About the Area
Known as "The North Country", this rugged, historic part of New York State has something to offer everyone. From its proximity to the cosmopolitan sophistication of Montreal to the adventurous (and beautiful) offerings of the Adirondack Mountains, there is an endless array of activities and attractions: arts & cultural events, winter & summer sports, live music & all types of nightlife, fine dining, and much more. Below you will find a brief description of each of the four counties in the area: Clinton, Essex, Franklin and St. Lawrence.
Located in the Northeast corner of New York State, Clinton County is bordered by Quebec to the north and beautiful Lake Champlain to the east. The AuSable River forms a large part of the southern county line. Located in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, its quaint towns, excellent schools and breath-taking scenery make Clinton County an ideal place to live. Plattsburgh is the county seat, which is the hub of the Quebec-New York corridor and the gateway to New York's tech valley. It is also the home of State University of New York College at Plattsburgh and Clinton Community College. For more information, visit:
Located just south of Clinton County, Essex County is home of the the highest mountains in the Adirondacksand New York State. The world-famous Olympic facilities in the idyllic village of Lake Placid offer year-round activities for sports enthusiast. Also known for excellent trout fishing in numerous streams, rivers, and lakes, the area is the perfect combination of tranquil vistas and forever-wild wilderness. Essex County was the site of numerous historic and strategic military conflicts in the French and Indian and Revolutionary Wars, many of which occurred in and around Fort Ticonderoga and the Crown Point State Historical Site. The county seat is Elizabethtown. For more information, visit:
Located just west of Clinton County, the majority of Franklin County is located within the Adirondack Park. This community of rural, small towns and villages has its population center in the villages of Malone, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake. There are several educational institutions, including North Country Community College and Paul Smith's College, which is known as the College of the Adirondacks. The area offers an enviable quality of life with the grandeur of the Adirondacks as a backdrop. The county seat is Malone. For more information, visit:
About St. Lawrence County
The largest county (based on area) in New York state, St. Lawrence County is at once rugged and cosmopolitan. It is the northern gateway to the Thousand Islands, and separated from Canada by the St. Lawrence river. St. Lawrence County has a plethora of top-notch educational institutions: SUNY Potsdam and its Crane School of Music, Clarkson University, St. Lawrence University, SUNY Canton Technical College, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry's Ranger School, and Wadhams Hall and Seminary. To the north are Canada's capital city, Ottawa, and the Metropolis of Montreal. The Southeastern section of the area is in the Adirondack Park. The county seat is Canton.