Get Into The Halloween Spirit
Do you like to be scared? The Tunnel is being transformed into a spooky haunted walk! With mad doctors, witches and creatures from the deep, your guides will escort you to make sure your passage is safe. Buy your tickets now online!
The Bar is celebrating Halloween all week long! From October 25 to October 31 participate in Scaraoke, pre-parties, dress up parties, kids parties and they're ultimate party Halloween night (yes they even provide the candy)! Check out their spooky decorations and show off your costume skills with the costume contest!
Get ready to Trick or Treat downtown! Starting at noon, select stores will be passing out candy and other goodies to downtown Trick or Treaters! Get your costume ready and enjoy going from store to store collecting candy!
Get Into The Fall Spirit
Celebrate the beauty of fall with fall-themed decor workshops.
Decorate your dining room table with a beautiful pumpkin floral display. They're are only a few dates left for the month so don't miss out! Grab a few friends, have a drink and create a beautiful bouquet like the one pictured above! Check out the workshops hosted by Wild Little Roses, or ones hosted at The court House Lodge.
Learn Something New
Have you ever wanted to learn about preserving for winter? Or what about war on the homefront? Head on over to the Museum! Their heritage skills workshop includes loads of fun topics like preserving for winter or corn husk art! The best part is a take-home item is included in the low price! Or perhaps you rather sit with a cup of tea and discuss war on the home front or Christmas downtown over the decades? For only $2 join their Talk and Teas each month and engage in discussion with fellow history lovers.
How about a friendly competition? Compete against your local librarian to see if you can outwit them! Show off your knowledge and win awesome prizes along the way! Teams can be as large as 10 people! Trivia, not your thing? Meet the incredible author of "Of Plagues and Vampires" Dr. Michael Hefferon! Admission is free and books will be available for purchase!
Spend time with the Kids
After school, weekends, PA days, there are a ton of events going on at the Aquatarium for kids of all ages! Join astronomy enthusiast, Paul Bullock as you adventure into the sky above on the 4th-floor planetarium. Head on over to their Species Spotlight After School Programs and learn about river animals that call the St. Lawrence their home! Or just enjoy PA day rate admission every PA day of the year!
Looking for other PA day activities? The First Presbyterian Churn is hosting a PA day camp Oct 26th! Enjoy music, crafts, playtime, Bible stories, movies and much more.
Go Out For Dinner and a Show
What beats the classic dinner and a show? There are over 7 shows and movies left to see this month at the Brockville Arts Centre! Catch Brett Kissel LIVE this Friday, Kiera Knightley in "Colette", or a live tribute to artists like James Taylor, John Denver, and Jimmy Buffet during "How Sweet It Is". While your there make sure to check out the art exhibit by Gordon Beck from From Here to Infinity Art Gallery
Or eat and catch a show in the very same place with live music being brought into places like at the Spitfire, The Georgian Dragon, The Keystorm, Richard's Coffeehouse, and more! Check your local restaurant's social media and website for their upcoming events!
Or enjoy the crisp fall air during our last clean-up of the year October 17 from 9am-10am! Get out and enjoy the outdoors while helping beautify the downtown! All supplies are provided.
Tons of other activities like Trivia Nights, Farmer's Markets, Paint Nights and more. Make sure to check out our events calendar for events happening Downtown!
Photo taken at the nosh~er~y
Whether you're a staff of two like us, or a team of 200, there are plenty of places to host your office holiday party downtown!
The Aquatarium features two private rooms depending on the size of your group! The boardroom features a spacious round table, beautiful views, a kitchenette and all the tech you need if you want to showcase funny memories, or stats on how well your team did this year! If you're looking for a little more space, you can rent out part of the Aquatarium itself! From formal dinners, to interactive exhibits, they can do it all. Find out more here.
Did you know you can actually rent out the Arts Centre? From the Auditorium to the lobby or the boardroom, take advantage of this beautiful space! Bring in your favourite caterer and set-up some holiday decorations for a spectacular party! Find out more here.
