Boating in Canada Archive
Pat's Boating in Canada
Thousand Islands National Park 1996
- Seaonal day use fee valid until 7 pm (after which you pay normal overnight
- Day-use dinghy fee of $4.00 for boaters coming ashore at docks, dinghy ramps
or beaching -- unless you ask for the dinghy permit for ramps and beaching
that comes with your season permit.
- Picnic shelters have been removed from West Grenadier and East Gordon Island.
- The campsite on Constance Island has been removed. Campsites and campsite
docks on Endymion have already been removed.
- Stoves and Fire grills will be removed in 1996 from islands with no campsites
(Adelaide, W. Grenadier, Constance, Mermaid, Endymion).
[A stove was removed from the shelter at center Gordon Island.]
- Two campsites will be installed at North Grenadier.
- A new volunteer Island Host program will begin at McDonald, Beaurivage,
Aubrey and possibly Gordon Islands. They will provide basic information about
the Park and the Islands.
[Civil servants who have lost their jobs love the idea of volunteers doing
work for the government.]
- Two new mooring buoys will be installed on the north side of Endymion Island.
1997 fees for all moorings will be discussed with boaters.
[It boggles the mind how the other boats will manage to anchor around these
moorings in the bay between Endymion and Sunset Island. I wonder which carefully
selected boaters they will talk to about the proposed fees! As it is, some
boats "live" on these moorings and leave them to their children! I wonder
who has the authority to charge for the bottom of the river anyway.. One
boater had a chat with a park employee who admitted that an unleashed dog
is untouchable by federal law on the dock but can be fined on land -- hate
to mention this as my Killer Cat likes to sit on the rail (until a dog lunges
- New red signs explaining the raccoon vaccinate and release program.
[Raccoon rabies has not been observed in the Thousand Islands as of April,
- A free dinghy permit (new) will be available to boaters buying seasonal
passes (overnight or day-use) for their mother ship. This allows anchored
boaters to dinghy ashore to RAMPS and SHORE only -- not docks. Your dinghy
may still be rafted alongside the mother ship if it has a valid day use or
overnight mooring permit. If you wish to use the docks, you must still pay
a dock fee for the dinghy. If you want to take a walk on the trails, use the
outhouse, or dump garbage from the anchorage, it will cost a minimum of $4.
- Docking may not be reserved for any reason. Park staff may require boaters
to move their boat, tender, or dinghy on the dock in order to accommodate
[This is standard boat ettiquette in the islands. Strangers, myself included,
have offered boats a temporary raft if they plan to leave a dock. Rafting
overnight is usually reserved for someone whose sleeping habits are known