The St Lawrence And The Thousand Islands

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On Saturday, we decided to follow the St Lawrence seaway and to drive from Ottawa to Gananoque, one of the gateway to the Thousand Islands. The Thousand Islands is an archipelago around the U.S — Canada border, in the St Lawrence river. The total number of islands is said to be 1,793 but some of them are barely rocks above water, while some are home to castles and resorts.

Gananoque is a small Canadian town, with a population of about 5,000. A main street, a clock tower, a few churches and a nice little harbor is about all there is to see. The town was busy with a biker convention (?!) and we stayed away from the crowd (by crowd, I mean, 20 people max.) and hung out by the old locks and the shore.

Gananoque Gananoque, The Locks
Spider Web On The Locks The Shores

The weather was pretty dark but it was hot and hazy. It made the shores look even more untamed…

The Shores The Shores

We then drove to Rockport, a few miles away. A township located by the Thousand Islands bridge, it offers a great view of the islands. And yes, we almost got attacked by a family of hungry ducks.

Ducks Rockport\'s Dock

We took the Thousand Island parkway and crossed the bridge to Hill Island, right by the international border with the USA. The island was very quiet and we took a small gravel road, deep into the forest. A few miles later, I spotted a deer in the wild. We stopped the car and I slowly walked towards it. We stared at each other (well, mostly I was staring, I guess he saw humans before… but I don’t see deers that often!) and I got a chance to take a picture before it escaped. Later on, we spotted something else on the road… yep, a big black snake. I got off the car and walked as close as I could (not afraid of snakes!). Funny enough, the road we were driving on was “the black snake” road, as the sign said!

Deer Spotted In The Woods Snakes Crossing The Road

Back to the entry on the island, I climbed the skydeck to get a better view. You can see the Thousand Islands Bridge below, as well as one of the many islands.

One Of The Islands The Thousand Island Bridge
The St Lawrence Seaway The St Lawrence Seaway
The St Lawrence Seaway The St Lawrence Seaway

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  1. It looks so pretty there! I love your pictures too.
    I’ve had the dressing from the Thousand Islands. I like it when it’s freshly made, rather than the bottled stuff. I order dressings “on the side”, because restaurants put too much on. A good salad doesn’t need much dressing. I also like bleu cheese and creamy italian. The lighter the dressing, the better.

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  2. I actually only heard of the Thousand Islands just a few months ago; I never thought there was a real Thousand Islands in existence. I only thought of them as the salad dressing. Now do you happen to know why the salad dressing was called Thousand Island dressing? Because I am curious how the two are related.

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  3. Snake…I’d cry if I saw one crawling. Very beautiful pictures. I thought about going to Banff National Park for my honeymoon, but it is so pricey compares going to Europe.

  4. Hi Zhu…..I am a regular visitor of your blog but commenting today. You are amazing blogger & nice photographer. Keep that up! Will keep visiting here 🙂

  5. Froggywoogie on

    Great pictures and “documentary” as usual. The day I get there I know what guide I’ll hire 🙂

  6. Interesting place for a biker convention.

    From all the green on the photos it looks like they get a lot of rain there as well. Must have been a nice trip.

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  7. Salut Zhu,
    Fantastic pics !
    That was a very pretty outing that you did. Just so peaceful…
    I love the occional stimulation of the big city, but get me out to the countryside or the coast, and I’m very happy.
    You must be like myself; in your country you like to explore new places. I still have a lot of areas in France that I would love to explore.

    Cheers !

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  8. Every time I hear about Thousand Island, I can’t help but think about dressing – and I love that type!

    What a lovely little city and how well you’ve captured the atmosphere!

    Must have been wonderful to see that wild deer in the eyes. I take it you did not bother doing that with the snake 🙂

    The last pics really show where this place got its name from too.

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  9. @Ulquiorra – Thank you! It was a nice place.

    @Seraphine – I like light dressing too… The Thousand Islands is actually one of my favorite, had it when I first came to Canada not knowing why such a name!

    @Linguist-in-Waiting – Same here! Apparently, the name has various origins. Could refers to the multitude of small specks of pickle usually found in the dressing (10 000 islands…). It is also said the dressing was popularized by George Boldt, who had a famous castle on one of the islands.

    @bluefish – I don<t mind snakes 😉

    @Annie – Thank you for visiting and reading, and even more for your nice words!

    @Froggywoogie – I want to be paid in Euro though 😉

    @Celine – I think this one wasn’t too scared of us, because well first the car didn’t scare him nor me getting off to take a picture. But I kept my distances and once I got closer, it ran away.

    @Liz – It had been raining for a while in Ontario, that explains the green. I know, weird for the bikers, isn’t it?

    @barbara – Same here, I love exploring and going to small places. It’s relaxing and let’s face it, it’s a chance too considering I wouldn’t prob. live there full time — to much of a city girl!

    @RennyBA – Let’s just say I’m not scared of snakes, but I know how quick they can be. And although a snake bite would be a great post and I’m pretty sure this is wasn’t venomous, I just don’t want to try! 😆

  10. Max Coutinho on

    Hey Zhu,

    Gorgeous!! What a lovely place!!
    I must say that I had never heard of St Lawrence and the Thousand Islands, so it was nice to read about it and see them pictures.

    5,000 people…it sounds like a good place to raise a child: quiet, peaceful (unless those 5,000 are a bunch of lunatics lol, which I doubt)…and then when they reach the teenage take them back to the city LOL (otherwise they’ll go crazy lol)…nevermind me, I am just thinking out loud here!

    I really loved the last set of pictures: so many trees, so much water…mystical!


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  11. Lis of the North on

    Eh Zhu! I haven’t stopped by for a while because I’ve been following from my reader. Looks like you’ve been doing some redecorating here. Looking good 😉

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  12. These photos are so beautiful, they almost look fake! Wow! I love that deer and the pics of the lake. We don’t get to see anything like this living in South Florida! Thanks for sharing!

    Scarlets last great read…a day to remember

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