While the Brockville Library has plenty of smaller rooms, they also have the Buell Street Room which is spacious and filled with light! Fit with tables, chairs, kitchen, projector, Blu-ray/DVD player, laptop, speakers and microphone, there is everything you can need!
Whether it's the classroom, Carriage Hall, Annex, or the Beecher house, the Brockville museum has loads of options for your soiree. And with plenty of historical talking points, your guests will never be bored! Hire your favourite caterer and dine next to a buggy from the early 1900's!
Brockville Yacht and Brockville Rowing Club
If you're looking for something a little closer to the water, check out the Brockville Rowing club or the Brockville Yacht Club! With amenities to host meals, cocktails and more, get in touch with them to find out how they can accommodate your group!
Restaurants: Most downtown restaurants can accommodate large groups with enough notice! From pre-set menus to reserving particular sections of a restaurant, they love celebrating the holidays with you. If their space doesn't quite fit your needs though, ask them about catering! The following restaurants have specific private or semi-private rooms for your function. Check out a list of all Downtown Brockville restaurants here.
Buds on the Bay
A classic, Buds on the Bay has plenty of space for any function, and with a menu that ranges from blooming onions to escargot, there is something for everyone! They also open at 7:30am on a normal business day which makes it the perfect spot if you're looking to host a breakfast.
Tall Ships South Coast Grille
Tall Ships South Coast Grille has a number of rooms that can fit any party needs! With the beautiful decor seen in the South Coast Grille restaurant, the scenery won't disappoint! Plus enjoy a beautiful view of the river! Work alongside their staff to help plan and choose the best options for you. Find out more here: http://southcoastgrille.com/events/
The Brockberry features private or semi-private rooms with a maximum of 40 people. Have your meal catered by the Brockberry and enjoy the old charm and warm wood from the 1800s that scheme these dining rooms. Plus with their new addition of an array of fresh artisan cheese, imported meats, and charcuterie, all of your guests will leave saying yum!
Have you ever been upstairs at the Mill? This gorgeous and spacious room features decor like a stone wall, wooden beams and even has a small bar! Perfect for a breakfast buffet, formal dinner or cocktail party, The Mill can handcraft a menu that fits your group's individual needs.
Only 16 weeks left in 2018! Make sure to start planning your holiday party soon!
As the kids start to get ready for back to school that can only mean one thing... summer is almost over. While very sad, there's still time to enjoy the sunny warm days! Here's 6 things to do to make sure you've really enjoyed the summer:
1) Go On A Boat Cruise
Check out the 1000 Islands and enjoy the river one last time! Learn about the historic Brockville waterfront, Millionaire's Row and the eastern group of the 1000 Islands. Relax with a beverage and snack from our licensed snack bar and get close to nature, as you glide through narrow, scenic channels not available to larger tour boats.
2) Have You Taken Advantage Of All The Summer Sales?
While the days that you can use summer gear are limited, take advantage of the crazy low prices for next year! 50% off shoes, 80% off dresses... need we say more?
3) Enjoyed A Patio
Whether it's a beautiful view of the water or a view of our historic downtown on one of the gorgeous patios! Dinner with a view is always preferred. Check out the list of patios here.
4) Go On A Walking Tour
The last walking tours of the season are this week! Hear all about Brockville's dark past during the Criminal Past Walking tour or go for something a little lighter and learn all about the historic waterfront and cap the night off with a gorgeous sunset during the Waterfront Sunset Walking Tour.
5) Visit The Brockville Farmers' Market
Enjoy fresh local produce while the season lasts! Every Thursday and Saturday for a limited time!
6) Lastly... Eat Some Ice Cream!
Sure you can still eat it in the winter, but not while watching the ships go by on the river! Grab a sundae from O'Mally Kourt Fudgery, or an old-fashioned cone from Tall Ships Cafe!
