Islands, thousand of em

Trip Start Dec 06, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, May 11, 2008

It was time to start heading back towards Toronto but there was still time for one final stop off at Kingston near 1000 islands, which is a place where there are islands. Guess how many? About 1800. Ha, tricked you.

We jumped on board for a 2 hour scenic trip which meandered between a fair few of the 1800. We went past Boldt Castle on Heart Island which was built by George Boldt, who was owner of the Waldorf-Astoria, as a labour of love for his wife. Bit of a tragic end to the story as his wife died before the castle was finished so he never returned and building stopped. Another top, possibly not true fact is that he was involved in giving Thousand Island dressing to the world by putting it on the menu at the Waldorf. On the boat when they were talking about him I was waiting for them to mention Waldorf salads, which reminds me of Basil Fawlty, but I didn't even click that thousand island dressing might have anything to do with the place I was at until they mentioned it. I'm a bit slow sometimes.

The islands are split between the states and canada and you've guessed it, even though it's an island, if you want to visit Heart Island in the USA you have to go through customs. Do these people never sleep? The trip we were on didn't stop there so no worries on that front for once, but we did pass the shortest international bridge which links 2 islands, one belonging to each country. Surprisingly, there was no border control.

The criteria to be an island is that it has to be over 1ft square, above the water all year around and have at least 1 tree. We passed the smallest island called Tom Thumb Island which contained the grand total of 1 tree and a couple of shrubs. Most of the island have a little more including massive houses and matching yachts. It's a millionaires playground.

That's enough top facts for one entry, so I'll be off. But not before telling you we ticked off another burger chain, Harveys, excellent work.
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