Spanning 1.49 acres, an entire private island has hit the market just east of Kingston. And if you act fast, you could call the property your own.

With much of its natural beauty left untouched, 1 Picnic Island -- located in Leeds and the Thousand Islands, Ontario -- is also home to a 4-bed, 2.5-bath cottage that sprawls over 2,000 sq. ft.

Tucked into one of the country's best known (but least visited) eco respites, this listing serves up a rare opportunity to take ownership of a property within a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

In the region, development is carefully guarded -- the result is natural beauty that's simply maintained, and never manipulated.

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What's more, the Thousand Islands area is one of Canada's National Parks, and is part of the Ontario Provincial Parks network. Just across the St. Lawrence River, the USA border waits, offering easy access to varied shopping, dining, and exploratory experiences.

Beyond the beauty of the surrounding area, the cottage that stands at this address is swoon-worthy in and of itself. Within, you'll find an open-concept living and dining room boasting pine floors, while a floor-to-ceiling granite fireplace serves as a centrepiece for the communal space.

The large kitchen comes complete with an eating nook that overlooks the river, but during the warm season, we just know the cottage's screened-in porch will be where most of the dining happens. Multiple decks also provide vantage points from which to enjoy the breeze and the views; in fact, each bedroom comes complete with their own private walk-outs.

The principal bed waits on the cottage's upper level -- in addition to its private deck, the retreat is also finished with an ensuite bath. In the south wing, three other bedrooms are available; all boast large windows, while one comes with its own ensuite bathroom as well.


  • Address: 1 Picnic Island, Leeds and the Thousand Islands, Ontario
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Lot size: 1.49 acres
  • Price: $1,389,000
  • Taxes: $9,675
  • Listed by: Georgina Ratcliffe, Chestnut Park Real Estate Ltd. Brokerage

Down by the shore, the main dock floats on the water and boasts a covered boat port. The second dock -- referred to as the "Sunset Dock" -- is fixed and, as you may guess, just so happens to be the ideal spot from which to catch the gorgeous sunsets that hug this property.

Our Favourite Thing

We'd love to say our favourite thing about this listing is "all of it," but that feels like a cop out. If we must choose a preferred attribute, it would be this address' proximity to the US border. Because of this cottage's location, it's new owners will be able to enjoy double the fun in the areas nearby: on both sides of the St. Lawrence River, opportunities to visit theatres and restaurants await, while wreck diving, small-boat sailing, waterskiing, fairs, markets, and more are available for your enjoyment.

Accessible by car, bus, plane, or train, the Thousand Islands are ideally-located for a weekend escape from any nearby city. Just over an hour away by car is Ottawa, while Montreal is about two-and-a-half hours out, and Toronto just under three. Cottagers coming from the USA will reach 1 Picnic Island in about two hours.

So, if you've been on the hunt for a family-friendly escape, look no further. They say life's a beach, but at this private island, it can be a picnic.


1 main exterior

3 ramp to island

2 fire pit

2a fire pit

4 view of house from dock


6 outside dining area

7 kitchen entrance cafe table


7a kitchen entrance

8 kitchen island

9 kitchen sink


10 screened porch

11 screened porch dining area


14 stairs to master


16 bedroom 1

17 bedroom 1 walk out

17a bedroom 1 2 piece

18 bedroom 2

19 bedroom 2 walk out

20 bedroom 3 walk out

21 main bathroom

22 master bdrm to walk out

23 master bdrm from stairs

24 master bdrm to ensuite


27 master bdrm deck stairs to island

28 volleyball court

19 sunset dock

21 sunrise boat port

This article was produced in partnership with STOREYS Custom Studio.

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