The Saint Lawrence River

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Map of the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence River © Kmusser/cc-by-sa-2.5

Map of the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence River © Kmusser/cc-by-sa-2.5

The St. Lawrence is a large river flowing approximately from southwest to northeast in the middle latitudes of North America, connecting the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean. It is the primary drainage conveyor of the Great Lakes Basin. The river traverses the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario and forms part of the international boundary between Ontario and New York in the United States.

The St. Lawrence River originates at the outflow of Lake Ontario between Kingston, on the north bank, Wolfe Island in mid-stream, and Cape Vincent. From there, it passes Gananoque, Brockville, Morrisburg, Ogdensburg, Massena, Cornwall, Montreal, Trois-Rivières, and Quebec City before draining into the Gulf of St. Lawrence, one of the largest estuaries in the world. The estuary portion begins at the eastern tip of Île d’Orléans, just downstream from Quebec City. The river becomes tidal in the vicinity of Quebec City. The river runs 3,058 kilometres (1,900 mi) from the farthest headwater to the mouth and 1,197 km (743.8 mi) from the outflow of Lake Ontario.

Until the early 17th century, the French used the name Rivière du Canada to designate the Saint Lawrence upstream to Montreal and the Ottawa River after Montreal. The Saint Lawrence River served as the main route for European exploration of the North American interior, first pioneered by French explorer Samuel de Champlain.

Village de Trois-Pistoles © Nicogag/cc-by-sa-3.0 Parc du Bois-de-Coulonge © Malimage/cc-by-sa-3.0 © Maria Azzurra Mugnai/cc-by-sa-3.0 Boldt Castle - Alexandria Bay © Dirk Ingo Franke/cc-by-3.0 CCGS Amundsen on Saint Lawrence River © Cephas/cc-by-sa-3.0 Map of the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence River © Kmusser/cc-by-sa-2.5
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Map of the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence River © Kmusser/cc-by-sa-2.5
Control of the river was crucial to British strategy to capture New France in the Seven Years’ War. Having captured Louisbourg in 1758, the British sailed up to Quebec the following year thanks to charts drawn up by James Cook. British troops were ferried via the St. Lawrence to attack the city from the west, which they successfully did at the Battle of the Plains of Abraham.

In the late 1970s, the river was the subject of a successful ecological campaign (called “Save the River”), originally responding to planned development by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. The campaign was organized, among others, by Abbie Hoffman.

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