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Thousand islands

It was a long time ago … Severe glaciers covered our young Earth and it seemed that it would always be so. But the sun warmed the blue ice, thin streams began to make their way, ran faster and faster, merged, spilled and rushed more fun and louder. The ice melted, retreating under the pressure of water and the sun, streams paved their way in the hills, connecting in a huge lake. Over the centuries, the high hills turned into many, many small islands, overgrown with forests and scattered on the vast expanse of a clear lake …

People came. We stood with severely browed eyes and decided that these were fragments of paradise, which God had broken, having taken offense at people …. And they came up with a beautiful legend.

The Supreme Native American God, sitting in his heaven, glanced at people who are always at war and fighting among themselves. And then God decided to give people a beautiful garden, subject to the cessation of all wars. People received a gift and for some time forgot the enmity, enjoying the beauty of the gift. And then it all started all over again – human nature was poorly re-educated. God was angry, angry, and took his garden. But flying over the St. Lawrence River, he dropped it from his pocket. The garden fell into the river and shattered into a thousand fragments, forming beautiful islands …

Then came to these shores pale-faced. They gasped and said: “Garden of the Gods!” They were French and knew a lot about beauty. The century was 18, and the aesthetes conquered new lands in the crown of France. And they also came up with legends …

Another time has passed. The islands counted – it turned out a lot! As many as 1864! But the name remained on the map: “Thousand Islands”.

And before I got to Canada, I thought that the Thousand Islands is a sauce …

And so we went to admire the most beautiful place in Canada …

Our path lay along the shores of St. Lawrence. All this beauty belongs to Canada and the USA and stretches along the border of these states. The Canadian part is located in Ontario, the American – in the territory of the state of New York.

The islands are very different in size, if a tree is placed on a piece of land, then this is quite an island! The largest is 100 square meters. The smallest – the bird does not turn around. Two-thirds of the islands went to Canada, the rest to the USA. An island is considered full-fledged if 365 days a year it sticks out above the surface of the water and at least two trees manage to hide on it.

There are islands of legend, which have their own stories that are passed from mouth to mouth and are growing in ever new details. There are fantastically beautiful islands, and there are laconic and abandoned by everyone. There are islands with names and the largest is called Wolf. We went to an amazing place …

Our excursion around the lake began in the town of Rockport, from where the boats depart for sailing. This place has its own souvenir shop with sky-high prices, but a free toilet and the opportunity to buy something for a snack.

There are other marinas from which you can go on an excursion, both from the Canadian and the American side. The duration of the excursions varies, you can even take a walk with a visit to the islands and lunch included. There are many sites offering these excursions; options are available.

But since we were with the group, we didn’t bother with all these subtleties and standing on the pier waiting for our ship just enjoyed the sun that appeared, a fresh breeze and the vastness that opened before us.

Meanwhile, our ship moored. We sensibly grabbed jackets and windcheaters, which I advise you too – the wind on the nose just knocked down and it was frankly cold. Well, it’s better to be the first in the queue to board – so that the best places in terms of visibility are yours.

The captain invited everyone to the boat, gallantly giving a hand to the ladies, smiling and greeting in French-English Canadian.

Sailing along the lake, you involuntarily notice flags on each island – something belongs to Canadians, something to Americans. If someone wants to raise both flags – according to Canadian law this is not prohibited, but with the condition that the Canadian flag should be on top and not less than the flag of the second country.

We managed to cross the water border a record number of times. But, they say, the fairway is not very good and deep, at the bottom there are a lot of stones and rocks, so the captains conduct the vessels very carefully and carefully. On the ship two flags are waving – Canada and the USA. Then I peered specifically – it was like that on every oncoming vessel, and there are a lot of them going there!

During the tour all the most interesting and fascinating stories and legends will be told by an audio guide, in English, of course …

I didn’t remember all the stories and legends, and the waves didn’t let me record right away. Rather, I wrote down, but no one could read … But in the evening, I telegraphically recorded a couple of legends that struck me. I would not have forgotten them, as time has shown.

The island is larger in Canada, a small – in the United States. The owner of this dacha can cross the border as many times as you like, walking from one country to another without border guards, passport marks and visits to duty-free shops.

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