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Historical Gems Tucked Around Every Corner

Explore an era past in this region that was originally known as Upper Canada. Detour off the main road and take a historical trip to one of the oldest surviving building in Ontario; Sir John Johnson House National Historic Site.

Then meet villagers in traditional period costume from the 1860’s with a trip to Upper Canada Village. This is more than a living museum; re-enactments and special events greet you, year round. These include the wildly popular Alight at Night Alight festival leading up to Christmas and Pumpkinferno, the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario’s “Best Event of the Year”.

A visit to this area wouldn’t be complete without stopping into Cornwall and SDG Counties for great theatre, galleries, shops and dining.

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Cornwall and SDG Counties at its Best

Avonmore Berry Farm
Avonmore Berry Farm
Cycling the Waterfront Bike Trail
Cycling the Waterfront Bike Trail
Drink and be Merry
Drink and be Merry

Pick Your Own Cornwall and SDG Counties Adventure!

Fall for Cornwall and SDG Counties while savouring local produce – apples and pumpkins are the perfect way to usher in the autumn. Fall is family time at Avonmore Berry Farm as the farm caters to pickers of all ages with wagon rides, picnic areas, numerous play areas to explore including a hay mow, swings, sand area and more. Grab an ice cream or fresh baking on site at “The Pantry” or have fun revelling in the adventure of apple picking.

Fall Fun On Two Wheels In Cornwall and SDG Counties

See the fall colours unfold before your eyes while biking along the Waterfront Bike Trail, spanning the length of Cornwall and the South Dundas Glengarry counties. This marvelous meandering cyclist recreational path encompasses the entire waterfront in Cornwall promising amazing views of the changing fall foliage as a backdrop to the blue of the water. Pack a picnic and stop in Cornwall’s Lamoureux Park along the way to enjoy the relaxed pace that fall brings!

Gray’s Creek Conservation Area is another unique place to cycle, hike and enjoy nature. Located minutes from Cornwall in South Glengarry, this 43-hectare area is part of the Raisin Region Conservation Authority. Hop on your bike to take advantage of a paved bike path, as well as 5 km of nature trails. Be sure to watch for a wide variety of birds, amphibians, and animals that live here. A great family outing awaits at Gray’s Creek!

Swing Into A New Season

Discover golf in Cornwall and SDG Counties at Summerheights Golf Links, featuring two dynamic 18-hole golf courses in one location.  Dating back to 1962 Summerheights continues to be family owned and operated and evolve as the game does. Hit the links to enjoy the matured MacLennan South Course – this one requires some smarts on the tees – and finishing, too! Don’t be shy with your putter to finish strong on this course. The Matheson West Course within Summerheights is the newest featuring large greens, tree-line fairways and water. Round out the day at the lively Club House to share your hole-in-one story.

Drink And Be Merry in Cornwall and SDG Counties This Fall

Say cheers to discovering locally-craft beer at Rurban Brewery – the first brewery back in Cornwall in about a century. This fiercely independent brewery crafts quality beer with all-natural ingredients where taste matches the unparalleled commitment to customer service here. Come explore the tap room at Rurban, open throughout the week, to get a taste for local brew!

Just down the road in Ingleside is Humble Beginnings Brewing Co. A small-batch brewery, taproom, bottle shop and beer garden, it has even been designated as a bicycle-friendly brewery. With beers like Mad Canadian Kölsch, Out and About Ontario Pale Ale made with all Ontario ingredients, and Frick and Frack Ontario IP, this hip brewery is even crafting a Welcome Great Pumpkin (Milkshake Spiced) Ale this fall, which should hit shelves in October! Raise a glass to honour the change of seasons in Cornwall!


The Pumpkinferno Festival lights up the night sky in Upper Canada Village every October. This hauntingly beautiful and spellbinding outdoor exhibit showcases close to 6,000 awe-inspiring, hand-carved artificial pumpkins. Once lit, the night-time backdrop makes for an incredible sight! You’ll marvel as you stroll through and see incredible renditions of historic ages, animals, mythical characters and so much more… all carved from pumpkins! Pumpkinferno has earned “Best New Event in Ontario” designation by Festival and Events Ontario, and “Tourism Event of the Year ” by the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario. This mesmerizing display of artist-inspired, glowing pumpkins is a not-to-be-missed event for ALL ages!

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