Scenic Routes

Thousand Islands Parkway:

This is a must-see 40-kilometre (25-mile) stretch of road which runs parallel to the St. Lawrence River and affords fantastic views of the river, the 1000 Islands, the American mainland and the Frontenac Arch Biosphere's ancient granite ridges. The two-lane picturesque highway begins at Gananoque and ends at Butternut Bay, just to the west of Brockville at Highway 401 access points. There are many small communities along the route, including Mallorytown Landing, Rockport, Ivy Lea, entrance to the Thousand Islands International Bridge, the Thousand Islands National Park of Canada, Ivy Lea Campground and Brown's Bay day park to name just a few.

Sunset over the riverThere are many look-out points along the way.  From Brown's Bay you can see Singer Castle on Dark Island across the river on the American side. Parallel to the parkway, cyclists can follow 37 kilometres of bike path overlooking the river. This area is part of the Waterfront Trail (see link below) which runs through a section of the Frontenac Arch and its rich biodiversity. The Arch region is internationally recognized by UNESCO as one of Canada's 15 Biosphere Reserves.

Popular links:

www.waterfronttrail.org

www.frontenacarchbiosphere.ca

 Rideau Heritage Route:

See it by land or travel along the waterway for a unique experience.

The Rideau Heritage Route is a UNESCO, world-recognized area for both its natural beauty and its historical significance. The Rideau Canal is a man-made marvel. The route, and the many ways to enjoy it, is well documented. Visit the website listed below for detailed information on all the Rideau Heritage Route has to offer for cycling, hiking, paddling or cruising. The route connects Lake Ontario (at Kingston) to the Ottawa River. There are 202 kilometres (126 miles) of the famous Rideau Canal waterway to enjoy. Once you've seen it, you're sure to plan a return visit.

Official website:

www.rideauheritageroute.ca

There are more than 800 kilometres of scenic roadways in Leeds Grenville. Come tour in the United Counties.