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We made the move to retire in Morrisburg, Ontario in 2008 and now wake up every day with a striking and ever changing view over the beautiful St. Lawrence River. The objective of this web site is to present the best results from our interests in local history and digital photography, with a special emphasis on the St. Lawrence region. In 2014, I acquired a DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus Flying Camera to add a new dimension to my photography. Great fun!

John Gleed

We have included photo galleries for each season of the year, for the boats on the St. Lawrence and for the historic & beautiful buildings around the community. We have also included galleries based on two of our passions: Flowers & Food. ......... And now we are adding a Wild Life Gallery.

In Addition, Two major sections of this site present a pictorial presentation of the rich history of the region:

St. Lawrence Seaway History;

Morrisburg Before the Flood.

Inspected by the Owl on a Late Winter Afternoon.


Click here for a new place to see St Lawrence Phantom Pics & Videos (and lots more drone pics & videos).


16 March, 2015 - New Wild Life Gallery

I finally replaced my camera that was stolen in Barcelona in October, 2014. After much deliberation & research I bought a Nikon D5300.This pic was taken at the Bird Sanctuary with my new 18 - 300mm telescopic lens.With this new lens, I can start my long planned Wild Life Gallery. Only two pics so far but more coming.


13 December - First Flight Over Snow

I decided to try taking the St Lawrence Phantom out for a new experience this afternoon - a first flight in the cold over the "white stuff". The video & pics turned out quite well. See the Phantom Gallery.


11 November - St Lawrence Phantom flight over the Long Sault Parkway (East).

Views from the St Lawrence Phantom flying over the East end of Macdonell Island on a beautiful late fall morning. With views across the river to the Long Sault Dam and the entrance to the Eisenhower Lock.


May 2014 - St Lawrence Phantom Near Thing - in slow motion.

In the early days with my new DJI Phantom Vision Plus, I had a very near thing in the park. I noticed that I was getting close to a tree and tried to adjust. Only I made my control change in completely the opposite direction required. This is the result.


8 September, 2014

Bird's Eye View from over Iroquois Locks (West End) - with views up river & down river and along the old Galop Canal. The video includes some unusual views down onto the locks.


8 September, 2014

A beautiful fall afternoon watching a seaway laker approaching Cardinal from up stream.


24 August, 2014

Flight of the St Lawrence Phantom over Stata's Bay (Stuart's Creek to some) - with views up river & down river.


23 August, 2014

In reviewing my videos of the St Lawrence Phantom on YouTube, I came across this very striking video: "St Lawrence Seaway Dawn Till Dusk" by Brian Weber. It shows a very compressed view from the deck of a Seaway Laker sailing down river on the St. Lawrence Seaway - from Thousand Islands to Montreal - from dawn to dusk - in less than two minutes.


19 August, 2014

Phantom flights from the Loyalist Park, just west of Morrisburg on Lakeshore Drive - with beautiful views of the St Lawrence River, the Farlinger Dairy Farm & the surrounding farm land.


18 August, 2014

Phantom flight above the Earl Baker Park Flower Garden in full bloom.


12 August, 2014

More Phantom flights: Crysler's Farm, Morrisburg Dock and Boating Fun on the St. Lawrence River.

Click Here.


7 August, 2014

Flight of the St Lawrence Phantom watching the Laker "KAMINISTIQUA" approach the Iroquois Locks from downstream.

To see pics & video Click Here.



4 August, 2014

Great Morrisburg Tubies Weekend!

See some of the pics & videos from the St Lawrence Phantom here.


30 July, 2014

Good day for flying today - first from the west end of Mariatown & then from Iroquois (west of the Golf Club).

See the St. Lawrence Phantom Gallery.


29 July, 2014

I got my replacement DJI Phantom Vision Plus - thanks Mark Dorlandt of Henry's for your help!

I am very pleased with the first results from Earl Baker Park in Morrisburg (and no "Flyaways").

See the St. Lawrence Phantom Gallery.


15 July, 2014

Adding a New Dimension...... Soon?

Last month, I acquired a new, exciting tool in my photographic capabilities - a DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus Quadcopter Drone from Henry's.

You can see from some examples from my first flights in the backyard that the results are very impressive and I was very excited about using in along the St Lawrence shores to get some great new pictures and videos from a completely new perspective.

Unfortunately, it didn't always work as advertised and I experienced four "Flyways" and crashes. (You can see from this link that I am not alone.)

