The Champlain Islands of Vermont are five lakeside communities, nestled into Lake Champlain between Vermont and New York. This is Grand Isle County, in the northwest corner of Vermont, close to the metro areas of Montreal to the north, and Burlington, Vermont’s largest city, to the south. The Islands are rural, and connected by bridges and causeways. The villages host small businesses based in an economy driven by tourism and value-added agriculture, with small tech companies and a chocolate manufacturer. Learn More about the Islands
The fastest growing business sector is value-added agriculture. Grand Isle County boasts Vermont’s longest growing season, which has powered the expansion of wineries and cideries, a successful summer farmers market, and helped to develop new products, from sunflower oil to pasta. Learn More about Island agriculture.
Tourism attracts visitors from far and wide to enjoy summer recreation, quiet stays at inns and B &B’s, and fine dining with locally grown meats, produce and wine produced from cold-hearty grapes. Tourist-related businesses take advantage of the beauty of Lake Champlain, outdoor recreation opportunities on and off the Lake, as well as centuries of history and a world-class geological formation. The Islands have delighted visitors seeking a retreat from the cities for over a century. Learn More about Island tourism.
Professional services from law to accounting, computer and web development, real estate and insurance are available to residents and small businesses. Construction, plumbing and electrical contractors serve local and regional customers. The Islands host a bank, credit union, a pharmacy, supermarket and smaller grocery stores. Learn More about business services.
The Islands in summer and fall provide many locations for special events, from weddings to meetings to family reunions. Several facilities provide the whole package of catering, lodging, flowers and tents, while others give the presenter options to bring in their own vendors. Learn More about Island event facilities.
Outdoor recreation in all four seasons is focused on the Lake. With nearly 200 miles of shoreline, the Islands offer opportunities in all four seasons to explore both the shore and the water. Local businesses serve anglers, hunters, cyclists and boaters. Lake Champlain is a world-class destination for bass fishing. When the Lake freezes over, ice fishing shanties pop up in the bays. The Islands’ flat roads attract cyclists, and the Island Line Causeway is a rare bike route located in the middle of a Lake. Learn More about Island recreation.