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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 visit Upper Canada Village and enjoy the spectacular light show. 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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Brighten Your Nights at Upper Canada Village
Brighten Your Nights at Upper Canada Village
Make the Most of Winter
Make the Most of Winter
Winter is for the Birds!
Winter is for the Birds!
Drink and be Merry
Drink and be Merry
Your Taste Buds will Thank You!
Your Taste Buds will Thank You!

Brighten Your Nights at Upper Canada Village

Stroll through a magical winter wonderland of lights at the Alight at Night festival in Upper Canada Village near Cornwall! With almost one million lights making heritage buildings, trees and fences sparkle, the village is the epitome of festive cheer. This is South Eastern Ontario’s biggest outdoor lights festival and offers a breathtaking way to make winter memorable from late November to January 5. Experience horse-drawn wagon rides, a trip on a toy train and new for this year – a vintage merry-go-round of prancing horses, which young visitors can ride. Bundle up and add some twinkle to the winter at Alight the Night!

Make the Most of Winter

Snow means go time in Cornwall and SDG Counties! Active is a lifestyle in the winter with sports heating up the colder months. Summerstown Trails allow visitors immersion in the quiet calm of woods along about 20 km of groomed cross-country ski trails and nine kilometres of snowshoe trails for winter use.

Explore like never before this winter on the many groomed trails in the counties with the South Eastern Ontario Snowmobile Trails! The trails let you discover beautiful snow-covered woods and field of eastern Ontario with routes built around stunning views, wide open spaces, towns, fuel and food.

Enter an enchanting forest and ice skate along a wooded trail with your family! Sounds like something out of a fairy tale, but it’s real and in Cornwall and SDG Counties. Countryside Adventures offers forest skating, sledding, bonfires and more – a true outdoor park intent on celebrating winter.

Winter is for the Birds!

Feed the birds and experience nature up close and personal at the Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary near Morrisburg. Many hearty species are still flitting about at this time of year and visitors can interact with them, as well as walk, ski and snowshoe in the sanctuary. Don’t have equipment? Rentals are available at the visitor centre. The centre is open in the winter every Saturday and Sunday, from noon until 4 p.m.; on Family Day and during March Break.

Drink And Be Merry in Cornwall and SDG Counties this Winter

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!

Your Taste Buds will Thank You!

Eat and drink and be merry in Cornwall and SDG Counties this winter – the culinary scene here is simmering with possibility. Whether it’s craft beer, creative chefs cooking with local ingredients, or cozy comfort food, Cornwal and SDG Countiesl has all the taste angles covered. This area harbours an up-and-coming foodie scene and winter is the perfect time to restaurant hop and take time to discover all the deliciousness first-hand!

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