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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.

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Cornwall and SDG Counties at its Best

Upper Canada Village
Upper Canada Village
Upper Canada Golf Course
Upper Canada Golf Course
Historic SDG Jail
Historic SDG Jail
Drink and be Merry
Drink and be Merry
Glengarry Pioneer Museum
Glengarry Pioneer Museum

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.

Upper Canada Village

Upper Canada Golf Course

The course was designed in the 1960s by noted golf course architect Robbie Robinson.

Located in Morrisburg, Upper Canada Golf Course will get you in the swing of things.  At close to 7,000 yards, Upper Canada Golf is an 18-hole course featuring plush trees and greenery, waterways, and scenery to challenge and entertain both novice and advanced golfers alike.

Visit their Pro Shop for the latest golf gear, or stop by their Bar & Grill for a bite to eat and social drink.

To book a tee time and find out more, click here.

Historic SDG Jail

The Historic SDG Jail building was originally constructed in 1833 and remained operational over a period of 168 years until it was closed in 2002. The facility housed inmates from Cornwall and across the modern day United Counties of Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry. Men, women, and children of all ages were incarcerated in the Jail for various types of offences, including being in debt and committing murder. Over the years, five inmates were officially executed by hanging behind the Jail walls for the crimes they had been found guilty of committing; the last execution took place in 1954.

The Historic SDG Jail is maintained in almost the same condition as it was upon its closure with historical artifacts and displays arranged around the building. This historical site is now considered one of the oldest public structures in Ontario, as guided tours are available to the public. Visitors are able to tour through the cell blocks, exercise yard, governors’ residence, guards’ station and more, as part of this unique experience to see what life would have been like behind the walls of the County Jail.

Drink And Be Merry in Cornwall and SDG Counties

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.

Raise a glass to honour the change of seasons in Cornwall!

Glengarry Pioneer Museum

The quiet village of Dunvegan, in Eastern Ontario, is home to the Glengarry Pioneer Museum, which opened its doors in 1962 under the auspices of the Glengarry Historical Society. Its mandate has been to preserve, maintain, interpret and promote the artifacts, records, culture, and events of the pioneers who settled in the area in order to create a tangible link with the past, and to ensure that the present generation and those to come might know and appreciate the experiences of their forebears.

The Museum’s original structure started life as the MacIntosh store in the 1840s. It is this period in which it remains. Once established as a museum, eight other buildings have slowly been relocated to the site from the surrounding areas to help interpret and house its rich history.

The area in which the Museum covers is primarily Glengarry county, the oldest in what was Upper Canada, now Ontario. All artifacts, whether archival documents, photographs, objects or even oral histories are items which have some link to this area, and are predominantly from the 19th century.

Explore this site more, and make plans to visit this gem of a Museum, hidden away in beautiful, rural Glengarry.

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