Historic Buildings, Museums and Heritage Sites

Visit Canada’s oldest railway tunnel which begins at Blockhouse Island in Brockville and runs for several blocks under the city to the waterfront. Go back in time with a tour through Fulford Place and get a glimpse into the lavish lives of the region’s most successful business people.

For all its well-preserved history, Brockville is far from just a museum piece. You’ll find theatre and entertainment at the Brockville Arts Centre, live music during the annual 1000 Islands Jazz and Blues Festival and outdoor summer festivals on the waterfront.

Plus, a new exciting addition is the Aquatarium; a fun and interactive way to learn about the history of the 1000 Islands.

 

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Brockville 1000 Islands at its Best

Aquatarium
Aquatarium
Winter Activities
Winter Activities
The Theatre is Ready to Entertain
The Theatre is Ready to Entertain
Museums and Historical Sights
Museums and Historical Sights
Downtown Brockville
Downtown Brockville

Aquatarium

The Aquatarium is an engaging, fun filled, educational and interactive center 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!

A visit to the Aquatarium is a gateway to a world of underwater immersion where fish tanks showcase the diverse environment of the St. Lawrence River. You’ll get up close to a variety of fish species and underwater perspective of a shipwreck as you walk through the underwater tunnel.

Ahoy, matey! You can also climb through the rigging of a tall ship with the one-of-a-kind ropes course! This activity is engaging and interactive for kids and adults alike. Instructors are on hand to ensure that climbers safely learn to navigate this unique climbing adventure. Navigate to the edge of the deck—where a 4-storey quick jump awaits! Take the 40-foot AquaDrop to the ground floor, or take a comfortable slide off the SS Kingston. There’s even a mini ropes course and scramble net for the littlest explorers.

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When you plan your visit make sure to be there when the playful otters get fed at 11:30 a.m. These furry friends invite you to take a step out of the ordinary and explore the 1000 Islands from their point of view. The 3 aquatic denizens will keep you captivated as they swim and play throughout the massive glass-enclosed river habitat, complete with a rushing waterfall for the otters to delight in as they put on a show without even realizing it. This is just a fraction of what there is to see and do at the Aquatarium, making this a wonderful family-friendly attraction in The Great Waterway.

Start planning your trip to this new attraction and other on our searchable trip planner, Activities Await.

Beautiful Scenery Awaits

Embrace the season, get outdoors and enjoy winter. This region has great cross country skiing and snowshoeing opportunities. Or grab the toboggan and your skates and head Laurier Hill for a fun afternoon.

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Where to Ski and Snowshoe:

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 snowshoers.

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, horse-back riding, bird watching, hiking and hunting.

The Theatre is Ready to Entertain

Located in the world famous 1000 Islands region, the Brockville Arts Centre presents some of the best live theatre and live entertainment concerts in Eastern Ontario and the 1000 Islands. This beautifully restored heritage theatre is well known for its comfort, friendly staff, big stage and exceptional acoustics.

Going to a show at the Brockville Arts Centre is like stepping into an old English music hall. Much of the original building still stands from when it was originally built in 1858. And it’s been through quite a lot – surviving two World Wars, the Great Depression and a catastrophic fire. Today, the Brockville Arts Centre lives up to its reputation as an arts hub for the 1,000 Islands region, and one of the finest medium-sized theatres in Canada. Each season, the Arts Centre offers a diverse line-up of musicals and plays put on by local theatre companies and companies from across the country.

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The Brockville Arts Centre’s location just a few steps away from the St. Lawrence River in downtown Brockville gives you easy access to 30 different places for dinner and drinks before or after the show. A wide variety of home-style bakeries, pubs, and bistros satisfy whatever taste you’re craving. Charming tearooms and outdoor patios can also fit the bill, if you’re in the mood for a cool drink and light meal out on the waterfront.

Make a night of your stay and start planning your trip on our searchable trip planner, Activities Await.

Museums and Historical Sights

With a rich history dating back to the 1770s, Brockville and the surrounding region is now home to a wide range of historical sites and museums. Explore Brockville on foot and visit Brockville’s Designated Heritage Sites and Cultural Heritage Properties. Walk along The Brock Trail and and read about the waterfront sites of historical significance. Along the trail, visit Brockville’s newest museum and waterfront attraction, the Aquatarium; enter Canada’s Oldest Railway Tunnel; and step into the Brockville Museum. Visit Fulford Place National Historic Site, and even fire a canon at Fort Wellington Historic Site.

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Explore multiple museums and historical sites all in one weekend during Doors Open. Brockville & the 1000 Islands take part in Doors Open annually at the end of May. Thirty to fourty sites take part each year, opening their doors for the public to visit and explore for free. Many of the participating sites are otherwise not open to the public, so be sure to take advantage of this opportunity.

Start planning your trip on our searchable trip planner, Activities Await.

Unique Shopping

Visit the heart of the City, Downtown Brockville. Just steps from the majestic St. Lawrence River and the famous Thousand Islands you can find numerous shops, restaurants, arts, culture, vibrant lifestyle amenities, as well as the 33,000 square foot marine discover centre and aquarium; the Aquatarium. Downtown Brockville blends unique history and architecture with intriguing artisan boutiques and modern shops and is a wonderful way to spend a day.

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