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6 Things To Do Before Summer Ends

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!

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If You Can Check 16/21 Things Off This List You're A Downtown Brockville Foodie

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The #1 Thing You're Forgetting To Do Before Back To School

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

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The 101 on FunFest

You may have heard the name but what does FunFest really entail?

Buskers

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!

 

Creative Club

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!

 

Crazy Sales:

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!

 

Bouncy castles

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!

 

EV ride

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!

 

Live music

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

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7 Items To Check Off Your Summer Bucket List

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

3) Spend a rainy (or maybe extremely hot) day indoors
The Aquatarium, the new escape room, museum, and library all offer loads of fun for every age.

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! 

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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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How To Buy, Sell or Rent, The Right Way

We've all seen them, the commercials that end in disaster after someone chooses not to use a realtor. And let's be honest, they're true! Much like you wouldn't DIY your will, why would you DIY a hundred thousand dollar investment? Even if Google says you can. 

Not convinced? Here are the top 6 reasons to use a real estate agent from Realtor.com
(Check out the full article here)


"1. They have loads of expertise
Want to check the MLS for a 4B/2B with an EIK and a W/D? Real estate has its own language, full of acronyms and semi-arcane jargon, and your Realtor is trained to speak that language fluently.

Plus, buying or selling a home usually requires dozens of forms, reports, disclosures, and other technical documents. Realtors have the expertise to help you prepare a killer deal—while avoiding delays or costly mistakes that can seriously mess you up.

2. They have turbocharged searching power
The Internet is awesome. You can find almost anything—anything! And with online real estate listing sites such as yours truly, you can find up-to-date home listings on your own, any time you want. But guess what? Realtors have access to even more listings. Sometimes properties are available but not actively advertised. A Realtor can help you find those hidden gems.

Plus, a good local Realtor is going to know the search area way better than you ever could. Have your eye on a particular neighborhood, but it's just out of your price range? Your Realtor is equipped to know the ins and outs of every neighborhood, so she can direct you toward a home in your price range that you may have overlooked.

3. They have bullish negotiating chops
Any time you buy or sell a home, you're going to encounter negotiations—and as today's housing market heats up, those negotiations are more likely than ever to get a little heated.

You can expect lots of competition, cutthroat tactics, all-cash offers, and bidding wars. Don't you want a savvy and professional negotiator on your side to seal the best deal for you?

And it's not just about how much money you end up spending or netting. A Realtor will help draw up a purchase agreement that allows enough time for inspections, contingencies, and anything else that's crucial to your particular needs.

4. They're connected to everyone
Realtors might not know everything, but they make it their mission to know just about everyone who can possibly help in the process of buying or selling a home. Mortgage brokers, real estate attorneys, home inspectors, home stagers, interior designers—the list goes on—and they're all in your Realtor's network. Use them.

5. They adhere to a strict code of ethics
Not every real estate agent is a Realtor, who is a licensed real estate salesperson who belongs to the National Association of Realtors®, the largest trade group in the country.

What difference does it make? Realtors are held to a higher ethical standard than licensed agents and must adhere to a Code of Ethics.

6. They're your sage parent/data analyst/therapist—all rolled into one
The thing about Realtors: They wear a lot of different hats. Sure, they're salespeople, but they actually do a whole heck of a lot to earn their commission. They're constantly driving around, checking out listings for you. They spend their own money on marketing your home (if you're selling). They're researching comps to make sure you're getting the best deal."

And, of course, they're working for you at nearly all hours of the day and night—whether you need more info on a home or just someone to talk to in order to feel at ease with the offer you just put in. This is the biggest financial (and possibly emotional) decision of your life, and guiding you through it isn't a responsibility Realtors take lightly."

With six real estate companies and two property management groups, you'll have your pick of the litter downtown. So don't worry, you'll find someone who cares just as much about your current or future home as you do! Whether you're looking to buy, sell, lease or just browse there's an agent for everyone.

Source: Stults, R. (2018). 6 Reasons You Should Never Buy or Sell a Home Without an Agent. [online] Real Estate News and Advice | Realtor.com®. Available at: https://www.realtor.com/advice/buy/why-you-should-use-realtor/ [Accessed 18 May 2018].

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12 Pictures Proving Why You Should Attend Street Eats

1) Because you like food...

 

2)...like a lot (who doesn't?!).

 

3) Almost more than food, you like saving money!

 

4) On everything from houseware to clothing. And we're talking about quality products.

 

5) Did someone say live music?

 

6) Because why not tucker out the kids so when they get home they go straight to sleep (you're welcome).

 

​7) Let's be honest, we all have a big kid in us too.

8) Seriously there will be a ton of activities that day.

 

​9) While you're having all this fun, you may even learn something about your community!

 

10) Or discover awesome things that are right downtown!

 

 

11) Did we mention the savings?

 

12) Oh ya, and the food?

 

To check out all the activities, food and shopping, head over to the event page! Make sure you also RSVP to the Facebook event so you don't miss out on any updates and additions!

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February 6, 2019
We're fortunate enough to have a wide array of passionate speakers joining us for us The Brockville Museum's 2019 Lecture series!  Running each week until March 5th, there is a wide
January 27, 2019
All the information you can find in person at our office and the tourism office can also be found online! From restaurant and shopping guides, places to stay and most important things to do in
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