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The 1000 Islands (pronounced “Thousand Islands,” not “One Thousand Islands”) is a sightseer’s paradise and a popular destination for those looking for an authentic outdoor vacation. Located along the peaceful border between northern New York State (USA) and southeastern Ontario (Canada), the 1000 Islands is a region of endless shorelines, rich history and unique culture.

Host Hotels (room rates range from $145 to $170 at both hotels)

Riveredge Resort

Note: As of 3-13-19, the Riveredge Resort is sold out most nights.
17 Holland Street
Alexandria Bay, NY 13607
315 482-9917

The Bonnie Castle Resort

Note: As of 3-13-19, there are plenty of rooms available for the week.
31 Holland Street
Alexandria Bay, NY 13607
315 482-4511

Other Options

Edgewood Resort


Edgewood Park Road

Alexandria Bay, NY 13607

315 482 9923

Swan Bay Resort (RV Sites, Chalets, and Cottages – 15% discount for ACBS members)


43615 State Route 12

Alexandria Bay, NY 13607


Capt. Thomson’s Resort


45 James Street

Alexandria Bay, NY 13607


Rental Homes – Special Rates Available for ACBS Members

1) Private island on Millionaires Row, with pool (depending on weather and availability), hot tub, outdoor sauna (with stereo!), Home Theatre System, and the most spectacular views: Boldt Castle, Sunken Rock Lighthouse, other islands of Millionaires Row, ships passing by from all over the world! Sleeps 12 (I have once allowed 14).

2) Lovely modern waterfront home with dock on a 3-acre property in a private inlet in a tranquil secure upscale private community on Wellesley Island. On the other side of Boldt Castle from the private island. Magnificent views from indoors or out. Only a 5-minute zip across the water to A. Bay! Accessible by car (across the scenic Thousand Islands Bridge) OR boat. Sleeps 4 – 8.

Please contact Cynthia for more information and/or questions.
416 890-2721 or 315 775-8225

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Event Descriptions

Note: Boldt Castle, a major landmark and tourist attraction, is must see during your stay in Alexandria Bay, NY. Uncle Sam Boat Tours will offer a discounted price on tickets (Boldt Castle Shuttle and all tour options) to all ACBS members from Monday, September 16th through Saturday, September 21st.

Monday, September 16th – Singer Castle on Dark Island

Group A (Sold Out) will depart around 9am and Group B will depart around 10:30am from Alexandria Bay. Enjoy a narrated boat ride on an Uncle Sam Tour Boat for the 12-mile journey downstream to one of the famous attractions in the Thousand Islands Region. Singer Castle is the only remaining/existing castle on the St. Lawrence River to be completed, fully furnished, and resided in during the heyday of the great builders and industrialists in New York. 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.

The return trip will include a stop at Boldt Castle on Heart Island located in the river across from the Village of Alexandria Bay. Uncle Sam Boat Tours operates a boat shuttle from Heart Island to Alex Bay. Take your time at Boldt Castle and return to Alex Bay when you are ready.

Interested in driving your own boat? A limited number of spots are available for a guided flotilla to Dark Island. Your event ticket includes the narrated boat tour, box lunch and admission to Singer Castle. Admission to Bold Castle is paid onsite.

Tuesday, September 17th – Wellesley Island

Departing Alexandria Bay at 9:30am, you will enjoy a guided cruise around Wellesley Island, one of the largest islands in the St. Lawrence River. Originally named Wells Island, the name was changed during an 1815 survey of the U.S.-Canada border by Captain William Fitzwilliam Owen to honor Arthur Wellesley.

The cruise will begin with boats driving from Alexandria Bay directly across the St. Lawrence River to the Bolt Castle Yacht House to pick up a box lunch and be matched with a guide boat for the trip. Participants will be treated to spectacular views of Castles, Cottages, and Summer Mansions while weaving in and out of hundreds of islands.

Your event ticket includes a custom designed book with charts and historical information and a box lunch. After a day of boating, the Thousand Islands Chapter will host a reception from 5:30-7:30 at the Bonnie Castle Resort (cost $20 pp).

Wednesday, September 18th – Visit Clayton, NY, and the Antique Boat Museum

A guided flotilla will launch from Alexandria Bay, NY, at 9:00am and travel upstream on the St. Lawrence River approximately 11 miles to Clayton, NY. Boats will dock at the Antique Boat Museum. If you prefer, you may drive your car to Clayton, NY. Free admission to the Antique Boat Museum will be given to all registered ACBS members which includes access to the off campus Doebler Storage Building. The Village of Clayton offers museums, shops, restaurants, winery and distillery tastings, and more. The Clayton Chamber of Commerce will host a Fashion Show and Lunch at the Clayton Opera House. Enjoy a lite lunch while viewing a variety of ensembles and accessories presented by local businesses. Cash bar will be available. Doors open at 11am. Please visit the unique stores in Clayton!

The Antique Boat Museum will host the ACBS Welcome Reception from 4:30-8:00. Please allow the Antique Boat Museum to surprise and delight you as the host of the ACBS Annual Welcome Reception. We will have a variety of opportunities for attendees to explore the Museum and meet our Staff Team and Trustees. Enjoy swapping your favorite boating stories while taking in the views of the mighty St. Lawrence River from our 4.5-acre waterfront campus. Bask in the shine of the varnished mahogany that surrounds you while enjoying tastes of the 1000 Islands with libations and hors d’oeuvres. The Museum is honored and excited to share one of the most impressive collections of fresh water recreational boats in North America with our fellow boaters.

The guided flotilla will depart the Antique Boat Museum at 6pm for arrival in Alexandria Bay before sunset.

Thursday, September 19th – ACBS Roundtable and Annual Membership Meeting

The Chapter Roundtable is from 8:30-10:30. The Annual Membership Meeting is from 10:45-2:00.

Boat Show Judging will begin at 2:00pm (and conclude by 5pm on Friday).

Friday, September 20th – ACBS International Boat Show

The Boat Show is open from 9:00am-5:00pm

Boat Show Judging will conclude by 5pm.

The Annual Scholarship Auction will be held at the Riveredge Resort starting at 6:00pm. A fireworks display will start at 8:00pm

Saturday, September 21st – ACBS International Boat Show

The Boat Show is open from 9:00am-4:00pm.

The Boat Show Class Awards Breakfast will be held from 10:30am-11:30am. Enjoy a light continental breakfast during the presentation of the Platinum, Gold, and Silver Awards winners.

The ACBS Symposium will feature presentations on the history of boat building in the Thousand Islands Region.

The Awards Banquet will be held at Bonnie Castle Resort starting at 5:30pm. Live music will available in the lounge after the awards program.