Check out all of the places to Eat, Shop and Play on our directory!
Pens, paper, binders... the obvious things you need to be back to school ready this fall. But what about looking and feeling your best?
Yes, we're talking about a trip to the dentist, and although sometimes dreaded there's no better way to start the school year than with new school supplies, a sharp haircut, and a fresh smile! Plus, with an ample selection of dentists downtown, you'll be able to find one that will make you smile!
Dentists in Downtown Brockville:
Boardwalk Dental - Located at 9 Broad Street, Boardwalk Dental believes in ensuring every patient has the ability to make informed decisions by educating them regarding good oral health practices related to their unique smile.
Dr. Burke Dental - One thing that sets Dr. Burke Dental apart from the other dentists in Brockville is the dedication to being a partner in their patient's overall health plan. Oral health, after all, plays a significant role in a person's general health.
Dr. J. Bhatt - Tucked into a charming two-story brick building at 53 Pine Street, Dr. J. Bhatt provides caring dentistry in Downtown Brockville. The quiet area provides a homey feel, sure to help calm dental visit jitters.
Dr. John Arnott - The offices of Dr. John Arnott have a single goal, to have their patients see them less. Located at 6 Victoria Avenue, they provide outstanding dental services for the whole family with a focus on preventive treatments and patient education.
George Street Dental - At George Street Dental, their priority is ensuring the health and beauty of their patient's teeth. With services for the whole family, they provide gentle care in a calm and inviting environment.
Dr. Michael Ng - Easily accessible at 50 1/2 King St. East, Dr. Michael Ng provides general dental care for those in and around the Downtown Brockville area. Contact their office today for more information.
While having a fancy binder may be cool, you can't show it off in your school photo, unlike a pearly white smile! Make sure you're completely ready for back to school and check out the full list of dental services on the downtown directory here.
You may have heard the name but what does FunFest really entail?
Trulee Odd has amused and amazed audiences around the world. His show is a unique blend of charm, zaniness and amazing feats. From the time he makes his entrance on a tiny motorcycle until his heart stopping finale, 15 feet in the air, juggling knives, blindfolded, on a unicycle, you won't want to miss a second.
Hoop You will WOW you with what they can do with a hula hoop! They’ll be hosting an interactive hula-hoop zone at FunFest! Show off your moves, or get some lessons from the pros and see if you can master their crazy acrobatics moves! They’ll even be giving away some hula hoops to outstanding volunteers!
Two words: Giant LEGO. Well actually they’re called Everblocks but these large scale blocks snap together allowing your imagination to run wild! Build functional chairs, couches, castles and more! Inside an Everblock built clubhouse, let your creativity flow with loads of LEGO to build, play and design!
Our 2 yearly sidewalk sales are known for having the best bargains of the season. Make sure to bring your wallet for can’t be beat pricing on everything from shoes to furniture! Replace your torn up old couch or get a brand new wardrobe for back to school and all while staying on budget!
The classic old fashioned fun that can’t be beat! Bouncy castles, wrecking balls, climbing walls… all sorts of inflatables are at FunFest this year!
Have you ever driven an electric vehicle before? Now’s your chance! Go around the block and learn that going green doesn't necessarily mean you have to compromise!
Mini Skateboard Showcase
Plan on skating down to the festival? Show off your moves for a chance to win downtown gift cards and Revolution Skate shop swag! No sign-up necessary. Just drop by and skate throughout the day and if our judges like what they see, they’ll give you a prize!
Featuring local artists, grab a cold drink or lunch from one of the restaurants and relax while listening to live tunes. A mix of pop, country, oldies and more makes for an easy-listening afternoon.
And loads more like:
- Paintball shooting target from Stingers
- Mini donuts and police cars from the Brockville Police
- Green space to play
- Fire trucks
- Face painting
- Photo booths from the Brockville Library
- and more from local attractions like The Aquatarium, The Museum and more!
