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Historical Gems Tucked Around Every Corner

There are countless ways to enjoy our City. Whether it’s taking in our beautiful waterfront trails, tantalizing your taste buds at one of our many great dining establishments, shopping for that unique item or going to a festival or event, Cornwall has a lot to offer. Cornwall has a rich history and a diverse culture. Our City has world-class amenities you’d expect from a big centre together with small-town charm and hospitality.

Cornwall is situated at the heart of the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, an area rich in history and natural beauty. From historic sites to popular campsites and beaches and world-class attractions, there is plenty to explore in Stormont, Dundas et Glengarry.

  • 4.0 hrs from
    Toronto
  • 1 hr from
    Ottawa
  • 1.5 hrs from
    Montreal
Hot And Beachy Days
Hot And Beachy Days
Upper Canada Village
Upper Canada Village
Historic SDG Jail
Historic SDG Jail
Summer Cycling In Cornwall
Summer Cycling In Cornwall
Rush Hour Escapes
Rush Hour Escapes

Hot and Beachy Days

There is no shortage of waterfronts in Cornwall and the Counties, so it’s not surprising that, there are also beautiful beaches to visit. Soft sand and luscious green space beckon on those warm summer days and provide a great place for a family picnic. Find your favourite beach.

Charlottenburg Park Beach
Much more than a beach, located in Lancaster it offers magnificent scenery with accompanying multi-use paths, wilderness trails, swimming, and volleyball.

Crysler Park Beach
Located next door to Upper Canada Village and Crysler Park Marina, Crysler Beach is the perfect place for family gathering and office picnics.

Farran Park Beach
Located on a peninsula that juts out into the St. Lawrence River near Ingleside. Farran Beach is a wide arching sandbank with playgrounds for the kids and a relaxed atmosphere, it is the perfect family getaway.

Glengarry Beach and Picnic Area
Less than an hour west of Montreal, Glengarry Beach and Campground is located on the tranquil shores of Lake St. Francis on the St. Lawrence River.

Iroquois Beach
This lovely, sandy beach is a popular attraction in the town of Iroquois. Open to the public, it offers a great view of the Iroquois Dam and plenty of green space.

Mille Roches & Woodlands Beaches
Boasting the largest sand beach on the St. Lawrence corridor spanning a long arching bay. The beach features watersport rentals and an island themed snack bar. Woodlands Beach and Picnic Area, located on the river side of the island, is the ideal location for large scale community events.

Morrisburg Beach
This beautiful beach is located in the historic village of Morrisburg along the St. Lawrence River, and has all that is needed to enjoy a beautiful summer day with the family.

Upper Canada Village

Touring Upper Canada Village is a magical experience, transporting you back in time to the 1860s. A key part of the experience is the authentic buildings that make up the village, the activities that each housed, and of course, the people who lived there.

Founded in 1961, Upper Canada Village is one of the largest living-history sites in Canada. Here, they endeavor to depict life in a rural English Canadian setting during the year 1866. Featured are over forty historical buildings, many moved here prior to the flooding of the “Lost Villages” during the St. Lawrence Seaway development project. These include homes, functioning mills and trades workshops.

 

Haunted or Not?

One of the most fascinating sites in this region is the Historic Cornwall Jail, located 11 Water Street West Cornwall. Built in 1833, this jail was the reluctant home to many frightening criminals. Today it runs as a museum and you can view it in much the same way it operated. The cell blocks, common areas, exercise yard and visitation area are maintained just as they were, when populated by inmates. Step into a cell and imagine what life must have been like behind bars, in the 1800’s.

A visit to the museum is a trip back into a time when men, women, children, the mentally and physically handicapped, the insane, and basically anyone who didn’t fit into society were thrown in jail and often forgotten. Men could be hung for stealing a cow but only had to pay a fined for beating his wife. Hangings were a part of the jails history and continued up until 1954.

You’ll hear about all this, plus about great escapes, eerie ghost stories and tales of inmates who died.

 

See remarkable scenery around every curve while biking along the Waterfront Bike Trail, spanning the length of Cornwall and Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry United Counties. This meandering cyclist recreational path encompasses the entire waterfront in Cornwall promising amazing views of the as a backdrop to the blue of the water.

The scenery and easy access to the trail is perfect for family cycle trips, with beaches, dining options, and attractions such as Upper Canada Village, and the Cornwall Community Museum along the way.  Pack a picnic and stop in Cornwall’s Lamoureux Park!  This is the epitome of an easily-planned yet unforgettable day trip. Make memories on two wheels this summer along the Waterfront Trail in Cornwall!

Can You Escape In Time?

Plan your escape from the hottest new entertainment attraction: Rush Hour Escapes Cornwall. To complete the mission in this challenging real-life adventure game, players have to work together to find clues, crack codes and solve puzzles to escape before time runs out.  Your adventure awaits with one of the four escape room missions: Operation Mindfall; Magic Portal; Gallery Heist or CSI: Cornwall Murder.

Groups of four to eight players have 60 minutes on the clock to find their way around the mission by solving puzzles that test your brain and teamwork skills. Round up family and friends and see if you can speed through rush hour in Cornwall!

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