs as long as we don't touch ground in canada.
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Wow, that sounds like an amazing trip!! Thanks for the feedback!
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1000 Islands is a beautiful area. You can always PM brockville on this forum. Good marinas on the Canadian side as well. Very scenic.
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Just to give the you a heads up. All locks are free this year on the Rideau system (Kingston-Ottawa) and the Trent system (Trenton-Georgian Bay). I am not not familiar with the Ottawa system from Montreal up to Ottawa.

The free locks is being provided by Parks Canada in celebration of Canada s 150th year.
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Hoping for some local input to add to my planning. My family and I (Myself, wife and (2) 2-1/2 year old kids) are planning a vacation this summer to the Thousand Islands. We are trailering our 26 SeaRay dancer from South Jersey. At this point we are looking to come the last week in July and stay at the The Ledges Resort & Marina (nothing set in stone, just looked like a cool place with having your boat docked at your front door). Im open to suggestion on lodging as well.

We are adventurous boaters that love taking long trips and hitting different towns and restaurants, we do most of our boating on the Norther Chesapeake Bay. What are the Must See that we should not miss??

Besides Passports, what other documentation should we bring? Is it difficult to travel to Canadian destinations, how does that work with Customs?

Should there be anything I should know about what, or what NOT to have on board when entering Canadian waters?

Thanks in advance for the help!
What not to have on board...any type of firearm, even if you have a permit/licence it will get seized and so might your boat and you could end up in the slammer.
The laws regarding firearms are very strict.

What to bring on board....charts/depth finder/gps.

And lots of cash, we love your money

The best thing about the 1000 Islands is the beauty and different islands, both populated and not.

As to places to see...Boldt Castle is the biggest, there is also Singer Castle which is a bit smaller and completely restored, but you can not walk around freely, you must go on a guided tour.

One of the really cool things to do is go to Stovin Island at Brockville and sit and watch the ships go by in the narrows, they are so close you can almost reach out and touch them. Plus Stovin has a small beach for the young ones.

And that's something not found on many islands.....there are beaches near Brockville at Refugee, Stovin, Deadman, and .....I forget...LOL But these are all Canadian so you'll need to check in with Customs.

As for the US side, there are many nice places to spend a day or two and State Parks quite close to ABay.
I'm not sure, there is usually something going on in the 1000 Islands & ABay every weekend in the summer.
Parks Canada owns numerous islands and many of them have docks where you can tie up for a few hours or a few days.

Because it is Canada's 150th birthday, yea I know just a baby, there are some perks as mentioned in a previous post. I'm not sure but I think the locks are free but mooring is still gonna cost.

I'm kind of just babbling here but if you have any specific questions, please ask me I'd love to help you.

Enjoy and maybe we'll share a dock or anchorage.
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