Wellesley Island Travel Guide

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Wellesley Island Things to Do

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    by davecallahan Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If you are looking for the highest rated outdoor location and campground area in the United States, then you better come with us to Wellesley Island.

    The state park is large. There are boating facilities and fishing (from boat or shore). Rent a boat or buy a boat tour or bring a friend who has a boat. The air is clean; the water sparkles. There is little traffic, once you are away from Interstate 81, because there are no industries up there. Unless you want to call having a great time an industry. Definitely doesn't seem anything like work to me.

    Campsites can be in the trees, in the field, on the water-bank, on dirt, on grass, on gravel (if you have a pop-up or RV). Or you can just bring your clothes and rent a cabin or cottage. There are several marinas, sandy beaches, even a par-3 golf course. There are nature trails and a Nature Museum/Center aimed at kids. A few of the trails are handicapped-enabled.

    It has it all..... except one thing. YOU. So start making plans on how you are going to get here this summer.

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    by davecallahan Updated Feb 20, 2007

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    Take I-81 to its northern most stop and go into Canada. Now you are on route 137 and the first exit is SkyDeck Road. Drive east along that road to the visitors center for the SkyDeck.

    You pay your entrance fee (less than $10 for adults) and that gives you access to the elevator that goes up to the deck level of the structure. (there are stairs but i did not see anyone using them the whole hour that we were there). Elevator takes like one minute to get from the ground level to the observation deck (400 feet high).
    On the observation deck there are two levels: an indoor glassed-in level and an outdoor screened-in level. The outdoor level is quite breezy (in fact, the whole tower sways several inches even on the calmer days).

    I have some great slides of the 360-view from the deck. Since you cannot see them, try this:
    http://www.1000islandsskydeck.com/360view.php

    Not the Empire State Building but it still is impressive.

    (We had trouble getting back into the U.S. because we forgot to bring our birth certificates with us. So be sure to check with the federal government to see what the latest qualifications are needed for identification when entering the U.S.)

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Wellesley Island Transportation

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    map showing location of camera on I-81

    by davecallahan Updated Mar 27, 2007

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    there is a live traffic map and real-time camera on I-81 i Wellesley Island.
    to see it, use http://www3.travelinfony.com/carsgoogle/ and click on the camera closest to the island.

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Wellesley Island Warnings and Dangers

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    a safe place to visit

    by davecallahan Written May 1, 2007

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    There is almost no crime at all in the area. A few petty thefts and some misdemeanor fights are about the extent. There are no registered sex offenders in the towns. Crime is not an issue for travelers.

    There are accidents however in the woods and on the river because much of the area is unsupervised wilderness. Use a buddy system if you are hiking or boating. Make sure you have up-to-date maps for hiking and the required safety equipment if you are boating.

    Be smart and you'll be safe in Wellesley Island.

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Wellesley Island Off The Beaten Path

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    chapel is near the X off route 100

    by davecallahan Written Mar 2, 2007

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    just over the Thousand Islands Bridge (Interstate-81), turn east on to Thousand Island Park Road and connect to route 100. A little ways down the road is this small church or chapel that someone has built. Instead of an altar, there is a strange statue inside. There is no marker to tell what it is but there are no "No Trespassing" signs either.

    If you go there and see it and find out something about it, please drop a line here to tell us what we saw.

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Wellesley Island Favorites

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    by davecallahan Updated Aug 6, 2009

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    Wellesley Island contains these communities:

    Collins Landing... http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/d6398/cca3a/
    Fineview... http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/d6398/ccd75/
    Grandview Park... http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/d6398/ccf20/
    Grenell... community right on the southwest tip of the island
    Moore Landing... http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/d6398/cd55d/
    Westminster Park... http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/d6398/ce057/

    there are also several parks on the island:
    Dewolf Point, Mary Island, Thousand Island, Wellesley Island and Westminster parks

    Fondest memory: the nature park and the overlook tower

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