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The United Counties of Leeds and Grenville, on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River, is where the world renowned 1000 Islands region is located. This area is connected to New York State via the Thousand Island International Bridge and the Johnstown/ Ogdensburg International Bridge. In addition, it is well-served by provincial highways connecting it to Toronto (3 ½ hours), Montreal (2 hours), Ottawa (1 hour) and Kingston (45 minutes). Both the Town of Gananoque and the City of Brockville are the gateways to the Thousand Islands region.
The United Counties of Leeds and Grenville offers one of the most diverse areas in all of Eastern Ontario. The County that once counted farming and agriculture as its main industries now enjoys as much benefit from manufacturing and tourism/recreation. Similar to most of Eastern Ontario, the County was settled in the late 1700s by British Loyalists leaving the United States after the American Revolution.
Blockhouse Island in Brockville is the best viewpoint to watch the magnificent steel freighters glisten in the sun as they glide through the mighty St. Lawrence River. Weekly sailing races provide further entertainment with their colourful sails flowing in the cool breeze. The many waterfront parks provide a great opportunity to enjoy the river.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the 1000 Islands scenery on one of the many cruise boats. Cruises vary in length starting with a one hour cruise that will give you an opportunity to view the many homes and cottages that grace the islands and shores of the St. Lawrence River. Full day excursions that include tours of Boldt Castle and Singer Castle are available with reservations in advance. Fishing charter guides take you to their secret fishing spots in the sheltered waters among the islands. Varieties include smallmouth bass, northern pike, walleye, pan fish and muskie. The St. Lawrence River is also home to the best fresh water scuba diving in the world. Scattered along the bottom of the St. Lawrence River are the historic remains of early navigation through the 1000 Islands. Hundreds of ships met their demise when they struck the shallow shoals. With the clear waters of the St. Lawrence River several of these wrecks are visible from the water's edge. To capture the true experience, dive beneath and view the wrecks gently laying in their pristine condition. Premier wreck sites include: The Keystorm, The Lillie Parsons, and The Robert Gaskin.
Leeds and Grenville is a diverse mix of urban and rural communities with varying health care needs. Some communities such as North Grenville and Brockville recruit doctors on a regular basis to deal with retirements and doctors moving to other communities – including family physicians and specialists. Leeds and Grenville is served by the Brockville General Hospital and the Kemptville District Hospital. Residents in the outer lying areas of the region will also access the services of Winchester District Memorial Hospital and the Kingston General Hospital. Live and work in the best region that Eastern Ontario has to offer. Close to nature, but surrounded by major urban centres.
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