Leeds Grenville: the 1000 Islands, the Rideau Canal Heritage Route, National Capital of Ottawa's neighbour and an Eastern Ontario, Canada transportation hub. We have front row seats to the 1000 Islands and the St. Lawrence Seaway. The Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Destination, runs along our northern border through our region between Kingston and Ottawa. These iconic tourism attractions create signature experiences in an area also rich with culture and heritage.
Across the St. Lawrence River is Upper New York State, U.S.A. We're a prominent eastern Ontario transportation and logistics hub where the major Highways 401 and 416 meet and two international bridges - 1000 Islands and Prescott-Ogdensburg - link us to America. We're strategically centralized to service marketplaces in Ontario, Quebec and the eastern seaboard of the United States. We're within two hours of Montreal and just over three hours to Toronto.
Low-cost serviced and unserviced lands are available. Some parcels for development overlook the St. Lawrence River and are close to the deep-water Port of Johnstown. Port services include bulk cargo handling and storage, marine, rail and truck loading and unloading, seaway draft for all berths and quick access to the major 400-series highways. Leeds Grenville has lower taxes, start-up and land costs. New development is welcomed at Augusta Industrial Park, Elizabethtown-Kitley Business Park, Edwardsburgh/Cardinal Industrial Park, John G. Broome and Western Industrial parks in Brockville and on lands in North Grenville, a community just 20 minutes south of Ottawa.
Leeds Grenville's slogan is "Where lifestyle grows good business." It's home to small, national, international and best-managed companies, including many in logistics and transportation, forestry, warehousing, pharmaceuticals, food processing, manufacturing, agriculture, health and trade, to name just a few. Some of our major manufacturing operations include Procter and Gamble, Trillium Health Care Products, Burnbrae Farms, Prysmian Group, Canarm Ltd., Motor Coils International, Invista Canada, Newterra, Shell Canada, Wills Transfer and 3M Canada Inc. It's also a place to start second-career, dream home-based or small niche business. Entrepreneurship, creative economy starts and innovation are all welcomed here.
Lifestyle is also top notch. Access to excellent health care is easy with a Mobile Primary Health Care Unit for our rural areas, hospitals in Brockville and Kemptville and full-service clinics throughout the area. St. Lawrence College and the University of Guelph Kemptville Campus provide higher education and skilled trades training. Universities are within an hour's drive in Kingston and Ottawa. Public, French-language and Catholic schools are well established. Fulford Academy in Brockville and the Fulford Prepatory College in Merrickville provide programming for foreign students. Housing costs are much lower and you'll enjoy a great quality of life with lower land and operating costs for your home and business. We mean what we say about lifestyle. Our cultural hot spots include the Brockville Arts Centre, the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival and the Thousand Islands Playhouse. You'll be living in a vacation destination of the 1000 Islands Region and the UNESCO designated Rideau Canal Heritage Route and Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve.
Our communities include the Townships of Athens, Augusta, Edwardsburgh/Cardinal, Elizabethtown-Kitley, Front of Yonge, Leeds and the Thousand Islands, the Municipality of North Grenville and the Villages of Merrickville-Wolford and Westport. Our partner municipalities are Brockville, Gananoque and Prescott, all communities located along the St. Lawrence Seaway. Share our video with your colleagues and business partners and help spread the world about why Leeds Grenville is a place of beauty and opportunity. Visit our website to learn more about available lands and properties, existing business sectors, our services and health and educational institutions, skilled trades training options and where to go for your vacation adventures.