Situated on the scenic Thousand Islands Parkway, the hamlet of Ivy Lea and surrounding north shore are central to the entire Thousand Islands region and close to densely clustered islands.
When Paul Malo originally created this community page, he placed photographs on the page with descriptive text. In December 2008, when the new format for ThousandIslandsLife.com was given a new look, we presented the original photographs in a slide show format, and we have placed the text in the list below. Over time, we will make additional changes.
About Ivy Lea, Ontario
Ivy Lea, more a hamlet than village, is the focus of a sector of the river where an array of cottages and boating facilities extends along the north shore.
Because of Ivy Lea's splendid situation, several fine marinas developed nearby, as did hotels and motels. Mulcaster Island (St. Lawrence Islands National Park) provides camping as do as do nearby public and private campgrounds. Boat tours depart from the hamlet of Ivy Lea. Varied channels nearby invite exploration.
Ivy Lea is convenient to the Thousand Islands International Bridge. The Thousand Islands Parkway provides a twenty-eight-mile bicycle path, as well as scenic automobile access to popular destinations, particularly nearby Gananoque and Rockport, while the 401 Highway makes larger cities of Kingston and Brockville readily accessible.
Popular restaurants in the area provide visitors and summer residents both family restaurant fare as well as fine dining.
Donnelly's on the River, which was previously the Mount Airy Hotel until a fire during the 1980s damaged the upper stories, which were removed, is a popular destination. The Gananoque Tour Boat, leave from the dock here in Ivy Lea.
The Ivy Lea Club, located on 45 acres bordering on the St. Lawrence River, is home to The Ivy Restaurant, which serves some of the finest dining in the region and a lunch patio, a café with great ice cream. The Club has a marina as well as visitors dockage for dinner guests.
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Close by to the village of Ive Lea is the 1000 Islands Ivy Lea KOA.