Discover the Natural Environment

Dive into the unique ecosystems of the St. Lawrence River and 1000 Islands, and discover a world rich in diverse plant and animal life unlike any other area on Earth!

Like the many explorers before you, take a moment to relish the natural wonders of the St. Lawrence River. From our uniquely positioned perch right on the riverbank, the Aquatarium provides both panoramic views of the natural environment outside and opportunities to mingle up-close with our region’s native plants and animals.

Our local St. Lawrence River and 1000 Islands fauna (animal life) is as diverse as it is fascinating:

  • Birds like ducks and geese use the river’s reefs and sandy shores as sources of food during certain seasons.
  • Migratory birds use the river as a migration pathway as they embark on their yearly journeys.
  • Mammals such as muskrats, beavers, flying squirrels, minks, deer and porcupines roam the land.
  • Because the river is teeming with so many types of fish, it is a favorite spot for local fishermen.

Immerse yourself in the plant life beyond the banks of the St. Lawrence, a unique mix of coniferous and deciduous forests, and the many varied animal species that call these forests home. Our region hosts such diverse and fascinating creatures because the environment of the St. Lawrence River – 1000 Islands region includes river, wetlands, forest and estuary ecosystems.

Flora and Fauna Fast Facts:

  • Over 80 species of fish have been identified in the St. Lawrence River.
  • The St. Lawrence River is also a native habitat to several at-risk species, such as American Ginseng, Blanding’s Turtle, the Monarch Butterfly and the Eastern Rat Snake.
  • Bald eagles weren’t seen in the area for a long time, but now, they are making a comeback. Keep a sharp lookout and you just might spot one!