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Cornwall and Rideau Canal

5 Ways to Unwind in Cornwall and on the Rideau Canal this Fall and Winter

Considered one of South Eastern Ontario’s hidden treasures, Cornwall is a family-friendly destination for active living with a complete wellness experience. Bike or hike along the waterfront trails; go for a paddle on the Rideau Canal or speedboat down the St. Lawrence River; and allow yourself to unwind and relax at one of the yoga studios or day spas. 

Here are five ways to unwind in Cornwall and on the Rideau Canal this Fall and Winter. 

With on-going developments regarding the global pandemic, please visit each locations’ website, or connect with their staff via email and telephone, for updates on COVID procedures such as guest capacity, sanitization methods and mask requirements. 

Take A Hike Along the Rideau Canal

Address: 34 Beckwith St. S. Smiths Falls
Duration: 1hr–3 days

The Rideau Canal is a 202-kilometre waterway that spans across South Eastern Ontario and offers an abundance of outdoor recreation and relaxation—from on-water adventures kayaking, canoeing and boating, to enjoying the great outdoors camping, hiking and cycling. Locks are closed throughout the winter months, but visitors are provided the opportunity to cross country ski, skate and snowshoe along the frozen canal, while those who enjoy fishing are encouraged to drill a hole and try their luck. 

At the Rideau Canal National Historic Site, guests are educated about the waterway and given the opportunity to experience all the canal has to offer; several services are available at each lockstation between Kingston and Ottawa such as boat rentals, mooring and camping.

Different passes and permits are required when passing through the canal by boat, and fees vary depending on the purpose of your visit; be sure to check the website in advance. 

Upper Canada Golf Course

Address: 13745 Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry County Rd. 2 Morrisburg
Time to set aside: 1hr–5hrs

Designed in the early 1960’s by notable course architect, Robbie Robinson, Upper Canada Golf Course is situated in one of the most picturesque settings in South Eastern Ontario. As a public, 6922-yard, 18-hole course, Upper Canada Golf Course offers beginners and professionals the perfect opportunity to test their skills, while the natural beauty and abundance of wildlife provides an experience unlike any other course in the area. 

If you’re short on time, play a quick nine, hit the driving range or practice your short game on the putting greens. Afterwards, enjoy a cold drink and a good meal at the clubhouse or upgrade your equipment at the ProShop. Accommodations are available at the guest house with riverside campgrounds nearby.

Tee times must be scheduled in advance and can be booked through the online booking system or over the phone—golfers are asked to arrive 30-minutes prior to their tee time to prevent delays. 

Cannamore Orchard

Address: 1480 County Rd 32, Crysler
Time to set aside: 1hr–3hrs

Family-run and operated since 1982, Cannamore Orchard offers visitors the chance to enjoy a beautiful Fall day outdoors. Wander through the orchard and pick your own apples, strawberries and pumpkins, or drop into the Cannamore Country Market for packaged goods including peanut brittle, jams, jellies, pies and fudge (yummy!). Take the kids on the famous cow-train, get lost in the hedge mazes and brave the Acres of Terror spooky wagon ride from the end of September until Halloween.  

Cannamore Orchard is open seven-days a week from 10AM–5PM, while tickets for the Acres of Terror must be purchased in advance online—space is limited each night and tickets sell out fast, so be sure to buy yours soon!

Gray’s Creek Conservation Area

Gray’s Creek Conservation Area features over 43 hectares of natural landscape with more than six-kilometres of walking trails—geocaching locations are also hidden within. Go exploring and keep your camera in hand to snap photos of the abundance of wildlife that call the area home, and learn about the surroundings through the interpretive signs scattered throughout the trails. 

The conservation area is a great spot to take in the sights while you enjoy a Fall hike, bike ride or leisurely stroll with the dog, and cross country skiing or snowshoeing is available during winter—snowshoe rentals are offered at the administration building, while skiers are required to bring their own equipment. 

Gray’s Creek Conservation Area also includes a marina with access to the St. Lawrence River, while sheltered picnic areas can be reserved for small, recreational events.

Big Ben Ski Centre 

Address: 7th St. W. Cornwall
Duration: half day–full day

Big Ben Ski Centre features a small, easy hill that’s perfect for beginners and families with young kids—practice your tricks on the terrain park, take advantage of night runs under the lights and enjoy the heated chalet after hitting the slopes. The hill opens mid-december (weather permitting), while the private ski and snowboard school is taught by a knowledgeable and friendly staff. Rentals are not provided and helmets must be worn by trainees and those utilizing the terrain park.

If you’re interested in learning how to ski or snowboard, or if you’re looking for a new winter pastime to keep your children active and entertained, Big Ben Ski Centre is the perfect option. 

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