World Famous


We have world-renowned natural and man-made attractions in the United Counties of Leeds Grenville. The famous 1000 Islands and the majestic St. Lawrence River are found here along with two United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage sites: the Rideau Canal and the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve (FABR). For more on these four major attractions visit the drop-down pages.

This region is known for its on-the-water activities on both the river and the region's many inland lakes and the canal system. Cycling and paddling on extensive land and water trail systems also attract people to the region. This area is a scuba diving, boating, fishing and vacationing paradise.

Both the Town of Gananoque and the City of Brockville, two larger urban centres in Leeds Grenville, are the gateways to the 1000 Islands Region. There is a lot to explore here in spectacular natural surroundings.

The story of  how 1000 Islands Dressing was created originates from this region of the same name and has a link to the Heart Island mansion Boldt Castle. Two international bridges are located within the United Counties, including the 1000 Islands Bridge (photo below) and the Prescott-Ogdensburg Bridge.

FamousBridges.jpgThe photo above is of the spectacular Jones Falls along the Rideau Heritage Route with splendid fall colours as a backdrop. The image at left is a view of the 1000 Islands Bridge from the Canadian side at Ivy Lea looking south to Hill Island and the famous 1000 Islands Tower (formerly Skydeck). From atop the tower  there is an amazing view of the 1000 Islands and the Canadian and American sides of the St. Lawrence River (1000 Islands International Tourism Council).