Many tourist attractions can be reached by boat, such as the Brissago Islands, where you'll find Switzerland's only botanical park, which, thanks to Ascona-Locarno's unique climate, is unbelievably rich in flora and fauna. Open to the public since 1950, the Isola Grande botanical park is home to over 2000 plant species from major southern climate zones such as the Mediterranean, Chile, South Africa, Australia and California, and from humid subtropical climate zones, including Asia, America and Oceania. Lake Maggiore and its boat services are hugely important for tourism. Summer activities without the lake are unthinkable. The lake, though, isn't only a welcome attraction, but also an important resource for the locals. Lake Verbano (to give it its official name) forms an important link between its right and left shores: because it's the most direct route, young people from Gambarogno take the boat to attend the vocational or higher secondary schools in Locarno. In short, the lake connects: Italy with Switzerland, the left shore with the right, this village with that.