1000 Islands & St. Lawrence Seaway
The 1000 Islands
Formed over thousands of years ago from an ancient mountain chain that was flooded by the St. Lawrence River, the 1000 Islands are in the heart of the St. Lawrence River, running along the Canadian side of the border from Kingston to Brockville, Ontario.
They form a land bridge from northwest to southeast across the St. Lawrence, a vital link joining two important North American land forms - the Canadian Shield and the Adirondack Mountains - to form one contiguous ecosystem, which supports some fauna here that is rare in other parts of Canada such as the Rue Anemone and the Black Rat Snake, Canada’s largest reptile. Sailing, kayaking and canoeing are popular pastimes here.
The St. Lawrence Seaway
The St. Lawrence Seaway is one of the great rivers of the world, stretching more than 1,200 km (775 mi.). It carries the fresh water of the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean and provides access to the heart of North America.
The great St. Lawrence River has a colourful 300-year old history of being used by Aboriginal people, trappers and traders as a primary mode of transportation.
Here pine-covered granite cliffs give way to sandstone outcroppings. Cycle by resort towns and historic cities or villages with beaches and picnic areas along the way.
Thousand Islands National Park
Visit the Thousand Islands National Park, Canada’s smallest national park - a tiny jewel with a rich and complex natural and human history. The park is located in the heart of the 1000 Islands area, an 80-km (50 miles) wide extension of granite hilltops joining the Canadian Shield of central and northern Ontario with the Adirondack Mountains in New York State.
Here you can enjoy water adventures such as sea kayaking and canoeing on the 1000 Islands Water Trail. For land adventures, try a casual bicycle ride along the 1000 Islands Parkway and Bikepath.
- Useful Links:
- Parks of the St.Lawrence
- 1000 Islands International Tourism Council
- Thousand Islands National Park
- 1000 Islands Water Trail
- Charleston Lake Provincial Park