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Honey Bee Island has been featured in Cottage Life, Island Life, Island Reflections and Thousand Islands Life magazines.
Imagine having your very own private island… now unleash your inner ‘Robinson Crusoe’ and live the dream. Wake up to the bird song, grab a coffee and walk down to your own dock to sit and sip while watching the herons lift off the lily pads or see our mink swim by on her morning rounds.
Breathe in the pine scented air…your holiday has started. At Honey Bee Island, you will be saturated with full river views from each window, live in an authentic hand adzed Adirondack styled log cabin provided with every luxury. Dive off the dock, canoe around the islands, cast your line or bask in the sun and work on your tan. At the “Bee” in the very heart of the Thousand Islands, you can enjoy this unique private experience yet still be within minutes of castles in the center of a celebrated boater’s paradise.
Honey Bee is a beautiful, historic, private island nestled in the very heart of the 1000 Islands which dot the shores of St. Lawrence River. It is reachable by boat in 10 minutes from Boldt Castle and eight minutes from the quaint town of Ivy Lea, Ontario. Boat rentals are available locally.
Set in a tranquil bay, bordered by the St. Lawrence Islands National Park, the newly restored 134-year-old hand adzed log cabin enjoys spectacular sunsets and views in all directions. The property is very upscale with your own 2 story, 2 bedroom cabin with all the comfort and amenities of a luxury home, yet on your own private island. It provides a unique holiday off the beaten track. It is the perfect remedy for anyone seeking adventure and escape with utter privacy yet without isolation.
The river is lovely for fishing and swimming, with summer water temperatures usually in the mid 70s as there are several natural underwater warm water ‘springs’ near the dock. At Honey Bee, you enjoy water so clear you think that you are swimming in an aquarium. If you are looking to rough it, this is the wrong place. Paddle your own canoe or kayak through wilderness routes in the nearby wildlife refuge or fish in a world-class angler's paradise on this huge body of water.
The Cabin is tucked away under pine and oak trees. Waken to the songbirds and watch the sunrise over Hill Island while sipping your morning coffee out on the deck. Hearing the water lapping on the rocks through the open screened windows at night, makes for a restful sleep. Relaxing on your own private Island, it's just ..ahhhhhhhh! Yet, all conveniences are just minutes away. Supermarkets, restaurants, liquor stores, post office, churches, pharmacy, just everything including a hospital is available within minutes in Alexandria Bay directly by boat to their respective docks or by car to Gananoque.
The Cabin and Amenities
Bedrooms: Upstairs are 2 carpeted bedrooms finished in prime Western Red Cedar. Each bedroom has a very comfortable Queen sized bed, topped with lighthouse throws. Tucked under the eaves, a ‘Captains bunk’ single also shares each bedroom. The cabin sleeps a maximum of 6 with the additional choice of sleeping on the screened porch.
Kitchen: Electric range and oven with Vent-a-hood commercial extractor, refrigerator / freezer w/ ice maker, Bosch dish washer, microwave, trash compactor, reverse osmosis water filtration, coffee maker, cooking utensils, spices and dinnerware, toaster, front load washing machine and clothes dryer. (All stainless steel appliances with Marinace Brazilian granite counter tops and maple cabinets).
Bathroom: Shower, toilet (flushing, not chemical) and sink. All shampoos, conditioners, soaps are provided.
Living room: Enjoy the huge native granite fireplace, satellite TV, CD, telephone, stereo system, DVD, VCR, built in maple bookcase, comfy seating and Island wide wireless internet access.
All windows are double glazed, maple finished and decorated with buckskin window dressings. Fox pelts hides, snowshoes and forged accessories on the hand-hewn log walls add to its rustic décor. The floors are finished with over sized slate throughout the downstairs and carpeted for comfort upstairs. The natural maple log and branch staircase is a work of art in itself.
Dining area: Oak dining table, place mats, tablecloths, candles and seating for 6. Be sure to bring champagne to toast the view from the large picture window overlooking Black Snake passage.
Outside: There is a 9 x 24 foot fully enclosed screened-in porch with seating and a Victorian styled daybed with trundle bed. Step out of the kitchen, and enjoy the large deck with built in seating. Down the stairs and along the flagstone path is the super sized, stainless steel barbecue and granite food prep counter. Under the pines, are Adirondack chairs and a table for cocktails while river watching. Nowhere on the island are you without a full river view.
So, what week(s) can I book?
Honey Bee private vacation island is available for only 2 weeks per season (your choice of any one or two week rental) from mid June thru mid September. Once these two weeks are reserved, any subsequent bookings can be made for the following year.
Currently, both weeks are available. There are no hidden extras
Upon acceptance of your request, we will mark the dates as reserved. A non-refundable deposit of 25% should then be made within 10 days to secure the booking. The remainder of the payment must be made 8 weeks before the starting date of your holiday and is non refundable. A refundable security (breakage) deposit of $500 will be required to be paid with the final payment. This sum will be reimbursed within 1 week of your departure after a satisfactory final inspection of the property.
Suitability: Children are welcome. Not advised for those with mobility impairments.
General: All linens, bath and beach towels are provided. The island is boat access only. Dockage is available for 2 boats at the Island. There are ample marinas, State or Provincial parks on both the US and the Canadian shore for boat rentals and parking.
Guests should plan to provide their own boat or to rent one locally. Upon request, a familiarizing boat tour of the surrounding area will be provided.
The Thousand Islands is in the heart of the St. Lawrence River, running along the Canadian side of the border from Kingston to Brockville and from Cape Vincent to Morristown on the US side. The Canada/U.S. border runs down the middle of the islands and is clearly shown on all marine charts.
Ontario is bounded on the north by Hudson Bay and James Bay, on the east by Quebec, on the west by Manitoba, and on the south by the U.S. states of Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York. Ontario's long American border is formed almost entirely by lakes and rivers. While in the area, one can visit Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec, Toronto, Niagara Falls or NYC, Boston or Washington within a few hours to a day's drive.The nearest airport is in Syracuse NY (90 minutes), Ottawa, Ont., (90 minutes), Montreal, Que. (2 1/2 hours) or Kingston, Ont. (30 minutes) [Train station here also] A rental car is required.