St Lawrence Seaway

Majestic river coastline dotted
with the 1000 islands

1000 islands ontario canada The St Lawrence Seaway region of Eastern Canada is one of the most heavily traveled and visited regions as it lies directly on the main east west transportation corridor in Canada and is centred on the world famous 1000 islands region.

Skirting along the northern shore of the mighty St Lawrence River for approximately 200 kilometres (120 miles) through rolling farmlands this region is one of the most beautiful in the province.

Starting near the City of Kingston and stretching just past the City of Cornwall near the Quebec-Ontario border the waterway is dotted with over 1800 islands of varying sizes. From the largest, Wolfe Island near Kingston to some that are so small they support nothing more than a shrub or two.

The river also serves as the border between Canada and the United States so many of the islands are to be found within the borders of each respective country.

In addition to Kingston and Cornwall, two other communities worthy of a visit are Brockville and Gananoque, with each being right at the centre of the thousand island tourist industry.

Of course the Seaway still serves as the main shipping route into Central Canada and you will see large cargo carrying ships on a daily basis navigating its narrow channel.


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Getting to the St Lawrence Seaway region:

By Car:

As previously mentioned this region lies on the main east-west transportation corridor in Ontario so getting there is relatively straightforward.

Whether traveling east or west simply drive the Highway 401 until reaching the exit for your desired location.

By Air:

The area is not serviced directly by international flights but you can catch a connecting flight in either Toronto or Ottawa to make the short flight to Kingston. Once there other travel arrangements must be made as no other communities are further serviced by air.

By Public Transport:

By Rail:

The region is also on the main rail line between Toronto and Montreal so via rail makes numerous stops along the way. The following communities are well served by rail:
  • Kingston
  • Gananoque
  • Brockville
  • Cornwall
Visit for more information as to fares and schedules.

By Bus:

Most of the communities in the region are also very easy to access by bus. Check out for more information. Some communities are also service by Coach Canada, visit for more information.


st lawrence river The St Lawrence Seaway region is one of the most picturesque in the province of Ontario, it is a favourite among locals for a variety of activities such as boating, fishing, swimming and camping with the 1000 islands region being one of the premier destinations in the province.

One highlight not to be missed is the Thousand Islands Parkway between Gananoque and Brockville. This slight detour off Highway 401 is a definite must if you are in the area and one that I make EVERY time I am in the area. Images such Boldt castle in the U.S. side of the river are truly remarkable as are the scenes of natural splendor to be found in the St Lawrence Islands National Park.

To catch these images and more requires either a vehicle or a boat (preferred), either of which can be easily rented at various places throughout the region.

Another highlight is the historical City of Kingston sitting at the mouth of the Rideau Canal and formerly the first capital of the Province of Canada. This city has in past been of prime importance both economically and militarily and still retains many historically significant sights such as Fort Henry and the nearby Martello towers, at one time at the front line of Canada’s defense.

As the St Lawrence Seaway region sits at the middle of the main routes from Toronto to Montreal and Ottawa it makes for a natural stop along the way. This area of the province should not be overlooked and I would definitely recommend 1 or 2 days on your itinerary if possible.

For more information as to what the region has to offer visit some of my St Lawrence Seaway pages below.


St Lawrence Seaway Attractions

Kingston Ontario

The largest community on the St. Lawrence Seaway in Ontario, Kingston is a beautiful city and one of the most historic communities in the province. Located at the head of Lake Ontario it marks the beginning of the St. Lawrence River and the famed Thousand Islands. Get all the information you need to plan a visit at my Kingston Ontario page.

Thousand Islands

The highlight of any trip the the St Lawrence Seaway system the Thousand Islands area is one of the most beautiful parts of the Province and one of its premier tourist destinations. A definite "must-see" if you are in the area get all the information you need to plan a visit at my Thousand Islands page.

Gananoque Ontario

A beautiful small community on the shores of the St.lawrence River its nickname is "The Gateway to the Thousand Islands". At the beginning of the magnificent 1000 Islands Parkway this is a town that should not be missed if you are in the vicinity. Find out all there is to see and do at my Gananoque Ontario page.

Brockville Ontario

The 'City of the Thousand Islands' is at the heart of this world famous tourist destination. With boat cruises, the Thousand Islands Parkway, nearby Boldt Castle and more visitors will find a stop in this beautiful small town is well deserved. With much to see and do get all the information you need at my Brockville Ontario page.


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