Leeds Grenville is strategically located for companies to conduct business within our region, throughout the province of Ontario, or across North America and the world. This transportation hub boasts key trade corridors anchored by Canada's 400-series intersection of Highway 401 and 416. North-south arteries into the County include Highway 15, County Road 32 and 29 and the east-west roads County Road 2 and 43.
Within the 3,350-square-kilometre region there are two international bridges for quick access to the USA, an international port on the world-renowned St. Lawrence River, national rail service running east-west and north-south across the region and international air service within 30-75 minutes. The Port of Johnstown underwent a $35-million upgrade in 2015.
The natural landscape of the St. Lawrence River makes this region attractive for companies who wish to take advantage of the inter-modal connections while providing their employees with a superior quality of life. Encapsulated within our key corridors are many unique communities and thoroughfares that lead to cottage country, 24 inland lakes, vistas and trails.
"Corridors of Opportunity"
The 1000 Islands/Highway 401 St. Lawrence Corridor: Canada's busiest highway, the scenic 1000 Islands Parkway and the St. Lawrence River create this corridor. It runs east-west strategically linking the region nationally and with the USA. The world famous 1000 Islands region has attracted millions of visitors due to its unrivalled beauty. The 1000 Islands Parkway links Brockville and Gananoque and takes you along one of the most picturesque parts of the St. Lawrence River and to the riverside communities of Mallorytown Landing, Rockport and Ivy Lea.
The corridor is home to numerous parks, including the popular riverfront Ivy Lea Campground, Brown's Bay Beach and Picnic Area, Thousand (1000) Islands National Park at Mallorytown Landing. A recently resurfaced 36-kilometre St. Lawrence Parkway bike path (a part of the Ontario Waterfront Trail) runs parallel to the parkway. There are villages to explore, sunken treasures for scuba divers, trails and many significant tourism and heritage sites.
It also has a diverse industrial base. Some of the companies located along this corridor include 3M Canada Company. Procter and Gamble Inc., Canarm Ltd., Northern Cables, Wills Transfer and Kriska Transportation, to name a few.
More than $1-billion in trade crosses the Thousand Islands International Bridge between Canada and the USA each month. The corridor offers a diverse selection of commercial and industrial opportunities along with a rich quality of life experience.
The Rideau Canal Waterway/Highway 15 Corridor: The corridor offers a wealth of culture and heritage. It is rich with museums, camping getaways and marinas. It's known as a boater's paradise. The Rideau Canal Waterway stretches 202 kilometres (125 miles) and links the lakes and rivers between Kingston and Ottawa. It is the oldest continually-operated canal in North America. The Rideau Canal is a National Historic Site of Canada, a Canadian Heritage River (first opened in 1832) and a UNESCO World Heritage site (visit whc.unesco.org). Operated by Parks Canada, the canal has 24 lock stations. All are accessible by road and can be reached by vehicle, bicycle or on foot.
The Highway 416 Corridor
This 400-series highway is anchored by the International Port of Johnstown and the Prescott-Ogdensburg International Bridge and the St. Lawrence River to the south and stretches north to the nation's capital, Ottawa. The international bridge is an important transportation link between Canada and the USA. Highway 416 intersects with Highway 401 and connects the region to the rest of Canada. The area is host to fast-growing municipalities and offers an abundance of commercial and industrial opportunities.
The Inner Circle: There is a focus on the corridors which frame the County but the Inner Circle and its communities are also what make Leeds Grenville so special. Attributes include trail networks, agri-tourism, Farmers Markets, Local Flavours initiatives, bed and breakfast accommodations and campgrounds, festivals and endless recreational opportunities.
There are many vibrant communities. Westport is a scenic holiday hot spot situated at the base of Foley Mountain on the Upper Rideau Lake. In central and southern Leeds there is historic Delta and its Delta Mill between Lower Beverley and Upper Beverley Lakes, Lyndhurst, Seeley's Bay, Charleston, Athens and its surrounding cottage country around Charleston Lake and Charleston Lake Provincial Park.
In the heart of the counties there are the communities of Lombardy and Toledo as well as many smaller villages, including Lyn, Tincap, Greenbush and New Dublin in Elizabethtown-Kitley Township.
Picturesque Merrickville, with its many charming shops, is the largest centre in Merrickville-Wolford Township on the Rideau Canal. The vibrant communities of North Augusta, Algonquin, Maynard and Spencerville are located in the heartland of Grenville County.