Ontario Renames Its 1000 Islands National Park

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March 29, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

Map shows the location of the Thousand Islands National Park, formerly known as the St. Lawrence Islands National Park.

Canada has officially changed the name of St. Lawrence Islands National Park to Thousand Islands National Park.

The change was made official on Thursday (March 28), according to a news release.

"The name Thousand Islands National Park will help this national park renew its place in the consciousness of Canadians and inspire future generations to continue support for this long established protected treasure," said Gord Brown, member of Parliament. "The Thousand Islands is known throughout the world as a tourism destination, and Parks Canada can now take advantage of this strong brand and align their public offering with those of other regional tourism providers."

Brown led the initiative to rename the park. After consulting with local municipalities, business organizations and the park, he introduced the name change as a bill in parliament. The new name better associates the park with its setting and helps promote and support natural and cultural tourism and related businesses within the Thousand Islands region.

"This name change presents an opportunity to renew Canadians' passion and support for our country's treasured natural spaces," said Peter Kent, Canada's environment minister and minister responsible for Parks Canada. "Placing Thousand Islands National Park on the map is a small but significant step that will help enhance public awareness of this incredible park."

Thousand Islands is an internationally recognized brand and with this name change, Parks Canada will contribute its known quality of service, and its ability to work with private companies to offer incredible experiences for Canadians and international visitors.


The Thousand Islands National Park (established 1904) is located on Hill Island in the Thousand Islands Region of the St. Lawrence River. The park consists of 21 islands plus many smaller islets, two mainland properties and a visitor center at Mallorytown, Ontario, on the mainland. This is Canada's third smallest national park with a total area of 9 square miles.

Much of the park is only accessible by boat. There are picnic facilities and limited camping facilities on several islands.

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