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The Lanark Leeds and Grenville Counties are located in the Brockville, Ontario region. They are close in proximity, with Lanark County located just southwest of Leeds Grenville County.
Lanark County is recognized as the "maple syrup capital of Ontario." It is home to nine unique and thriving communities, including Perth, which is the county seat. The landscape is diverse with natural resources and elements, including limestone plains, tills, sands, and clays. The weather is moderately warm, making it a hub for a thriving agricultural industry. Additionally, Lanark’s many forests, beaches, and scenic views attract tourists, particularly in the summer months, making it a popular tourist destination.
Leeds Grenville County is surrounded by the shores of the St. Lawrence River, the 1000 Islands, and the banks of the Rideau Canal. It is home to 10 unique and thriving communities and three partner communities. Additionally, many streams, lakes, and forested areas surround the region, making it ideal for camping, hiking, cycling, and fishing. Known as the St. Lawrence Seaway, Leeds Grenville is a trade corridor and recreational waterway which attracts millions of visitors to the famous 1000 Islands. Moreover, the St. Lawrence Seaway acts as a conduit for shipping from the Atlantic Ocean into North America.
The Lanark and Leeds Grenville Counties are known for their assortment of farmers' markets and fresh food stands. The options are endless, and whether you prefer to eat at restaurants that serve locally grown food or do your own cooking, there is something for everyone. Check out the links below to see every farm-to-table connection you can utilize, including farmers' markets you can enjoy year round and seasonal.
Due to the large agriculture industry in this region and the general love for animals, locals can find veterinary clinics and hospitals just about anywhere. Despite the size and type of animal that requires care, there is a variety of veterinary doctors available for your every need. See the list below for a varied list of veterinary clinics and hospitals in the region:
The Lanark and Leeds Grenville area is rich in agricultural supply shops of all kinds. Whether you need farming equipment or other farming supplies, the region has many shops that will satisfy such shopping needs. Below is a small list to give you an idea of the agriculture supply shops in the area:
Lanark and Leeds Grenville counties have a variety of auction options. Auctions are the best avenue for many farmers and agriculture workers to obtain equipment, supplies, tools, and much more. For your shopping needs, see the list below for suggestions on just a few of the many auctions in the area:
Lanark County's agricultural industry has played a pivotal role in developing the communities and municipalities and still primarily impacts the entire region. There are a totol of 718 total farms ranging from crop and animal production to aquaculture farming.
Leeds and Grenville County is known for its diverse farming categories. With 1533 total farms covering 143,035 acres of land, operation types range from dairy cattle and milk production to nut and tree farming and everything in between. The farming industry plays a significant part of the regional labor market, with wages and salaries totaling $13,149,140 in 2016.
The Lanark Federation of Agriculture represents the region's agricultural industry. It is the advocator and voice of reason for farming families and business owners and brings all local agricultural issues to light.
Lanark County Cattlemen’s Association (LCAA) represents and promotes beef farmers in Lanark County. Additionally, they keep beef farmers up to date on current standards, news, and events in the Ontario, Canada, and global beef industry.
Lanark & District Maple Syrup Producers Association (LDMSPA) is a group of over 90 maple syrup producers in the Lanark and Leeds Grenville Counties. They promote the production and sales of high-quality maple syrup, helping the counties supply their product on a larger scale.
The Lanark 4-H Association was created for kids aged 6-21 to participate in agricultural themed clubs and activities. The club themes range from dairy, beef, and sheep, baking and knitting, and open from Spring to Winter. The association is centered around maintaining agricultural education and interest among the youth.
The Ontario Federation of Agriculture supports the Leeds Grenville County Federation of Agriculture. They are the speaking body for the local farming families and work on agricultural issues.
Three different conservation authorities govern Lanark County, including the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority, The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, and the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust. They all work individually to preserve and maintain different aspects of the natural areas and champion the rights of the coexisting species.
The Cataraqui Conservation works to maintain, preserve, and protect natural areas, particularly areas of natural hazards and environmental significance. They are a regulatory authority that provides comments on policy documents pertaining to zoning. Property owners and developers in Leeds Grenville County require permits from Cataraqui Conservation if they plan on building or altering their land.
In Lanark County, 65% of the soil deposits are thin, with deep clay deposits, silt loam, and sandy loam. The rich soil landscape is the critical component for the vast agricultural industry in the area. There are some limitations to the farming and agricultural sector resulting from shallowness and stoniness of the soil, poor drainage, steep slopes, and droughtiness that can limit crop production in certain county regions.
In Leeds Grenville County, the soil is made up of rich elements, including different clay, sand, and gravel. The county mainly depends on good quality clay textured soiled for agricultural farming, which is a large part of the economy.
Lanark County is considered to be relatively warm for Canada. The daily high temperature for winter is below 2°C, rarely getting colder than -13°C. The average high temperature for summer is 26°C with a low of 15°C. The average rainfall for the area ranges between 11 mm and 66 mm between February and September, with an average snowfall is 231 mm in December. The longest days have roughly 15 hours 36 minutes of sunshine, with the shortest days being 8 hours 47 minutes of daylight in the winter. There is an estimated 5.1 months of growing season annually from May 5th to around October 8th.
Leeds Grenville is also considered to be relatively warm for Canada. The daily high temperature for winter is -12°C, with an average high of -3°C. The average high temperature for summer is 26°C with a low of 16°C. The average rainfall for the area ranges between 15 mm and 76 mm between February and September, with an average snowfall is 210 mm in February. The longest days have roughly 15 hours 34 minutes of sunshine, with the shortest days being 8 hours 49 minutes of daylight in the winter. There is an estimated 5.6 months of the growing season from April 28th to around October 16th annually.
The warm weather in both counties lasts longer than in many other parts of Canada, making the region an excellent geographic location for farming, agriculture, and tourism.
The Government of Ontario monitors the Lanark and Leeds Grenville outdoor air quality by using the air quality health index. The public will always be informed by the Health Unit if there is a concern.
Additionally, the Health Unit is responsible for testing the local water sources and ensuring homeowners and businesses have access to safe and clean drinking water. If rural homeowners have access to a water well, the Health Unit can be contracted for testing and sampling. Public Health Inspectors monitor and test the drinking water for rural businesses to ensure customers are served safe drinking water.
Due to the large variety of wetland and forest cover types in the Lanark and Leeds Grenville Counties, the area makes for an excellent habitat for animals, fish, and insects.
Animals found in Lanark and Leeds Grenville Counties include bats, bears, beavers, Canada geese, cormorants, coyotes, deer, fishers, raccoons, skunks, squirrels, and wild turkeys. Fish in the Rideau and Mississippi watersheds include lake trout, brook trout, walleye, pike, bass, rainbow trout, splake, and big Canadian panfish. Additionally, insects that can be commonly found are ticks, mosquitos, beetles, and butterflies. Some amphibians include frogs and turtles.
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