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Life In The Lake Champlain Islands

With more shoreline than any other part of Vermont, the Lake Champlain Islands region is a unique and beautiful place located in Grand Isle County. The Islands boast small-town charm with breathtaking scenery and are located conveniently close to three major cities and airports; Burlington, Vermont, Montreal, Quebec, and Plattsburgh, New York. The area's incomparable state parks, close knit community, thriving local businesses and countless outdoor activities make The Islands a wonderful place to enjoy year-round or seasonally.

Residents are attracted to the rural lifestyle, neighborly support and elementary schools that offer an intimate classroom setting. Islanders take pride in their community with many volunteer initiatives like the volunteer fire department, food shelf, and community fundraisers and sport clubs. There are several events throughout the year that bring the community together such as the Farmers’ Market, music nights at local restaurants, and larger events like July 4th celebrations. Learn more about Island Life on the blog

The area attracts seasonal residents and vacationers for its breathtaking scenery, easy accessibility to Lake Champlain and close proximity to Burlington, Vermont and Montreal, Quebec and New York State. During the summer months the population in the Islands doubles with seasonal homeowners. Year after year many families return to their summer cottage or lake house to unwind and reconnect with family on the lake. 

The opportunity for outdoor recreation is great with easy accessibility to Lake Champlain, relatively flat terrain ideal for cyclists, several Vermont State Parks, and some of the best fishing in New England. Cyclists travel near and far to take on the Island Line Trail. The 14 mile trail starts at the Burlington waterfront and brings you all the way to the Colchester causeway--a three mile stretch directly on Lake Champlain. Take the bike ferry to the South Hero side of the causeway and continue on the Champlain Bikeway. Grand Isle State Park is one of Vermont's most visited parks offering lakefront and inland campsites. Vermonters are known for their love of hunting and fishing. Lake Champlain offers some of the best fishing in New England. In the winter folks take to the frozen over lake for ice fishing, snowmobiling and even kiteboarding. The Islands are also an hour away from several ski resorts. 

The Islands are home to many small businesses and organizations who thrive off of the support from their community. The area has grown to welcome several new businesses and developments that are sure to strengthen Grand Isle County’s social fabricThe Lake Champlain Islands Economic Development Corp. is a great resource for connecting with local businesses. 

In terms of real estate the area has a home to fit your lifestyle. You will find single family homes, seasonal cottages and even luxury waterfront properties all in a beautiful Vermont country setting. The draw for many who chose to call the Islands home is simple. It’s Lake Champlain. Even if you don’t live directly on the lake, you’re able to enjoy it.  

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