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Your Paradise Private Island in the 1000 Islands. Upscale and historic.

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 1 bath, sleeps 6, also extra out door shower under the pines

Honey Bee Island has been Featured in Cottage Life, Island Reflections, Island Life and Thousand Islands Life Magazines.

Imagine having your very own private island… now unleash your inner ‘Robinson Crusoe’ and live the dream. Wake up to the bird song, grab a coffee and walk down to your own dock to sit and sip while watching the herons lift off the lily pads, see our mink swim by on her morning rounds. Breathe in the pine scented air…your holiday has started.

At Honey Bee Island, you will be saturated with full river views from each window, live in an authentic hand adzed Adirondack styled log cabin provided with every luxury. Dive off the dock, canoe around the islands, cast your line or bask in the sun and work on your tan. At the “Bee” in the very heart of the Thousand Islands, you can enjoy this unique private experience yet still be within minutes of castles in the center of a celebrated boater’s paradise. See many more pics and info at oue web site

Honey Bee is a beautiful, historic, private island rental nestled in the very heart of the 1000 Islands (1865 enchanting islands to be precise) which dot the shores of St. Lawrence River. It is reachable by boat in 10 minutes from Boldt Castle and eight minutes from the quaint town of Ivy Lea, Ontario. Boat rentals are available locally at a reasonable cost.

Set in a tranquil bay, bordered by a National Park, the newly restored 134-year-old hand adzed log cabin enjoys spectacular sunsets and views in all directions. The property is very upscale. The cabin has all the comfort and amenities of a luxury home, yet on your own private island. It provides a unique holiday off the beaten track in a charming part of the world, an experience of complete relaxation where you are the master of your own time and space. It is the perfect remedy for anyone seeking adventure and escape with utter privacy yet without isolation.

The river is lovely for fishing and swimming, with summer water temperatures usually in the mid 70s as there are several natural underwater warm water ‘springs’ near the dock. At Honey Bee, you enjoy water so clear you think that you are swimming in an aquarium. If you are looking to rough it, this is the wrong place.

Numerous water toys such as swim floats, water tube floats and an assortment of life jackets are provided at your holiday cottage. Boats, kayaks and canoes are available for rent nearby for our guests' enjoyment. Paddle your own canoe or kayak through wilderness routes in the nearby wildlife refuge or fish in a world-class angler's paradise on this huge body of water.

The Cabin is tucked away under pine and oak trees. Waken to the songbirds and watch the sunrise over Hill Island while sipping your morning coffee out on the deck. Hearing the water lapping on the rocks through the open screened windows at night, makes for a restful sleep. Relaxing on your own private Island, it's just Yet, all conveniences are just minutes away. Supermarkets, restaurants, liquor stores, post office, churches, pharmacy, just everything including a hospital is available within minutes in Alexandria Bay directly by boat to their respective docks or by car to Gananoque.

More Details

Property Manager
Michael Laprade
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 1, 2017

About Michael Laprade

We found Honey Bee Island on a family trip to celebrate Michael's grandfather's 100th birthday in Ottawa, Canada. We were amazed that although born in Montreal, Michael had never seen this magical area before moving to the States. Now, coming from our home in California, we fell in love with the region.

Michael Laprade purchased this cabin in 2000

Why Michael Laprade chose Thousand Islands

The "Bee" as we call our island was just right. A lot like Goldie Locks and the 3 bears it was not too small, not too big and not too new. It had history from the hand adzed log walls to the many stories we have collected from previous owners. Set up high on the forested island, you have 360 degree views of the River, each window is looking at the water. Our docks work for boating and sun bathing and a must for cocktail hour sitting on the Adirondack chairs watching boaters go by. It had everything from easy water, a current that was not too fast, or deep, and eye candy in looking at the wooded shores around you from other of space around you and sunrises and sunsets to remember.

What makes this cabin unique

You are 15 min. by boat to Alexandria Bay or Ivy Lea, you can go to dinner, the bank, grocers, post office or liquor store by boat, not to mentions a dozen restaurants on both sides of the River. The island is in the middle of the International Rift, and a 5 mph boating speed zone, slow and easy does it.


