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Leeds and the Thousand Islands

Township in Ontario

Leeds and the Thousand Islands
Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands
Welcome sign along Thousand Islands Parkway
Leeds and the Thousand Islands
Leeds and the Thousand Islands
Coordinates: 44°27′N 76°05′W / 44.45°N 76.08°W / 44.45; -76.08Coordinates: 44°27′N 76°05′W / 44.45°N 76.08°W / 44.45; -76.08
CountryCanada
ProvinceOntario
CountyLeeds and Grenville
Incorporated1998
Government
 • MayorCorinna Smith-Gatcke [1]
 • Councillors
List
 • Prov. ridingLeeds—Grenville
 • Federal ridingLeeds—Grenville
Area
 • Land612.45 km2 (236.47 sq mi)
Population
 (2016)[2]
 • Total9,465
 • Density15.1/km2 (39/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−05:00 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−04:00 (EDT)
Postal Code FSA
K0E
Area code(s)613
Websitewww.leeds1000islands.ca

Leeds and the Thousand Islands is a township in the Canadian province of Ontario, located within the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville. The township is located along the Saint Lawrence River, and extends north into rural hamlets and villages. Formerly, this township was divided into three separate townships: Leeds, Landsdowne and Escott townships; these townships amalgamated to form the current township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands.

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Communities

The township comprises the communities of Berryton, Black Rapids, Brier Hill, Cheeseborough, Darlingside, Dulcemaine, Ebenezer, Eden Grove, Ellisville, Emery, Escott, Fairfax, Gananoque Junction, Gray's Beach, Greenfield, Grenadier Island, Halsteads Bay, Holland, Ivy Lea, Junetown, La Rue Mills, Lansdowne, Leeds, Legge, Long Point, Lyndhurst, Maple Grove, Mitchellville, Narrows, Oak Leaf, Outlet, Pooles Resort, Quabbin, Rockfield, Rockport, Sand Bay Corner, Seeley's Bay, Selton, Soperton, Sweets Corners, Taylor, Tilley, Union, Warburton, Washburns Corners, Waterton, Willowbank and Wilstead.

Lansdowne

Lansdowne, Ontario is a small town located just north of Ivy Lea, Ontario and 4 km north of Highway 401, at the intersection of Leeds and Grenville County Roads 3 and 34. It is a part of the township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands. It can be accessed by former Kings Highway 2 (which passes just south of the village) or by Highway 401 at Exit 659.

The Canadian customs point of entry at the top of Interstate 81 on Hill Island identifies itself as Lansdowne 456. There is an independent telephone exchange (+1-613-659-) and a post office (K0E 1L0) in the village. The administrative offices of the township are located in Lansdowne.

Lyndhurst

The Lansdowne Iron Works, was founded by Wallis Sunderlin on the Gananoque River by 1801. The ironworks enabled the economic development of a small industrial community called Furnace Falls. The iron smelter was destroyed by fire in 1811. Several mills were established in Furnace Falls by Charles and Jonas Jones of Brockville in 1827. The settlement was renamed Lyndhurst by 1846.[3] Camp Hyanto, an Anglican church camp, is also set just off of the village of Lyndhurst. It has been in operation since the 1940s and its motto is, "He who sleeps beneath the pines, sleeps well." The Lansdowne Iron Works was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1932.[4] A plaque commemorating the founding of Lyndhurst (Furnace Falls) in 1801 was erected by the Ontario Heritage Foundation. A plaque commemorating the Lyndhurst Bridge, built in 1856–1857, was erected by the Ontario Archaeological and Historic Sites Board. Designed by John Roddick, the masonry arch bridge was erected by contractors Miles Fulford and Simon Ransom.

