Monday, October 24, 2011
The St. Lawrence is one of the few lengthy rivers in North America that flows west to east, instead of north to south. Canada's third-longest river, the St. Lawrence emanates from Lake Ontario and forms a 120-mile-long natural boundary between the United States and Canada, separating New York from Ontario. As it moves east toward Quebec, the river widens and flows past the province's two largest metropolitan areas-Montreal and Quebec City-and on toward the Atlantic Ocean, where it empties into the Gulf of St. Lawrence. In the 1950s, the United States and Canada jointly constructed the St. Lawrence Seaway along the upper part of the river to provide cargo ships access-via the Atlantic Ocean-to the industrial and agricultural centers of the Great Lakes region. Book jacket.