Ian Coristine's love affair with the 1000 Islands began when he discovered the area on a random flight in 1992. It was a life changing event. He became an island owner 3 years later and soon realized that several very unlikely ingredients had converged to provide an unlikely opportunity. Living six months a year in the "assignment" with a float plane, boat, camera and the experience to use them effectively, Coristine realized it was not only an opportunity but perhaps even an obligation to share the "privileged view" that he enjoys low from above.
In the summer of 2002, his first book, The 1000 Islands was released. It quickly sold out and by 2005 had gone through three large printings, well over 30,000 copies, all in the immediate region, by far the most successful book about the place ever published. That book became a collector's item commanding prices as high as $400.
A small quantity of these books was recently discovered and they are now being offered at a cost of $200 per signed copy for those who may wish to complete their collection.