1000 Islands Cruise + Boldt Castle Tour

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    ShortTrips.ca is a bus tour company based in the Toronto area. We offer fun & original one-day trips, multi-day trips & weekend getaways originating from Toronto & the GTA (Greater Toronto Area). We are known for the uniqueness of our tours and the fun that we create on our trips. We take great pride in the meticulous organization of our trips down to the smallest detail to ensure that you have an unparalleled experience. We hope you will join us on an upcoming excursion and experience this for yourself. 

    • Round Trip Bus Trip
    • Steamship Cruise
    • Lake Muskoka

    On this day trip experience the magnificent Boldt Castle as our cruise takes you to the most famous of the 1000 Islands . . . Heart Island, an eternal monument to the memory of a man’s love for his wife.

    Our tour includes a 1.5 hour narrated cruise plus a 2.5 hour stop at Boldt Castle. Admission to Boldt Castle is included as part of the tour price. The narrated cruise takes you past Zavikon Island, Millionaire’s Row, the St. Lawrence Seaway and the 1000 Islands Bridge as you see the area’s most breathtaking scenery.

    Note: ​This is a long tour day and depending on where you board the bus, it will be 12 to 15 hours before you return to your pickup location. 

    Prices Includes

    • Round trip transportation on deluxe bus with a washroom and WiFi
    • 1000 Islands boat cruise (1.5 hours) with narration included
    • 2.5 hour stop on Heart Island and admission to Boldt Castle included
    • Visit to The Big Apple for lunch. Price of lunch is not included in tour
    • ​Complimentary bottled water and snacks included
    • Escorted tour with ShortTrips.ca tour director available during tour
    • All tips & taxes

    Trip Notes

    We will be stopping at The Big Apple for lunch on the way to the 1000 Islands and stopping again at a highway service area for a dinner stop on our way home. Meals are not included in the tour price. ​

    Travel Documents

    • US Immigration requires that all travellers MUST have a passport (or Nexus or EDL cards).  If you do not have a Canadian or USA passport, please make sure that you have the appropriate permissions or documentation to travel to the USA. 
    • Passports are checked before you board the boat. If you are denied permission to board the boat, sadly we will have to leave you at the dock. The group will return in 3½ hours and you will be able to return to Toronto with the group when the bus departs. 
    • Sorry but no refunds if you are denied boarding or entry to the USA.

    Please Note

    Children 10+ are welcome on this tour. Price is the same as adults.

    Pickup/Drop Off Locations

    • 8:00 AM – Mississauga McDonalds, Courtney Park & Hurontario.
    • 8:30 AM – York Mills Subway Station,
    • 8:55 AM – Scarborough Town Centre
    • 9:30 AM – Whitby GO Station Parking Garage


    • 9:25 PM – Whitby
    • 9:55 PM – Scarborough
    • 10:20 PM – York Mills
    • 10:50 PM – Mississauga

    Deposits, Payments, Cancellations & Refunds

    • 100% full refund if you cancel at least 2 days before the trip departure date. 
    • Sorry but no refunds if cancellation is received less then 2 days before trip departure date. 
    • Your can transfer your seat to anyone else you know, up to the time of departure without penalty.

    1000 Islands Cruise

    Experience the icons of the 1000 Islands such as the International Bridge, the Statue of St. Lawrence, and Zavicon Island containing the smallest International Bridge in the world, during this cruise in the heart of the 1000 Islands.

    We leave the dock at 2:00 PM and return at 6:00 PM. This includes 1.5 hours of cruising in the 1000 Islands and 2.5 hours of stopover at Boldt Castle. 

    Boldt Castle

    Boldt Castle has an interesting history. 

    Construction began on Boldt Castle in 1900 at the request of millionaire hotel magnate George C. Boldt as a tribute to his beloved wife Louise. Boldt Castle was designed as their summer dream home on the St. Lawrence River, in the heart of the 1000 Islands. Alas, it was never meant to be. Mrs. Boldt passed away suddenly just months before the completion of the castle. Mr. Boldt was inconsolable and immediately stopped all construction on Heart Island and never returned, leaving the property vacant for over seventy years.

    Today Boldt Castle, located on Heart Island near Alexandria Bay, NY in the 1000 Islands is once again becoming what it was always meant to be, the premier home and attraction in the region. We will have a 2-hour stopover on Heart Island to allow you to tour this wonderful property. 

    Our arrival time at Boldt Castle is 3:00 PM and departure time from the island is at 5:00 PM. There is a small snack bar on the island but you are welcome to bring your own snacks and refreshments if you wish and use the outside grounds to enjoy your munchies as you take in the unparalleled views of the St. Lawrence. Please note that no food or drink is allowed inside the castle. 

    By the way, George Boldt is credited with being involved in either the creation or promotion of 1000 Island Salad Dressing depending on which story you read.

    The Big Apple

    On our way to the 1000 Islands region, we stop for a late breakfast/early lunch at the Big Apple. 

    In addition to an extensive lunch menu, you also get a chance to shop for some delicious apple pies, apple bread, apple crumble, apple chips… well, you get the idea. They also have an extensive wine tasting and tea/coffee counter. And if you feel energetic, you can always climb to the observation deck at the top of the big apple to get a bird’s eye view of the area. 

    Cost of lunch is not included in the tour price.