Raccoon Hunting with Uncle Aaron

Uncle Aaron was a true outdoorsman; he knew how and where to catch squirrels, how to find wild honey trees, where to gather hickory nuts, how to trap a muskrat, and where the fish were biting – a true man of all seasons.

Volume 17, Issue 11, November 2022
Manley L. Rusho

Teenage Adventures in the Thousand Islands

Our summers began when the ice went out and lasted beyond Thanksgiving. We rented cottages along the St. Lawrence and enjoyed friendships with cottagers who summered along the River from New Jersey, and New York, Oakville and Ottawa.

Volume 17, Issue 11, November 2022
Ian Wilson

The 2022 Kenneth Deedy Environmental Steward Shares Her Journey

When I received the call from TILT that I was invited to be this year’s Kenneth Deedy, Environmental Steward, I was beyond excited! As the Deedy Steward I would spend time at three different nonprofits, . . .

Volume 17, Issue 9, September 2022
Sara Lantier

Editor meets a new friend, Joseph B. Stahl

Over the past 14 years, I have had the privilege to meet some amazing Thousand Islanders. Some live here year-round, others are snowbirds, and some I meet along the way. Joseph B. Stahl . . .

Volume 17, Issue 9, September 2022
Susan W. Smith

Guilty As Charged!

Crossing the northern border is no laughing matter. Some time ago, I had an experience that has really stayed with me . . .

Volume 17, Issue 8, August 2022
Michael Laprade

The National Environmental Policy Act

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) was signed into law on 1 January 1970. It’s one of the shortest laws in the US – a total of six pages. It’s short, sweet, and to the point.

Volume 17, Issue 5, May 2022
Elspeth Naismith

Island Winter

People who hear that I spent my winter on an island in upstate New York typically have one of three responses. They're envious; they couldn't do it because they'd feel lonely; or ask, with dismissive incredulity, “Why would you freeze your ass off wintering in the Thousand Islands?”

Volume 17, Issue 4, April 2022
Glenn Sandiford

Team Rubicon: Soooo . . . what did you do for Christmas?

Me? Well, four days after we arrived back in California, I was deployed with Team Rubicon, so I grabbed my GO bag and headed to the airport. I joined a flood recovery strike team to conduct an emergency disaster response operation in Sumas, Washington.

Volume 17, Issue 4, April 2022
Michael Laprade

Projected Seaway Season 2022

What about the 2022 season? That depends on what is happening in Ukraine. Think grain and more grain.

Volume 17, Issue 4, April 2022
Cary R. Brick

How to Restore a Wooden Cliffe Craft Boat – Marc Benoit style

Having restored three wooden boats inside and out, I’ve amassed some very useful and practical experience in boat restoration. So here I will share some of the important things that I have learned.

Volume 17, Issue 3, March 2022
Marc Benoit

"Doing Something Small for Others . . ."

This summer I wrote a post thinking it would be nice not to go out in the early morning alone and it would be nice to share with people who may not have had this opportunity before.

Volume 16, Issue 10, October 2021
Doug Tulloch & Brian Hudon


Doug McKenzie pays tribute to Ian Coristine's photograph as our way of saying thanks to Ian and his love of the Thousand Islands

Volume 16, Issue 10, October 2021
Doug McKenzie

A Farewell from Alaina Young

Winding through the woods, I looked for a rock marker to let me know where to turn and find my cottage . . .

Volume 16, Issue 10, October 2021
Alaina Young

History Lesson on Permaculture, an essay

Let’s take a short look back in time and work our way to the present, just to gain some perspective. 10,000 years ago we began our transition from a nomadic way . . .

Volume 16, Issue 8, August 2021
George Brabant

Slacking Off

I’m plopping down in the backyard on this tan canvas hammock, dropping my head on the built-in pillow and doing absolutely, positively nothing.

Volume 16, Issue 8, August 2021
Marilyn K. Neulieb

Blue Beaches

Several years ago, I noticed a blue color appearing on our Thousand Islands beaches and rocky shorelines that had not been there in the past.

Volume 16, Issue 8, August 2021
John Peach

Les Corbin’s Famous Photo of the Ice Punt

There is an old photo taken by Les Corbin in 1946 of a small wooden boat in the icy river with six men in it - just as it is leaving the Clayton Docks . . .

Volume 16, Issue 8, August 2021
Manley L. Rusho

Cottage Chairs

Nothing embodies the art of relaxation more than sliding back into a comfortable, wooden cottage chair, your favourite beverage resting on the wide armrest . . .

Volume 16, Issue 7, July 2021
Tom King