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ferry from wolfe island to the US side ? anything good ?

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ferry from wolfe island to the US side ? anything good ?

we are spending 2 nights in kingston, then plan to take a ferry accross to wolfeisland with our car, and then go across to the US. is there anything good to do there ? shopping ? scenic places?

we wanted to spend 1 or 2 nights on the US side as well if there is something good to do.

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1. Re: ferry from wolfe island to the US side ? anything good ?

You might also want to post this on the New York forum.

There isn't much on the U.S. side in the town where the ferry takes you - Cape Vincent.

You could drive east from there though and check out Clayton, New York. Cute little town worth a short look around.

If you like hiking, a little further east is Wellesley Island State Park. They have some very nice trails.

For shopping and for choices in hotels you could go to Watertown.

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2. Re: ferry from wolfe island to the US side ? anything good ?

Not much at Cape Vincent, but about half an hour south west is a lovely town - Sackets Harbor. Right on the lake.Pretty, historical homes and inns. As I recall there was a lovely looking restaurant. We stopped briefly in the town for ice cream on our way to the Wolfe Island crossing.

Here's the town website:

http://www.sacketsharborny.com/

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3. Re: ferry from wolfe island to the US side ? anything good ?

Hi Twinklep,

Welcome to the KINGSTON TRAVEL FORUM.

Horne’s Ferry (Wolfe Island to Cape Vincent) is a very brief ride (under 10 Minutes) and costs $ 13 for Car & Driver and $ 2 per Passenger. You will pass thru American Customs at the dock on the US Side.

As stated by the others, the villages of Upstate New York really don’t have much to offer other than immense scenic beauty (lol, as I often say when Americans can live anywhere in their moderate climate… why would they choose to reside in the coldest areas of their country ?). The villages along the St Lawrence are very small… Cape Vincent (population 760) – Sackets Harbour (pop 1386) is found on Lake Ontario and not too far from Watertown – Clayton Village (pop 1821) is found across the St Lawrence River from Gananoque Ontario (the Gateway to the 1000 Islands). And Alexandria Bay (population 1,088) which is found EAST of the 1000 Islands International Bridge (across from Rockport, Ontario), this town is primarily a summer destination, and offers seasonal employment to its residents, the poverty level in the town reflects this (13.5%). And also with Fort Drum nearby, A-Bay has a reputation of being a “party – rowdy town”… something they play up with their annual Pirate Days each August (this year August 6th to 15th).

All of the aforementioned towns are connected together via Hwy 12 and 12-E which skirts along the coastline of the St Lawrence River and Lake Ontario.

Watertown (pop 26,705) is the largest metropolitan centre in the area. One will find an assortment of Accommodations, Restaurants and Shopping in this small city. Watertown’s claim to fame is a quote by Harry Chapin “I spent a week there one afternoon” and as a popular cross-border shopping* spot for visitors from Eastern Ontario.

Even better though than Watertown is Syracuse (pop 147,306) when it comes to shopping (Carousel Center) and the nearby locations of Fayetteville (Towne Centre) and Waterloo (Waterloo Premium Outlets).

*NOTE – When it comes to cross-border shopping be aware of the restrictions in regards to Duty Free Exemptions. Canadians typically need to be out of the country 48 Hours or longer to really reap any benefit ($ 400 including Alcohol & Tobacco Products), 24 Hours ($ 50 – NO Alcohol & Tobacco), Under 24 Hours (NO Duty Free… everything purchased is subject to Duty & Taxes… so in addition to Exchange, this can add up very quickly).

Wellesley Island as KTOWNTRVLLR has mentioned is well worth a visit if you are into nature & hiking. The Island (one of the largest in the 1000 Islands) is home to several small villages, and year round residents. It also has two State Parks – Wellesley Island State Park and Dewolf Point State Park. It is also where you’ll find the George C Boldt Yacht House (a Boldt Castle property).

I have visit Upstate NY often… it is indeed quite pretty, especially the area around Lake Ontario. The towns and drive along the St Lawrence, less so. Unlike the Canadian Side where there is the protection of the National / Provincial / St Lawrence Park System which restricts development and promotes a park-like approach (such as the scenic 1000 Island Parkway)… this doesn’t exist in Upstate NY… so the land alongside the River is privately owned, and for the most part Hwy 12 does not offer many views of the River or the 1000 Islands (there are a few turn-outs… but not at all like what is found on the Canadian side).

I would say the area is certainly worth a visit if one is staying long-term (a week or longer) in the Kingston & 1000 Islands Region… but if your stay is short (a weekend) then one’s time could be better spent exploring the many many features that exist on the Canadian side of the River (Kingston – Gananoque – 1000 Islands – Rockport – Frontenac Biosphere – Rideau Canal & Lakes Region).

Hope this is helpful,

Cheers!

Wine-4-2

PS… I also took a look at your post on the CAPE VINCENT TRAVEL FORUM… not sure which Lakes & Mountain Ranges you are referring to… but the closest ones would certainly be more than 2 Hours from Kingston or Cape Vincent (The Adirondacks for example… Lake Placid being 3 Hours from Cape V – or The Finger Lakes example… Seneca Falls, Wine Country, or Rochester all in the 2-1/2 to 3 Hour range from Cape V).

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4. Re: ferry from wolfe island to the US side ? anything good ?

hy thanks for your replies...I have about 5 days in total. I'm trying to decide between going south to the US or going north-east to Mont tremblant.

I haven't been to either places. suggestions ?

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5. Re: ferry from wolfe island to the US side ? anything good ?

Hi Twinklep,

Hmmm, that probably translates to 2 Nights... and your best options would be Finger Lakes or The Adirondacks (Lake Placid) for NY State or Mont Tremblant.

Finger Lakes have a lot to see and do... probably more than the other two Destinations which really are outdoorsy destinations and more of a resort type getaway.

It will come down to what kind of Traveller you are... and how much $$ you have.. both Mont T and Lake Placid are expensive destinations vs The Finger Lakes.

Can you give us any more info about your "vision" for this getaway, or insight into your travelling style

Cheers!

Wine-4-2

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