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 host small businesses based in an economy driven by tourism and value-added agriculture, with small tech companies and a chocolate manufacturer.
Most businesses in the Islands are owned by the person at the counter, on the phone, or behind the desk. Our businesses specialize in hospitality, professional services from law to accounting, computer and web development, real estate and insurance, as well as retail and agriculture. Construction, plumbing and electrical contractors serve local and regional customers. The Islands host a bank, credit union and two pharmacies.
Visitors and residents have come to the Islands for over a century for the Lake experience: boating, fishing, swimming, ice skating in winter and enjoying the peace and quiet all year round. Tourist-related businesses take advantage of the beauty of Lake Champlain, as well as centuries of history and a world-class geological formation.