Driving in Canada is a pleasant experience during the summer, when the weather is good and the roads are temporarily fixed. And when you are outside of the city, of course—less construction work in progress and less traffic.
After a stop in Alexandria Bay, we decided to cross the border back to Canada at the Thousand Islands Bridge and to follow the parkway along the St. Lawrence Seaway. I do miss living by the ocean but I have to say that the Thousand Islands region is pretty awesome—peaceful, scenic and, despite being one of the the most popular travel destinations for Canadians, it doesn’t feel crowded or tacky.
First, we stopped at Brown’s Bay, the oldest of all of the Parks of the St. Lawrence. Nope, didn’t swim, but apparently the water was quite warm. That said, I’m not sure Canadians are the best judges of how “warm” the water is!
Then we visited Brockville, the “City of the 1000 Islands”, named after the British general Sir Isaac Brock. The waterfront offers scenic views on the river and there is a nice, very popular, marina.
Most Canadian small towns in Ontario have the same feel—historical, safe, community-oriented and welcoming. Worth a stop, for sure.
You can see the complete set of pictures taken in Ontario on Flickr.