Discover the North Country
Some colleges have Adirondack chairs. We have the Adirondacks. St. Lawrence students are serious about their academic adventures, but when they need a break, the North Country’s outdoor playground awaits.
Welcome to our world.
Between the St. Lawrence River to the west and Lake Champlain to the east, you’ll find New York State’s North Country. As the U.S. liberal arts university closest to an international capital, we’re the gateway to the United States for our northern neighbors, and home to the largest protected natural area in the lower 48 states: The Adirondacks.
Throughout this rural frontier you’ll find lakes, mountains, valleys, and more than 100 welcoming communities, including Canton, the seat of St. Lawrence County and our home.
North Country Resources and Guides
Check out our local and regional accommodations and dining, including charming bed-and-breakfast options, hotels close to campus, beloved pizza parlors, and elegant farm-to-table restaurants.
Your guide to our town, villages, hamlets, main streets, and country roads. Explore the place we call home and the community we're lucky to be a part of.
Visitor's information for this rugged, beautiful country from the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce. Uncover hidden gems, support small businesses, savor the natural beauty, and get to know the people that make this place special.
Everything you need to know about hiking in the region—from quick out-and-back trails in local parks to winding paths along rushing waterfalls and everything in between.
This visitors guide offers details on lodging, activities, restaurants, excursions, and a ton of blog posts about possible experiences.
The official website for the six-million-acre natural wonderland offers historical and geological information, plus links to resources and lodging.
30 Minutes from an International Adventure
While you’re here, visit this Canadian city for urban exploring and outdoor recreation in the nearby countryside.
Here are a few highlights:
- Parliament Hill
- Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site - includes the largest ice-skating rink in North America
- Tons of guided tours - by bus, train, boat, helicopter, and more
- National museums covering art, nature, history, and technology
- Celebrations and music festivals
Your North Country Bucket List
The best part about this bucket list? You'll have four years to check everything off—though you might find yourself discovering more things to add as you go along.
Hike one of the Adirondack Peaks
Pick apples at a nearby orchard
miles to the Canadian border
Ski down Whiteface or Titus Mountain
Kayak along the Grasse River
Explore Lake Placid
miles from the Adirondack Park
Picnic at Lampsons Falls
Taste your new favorite ice cream flavor at Stewart's Shops (led by a Laurentian!)
Fall in the North Country is known for its beauty thanks to the brilliant autumn colors. The scenery is perfect, especially with stunning lakes and high peaks as backdrops. Go for a drive or take a brisk hike to take in the fall foliage.
Lace-up your snowshoes for a winter hike, hit the cross country trail, or grab your goggles for some downhill skiing. (Up for a challenge? Whiteface Mountain is home to the greatest vertical drop west of the Rockies!)
Spring is sometimes referred to as mud season around here. Since the trails are a bit messy, it’s a great time of year to explore museums, follow the craft beverage trail, or take a scenic drive. Whitewater rafting and horsebacking are popular in the late spring.
This is the best time of year to get out and enjoy our lakes and trails. Go camping (or glamping) and get in some star-gazing. Enjoy a lazy day on the river, or an adventurous one with some rapids.
One weekend each fall, the Outing Club covers all 46 of the Adirondack High Peaks. Learn about Peak Weekend and other popular traditions.