Canada has a vast natural habitat that is filled with all kind of natural wonders. Rocky mountain peaks, bubbling brooks, and sauntering streams abound. There is nothing like the fresh, brisk air and snowy peaks that greet you as you set your eyes on Canada. The formation of Canada as it is recognized today was an uphill battle that incorporated the use of the St. Lawrence River as a focal point. A country bordered at Ontario by a water divide from the USA that makes it a country in its own right. So closely tied together, yet vast worlds apart.

The Grandeur Of St. Lawrence River

The sheer size of the St. Lawrence River is awe-inspiring. This is the water source that connects the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. The Great Lakes Basin achieves its drainage outflow primarily from this river. Ontario and Quebec are cut through by the river which serves as the international boundary between Ontario, Canada and New York in the USA. As vast as the river is, it is only the second largest in the country. The area in which the river runs is a seismically active zone with the known faults in the area being related to the St. Lawrence Rift System.

Historical Significance

The Seven Years War was a crucial step in the British exploits in Canada. Control of the St. Lawrence river was vital in the pursuit of the capture of the New France. Having already captured Louisbourg in the 1758, Quebec was next in their sights. In 1759 they made their way in that direction following drawings set out by James Cook. British troops were transported via the river in order to attach the city from the west in the Battle of the Plains of Abraham. The British again made use of the river in order to defeat the siege by the French on Quebec in 1760 under the leadership of Chevalier De Levis.