We read about this establishment in a Washington Post travel section article. Our experience tracked with the expectations established in the article and reinforced by the owner, Phyllis Gardner: "indoor camping." For $200 a night some people expect a certain level of comfort; what you get here instead is a truly unique and memorable experience.
Minuses: It was unseasonably hot and the boat house was not air conditioned, so one of our nights was so hot we had a hard time sleeping. The tiny bathroom has a composting toilet; it takes some getting used to.
Pluses: You are the only guests on a private island in the middle of the St. Lawrence River. You have a canoe, a 100 year old skiff, and a sunfish sailboat available for your use. Phyllis is a hoot; she is a true local and will tell you whatever you want to know about Occident Island. She picked up some baked goods, fruits and juices that we self-served and enjoyed on the dock as we looked over the river. As we didn't have our own boat, Phyllis was very accommodating in picking us up at the mainland dock -- a few minute boat ride from the island. She gave us great recommendations for where to eat in town.
If you are more interested in unique and enjoyable experiences than in luxury, the Island Boat House B&B will give a taste of life at an old hunting lodge circa 1900.