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For the Long Sault Rapids on the Ottawa River, see Carillon Canal.
Passenger vessel Rapids Prince transits the Long Sault Rapids, near Cornwall, on the St. Lawrence River.
Passenger vessel Rapids Prince runs the Long Sault Rapids.

<mapframe text="Former location of the Long Sault rapids" width=250 height=250 zoom=10 latitude=45.009 longitude=-74.88/> Long Sault was a rapid in the St. Lawrence River west of Cornwall.

The Long Sault created a navigation barrier along the river for much of its history, necessitating the construction of the Moses-Saunders Power Dam, part of the St. Lawrence Seaway, in the 1950s as the size of ships and the volume of shipping traffic along the river began to exceed the capacity of the area's canal locks.

The construction required the flooding of a large swath of land near the rapids to facilitate a hydroelectric dam and to make the rapids area more navigable. The flooded region includes Ontario's Lost Villages.

The town of Long Sault, Ontario, and the Long Sault Parkway both take their name from the rapids.

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