Discover the Long Sault Parkway on your next road trip!
Sept. 1, 2021
Sept. 1, 2021
Photo courtesy of St Lawrence Parks
Planning an end-of-summer road trip, but not sure where to go? Well, look no further than the Long Sault Parkway! Located just outside Cornwall, Ontario this stunning parkway stretches over ten kilometres of lush green scenery and passes through eleven small islands along the way.
From snorkelling in the lovely waters of the St Lawrence River to camping at local campgrounds, the Long Sault Parkway has activities for everyone to enjoy and is sure to make for a memorable road-trip experience!
Photo courtesy of Parks of the St. Lawrence
Need a place to stay while exploring the parkway? No problem! There are three different campground sites that you can call “home” for the duration of your trip.
The McLaren Campground has been newly revamped and encompasses over 200 camping sites for guests to stay at. Part of the refurbishing included converting more than 100 campsites to be RV accessible as well as fixing up five camper cabins. Once you’re all done setting up, what better way to celebrate than to cool off in the St. Lawrence River! This campground has private access up the parkway to see the beautiful sites of Hoople island.
Mille Roches Campground
The Mille Roches Campground is famously known for its waterfront sites. Over sixty campsites have easy access to the stunning views of the St. Lawrence River from multiple angles. Spanning over two islands this campground allows for a quiet and serene experience. The abundance of trees within the surrounding areas is sure to invoke a relaxed state of mind and a sense of peacefulness with nature.
The Woodlands Campground overlooks Lake St. Francis and is the perfect spot for water activities! This campground is also known as the best spot to watch the sun go down on the horizon making for a picture-worthy moment. Not to mention the two beaches exclusive to guests staying on-site in an RV or the newly added shore-facing beach cabins so you can wake up every day to bright sunshine and the sound of waves crashing!
Photo courtesy of Kinderhook Crafts on Facebook
Need to buy some groceries or pick up some souvenirs for friends and family? What better way to explore the town than to visit local shops in the area!
This lovely shop is a first-generation family-owned farm that sells fresh organic produce including a variety of vegetables and apples that are harvested from the farm itself. Due to the pandemic, Cornerstone Organics opened an online store as an outlet for vendors within the area to continue selling their goods. The shop is about a twenty-minute drive from the Long Sault Parkway and is now open for pickup and deliveries on Friday from 2 pm to 6 pm so be sure to plan your trip accordingly!
From Christmas ornaments to beautiful creative home décor, Kinderhook Crafts has a perfect piece of artwork for any special occasion. Each piece of art is created by Lori who runs her Esty shop online directly from Ingleside, located just outside of the Long Sault Parkway. Apart from home décor, Lori also paints items such as teapots, signs, and candle holders, which can be a lovely addition to give a “homely” feel to your house.
Kastner Men’s & Ladies Wear
Forgot to pack your favourite outfits? No problem! Visit Kastner Men’s & Ladies’ Wear to find high-quality clothing suitable for all occasions. The store is located in Cornwall and is less than a thirty-minute drive from Long Sault Parkway. Being one of the oldest shops in Cornwall, Kastner Men’s & Ladies Wear holds dear to those in the community and encourages customers to help and support local businesses in a very fashionable manner.
Photo courtesy of To Do Canada
The Long Sault Parkway has activities for everyone to enjoy from scuba diving off the shore of Macdonell island, to catching a performance at the Seaway Valley Theatre!
Kayaking & Canoeing
Water sports and activities are some of the best ways to relax at the Long Sault Parkway! Being surrounded by water makes kayaking and canoeing an easy activity to unwind and have fun with friends and family. Visitors have the option to bring their personal equipment or to rent equipment such as boats and kayaks at Mike and Jenny's Paddle Fit shop located on Mille Roches Island. Take a trip in your boat and paddle down the St. Lawrence River that stretches over an incredible 1190 kilometres! If you get tired along the way, feel free to stop at any of the beautiful eleven islands on the way for a quick rejuvenating break.
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Boasting one of the best dive sites in Ontario, remnants of Lock 21 and The Lost Villages are both located just off Macdonell Island. Lock 21 is part of the old Cornell Canal lock system which was built to eliminate rapids in the Long Sault. Visibility here is 8 to 12 feet (on a good day) and it is recommended to bring a light to see chain wells and man-holes. The Lost Villages is a collection of ten communities that are permanently submerged under the St. Lawrence after the creation of the St. Lawrence Seaway in 1958. Many structures here are still intact and in good condition, with some sidewalks and foundations still visible.
PLEASE NOTE: Only participate in these dives if you are properly certified and have adequate experience. Both locations contain currents and can become challenging dive sites under choppy conditions.
Photo courtesy of Seaway Valley Theatre Company
Seaway Valley Theatre Company
After a long day exploring the wonders of the Long Sault Parkway, or if water activities are not your cup of tea, then the Seaway Valley Theatre is the perfect destination. Located in the nearby city of Cornwall, this local theatre company has been entertaining audiences for fifteen years and presents four unique plays each year: a broadway-style musical, a musical play for children, and two comedies. To truly experience both the beautiful nature and local culture of this area of Ontario, a stop at the theatre is a must-do. Make sure to check out their website for up-to-date information on current performances and showtimes.
The Long Sault Parkway is definitely a summer bucket-list-worthy destination from its stunning islands to the quaint local shops and exciting activities within the area. Everyone is guaranteed to have a fun-filled adventure making this trip one for the scrapbooks!!
Originally Written: Simone Monteiro & Jordan Boehk
Edited: Vinita Malik
Sept. 1, 2021