Wellesley Island Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Noon / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Resort
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower , We have both indoor and outdoor heated showers.
  • Flushing toilet, not chemical.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 1 captain's bunk
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 1 captain's bunk
  • Each bedroom is carpeted and has its own vessel sink, cabinet, and closet. High sloped red cedar ceilings add charm and each window looks directly at water views. Adirondack charm abounds throughout the cabin and includes individual art pieces in each room.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
For the comfort of our guests, no smoking or pets of any kind are permitted on the island Check out Kingston, Ontario, just a 30 min. drive to see the historic fort and all of their day and evening activities. Once the capital of Canada, this fort was built as defense during the wars of 1812. Alexandria Bay, NY just 15 min. by boat, has an abundance of River activities, including the favorite of Pirate's Day, complete with rigged schooner. Fun for all of the family...ARRRGGGHHH. Clayton, NY has the famous Wooden Boat museum and a variety of craft shops at its water location and their many restaurants are a favorite haunt by River Rats. Be sure to take your camera to Thousand Islands Park ( TI park ) on Wellesley Island to check out this turn of the century park like setting of pink, blue decorated Victorian homes at the waters edge. The perfect play ground for kids, open library for all, soccer field and basketball court, dockage for your boat as well if you do not go by car.


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Your Paradise Private Island in the 1000 Islands. Upscale and historic.
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Our private island experience

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time on the island . The accommodations from the house are fantastic and the kids had a great time sleeping on the porch with the baby osprey wake up call ! We realized that fishing and swimming was a great activity for the whole family and the perches, catfishes and sunfishes are so attractive that we could hardly leave them in peace . Michael and Janice are great hosts and made us very comfortable in finding our ways on the river. One point of caution is to be ready with the time and the process for immigration every time you go from the US to Canada which happen quite often as the property is on the border

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for yet another great review! It was a pleasure having you as our guests and I must say you are the poster children of the type of guests we love to have. The entire Thousand Islands area is blessed with so many rich offerings and to enjoy some of them does require crossing the US / Canadian border. Thankfully the process is made simple and convenient by allowing people to “check-in” free at virtually any restaurant, marina or public dock by telephone. A great way to enjoy ‘International travel”!
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Takes my breath away

  • 5 of 5

My fiancée surprised me with a one week vacation on this magical island! It was the most romantic experience! He will have a lot of trouble toping this. Even after having left Honey Bee Island the experience has stayed with us.

We spent the first days swimming, sun bathing on the dock, picking wild blueberries that grow on the island, viewing the stunning scenery and my man cooked on the professional sized BBQ. The animal life around the island was fantastic! You can watch the fish swim around in the clear blue-green waters and the Canadian geese float by with their fluffy little babies following them. Fishing is excellent around the island and there is a ton of stuff to do in the area. We went to Ottawa for an afternoon and visited the museums. 10 minutes by boat from the island are 2 castles: Bolt Castle on Heart island and Singer Castle on Dark Island they are both stunning. We also went scuba diving and were able to go inside a shipwreck! My parents are going for their wedding anniversary.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: "Thank you so much, your review is quite flattering. We realized that you have precious little vacation time together and that you counted on everything being just right. We are happy to hear that you found everything up to your standards.
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Loved it, Loved it, Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this magical cabin with our two teenagers. It was everything that we had been promised and so much more. Incredibly clean, upscale, comfortable and our very own private island!

We still talk about it often as we have NEVER had a more enjoyable vacation. We would recommend it for anyone and plan to return for a romantic getaway of our own. The swimming was in clean clear waters that indeed were like swimming in an aquarium!

The kitchen was better equipped than my own at home with all new stainless appliances on granite counter tops. The beds were luxurious comfort in an Adirondack style historic log cabin.

I can't say enough about the owners. They were wonderful.

We are definite fans!

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2010
  • Stayed: Jun 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much!. You were the ideal guests. People looking to have a great time in a historic cottage but who wanted more that just charm! We appreciated how you treated our home as your own and took such great care of it. We look forward to having you come back. Michael & Janice Laprade
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Alexandria Bay, N.Y.
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Wellesley Island
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Kingston, Ontario
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
HWY 137 / 401
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
The " Ivy" by boat or car, Ontario
Car: necessary

At Honey Bee Island, you will live in a charming, historic hand adzed Adirondack styled log cabin with full river views from every window, provided with every luxury. Dive off the dock, canoe around the islands, cast your line or bask in the sun and work on your tan. At the “Bee” in the very heart of the Thousand Islands, you can enjoy this unique private experience yet still be within minutes of grand turn of the century castles in the center of a celebrated boater’s paradise with a winding necklace of glittering river jewels.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $500

Honey Bee private vacation island is available for only 2 weeks per season (your choice of any one or a two week rental) from mid-June thru mid-October. Once these two weeks are reserved, any subsequent bookings can be made for the following year. We do not rent for periods of less than 1 week. We regret that no pets are permitted and that there is no smoking inside the cabin. The rental cost is based on US currency.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund