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Darlingside in Leeds & Grenville Counties, Ontario — Central Canada
 

The Thousand Islands

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By William Fischer, Jr., March 16, 2017
1. The Thousand Islands Marker
Inscription.

The Thousand Islands are the roots of an ancient Precambrian mountain range ground down by successive glaciations to granite bedrock. Over the centuries the bare, gnarled hills were covered with rich forests and carpets of wildflowers. Where the St. Lawrence floods eastward, these hilltops became islands. The Thousand Islands link the natural communities of the Algonquin highlands with the Adirondack Mountains to the south.

During the 19th century, the land was cleared for agriculture, although farming on the thin soils produced marginal yields. Today, the forests have returned and the landscape you are overlooking resembles the one that existed two centuries ago.

Les Millé-Îles constituent la base d'une chaîne pré-cambrienne, aplanie par les glaciations successives jusqu'au substrat de granit. Au fil des siècles, les collines tortueuses et dénudées se sont couvertes de riches forêts et de tapis de fleurs sauvages. Là où le Saint-Laurent entreprend sa course vers l'Est, ces collines sont devenues des îles. Les Mille-Îles relient les communautés naturelles des hautes-terres du massif Algonquin aux monts Adirondacks, au sud.

Au XIXe siècle, le terrain a été défriché à des fins agricoles, mais la minceur du sol ne permettait que de maigres récoltes. De nos jours, la forêt a repris sa place et le paysage à vos pieds est semblable

The Thousand Islands Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 16, 2017
2. The Thousand Islands Marker
Marker on left. Looking south toward the St. Lawrence River
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Erected by Parks Canada.
 
Location. 44° 22.098′ N, 75° 58.159′ W. Marker is in Darlingside, Ontario, in Leeds & Grenville Counties. Marker is at the intersection of Thousand Islands Parkway and Darlingside Drive, on the right when traveling east on Thousand Islands Parkway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Roadside Pullout on Thousand Islands Parkway, Darlingside, Ontario, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 16 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Darlingside (here, next to this marker); The Darling Store / Le magasin Darling (here, next to this marker); Thousand Islands Bridge System (here, next to this marker); Elizabeth Rabb Beatty (approx. 5.9 kilometers away); Chimney Island (Bridge Island) (approx. 15.3 kilometers away); Indian River Lakes (approx. 15.5 kilometers away in the U.S.); Gananoque (approx. 15.9 kilometers away); Colonel Joel Stone (approx. 16.1 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Darlingside.
 
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The Thousand Islands Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 16, 2017
3. The Thousand Islands Marker
Looking west along Thousand Islands Parkway
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 20, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 72 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 20, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
 
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