Thousand Islands

7 Jun

bridge alongFive years ago, if Boyd and I had wanted to visit Canada we would have driven over this bridge…

bridge with bushranger
…but today, this is how we went to Canada…
…and how cool is that?!?

But, I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me start at the beginning.

thousand islands
This morning the weather gods smiled on us. The winds had lessened and the rain had temporarily disappeared…so off we went, and this is what we saw…

big house
I didn’t count them, but I swear there were at least 1000 Islands.  There were huge mansions with amazing rock gardens…

Thousand Islands 13
…and small wind-blown cottages that occupied every foot of their personal island…

bolt from the garden
…and then we arrived at Boldt Castle…

inside bolt 4
You probably have never heard the story about Boldt Castle. Let me tell you: Mr Boldt (a gent of modest origins who built a large fortune in the hotel business) decided to build the most beautiful home he could envisage for his wife, the love of his life. Unfortunately, just as the builders were putting on the finishing touches of Boldt Castle, Mrs Boldt died.

bolt castle story

Heart broken, Mr Boldt told all the workers to go home; they abandoned the nearly finished castle (as YES it WAS a castle!), and it was left to languish for years and years.

grafitti

The vandals did their thing, destroying and corrupting the castle, stealing anything of value and covering the walls with graffiti. Finally, the Thousand Island Bridge Authority purchased the island (which was appropriately named Heart Island) and began restoring the home. This is what they have accomplished…

inside bolt 3

inside bolt 1

inside bolt 2

Amazing!

After Heart Island, Bushranger continued past the US/Canadian border, and snuggled into a dock in Gananoque Canada.

aglca into canada

There we were met by two wonderful friends, Francis and Helene, who happen to own a lovely ‘Looper’ boat named Miss Jazz.

So the day closed with a beautiful dinner, with some lovely wine (or beer for those that preferred that beverage), in a historic restaurant with a ‘view to die for’.

Gananaque flads

Wow, what a day!

9 Responses to “Thousand Islands”

  1. rodcrobinson June 8, 2016 at 00:16 #

    Great photos and great story. And particularly the sun story of Bolt Castle. I like the photo of the Canadian flag flying proudly next to the Boxing Kangaroo.

    • MrsB June 8, 2016 at 06:39 #

      Woo-hoo we’re in Canada!

  2. rodcrobinson June 8, 2016 at 00:18 #

    That should have read “sub story” not “sun story”…damn predictive text

    • MrsB June 8, 2016 at 06:39 #

      …I know how you feel. ..

    • MrsB June 8, 2016 at 07:47 #

      …boy do I understand that! I just noticed that predictive text had changed all my ‘Boldt’s to ‘Bolt’ — humph!

  3. Heather June 8, 2016 at 04:47 #

    Love castles, islands, tootling along. Whetting the appetite…

    • MrsB June 8, 2016 at 06:40 #

      Can’t wait to see what we find today!

  4. Daffy June 8, 2016 at 07:28 #

    Love it – remember reading about the Boldt Castle when I was sent to the Maritimes in 1976. All the info then said it was a ruin. So here we are 40 years later and I get a nice story about it. Loving the tour.

    • MrsB June 8, 2016 at 07:38 #

      Hopefully today we can wander into Watertown. ..I bet there are some cool stories there. ..

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