Lake Champlain Islands

Explore & Relax in the Lake Champlain Islands

Jewels within the nation's sixth largest lake, the Lake Champlain Islands are popular with oenophiles, cyclists and those seeking a charmingly slower pace. Referred to simply as "the Islands," they beckon with gorgeous views, cultural heritage and natural history as well as thriving arts and agricultural communities. With 200 miles of shoreline to explore and enjoy, the Islands are a prized summer and fall vacation destination, as well as an ice-fishing and snowmobile enthusiasts' winter retreat.

Conveniently half way between Montreal and Burlington, the Islands, just 30 miles long by eight miles wide, are a key destination along the Lake Champlain Byway. As you plan, explore some themed itineraries, like Chews & Brews along this scenic drive.

The southernmost town in the Islands, South Hero, is just twenty minutes from Burlington and home to Vermont's first vineyard, Snow Farm Winery, a lively stop along the Champlain Coast Wine Trail. The largest town in the Islands with a population of 2,000, Grand Isle is 35 minutes north of Burlington and a quick ferry ride from Plattsburgh, New York. In Grand Isle, the Hyde Log Cabin, built in 1783, is one of the nation's oldest remaining log cabins. An hour north of Burlington, Isle La Motte is home to the historic St. Anne’s Shrine and lesser known, yet historically profound, Chazy Reef, the world's oldest coral reef

On a clear night, whether camping or staying at an inn, take time to enjoy the reflection of stars glimmering on the water. Some lucky locals and travelers have even witnessed the Northern Lights from these shores.

With a variety of lovely places to stay, restaurants and cafes, plus ample history and nature to explore, the Islands await.