With so many great activities filling the streets from Perth to Bethune, make sure you wear your walking shoes. End off the summer with a day of fun and savings! Check out the website page here and for breaking news make sure to check out the Facebook event.
Don’t forget transit is free that day so avoid the parking hassle and take the bus! Or use one of the many biking corrals and go green this FunFest
Summer is in full swing and there is plenty to do downtown! Make the most out of your summer and check everything off our Summer Fun Bucket List!
1) Go for a dip in the river
With extreme heat warnings becoming more and more frequent, nothing beats the refreshing feeling of jumping in the river! Grab your sunscreen and beach towel and head on over to the waterfront!
2) Attend An Event
There are lots of events happening during the summer! Whether you're looking for music, food, shopping or something fun check out what's happening downtown here.
4) Enjoy a summer exclusive beverage from one of the cafes.
Whether it's refreshing iced tea or a frozen lemonade, check out one of the cafes for a cooling beverage! See the list of cafes here.
5) Eat on a Patio
Dinner with a view! Waterfront sights, beautiful sunsets and historical architecture add to any dining experience downtown!
6) Go on a walking tour
Ghost Walks, Criminal Past Walking Tours, and Waterfront Sunset Walking Tours, all fill summer evenings with fun facts and stories you couldn't even imagine that happened right here in Brockville!
7) Buy that perfect summer piece
Sun hats, vans, maxi dresses, crop tops, no matter your style there's an abundance of choice in fashion downtown. See everywhere to shop here. (Insider tip: loads of stores are already making room for fall items by having sales on their current summer stock)
Cross any of these items off your bucket list? Let us know by using #DowntownBrockville, we may even share your photo on our page!
Vote For Your Favourite Window Display!
Voting has now closed for this contest.
Based on a hydroplane and Canada Day theme, vote for the window you like best! Make sure to stop by and take a look in person before you vote! Once you've taken a look, pick your favourite display below! Scroll to the end of the page to vote.
Brockville Tourism Office:
Stop by Kinda Electronics and vote for them to receive this pin for free!
Thanks so much for voting! Make sure to buy your tickets for the hydroplane races here!
Whether you’re spending a day or a weekend we’ve crafted up this quick guide for all types of travelers! These guides are designed for a day trip or a one night stay. Combine multiple day trips for a long-weekend adventure!
1) The Nature Lover
Lock up your bike at one of our multiple bike locks and get ready to enjoy the river! Rent a kayak, canoe or paddle board and explore the 1000 Islands with guided maps and route recommendations by the Dive Brockville Adventure Centre staff. Or if you’re looking to get in the water, try scuba diving! An introductory class with no experience required lets you explore Brockville’s world renowned underwater dive park.
After an active morning you must be starving! Grab a satisfying and healthy lunch at one of our 2 bike-friendly certified cafes: Boboli and Winniebee's. Both cafes offer delicious sandwiches, soups, paninis, lattes and more that will leave you fulfilled and energized. If you feel like treating yourself both cafes also have a wide selection of desserts and sweet treats!
In the afternoon you’re off to explore even further into the 1000 islands with a boat cruise! Take a complete tour of the 1000 islands on the Brockville exclusive Wild Cat. View Boldt and Singer Castles, 3 historic lighthouses, the shortest international bridge and more on this 2 hour cruise!
It’s time to stretch those legs before getting back on the bike. Take a short 1 km walk through Canada’s first railway tunnel. With the original rock walls and ground water dripping it is an astounding experience. Add in the special effects, lighting and music and it’s the perfect way to refresh your mind and body before heading out.
Head out or BONUS ACTIVITY!
There is no more appealing site than a water front view. Head on down to Block House Island to watch the sun set upon the St. Lawrence River. Watch passing ships, boaters or just embrace being surrounded by nature and watch the beautiful sunset before heading back to one of our bike friendly accommodations.