My last crash broke the camera gimble and it won't fly anymore!

I returned it to Henry's on June 8th, more than a month ago. I still haven't heard when to expect it back or how much it will cost!

I am now getting very anxious.

I will keep you posted.


15 July, 2014

We have just released a new version of our Food Gallery. Enjoy ...... I know we did!


March 12, 2014

New Winter Gallery

We have just released a new version of our Winter Gallery with thirty two Winter photographs from around the area. Click on the picture to see them.


March 9, 2014

New Fall Gallery

We have just released a new version of our Fall Gallery with twenty eight Fall photographs from around the area. Click on the picture to see them.


March 4, 2014

Morrisburg Map from 1917

Ron Beaupre came across a book of insurance maps of the village from nearly a hundred years ago. It was provided by David Hill from the Hill Insurance Office. Using Adobe Photoshop, I was able to create a detailed map which you can see by clicking on the map on the right. Our thanks to David Hill for his permision to present it here.

Press Ctrl + to get an enlarged view.


August 22, 2013

New Spring Gallery

We have just released a completely new version of our Spring Gallery with thirty spring time photographs from around the area. Click on the picture to see them.


August 16, 2013

New Summer Gallery

We have just released a completely new version of our Summer Gallery with thirty two summer time photographs from around the area. Click on the picture to see them.



July 25, 2013

The Iroquois Section is now complete!

This is the last part of the Seaway Construction Section. We will be adding new images and updating as we come across new material - so please stay tuned.


July 2013

Seaway Construction - Iroquois Section

We have just started working on the Iroquois Section. We have added 18 maps and images so far. You can see how the construction progressed from 1955 onwards.

Click Here.


June 2013

Canada Day is coming up. If you would like a 36' by 18' flag on your front lawn here is how to easily lay it out. (You can scale it up or down to suit the size you want.)

See our efforts on the North West side of the Cruickshank Ampitheatre in Morrisburg.

For detailed instructions Click Here.


May 2013

We are continuing to add new pictures and information in the Seaway Construction section.

This is still a work in progress (Cornwall-Massena under development right now). We have just added information about the construction of the Snell Lock on the US side of the Seaway.


March 2013

Take a look at the new Seaway Construction section in Seaway History. This section includes maps, pictures and narrative about the massive construction project to create the St. Lawrence Seaway as it exists today (1954 to 1958).

It includes separate sections for the St. Lambert & Cote Ste Catherine Locks, the Beauharnois Locks, the Cornwall-Massena Locks & Dams and the Iroquois Lock & Dam.


November 2012

Plan to attend the Upper Canada Playhouse Christmas Auction on Saturday November 17th at the Morrisburg Meeting Centre.

Three limited edition framed prints from stlawrencepiks.com will be included in the great selection of auction items.


October 2012

We have released a completely new Flowers Gallery containing all our best flower pictures from 2012 - including trips to Barbados and British Columbia. We have also included summer pictures from gardens around Morrisburg.


July 2012

We have released a completely redesigned version of the Morrisburg History Section of the site. It includes four new subsections:

A Virtual Walk down Main Street;
The Waterfront as it was;
Historic Occasions;
Recreation & Education.

We have also added quite a few new pictures - including Lock 23 Flood Day.


June 2012

We have just released a major new section to the stlawrencepiks.com website.

The new Seaway History section presents a Pictorial History of the St. Lawrence River from Montreal to Lake Ontario, from the first efforts to improve river navigation to the present.

The current version has focussed on the period before the construction of the current St. Lawrence Seaway system in the 1950s and includes more than two hundred photographs with descriptions.


May 2012

You can now go to the McIntosh Country Inn on Highway 2 in Morrisburg to see a good collection of stlawrencepiks.com pictures printed in large format on fine art paper (up to 30" x 24"). They are mostly from the Morrisburg History Gallery and are located in the lobby and the dining room.


October 2011

I have used a dawn photograph from Loyalist Park (just west of Mariatown on Lakeshore Drive) as the cover picture for my novel "Earth's New Beginning".

My book has been released as an ebook and as paperback.

The paperback is available from Amazon.com .... Amazon.ca .... Amazon.uk .... Barnes & Noble .... Books a Million and the eBook from
Amazon (Kindle)
.... Barnes and Noble (Nook) .... Kobo (Borders) .... ReaderStore (Sony eReader) .... Diesel-ebooks .... Apple iBooks Ap (iPad, iPhone).