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You Can Drive Across 11 Islands on this Epic Road Trip in Ontario

As the weather starts to get warmer around Canada, it may be time to think about your next summer adventure.  This beautiful road trip in Ontario may be worth your while as you can explore eleven different islands all from one road.

The Long Sault Parkway connects a series of islands over the St. Lawrence River.  The long road which includes parks, beaches, and campgrounds is connected through bridges and causeways.

The construction of a seaway in the 1950’s caused massive flooding in the area which now leaves these high points of land along the river.  Below the water level are several abandoned villages that thrived in the area before the flooding.  The ‘Lost Villages’ makes this a unique destination for scuba exploration.

Besides the one-of-a-kind road trip, there are plenty of stops to make.  The islands offer multiple campgrounds, picnic areas, hiking trails, and beaches to explore.  There is also a Lost Villages Museum, a bird sanctuary, and it is located near the township of Cornwall.

There is plenty of adventure to be had along the Long Sault Parkway. 

The roadtrip:

Day 1:

  • Start in Cornwall, Ontario, and head west on Highway 2 towards Long Sault
  • Stop at the Long Sault Parkway Visitor Centre to get a map and information about the islands
  • Drive across the Long Sault Parkway to the first island, Mille Roches Island
  • Stop at the Mille Roches Island Beach for a swim or picnic
  • Continue on to the next island, Woodlands Island, and explore the hiking trails
  • Drive across the causeway to the next island, Sheek’s Island, and visit the Sheek’s Island Beach for a swim or picnic
  • End the day at the campground on McLaren Island and set up camp for the night

Day 2:

  • Wake up early and head to Hoople Island for some early morning fishing
  • Drive across the causeway to the next island, Snye Island, and hike the trails or enjoy the picnic areas
  • Drive across the causeway to the next island, Milton Island, and stop at the Milton Island Lookout for stunning views of the St. Lawrence River
  • Drive across the causeway to the next island, Ault Island, and stop at the Ault Island Beach for a swim or picnic
  • End the day at the campground on Brownell Island and set up camp for the night

Day 3:

  • Wake up early and drive to the eastern end of the parkway
  • Stop at the Robert Moses Power Dam Visitor Centre to learn about the history and technology of the dam
  • Drive across the causeway to the next island, Dickenson Island, and visit the picnic areas and beach
  • Continue on to the next island, Macdonell Island, and explore the hiking trails and scenic lookouts
  • End the trip back in Cornwall, Ontario
Author: Daily Ting