2) Art Enthusiast
Arrive to town and lock up your bike at one of our abundant bike locks and get ready to explore local galleries. There are three stops on this art tour: 1) From Here to Infinity Art Gallery 2) Kincaid Gallery and 3) Hang Ups Creative Framing gallery. From local artists to world renowned photographers, you’ll get to see a mix of artwork much of which was inspired by the breathtaking views of the 1000 Islands. All of the galleries are located within walking distance of each other and each have bike lock-ups nearby.
After walking the downtown core enjoy a delicious bite at the Brockberry. Enjoy fresh salads, savory burgers or even delicious pad Thai either in their dining room or on their patio.
Cabernet shiraz, Primo Rosso, Riesling VR, Chilean Merlot WV… spend the afternoon getting an inside look at wine making at Bodega Wines! Owner Eric Van Rijswijk opened up this downtown store front to give you insight on what to expect from his services. Wine making is incredible fun and Eric wants to share this passion with you! Have a bottle made, or grab one to go.
Head out or BONUS ACTIVITY!
After checking into your accommodation, get ready for a 5 Star Show! The Brockville Arts Centre presents some of the best Live Theatre and Entertainment concerts in Eastern Ontario and 1000 Islands. The beautifully restored heritage theatre is well known for its comfort, friendly staff and fine acoustics. With multiple shows per week, book your tickets online here.
3) The Local Lover
Arrive to town and stay on the bike for a historical tour of our downtown core. Astounding architecture, historical landmarks, armories and heritage sites are all included on a guided bike tour from 1000 Islands Bicycle Co. The tour ends off at the Brockville Museum where the group will be given time to walk around the museum free of charge. With exhibits on industry in Brockville, the development of the St. Lawrence River, historical figures and more, you’ll leave an expert on all things Brockville!
After an active morning get ready for a delicious meal at Bud's on the Bay. Turkey apple sandwiches, gourmet burgers, seafood, stir-fry, and scrumptious salads are among the few items on their large menu that provides options for even the pickiest of eaters.
Head on over to Tall Ships Landing and check out the Aquatarium. Filled with interactive hands-on exhibits on the history, ecosystems and geology of the St. Lawrence River, this science museum offers fun for all ages. Salt water touch tanks, replicas of British war ships, ropes courses and the stars of the show, the Otters, offers hours of entertainment.
Grab an afternoon pick-me-up at O’Mally Kourt Fudgery. Home to over a dozen flavours of fudge, you can also grab ice cream and other British treats. Try their O’Mally Kourt Sundae: a scoop and a half of ice cream of your choice, your choice of sauce, whipped cream, maraschino cherry and best of all topped with pieces of fudge, and head on over to Block House Island and enjoy views of the river while eating your sweet treat!
Head out or BONUS ACTIVITY!
Explore the world renowned Brockville Tunnel. Bringing tourists from all over the world, take this 1km walk through Canada’s first Railway Tunnel. Ground water dripping, the original tunnel walls, all set to ambient music and lighting makes for a surreal experience.
If you're staying the night make sure to book at our downtown bike-friendly accommodation The 1000 Islands B&B!
Find out about cycling trails in and to/from Brockville here.
Find out where to park your bike here.
1) We Are 1 of 4 Business Areas That Are Certified Bike Friendly in Ontario
Meaning we meet Ontario by Bike's strict criteria all aimed at providing you with the most enjoyable ride possible. From ample bike parking to places to fix any repair, we've catered our downtown core to you and your bike!
2) We Have 9 Certified Bike-Friendly Businesses!
Cafes, restaurants, attractions, welcome centers and places to stay. All specifically trained and modified for you to bring your bike. Check out a more detailed description of all 9 here.
3) Whether You're Here For a Few Hours, Or a Few Days There is Plenty To Do
Spend a few hours at the designated bike-friendly museum. Get a deeper look into Brockville's past and check out some incredible exhibits on industry in the area, our growth with the development of the river and much more.
