Long and narrow Lake Champlain marks the border between New York and Vermont. The northernmost reaches extend into Canada. Burlington is the major Vermont city situated on the lake. Because of its strategic importance for north-south transportation, numerous battles were fought on and around Lake Champlain during the Colonial and Revolutionary periods.
Lake Champlain, with its Hudson River connector, the Champlain canal, permits large vessels to make the trip from New York City to Montreal and the Great Lakes.