1000 Islands and St. Lawrence Seaway International Travel Guide — 2011-2012 Edition
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Leeds-Grenville, ON

You’ve arrived! Choosing Leeds Grenville as your vacation destination places you directly in the Canadian heart of the stunningly picturesque 1000 Islands and St. Lawrence River region. Here you can camp by the riverside, picnic on an island, traverse multiple lakes along the Rideau Canal or hike the magnificent terrain of the great Canadian Shield.

It’s all here. Over its 3,350-squarekm/ 1,293-square-mile area, Leeds Grenville offers you endless possibilities in recreational activities. Leisure and adventure sports, including world-class scuba diving and kayaking, are mainstays here in this vacation paradise. Our county has highly-rated golf courses, a wide assortment of accommodations and restaurants, historic sites and unique attractions, including some recognized internationally and nationally.

Leeds Grenville has front row seats of the 1000 Islands and the natural and historic splendour it affords. The Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO site, can be found here. Our location is multifaceted with the St. Lawrence Seaway on our southern border and the world-renowned Rideau Canal Heritage Route flanking us to the north. In between these two great waterways you’ll find lake-speckled cottage country, markets and rich farmland as well as some of Eastern Ontario’s top landmarks and heritage sites.

Cruise, cycle, sail or paddle northward to uncover more of what Leeds Grenville has to offer and discover many other significant and unforgettable places along the way, including the charming and historic villages of Athens and Delta, the home of the 200-year-old Old Stone Mill, or Forfar where fresh curd and other cheeses can be sampled.

Stretching 202km/126 miles from Kingston to Ottawa, the Rideau Heritage Route is home to quaint villages with alluring cultural diversity and tasty local flavours. With both National Heritage Site and UNESCO designations, the canal itself is an engineering marvel and is North America’s oldest continuously operating waterway.

The canal links Merrickville, named by Communities in Bloom Canada’s Most Beautiful Village, and North Grenville, one of the fastest growing municipalities in Leeds Grenville. Via its 47 locks, the Rideau Waterway also connects 16 lakes and two rivers.

The municipality of North Grenville is home to many green initiatives to preserve pristine forests, including the Ferguson Forestry Centre, and 150-km of recreational trails perfect for hiking and cycling most of the year and ideal for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. Come visit South Grenville during your stay and take in the charming communities of Maynard, Spencerville, North Augusta and Maitland. In Leeds Grenville, there is something for everyone. See you soon!