Canada's First Railway Tunnel
Stretch those legs and take a relaxing walk through Canada's first railway tunnel! Set to ambient music and lighting, get ready for a breathtaking experience!
Creating engaging and thought-provoking hands-on experiences for both children and those who are children at heart, the Aquatarium features interactive exhibits teaching visitors of all ages about the history, ecosystem, and geology of the St. Lawrence River.
Get On The River
Boat cruises to the 1000 Islands, kayak rentals, swimming and more, enjoy a day on (or in!) the water!
Test your teamwork and try to escape this abandon train caboose! A real-life gaming experience presents groups of 2-6 with puzzles, riddles, and clues that when put together, are your ticket to escape!
If you're looking to stay on the bike you're in luck! Go on a historic biking tour with the Thousand Island Bicycle Co! This relaxing 10km tour of downtown visits historic sites like Fulford Place and The Museum! Fun fact, you can also rent a bike from them for half a day up to a week!
4) You'll Travel Along Some Of The Most Scenic Bike Trails in Ontario
Whether you drop in for a snack or have an action-packed day of activities, enjoy the historic, waterfront lifestyle that is downtown Brockville!
Do you know that Downtown Brockville is a bike-friendly BIA? Meaning that we're fully equipped to make your ride a smooth one, downtown hosts 9 certified bike-friendly businesses. From an overnight stay to a quick snack, cyclists are always welcome!
1000 Islands B&B
Looking for a place to spend the night with your bike? Look no further. Co-owner Maciej is an ample cyclist himself so not only does he know the ins and outs of a bikers needs, but he is ready to deal with all emergencies. They want to make your ride as smooth as possible. They've even been known to do laundry for passing cyclists! Talk about service!
O'Mally Kourt Fudgery
If you're looking for a sweet treat, this is the place to go. Home to some of Brockville's best fuge, ice cream, and other sweet treats, you'll want to leave some room in your pack for take-aways. They're also one of three bike welcome stations!
Brockberry Cafe and Suites
The perfect place to stop in for lunch. They're a Brockville favourite and offer a respectable menu of their all-time favourites including the Ritz burger, Pad-Thai, and an incredible poppyseed salad. Enjoy the patio, or escape the sun and relax in their comfortable quiet dining room.
You can catch pics of this owner touring on her bike on their instagram. Selling homemade bike clothing in store, you'll find a cute new biking shirt to go along with your refreshing beverage and delicious sandwich. Stop in for lunch of breakfast and grab a sandwich, freshly baked pie or other in-house baked sweets!
Smoked meat, sandwiches, fresh baked goods and more, it's a classic quiet cafe. Home to delicious and fresh meals, stop in for a cup of joe and a healthy lunch before cycling on!
If you're looking to take a break from the bike, look no further than the Brockville Musuem. With a donation based admission, it suites all budgets. Dozens of exhibits on everything from carriages to hats allows for hours of fun-ducation!
Brockville & District Tourism Office
Looking for things to do in the area? Look no further than the helpful staff at the tourism office! Discover fun and adverntorous things to do, the best places to go on bike, or amazing ideas to take a break from the bike! They're also 1 of 3 bike welcome stations!
Cranks Bicycle Shop
If you're in a serious situation, or you're looking to make the rest of you ride a little more comfortable, Cranks is the place for you. An avid biker, he knows how to fix any bicycle dilemma whether it's a broken chain or a really uncomfortable seat. Of course, they're 1 of 3 bike welcome stations!
Buds on the Bay
Breakfast, lunch or dinner, Buds has the perfect meal for you. Enjoy the patio, or cool off inside and enjoy mouth watering burgers, steaks, salads, fajitas and more! If you're looking for an early morning breakfast, or a later Sunday brunch, eggs benedict, yogurt parfaits, pancakes, omelets and more await at Buds!