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Activities For The Whole Family

Don’t let the cooler weather slow you down, Brockville has tons of fun things for the entire family both indoors and out.  Start your trip at the Aquatarium, Brockville’s popular, interactive discovery centre devoted to sharing the history, ecology and culture of the 1000 Islands. From there you can head out to Fulford Place Museum and see the home of a prominent wealthy Canadian family who made their fortune in the late 1800’s selling “Pink Pills for Pale People”. There are also tons of opportunities to go sledding, skating or cross-country skiing. 

Don’t forget your camera as photo-worthy opportunities are around every corner and memories are being made at every turn. 

  • 3.5hrs from
    Toronto
  • 1hr from
    Ottawa
  • 2hrs from
    Montreal
Beautiful Scenery Awaits
Beautiful Scenery Awaits
Wintery Fun At Rotary Park Rink
Wintery Fun At Rotary Park Rink
Aquatarium At Tall Ships Landing
Aquatarium At Tall Ships Landing
Natural Winter
Natural Winter
Downtown Brockville
Downtown Brockville

Beautiful Scenery Awaits

This region has embraced the sport of cross-country skiing, with trails available throughout the entire area. Whether you are a skiing enthusiast or trying out those skis for the first time; this is a great place to glide. 

Skip the crowds at the ski hill; get outside and enjoy an amazing workout with incredible views. 

Mac Johnson Wildlife Area: With 11 kilometers of cross country ski and snowshoe trails, you don’t have to go far out of town to get in a quick ski. In the Winter they also offer skating on a natural outdoor ice rink as the reservoir freezes over.

Triangle Ski Club: The ski trails are located on the west and east side of Leeds County Road 5. They consist of a mix of Crown land (Ministry of Natural Resources) and various landowners’ property who generously allow the club access. Day users are welcome on the club’s ski trails. It is requested that non-members of the club deposit a $10 contribution towards the cost of maintaining the trail systems in the box located beside the sign at the entrance to the West trail system. The club maintains 35 km of picturesque trails for beginners, intermediate and expert skiers, with 17 km of groomed, track-set trails. There are also 6 km of independent showshoe trails for beginner, intermediate, and expert snowshoes.

Gordon MacCormack Maitland Trails: The Maitland cross country trail system consists of three, relatively flat loops (orange, green and red) of varying lengths from 7.5 km for the Orange trail to around 3.0 km for the Red trail. The main trailhead is behind the MERC Hall (off McLean Boulevard in Maitland) where there is ample parking. The trail system is maintained by MERC volunteers with machine grooming performed as conditions permit.

Jones Creek: Enjoy snowshoeing in the Winter to take advantage of these hiking trails in the colder months. Park trails at the Jones Creek property vary in difficulty from an easy 20-minute walk to a moderate 2-hour hike and connect to each other for a longer trip.

Limerick Forest: The mapped trail network within Limerick Forest consists of approximately 180 km of trails ranging in size from single track to emergency access roads suitable for full-sized vehicles. In addition, approximately 30 km of “groomed” snowmobile trails are maintained by the Leeds & Grenville Snowmobile Association. Recreational activities in Limerick Forest can be divided into two broad categories; motorized and non-motorized. Motorized activities include the use of dirt bikes, all-terrain vehicles (ATV’s) and snowmobiles. Non-motorized pursuits include mountain biking, cross country skiing, geocaching, horseback riding, bird watching, hiking and hunting.

Wintery Fun At Rotary Park Rink

Lace-up and glide into winter on the Rotary Park Rink in Brockville that provides a covered ice surface from December through March. This free synthetic ice is popular with beginning skaters – and the entire community! With washrooms and a skate change hut, lots of parking and close proximity to the Brock Trail it’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon revelling in winter. Outdoor skating fun starts– grab your fam jam, besties or even join in a game of pick up. Specific activity times apply to this outdoor rink, and the city usually posts them weekly here.

Aquatarium At Tall Ships Landing

The Aquatarium is an engaging, fun-filled, educational and interactive centre where visitors can explore the history of this region, all year round. This 27,000 square foot centre showcases the diverse waters and wildlife of the St. Lawrence River and 1000 Islands. Best of all, you and your kids will love it!

 

Natural Winter

Trails around Brockville become even more intriguing in winter! Identify animal tracks in the snow, enjoy the peacefulness of the woods in the winter and embrace the season by immersing yourself in nature. Mac Johnson Wildlife Area, at the north end of the city, is a winter-activity hot spot with almost a dozen kilometres of cross country ski trails, as well as an outdoor skating rink. On Saturdays in the winter, Mac Johnson features family skates – complete with hot chocolate served by local volunteers at the outdoor shelter.

MacIntosh Mills is another wintertime gem for cross country skiing and snowshoeing. The Triangle Ski Club of Brockville operates the trails which see children to experts enjoying more than 35 km of ski trails. There is even a heated clubhouse on site. Want to have some good old fashioned fun this winter? Head over to Laurier Hill in Brockville for a memorable tobogganing experience! One side of the hill caters to kids – the incline on the other side of hill may be more suitable for daredevils. Either way – winter fun awaits!

Downtown Brockville

Just steps from the majestic St. Lawrence River and the famous Thousand Islands lies Downtown Brockville. Alive and vibrant with numerous shops, restaurants, beautiful architecture, a bustling art and culture scene as well as the 33,000 square foot marine Discovery Centre and Aquarium; the Aquatarium. Downtown Brockville blends unique history with intriguing artisan boutiques and modern shops and is a wonderful way to spend a day.

 

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