Kings Highway No2 and Boat, Woodlands, Ontario, Canada

Kings Highway No2 and Boat | N 44.58.57 W74.59.24 | Woodlands, Ontario, Canada




The wake of small open, motorboat about to curve over the submerged remains of King’s Highway No 2 in Woodlands, Ontario. Woodlands was originally settled in the 1780s by German speaking Loyalists fleeing the American Revolution and eventually became a tourist haven before it was flooded in the 1950s by the St Lawrence Seaway. The underwater roads and foundations – extending here and there about the water’s surface depending on land elevations and fluctuating water levels – engage people’s imagination and guide their activities. Fishermen linger in boats over the open swaths of old roads in the seaweed. People wade and walk around the shallow remains of Wales, Farran’s Point and Aultsville. Scuba divers let the current sweep them along Highway Two. The watery landscape has become part of the cultural landscape defining the area’s history and identity.


Kings Highway No2 and Boat, Woodlands, Ontario, Canada

Kings Highway No2 and Boat | N 44.58.57 W74.59.24 | Woodlands, Ontario, Canada




The wake of small open, motorboat about to curve over the submerged remains of King’s Highway No 2 in Woodlands, Ontario. Woodlands was originally settled in the 1780s by German speaking Loyalists fleeing the American Revolution and eventually became a tourist haven before it was flooded in the 1950s by the St Lawrence Seaway. The underwater roads and foundations – extending here and there about the water’s surface depending on land elevations and fluctuating water levels – engage people’s imagination and guide their activities. Fishermen linger in boats over the open swaths of old roads in the seaweed. People wade and walk around the shallow remains of Wales, Farran’s Point and Aultsville. Scuba divers let the current sweep them along Highway Two. The watery landscape has become part of the cultural landscape defining the area’s history and identity.