The gorgeous Thousand Islands Parkway is famous for the breathtaking panoramic landscapes and its’ natural features. Seemingly endless emerald and blue vistas that stretch off into the distance like a world all its own. Sprawling forests, and gorgeous trails ripe for exploring. Scenic drives along the shoreline, and time spent out on the river. The wind in your face, the warmth of the sun and the sheer majesty of it all.
The Parkway is host to Ivy Lea Campground and the beautiful Brown’s Bay beach. It is perfect for cycling, swimming, and boating.
For the 2022-23 winter season, the multi-use recreational trail will be maintained through a pilot partnership with the Elizabethtown Snowmobile Club (ESC). The groomed multi-use recreational trail can be used by pedestrians, skiers, snowshoers and snowmobiles when conditions allow and it is safe to do so. The site is unsupervised and users do so at their own risk.
In an effort to enhance safety on the Thousand Islands Parkway Multi-Use Recreational Trail in winter months, the St. Lawrence Parks Commission launched a pilot project partnership with the Elizabethtown Snowmobile Club,, to create an OFSC snowmobile trail along the Thousand Islands Parkway Multi-Use Recreational Trail.
Snowmobiling has been allowed along the trail since 2014. Now, under the partnership, all snowmobilers are required to hold an OFSC permit and to follow OFSC rules.
ESC will provide trail marking and maintenance as well as trail wardening, making the trail safer for all users. Additionally, the ESC will provide grooming services during the winter months, creating a packed snow trail that is safe for walking pedestrians and other sport and recreation users.
The pilot partnership between SLPC & ESC will create safer conditions for all users of the trail this winter. The ESC will now perform winter maintenance of the trail, defining a path for snowmobilers with dedicated signage and oversight.
Residents are asked for their cooperation in continuing to refrain from plowing the trail as it creates safety hazards for users, maintenance issues with the asphalt due to freeze-thaw cycles and could result in liability for those operating the plowing equipment. Private plowing of the trail is restricted to ensure the safety of all trail users. Unauthorized plowing of the trail by local residents increases the risk of liability to the individuals conducting the plowing.
Only specific sections of the north lane (green space north of the paved recreational trail) may be plowed by permit holders that have applied, paid for, and who have been granted a Controlled Access Entrance Permit in order to gain safe access to their private property.
We would like to ensure the safety of the community and visitors while utilizing the trail. We ask that everyone respect the trail, the safety of its users and the sensitivity of the infrastructure.