Islands, islands and still more islands. The Thousand Islands region on Saint Lawrence River (divided between Canada and United States) is actually as someone counted 1,865 islands. The Indians who inhabited this region before the colonists arrived called it "The Garden of the Great Spirit". There are all sorts of islands, ranging in size from big, occupied by family houses to very small. One tree, 2.5 m2 /27 sq. ft. of land that is above water level for the whole year are the requirements for the island to be recognized as such.