Downtown Brockville Blog

June 2018

Window Contest Voting

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.

 

Chumleighs:

 

Brockville Tourism Office:

Kinda Electronics

 

 

Stop by Kinda Electronics and vote for them to receive this pin for free!

The Bar

 

Thanks so much for voting! Make sure to buy your tickets for the hydroplane races here!

 

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3 Bike Trips To Explore Brockville Like a Local

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

Morning:
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.

Lunch:
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!

Afternoon:
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

Morning:
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.

Lunch:
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.

Afternoon:
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

Morning:
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!

Lunch:
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.

Afternoon:
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.

For even more activities to do downtown make sure to check out our directory for all downtown shops, restaurants, tourists attractions and more! For more information on cycling downtown, click here

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Why #DowntownBrockville Should Be #1 On Your Biking Bucket List

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

Brockville Museum
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!

Aquatarium
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!

Escape Room
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!

Bike Tours
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

With the chance to bike both the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail and The Brock Trail, get ready for breathtaking views of the infamous St. Lawrence River and 1000 Islands! 

 

Whether you drop in for a snack or have an action-packed day of activities, enjoy the historic, waterfront lifestyle that is downtown Brockville!

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9 Bike Friendly Businesses in 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.

Boboli Cafe
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!

Winniebee's Cafe
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! 

Brockville Museum
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!

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