Nothing Compares to a Castle
The 1000 Islands is home to two stunning and majestic castles that are both available to view.
Boldt Castle on Heart Island in Alexandria Bay, New York
Today, Boldt Castle, located in the famed 1000 Islands is being painstakingly restored and once again becoming what it was always meant to be, a magnificent attraction and premier estate. A visit to Boldt Castle and the Boldt Yacht House will bring you back to a time past and enchant you with a tragic, timeless love story. Boldt Castle, is located on Heart Island, in the United States, and is only accessible by water. From Canada, visitors may find cruises to this grand estate on Gananoque Boat Line or Rockport Cruises.
In 1900, at the bidding of millionaire hotel magnate George C. Boldt construction began on Boldt Castle. This magnificent castle was to be a tribute to his beloved wife Louise and was designed as their summer dream home. However, it was not to be, Mrs. Boldt passed away suddenly just months before the completion of the castle. Mr. Boldt was inconsolable and immediately stopped all construction on Heart Island, leaving the property vacant for over seventy years.
The Thousand Islands Bridge Authority (TIBA), who now owns and operates Boldt Castle and the Boldt Yacht House, invites you to see the Castles’ legendary beauty nestled among the St. Lawrence Rivers’ 1000 Islands. This stunning manor will keep you returning year after year!
The formidable Singer Castle can be found on Dark Island, in New York state. This is the only remaining/existing castle on the river to be completed, fully furnished and resided in during the heyday of the great builders and industrials on the St. Lawrence River. The Castle remained in the possession of the original owners, the Bourne family, from its construction in 1905 until the mid 1960’s. Frederick Bourne was the fifth President of the Singer Sewing Machine Company, which is where the name “Singer Castle” came from. When the Bourne family summered there, it was called “The Towers” which comes from the inspiration that Ernest Flagg, the architect whom designed this structure.
Singer Castle, on Dark Island, is located in the St. Lawrence Seaway in the United States and is only accessible by water. From Canada, you may find cruises to this beautiful island on Gananoque Boat Line or Rockport Cruises.
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