Tiny Houses on Tiny Islands

by Christina Nellemann on July 6th, 2009. 16 Comments
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In celebration of Canada Day and the 4th of July, I thought I would do a post on the tiny houses of the Thousand Islands, which is the name of an archipelago of islands that straddle the U.S.-Canada border in the Saint Lawrence River as it emerges from the northeast corner of Lake Ontario.

Many of these islands house small castles and large estates, but it seems the most admired of these islands are the tiny islands which have their own tiny houses…and not much else!

Photo by Don Beck

The islands, which number 1,793 in all, range in size from over 40 square miles (100 km2) to smaller islands occupied by a single residence, to even smaller uninhabited outcroppings of rocks that are home to migratory waterfowl.  This area is very popular among vacationers, campers, and boaters, and is often referred to as the “fresh water boating capital of the world”.

Photo by Don Beck

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Photo by anne4brown - Webshots

The smallest of the inhabited islands is called “Just Room Enough” and only when the water level is low enough is there room for the outdoor furniture to be put out.

Just Room Enough

Just Room Enough

Because of the beauty of the area and the romantic aspect of living on your own rock, these cottages are highly coveted and can run into quite a bit of money. However, many of these tiny homes and cottages can be rented for vacations. And most of them can be viewed while sailing the St. Lawrence.

Photo by Ian Coristine

Photo by Ian Coristine

Photo by Ian Coristine

Photo by Ian Coristine

Photo by Don Beck

Photo by Don Beck

Photo by Krzysztof Machulewski

Photo by Krzysztof Machulewski

Photo by anne4brown - Webshots

Photo by anne4brown - Webshots

Photo by anne4brown - Webshots

Photo by anne4brown - Webshots

Photo by anne4brown - Webshots

Photo by anne4brown - Webshots

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Photo by pago2000 - Webshots

By Christina Nellemann

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16 Responses to “Tiny Houses on Tiny Islands”

  1. Katie says:

    How great! We were fortunate enough to have friends who owned a cottage in 1,000 Islands when I was a kid and we spent many happy summers there. The house we stayed in had a boathouse that was on a separate little island- you crossed a long footbridge to get there- magical!

  2. Margy says:

    If I didn’t live in a floating cabin I would love to live on a tiny island. But I think “Just Room Enough” would make me a bit nervous when the water was rising. Thank you for sharing these great tiny (and large) cabins. – Margy

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  5. [...] In other locations people have made entire villas from the limited land available to build on, such as the 23-room island home in Rhode Island (in the image above) or the modern four-story residence on Lake Michigan (pictured below – images via BusyBoo and TinyHouseBlog). [...]

  6. Ray and Sunny Unseitig says:

    Just room enough is adorable. The idea of a foot bridge to the boat house has merit too. Thanks so much.

    ray

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  9. Temple says:

    The only problem would be getting groceries but otherwise I would love a place like one of these.

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  11. Bill says:

    This river never floods?

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