Posted by: Waheeda Harris | June 25, 2014

Discovering Ontario’s ancient roots – The Thousand Islands

Do you know the Thousand Islands?

Ontario -Thousand Islands

Here’s a wee snapshot of this area, which is a series of islands in the St. Lawrence River in eastern Ontario. The lush tree-lined shoreline is a constant of this area, as is the wide river.

And the other part of this unique part of Canada? The other side of the river is the United States – and for those on boats, its a friendly border of people who love this unique biosphere, which is a result of the ice age, which transformed valleys and canyons into a river valley.

Ontario - T islands bridge

Here’s the Thousand Islands International Bridge – the major physical link between the two nations and an icon of the area  as it was built in 1937 and expanded in 1959.

But what struck me even more, was this distant view of this statue of St. Lawrence, a recent addition to the landscape for a river and area that has born the name for a few centuries:

Ontario - St. Lawrence statue

Carved out of Indiana limestone by Belleville artist James Smith – its a unique part of the history of this area – which predates the creation of either country.

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