Rockport, Ontario is not only known for water that is as blue as the sky, beautiful scenery, opulent homes, unique cottages, and castles that are the stuff in fairy tales, Rockport has also made history by its rum runners during Prohibition. Prohibition lasted seven years longer in the United States and offered Rockport “river rats” (only three miles across water from the U.S) a lucrative opportunity to make money from running illegal alcohol to the States. In Canada, it was not illegal to possess or consume alcohol so rum-running was really considered more of a sport than a dishonorable profession.
As the countdown begins for the Second Annual Prohibition Days, we are inviting all rum runners, gangsters, flappers and other personalities to celebrate the 1920’s in style on August 15, 16 and 17. The entire family can take part in a roaring 20`s fashion show, have a beverage at Zelda`s Speakeasy, ogle the cars in the vintage vehicle parade, have an old-fashioned church picnic, and watch the antique boat flotilla.
ROCKPORT CRUISES HIGHLIGHTED ON CTV
June 2014 - The Thousand Islands was voted as having the “Best U.S. Boat Ride” in an online competition hosted by 10 Best, a division of USA Today Travel. Online readers of USA Today and 10 Best picked the region over 19 finalists selected by the 10 Best editorial board.
In its broadcast of the contest and the results, CTV featured Rockport Cruises. Rockport Cruises, the only boat line in Rockport, ON offers: One, Two and Three Hour Sightseeing Cruises, Lunch and Dinner Cruises, Boldt Castle Tours and an enchanting Two Castle Tour that includes a hot and cold buffet lunch.
CYCLING IN THE 1000 ISLANDS
The Waterfront Trail is a 37 km touring route running alongside the 1000 Islands Parkway, providing a traffic-free option for cyclists to enjoy the stunning water and island views. This newly repaved path offers gentle hills popular for cycling, walking or in-line skating.
As you ride along the Waterfront Trail you will find the charming village of Rockport, located on a crescent on the south side of the parkway, in the heart of the 1000 Islands. Rockport is a popular tourist stop and home to Rockport Cruises. The village has three restaurants, a gift shop, fast food stands, a motel, and two 100-year old churches.
Rockport is roughly at the half way point for anyone riding the entire length of the path, so it is a convenient place to stop, if only to check out the goings-on, to grab a bite to eat, buy some bottled water or other beverages, and generally stretch your legs.
Rockport Cruises provides transportation to Boldt Castle in addition to its one hour Heart of the Islands tour, two hour Palaces & Palisades cruise, lunch and sunset dinner cruises, and themed cruises.
BOLDT CASTLE TOURS ARE NOW RUNNING
Rockport Cruises is pleased to announce that our Boldt Castle Tours are now available each Saturday and Sunday through June 29, with daily tours beginning June 30.
This premier 1000 Islands International attraction with its fascinating historic structures, scenic views, beautiful gardens and grounds is always improving. 2014 will see work continue to progress on the Boldt Castle Kitchen which has been a phased two year project and is anticipated to be completed this September.
For a real taste of history, be sure to visit our Rockport General Store. A true historic gem, it has a nostalgic theme befitting Rockport's heritage. Built in 1905, the store played a vital role in the day to day life in Rockport. It maintained accounts for the local people. Being a small and secluded community, it was also a vital factor in keeping the villagers connected to the outside world. Much like other general stores of the past, Rockport`s provided the residents with goods which would otherwise be unattainable, and was therefore crucial to a community with little outside contact. More specfically, a river community.