1,000 Islands’ Cruise

Taking the 1,000 Islands‘ (pronounced as “Thousand Islands”) cruise wasn’t on our original tour itinerary, but few days before our tour started, we were informed that this is a special addition and hence we took a 3 hours’ drive from Toronto to Rockport for the 1-hour “Heart of the Islands Cruise” (CAD 22, about S$27).

The 1,000 Islands are located in the waters of the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario, in between US’ New York State and Canada’s province of Ontario. The harbour where we boarded the cruise, at Rockport, used to be an important steamboat building, transportation and cord wood refueling centre in the 1880s. The 1-hour cruise brought us around Boldt Castle, Zavikon Island and Millionaire’s Row.

Although there was commentary onboard when we arrived at prominent landmarks, it was difficult to catch all the information provided as the boat was packed with visitors on all 3 decks. Nonetheless, we had a friendly captain on our deck sharing with us his knowledge of the islands. The cruise became more scenic as we got nearer to the Boldt Castle and Alexandria Bay which are on the US side.

Seeing other boats docking at Boldt Castle

Seeing other boats docking at Boldt Castle

Alexandria Bay, New York State

Alexandria Bay, New York State

Boldt Castle

Boldt Castle

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I can’t share much information about this cruise since I couldn’t catch most of the commentary onboard haha. But Boldt Castle looks beautiful indeed hee. Maybe can visit the castle next time instead of just passing by on the cruise! 🙂

After the 1-hour cruise, we had lunch on our own expense at a little restaurant by the lake. Don’t remember the name of the restaurant but I think it is the one on the far right from the port.

Delicious potato bacon cream soup

Delicious potato bacon cream soup

Salad + Mushroom Pasta

Salad + Mushroom Pasta

We shared the above dishes plus another portion of salad (which was supposed to come with the pasta but we didn’t know till much later). I like the soup very much but the pasta was quite tough and the mushroom sauce too salty, though we still finished it as the portion wasn’t as big as we expected. It was quite a satisfying meal for us nonetheless, a refreshing change from the usual fast food or chinese dinners we had over the last few days. So although the “damage” was CAD 55 (about S$67.50) including tips, we didn’t regret choosing this cosy little restaurant over the buffet restaurant next to the port. 😉

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