There is a cultural celebration in Lyndhurst dubbed the "Turkey Fair" celebrated annually on the third Saturday in September. This celebration involves hay-stack decoration, petting zoos, fishing contests for kids, crafts and 50/50 draws.[5]

Rockport

Rockport

Rockport is a village on the St. Lawrence River with historic homes, restaurants, resorts, boat launch and marinas. It has been a port since the late 1700s and is now a major terminus for Thousand Islands cruise tours. There are bicycle racks, benches, and well marked walking paths with interpretive signs and murals for points of historical interest. Two churches that were founded in the late 1800s remain active. Both reflect the architecture of their time.

For decades boats were built in Rockport; from small wooden St. Lawrence skiffs to large tour boats used on the St. Lawrence River, in Ottawa on the Rideau and Ottawa Rivers, and as far away as Banff National Park in Alberta.[6] Before the building of the Thousand Islands Bridge nearby, ferryboats connected the US and Canada. The area remains famous for boat building, as the industry is producing ice boats that make winter travel to local island homes possible.[7]

Seeley's Bay

Seeley's Bay is at the north west corner of the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands and is most known for fishing and its direct access to the UNESCO designated Rideau Canal. The village was established early in the 19th century as a port of call for steamers going between Kingston and Ottawa on the Rideau Canal. Located just off Highway 15, about 20 minutes north of the 401 Highway, it still serves as the first full service port of call for boaters coming north on the Rideau.

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Climate

Demographics

Canada census – Leeds and the Thousand Islands community profile
2016 2011 2006
Population: 9465 (2.0% from 2011) 9277 (-1.7% from 2006) 9435 (4.0% from 2001)
Land area: 612.45 km2 (236.47 sq mi) 612.51 km2 (236.49 sq mi) 607.18 km2 (234.43 sq mi)
Population density: 15.5/km2 (40/sq mi) 15.1/km2 (39/sq mi) 15.5/km2 (40/sq mi)
Median age: 50.5 (M: 50.2, F: 50.7) 44.2 (M: 43.9, F: 44.5)
Total private dwellings: 4903 4731 5306
Median household income: $76,300 $61,605
References: 2016[9] 2011[10] 2006[11] earlier[12]

Population trend:[13][14]

  • Population in 2016: 9,465
  • Population in 2011: 9,277
  • Population in 2006: 9,435
  • Population in 2001: 9,069
  • Population in 1996:
    • Front of Escott: 1,383
    • Front of Leeds and Lansdowne: 4,897
    • Rear of Leeds and Lansdowne: 2,895
  • Population in 1991:
    • Front of Escott: 1,275
    • Front of Leeds and Lansdowne: 4,686
    • Rear of Leeds and Lansdowne: 2,774

Mother tongue:[15]

  • English as first language: 93.7%
  • French as first language: 1.5%
  • English and French as first language: 0.1%
  • Other as first language: 4.7%

See also

References

  1. ^ "Official Results" (PDF). Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands. Retrieved 2018-12-03.
  2. ^ a b "Census Profile, 2016 Census Leeds and the Thousand Islands, Township". Statistics Canada. Retrieved June 1, 2019.
  3. ^ "Founding of Lyndhurst, The". Ontario Heritage Trust. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  4. ^ Lansdowne Iron Works, Directory of Designations of National Historic Significance of Canada
  5. ^ "Sept 15, 2018 Lyndhurst Turkey Fair 10am-4:30pm". turkeyfair.com. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  6. ^ Gualtieri, Paul. "Explore Rockport". www.rockportthousandislands.com. Archived from the original on 7 October 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  7. ^ Gualtieri, Paul. "Historical Rockport". www.rockportthousandislands.com. Archived from the original on 5 October 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Leeds and the Thousand Islands". Canadian Climate Normals 1981–2010 (in English and French). Environment Canada. Archived from the original on April 23, 2018. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  9. ^ "2016 Community Profiles". 2016 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 21, 2017. Retrieved 2019-05-31.
  10. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2012-02-14.
  11. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-02-14.
  12. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.
  13. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census
  14. ^ "Leeds and the Thousand Islands census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved June 1, 2019.
  15. ^ Statistics Canada 2006 Census - Leeds and the Thousand Islands community profile Archived 2012-05-28 at the Wayback Machine

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