St. Lawrence students in the Adirondacks

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

Four students and a professor walk on a main street, lined with shops, on a sunny day in Canton, New York.

Plan Your Stay

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.

Visit Canton, New York

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.

A wintery outdoor scene. Three students stand on a snow-covered trail overlooking a waterfall.

Visit St. Lawrence County

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.

Four Seasons of Trail Adventures

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.

 

Visit the Adirondacks

A class gathers on a rocky ledge at the summit of a mountain overlooking the Adirondack mountains and a large lake.

This visitors guide offers details on lodging, activities, restaurants, excursions, and a ton of blog posts about possible experiences.

Adirondack Park Agency

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

Visit Ottawa Tourism

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. 

A group of students stand at a ledge overlooking Adirondack mountains and lakes.

Hike one of the Adirondack Peaks

Two standing in an apply orchard, wearing masks and holding baskets for apples.

Pick apples at a nearby orchard

21

miles to the Canadian border

A student skis down a rail on a snowy mountain.

Ski down Whiteface or Titus Mountain

A sweeping view overlooking the bow of a canoe and a river lined with trees on either side.

Kayak along the Grasse River

Four friends gather for a photo on a cloudy winter day in Lake Placid. Lake Placid is partially frozen in the background.

Explore Lake Placid

20

miles from the Adirondack Park

Cascading waterfalls on a bright fall day. Two students sit at the top of the falls. There are pine trees and fall foliage along the falls.

Picnic at Lampson Falls

A tray of coffee ice cream in cones with small Saint Lawrence flags on top.

Taste your new favorite ice cream flavor at Stewart's Shops (led by a Laurentian!)

Laurentian cycling

Fall

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.  

St. Lawrence students walking in the snow near a stream

Winter

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!)

Students drinking sap from maple tree taps

Spring

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.

People canoeing

Summer

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.

Peak Weekend

One weekend each fall, the Outing Club covers all 46 of the Adirondack High Peaks. Learn about Peak Weekend and other popular traditions.