The Shortest International Bridge in the World, Here in Canada

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Zavikon Island is either the larger or a pair of islands in the Thousand Islands archipelago on the St. Lawrence River between New York and Ontario, two kilometers (114 miles) southeast of Rockport, Ontario, and about 200 meters (660 feet) north of the international boundary. According to the Canadian Department of Natural Resources, Zavikon Island is part of the township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands in the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville. According to Atlas Obscura, two-thirds of these islands belong to Canada and one-third to the United States.

Zavikon, which is technically two islands, is right on the border of Canada and the United States and the bridge that connects the two is technically an international crossing because the land is owned by the same person. It is unknown who owns the property.

The bridge is 32 feet long and flies both a Canadian and an American flag. According to Atlas Obscura, some believe both Zavikon Islands are on the Canadian side of the border and that the bridge is merely a tourist attraction. Since the 1880s, sceptics have questioned the truth behind the Zavikon Island bridge.

If you want to get a closer look at the bridge, you can do so by enjoying a 1,000 Islands Cruise which takes you on a sightseeing tour of the region’s coolest spots, including Zavikon Island.



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Kathy is the owner of Kirk Scuba Gear, a passionate Scuba Diver, Ocean Advocate and Managing Editor of The Scuba News Canada

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