World's smallest inhabited island. (Photo: Instagram)
Cape Town - The world's smallest inhabited island has become a popular
tourist attraction, shredding all privacy for its owners.
Situated in the village of Alexandria Bay on the north coast
of New York, this tiny island is estimated to be the size of a tennis court.
to The Telegraph, it is known as “Just Enough Room Island” as it “just
about manages to hold a house, a tree, shrubs and a small beach – making it the
smallest inhabited island in the world”.
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The fascinating structure has cottage walls that are built “right to
the edges of its 30 000 sq-ft space”.
Previously known as Hub Island, the private land was bought
in the 1950s by “the wealthy Sizeland family who wanted to build a holiday home”.
However, the aim for quiet family escapes is shattered as
the island is a popular tourist attraction for holidaymakers who cruise along the St Lawrence River.
“The historic land is half the size of Britain’s Bishop
Rock, in the Isles of Scilly, which was the former smallest inhabited island in
the world before losing its Guinness Book of Records title in 1982 after its
lighthouse was automated and no longer required a human to operate it,” says
This tiny private island is one of 1 864 islands that form
the Thousand Islands archipelago in the Canada-US border along St Lawrence.
It qualifies as an island because it remains above the water
level throughout the year and is able to sustain at least one tree.
“Most of the Thousand Islands are not open to visitors and
the few that are can only be reached by boat,” says The Telegraph, adding that
tourists can book boat tours to view the islands from the water.
Ancient islands to
Island Boat House on Occident Island is one of the islands
offering accommodation to visitors in Thousand Islands. The two-room B&B,
which is also listed on Airbnb, features a spacious deck overlooking the scenic
river - but the most captivating aspect about it is that it has been owned by
the same family since 1900!
Another attraction is the beautifully restored Boldt Castle on
Heart Island which boasts a fascinating history. “The former mansion was built
in 1904 by George Boldt, the general manager of the historic Waldorf Astoria
Hotel in New York at the time, as a gift to his wife. The property was aimed to
be the largest private home in the US as a six-storey castle home,” says The
Boldt also built a yacht house on nearby Wellesley Island, which
is one of the largest islands of the archipelago. The island was named after
Britain’s Arthur Wellesley - the First Duke of Wellington in 1815 by British
naval officer William Fitzwilliam Owen who reviewed the US-Canada border at the
It is listed among the country’s National Register of
Historic Places since 1982, and offers two state parks, a nature centre and
three golf courses.
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