Due to its rich history and culture, Brockville has become one of the best-kept-secrets of South Eastern Ontario. From its historic architecture to its nationally renowned performing arts centre, Brockville provides as much culture and experience as cities ten times its size. Whether you are travelling with the family or on your own, make sure you check out these top sites on your next trip through the City of 1000 Islands.
Experience one of Canada’s oldest railway tunnels during your visit. Travel back to the 1800’s and see history come to life while making your way through one of the most impressive examples of engineering that predates the Canadian Pacific Railway.
The whole family can have a blast at Brockville’s Aquatarium. Don’t be afraid to get dirty at this attraction because you will be invited to get hands-on! Get to know the beautiful St. Lawrence River by meeting native species of fish and animals, exploring sunken ship replicas, and diving into the fun of an adventure! Did we forget to mention that the Aquatarium is a thrill-seekers paradise? For a small cost, adventurers can gain access to an indoor ropes course and a 40’ high AquaDrop!
See the beauty of the 1000 islands for yourself on a world-famous 1000 Islands and Seaway cruise! Feel the eastern wind on your face and enjoy the “royal treatment” as you travel through the St. Lawrence River’s world-famous 1000 Islands and witness the undeniable beauty of the Boldt Castle and Singer Castle. Truly an unforgettable experience for all ages.
Experience the unforgettable at the Brockville Arts Centre, located in the heart of downtown Brockville. Known as one of the finest medium size historic theatres in Canada, guests can look forward to being swept off their feet through awe-inspiring performances from local artists. Whether you like comedy, musicals or drama, the art center provides an eclectic mix of performing arts that is sure to impress you and your guests.
Find all these attractions and more by taking a walk down Brockville’s Historic Downtown. Drink in the unique history of the City of the 1000 Islands and revel in the rustic atmosphere created by the beautiful architecture of downtown. We invite you to lose yourself in the culture and make your day complete by visiting one of the numerous local shops and restaurants, all within walking distance of each other.
6. Traverse the Brock Trail
Brockville’s paved walking and cycling path, the Brock Trail, meanders along the waterfront and threads its way across Brockville’s downtown to follow Buell’s Creek north. It passes many popular local parks and sites along the way, such as Centeen Park, the Brockville Railway Tunnel and the Riverwalk on Blockhouse Island, past the Aquatarium, and to Hardy Park, Rotary Park, beaches, a spot to camp, and more!
7. Experience Island Life
Get the whole island experience – by spending time exploring one of the 1000 Islands in Brockville! The City of Brockville owns and manages 18 islands within the internationally-renowned 1000 Islands region. An authentic island day of discovery awaits, nestled on these public islands in the St. Lawrence River.
Visitors can enjoy camping on the islands, with daily, weekly or seasonal sites available – and there are also lots of recreational day uses here including picnicking and boating. Additionally, six paddle in/paddle out sites are on the islands for use by canoe and kayaking enthusiasts.
8. Where History Comes To Life
A literal treasure trove of local intrigue, the Brockville Museum houses a permanent collection of exhibits illuminating Brockville Loyalists, river history and early industries. Through a variety of thematic and interpretive displays, the Brockville Museum shares the stories of the people who have shaped this riverfront community for more than 200 years.
Picture a grand mansion, fully furnished, complete with a tea room and original tapestries. Fulford Place is one of a kind – and it shows in every aspect of this amazing family home and property in Brockville. The marvelous mansion dates back to 1899. This is an authentic mansion where Canadian Prime Ministers were entertained, along with British princes and other wealthy businessmen and families along the mighty St. Lawrence River.
10. Brockville’s Local Brewery, Cidery, And Distillery
Brockville has some of the best beers around, and you can be sure to find the right ale for you from one of their many breweries around the area. BUSL is usually known for its delicious ciders, but has recently partnered with Arbru to create a premium craft lager adding another five-star drink to its menu!
Another great and historic brewery to try is 1000 Islands Brewing Company, which runs as a brewery and a pub from a building built in 1895!
Can’t leave home without your trusted fur pal? Bring them over to Kings Lock Craft Distillery and Windmill Brewery for some delicious craft brews, live entertainment and specialty spirits including moonshine, rum, whiskey and vodka.
Getting outdoors is the nature of summer! Be inspired by the natural surroundings which tell a story about the exceptional landscapes of the 1000 Islands at Mac Johnson Wildlife Area. With 11 km of trails which cross woodland, wetland and field, this is the perfect place to spend a day outdoors.
Whatever your interest – adventure and art, history and culture, nature and architecture – find it all in this versatile city. Whether you are planning a day-trip or a week-long stay, the city of Brockville is jam-packed with exciting attractions that will make your trip unforgettable.
Whatever your age or perceived ability, you’ll find multiple ways to get your adrenaline pumping at one of the largest zip line and treetop adventure courses in North America! Fly through treetops, over a limestone cliff face and 70 feet over the Jones Creek Marsh.
Give back while having fun this summer by attending the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, where talented actors and artists gather to bring back the humour and hijinks that Shakespeare has told in his plays. This year, the from July 10th to August 15th, you can see two family-friendly shows: The Fantasticks, a rom-com tale of love and growth, and the always hilarious Midsummer Night’s Dream where fairies, kings, queens, and goats are all wreaking love and havoc on one another.
If you are planning on attending the festival, or would rather just enjoy the beautiful outdoors then head over to Shakespeare’s Gardens, located on the grounds of the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival beside the outdoor amphitheater. You will find beautiful gardens lined with flowers, plants and Shakespearian quotes, an ice cream shop and a beautiful trail that takes you alongside the stunning St. Lawrence waterfront.
If you or any of your loved ones are history fanatics, this is the perfect spot to go on your next road trip. Having been built in 1812 to defend the St. Lawrence River, Fort Wellington has something interesting to teach all ages. Kids from ages 6 to 11 can join the Xplorers Program, where they can complete experiences to receive a certificate or souvenir! Meanwhile, parents and adults can roam the grounds to explore shipwrecks, try on costumes and more.
Known for being one of Ontario’s premiere coating facilities, the Sandra S. Lawn Harbour and Marina sits beside a stunning lighthouse overlooking the harbour, and is just a few minutes away from the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival and Gardens. Open from Victoria weekend until the end of summer, head over to partake in splash-worthy activities including windsurfing, sailboarding, scuba diving and more!
Want to do something surprising this summer? Check out the Prescott Scuba Park for the most unique and memorable experience you will find in South Eastern Ontario! Dive deep underwater and follow one of the many ropes to explore scuba circuits and get familiar with our underwater seascape!