Following the highly publicized visit of President U. S. Grant in 1872, many Americans discovered the beauty and enchantment of the 1000 Islands and determined it was a much more moderate climate to spend their summers than the heat of the southern states.
Summer homes started appearing on the islands and thus began the "Playground for the Rich and Famous", the 1000 Islands. The grand summer homes brought new architecture to the area that can still be viewed today. Wooden rowing boats were updated with small inboard engines and were used to chauffeur people from Islands to villages on both the US and Canadian shores. Ferryboats arrived to connect the US and Canada and travel between the two countries. Today, we still treasure wooden boats built by hand over the generations. While wooden boat building has given way to more modern materials the area is still or once again famous for boat building but now the industry is also building ice boats. There are families who reside on some of the islands all year round and this is now quite possible by the ice boats, built right here in this area.
The charming history of Rockport and the 1000 Islands is evident as much of the architecture and boats are lovingly maintained today. You will often see restored boats of the pastcutting through the waves and darting between the islands. Many books have been written about this area and the magic and charm have carried forward to be shared again and again for the pleasure of today and tomorrow.
Rockport, 1000 Islands Canada is natural beauty at its best — beauty that has been enjoyed for many generations past and many more still to come.