St. Lawrence River Cruise (1000 Islands) With Visiting Boldt Castle on Heart Island

CAD 160 (cruise cost included)

 

Pick up points:

 

Mississauga: 8:00 am 

Square One (LCBO parking lot - 65 Square One Drive)  

 

North York: 8:30 am 

Sheppard West Subway Station, Passenger Pick-Up/Drop Of ​

Scarborough: 9:00 amS

Scarborough Town Centre  La-Z-Boy Furniture parking lot, 530 Progress Ave ​

Stop at Big Apple

Time for lunch in Kingston Downtown 

 

Four-hour cruise with visiting Boldt Castle on Heart Island.

When landing on Boldt Island, an additional fee of 10 USD is charged (not included in the price of the tour and cruise)

You must have documents with you that permit you to enter the United States.


When Reader's Digest compiled its list of The 10 Most Romantic Island Destinations in the United States,it included one not so far from Toronto, and we can visit it and explore during a one-day sightseeing trip!

This is, of course, the Heart Island in the Thousand Islands archipelago on the St. Lawrence River. On this island is magnificent Boldt Castle, one of the most famous and visited buildings in the United States.

The castle owes its appearance to the famous American hotelier George Boldt. He was born in Germany in 1851. In 1864 he immigrated to the United States. He began his career as a kitchen worker in New York, and at the age of 25 he was hired by his future father-in-law to be the manager of the dining room of the most prestigious men's club in Philadelphia. Soon, George independently engaged in the hotel business, built and managed luxury large hotels.

In 1877, the 26-year-old Boldt married the 15-year-old Louise Kehrer. Two years later, a son was born, and another four years later,  a daughter. In 1900, Boldt began the construction of the castle, intended as a gift to his wife. Three hundred workers, including masons, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, worked on a six-story castle of 120 rooms with 365 windows. The castle included a tunnel, a power station, an Italian garden, and a drawbridge. The roof was lined with ceramic tiles with a total area of ​​30 thousand square feet. A special well was drilled with a diameter of 14 inches and a depth of 55 feet for an elevator powered by water.

Heart Island, as directed by Boldt, took the form of a heart. The same motif was repeated in many elements of the decoration. Boldt was about to give his present on his wife's birthday, which was on Valentine's Day. In January 1904, 41-year-old Louise, who was notable for poor health, suddenly died. Shocked by grief, Boldt immediately stopped all construction work, and for 73 years the unfinished castle remained abandoned, falling into desolation.

 

In 1977, an American company that owns the 1000 Island Bridge System acquired Boldt Castle and completed construction. The cost of reconstruction amounted to $ 35 million. Now this castle, located on the small island of Heart with an area of ​​5.5 acres, is constantly among the 25 most visited historic buildings in the United States.

 

Heart Island has another unique feature - it has the US border inspection station, but there is no corresponding Canadian Customs point.

In order to land on Hart Island, you must have the usual documents required to cross the Canadian-American border. At the same time, the island can be bypassed by a Canadian cruise ship, in which case no documents are required.

The archipelago of the 1000 Islands in the St. Lawrence River is incredibly beautiful and interesting with its miniature islands and tiny houses and bridges, the majestic International Bridge, amazing buildings, lighthouses, shipwrecks and amazingly clear water. 

During our trip on the way to cruise, we will make a stop at the beautiful historic downtown of Kingston. 

Drop off points:

 

Scarborough: 8:30 pm

Scarborough Town Centre  La-Z-Boy Furniture parking lot, 530 Progress Ave

 

North York: 9:00 pm 

Sheppard West Subway Station, Passenger Pick-Up/Drop

 

Mississauga: 9:30 pm Mississauga  Square One (LCBO parking lot - 65 Square One Drive) 

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The Powerhouse at the foot of Heart Isla
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The Italian Gardens
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