Thousand Islands (Canada)

Thousand Islands
One of the roughly 1800 islands.

The Thousand Islands is an archipelago at the source of the St. Lawrence river straddling the border between Canada and the United States stretching between Kingston and Brockville. Although a cruise leaves from Kingston, the better cruises depart from Gananoque.

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House in the Thousand Islands.

In contrast with the American side, the Canadian side of the river is in a more natural state due to stricter rules regarding the building of cottages on the islands. For instance, on the Canadian side, cottages are no longer allowed on islands smaller than one hectare.

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Supposedly, the shortest international bridge between Canada and the US.

The Thousand Islands were formed during the retreat of the last ice age, which exposed the hard granite and gneiss characteristic of the Canadian Shield. This is an area where the shield extends from central Ontario down into the Adirondacks in northern New York state.

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Village of Rockport.

In 1904, the St. Lawrence Islands National Park was established after the government purchased several islands from the Mississauga Indians. Today, this is Canada's smallest national park, at four square kilometers in area.

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Another island.