Downtown Brockville Blog
January can be a hard time of the year for people to get out of the house, especially in Canada with winter and more specifically our region with the constant fluctuations. Somedays we get teased to think that Spring is right around the corner and reality sets in with a random 20+ cm of snow overnight! This tends to lead to hibernation and that can put you at risk of the winter blues; since we don’t want that to happen to you we compiled a list of seasonal ideas (most available year round) to keep you busy.
Experiences are trending lately and we’re proud of what our downtown core has to offer you – there is literally something for everyone:
Winter is certainly a month that can require more creativity – yet it doesn’t get enough credit because it can certainly be beautiful. The important part is to not let those date nights slip away because you think there is nothing to do during these months.
A few suggestions include:
- Booking an Escape adventure at Skedaddle Escape Rooms: Brockville’s newest escape room that offers year-round activities with different themes coming out regularly
- Do a food crawl! This is a service you can have organized by 1000 Islands Tasting Tours or try your own edition by having each course in a different restaurant – we dare you to make it to dessert!
- We have two billiard halls if you’re up for trying something new or you haven’t played a round of pool in ages: Broad St Billiards and Sam’s Brass Racks are open daily with free live entertainment at Sam’s on the weekend as, both charge a low hourly rate for to play pool
- Keep it budget friendly by lacing up your skates and taking a few laps around the Rotary Park Skating Rink followed by a night cap at Richards Coffeehouse, or one of our local pubs
- If you really insist on staying inside, consider grabbing a beautiful flower arrangement and take-out on your way home from work to enjoy in the cozy comfort of your own home.
Spring can be a bit easier to pull the ideas together and get out of the house, but maybe you haven’t thought of these suggestions:
- It is time again to appreciate the beautiful tunnel we have underneath our downtown core with its re-opening! This is always a cost – effective and great choice, you can also choose to SPRING for an ice cream or a bite at Fat Les’ Waterfront Patio, followed by a stroll around Blockhouse too.
Did you know that this year marks 160 years since the tunnel was built? Stay tuned for special opening details as they come together from the Brockville Railway Tunnel Committee.
- It might not be patio season yet, but the days are getting longer, and the trails will be sprouting their seasonal beauty, so why not grab the bike and enjoy some nightlife while you’re out! The Keystorm is still having trivia every Monday night, not to mention the library, many of the cafes and art stores have ongoing themed workshops. A good place to check is our events calendar (LINK EVENTS PAGE). If you love the idea, but don’t have a bike, or need a tune up get in touch with Scott at Cranks Bicycle Shop.
- We will be hosting our first Street Festival, also known as Street Eats on May 30th and this is a great opportunity to get out and enjoy a day filled with entertainment and food! The event starts at 9:00 AM and runs until 4:00 PM – many downtown businesses will be out on the streets and we will host multiple food trucks during this time. Plan to join the fun!
- Beat the summer rush and enjoy the Aquatarium, loaded with river history you’re guaranteed to learn something new and if you’re adventurous you can try the AquaDrop and Ropes Course. The High Ropes Course is a 9 element obstacle adventure suspended a minimum of 12 feet above our 3rd floor. Strapped into a harness with lanyards and following the safety guidelines, you will learn how to navigate through our course in a safe but exciting way – then do a 40ft quick jump if you dare!
- Dinner and a movie! You can do that in Downtown Brockville? YES! The Brockville Arts Centre, not only plays host to live entertainment and theatrical performances – they also have regular film features playing.
Summer! The time of great activity when all the above suggestions are possible (except of course skating at the Rotary Park), but in case you did them all in their suggested seasons here are a few that you may want to try out over the next few months.
- Patio season is here! Check out some great views and brews this summer at Buds on the Bay, Fat Les’ Waterfront Patio or Moose McGuire’s, each have a unique viewpoint and great bites of food to enjoy
- Ghost walks! The Brockville Museum will now be hosting these entertaining and informative walks throughout the summer months alongside their historical walks, both walks have a historical nature to them and make for a great unique date night idea
- Keep you ears perked for live music! We will be hosting some at our annual FunFest Street Festival on August 15th and other places who are famous for hosting in addition to the obvious, Brockville Arts Centre are Sam’s Brass Racks, Richards, The Bar, The Georgian, The Keystorm Pub, Spitfire Café, Moose McGuire’s, Fat Les’ Waterfront Patio, the Courthouse Lodge and most recently the 1000 Islands Brew Pub
- Top this one – plan an Island Picnic, have it chartered by the Dive Brockville Island taxi and catered by your choice of Cosies Tearoom or Manoll’s Fish and Chips. This just might be one for the books.
- 1000 Islands Seaway Cruise! Recently winning the Tourism Award from the Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce, Captain Andy provides a variety of ways to view the magnificent St Lawrence River, including themed dinner and party cruises, sightseeing cruises at high speed via the wildcat or the two storied licensed patio cruise boat. With so many great options – you might have to do this one a few times!
Autumn, last but certainly not least, the Fall is a great time of year to get in any of the above ideas you may have missed as the year wraps up because, let’s face it we’re not all made for Summer. Afterall Fall is an all-around romantic time of year.
- Fall is a great time of year to browse what the downtown shops have to offer you, whether you’re building your Christmas list or finding gifts for others, we’re sure you’ll find something unique while you’re here. Keep an eye out for how your partner responds to certain stores and items while you’re out. The Jewel Box and Penny’s Jewellery are also great stops if you’re looking to make that next step!
- Soak up that last bit of warmth in the weather forecast by grabbing some to go items from Metro or Brockberry and having a picnic in one of our beautiful parks
- Sensual Adult Gifts may also have an original experience for you to enjoy a relaxing night at home
- A couple’s photoshoot could be a fun idea for you and your partner to enjoy all the fall foliage together and have a lifelong keepsake of your time together.
- Escape Brockville, our first ever Escape Room in the railway car outside of the south side of the tunnel will be getting ready to wrap up the end of the season, so don’t miss out!
We hope you have some new ways of enjoying Downtown Brockville throughout the year because Downtown Brockville is a great way to think outside of the box and get out there and live. We continue to become a more well-known destination spot by the day, so we want you to know that you can even gift a year of Seasonal Date Nights as a package with a few simple clicks and one unique purchase at our office. To do so just follow these simple instructions:
- Print each of the Seasonal Date Night Cards (3.5x6")
- Call or visit us at Downtown Brockville (613-345-3269 or 3 Market St W) to purchase gift cards that will let your recipient pick what they choose to do
- Optional – Print the seasonal ideas
It is time to celebrate! Afterall, it is the end of a decade and there are many great things to do in Downtown Brockville, where there is something exciting for everyone – Really!
Our longest standing tradition starts at 6:00 PM, a historic church concert tour, beginning at your choice of First Baptist Church or St Lawrence Anglican Church, a new act begins hourly and 15 minutes between allows for travel time through the rotation of 6 churches (2-3 venues hosting simultaneously). See program to the right.
Courtesy of Brockville New Year’s Eve Church Concerts we have Matthew O'Halloran pictured below at 2018’s New Year's Eve concerts, his quintet will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of 1959 during their set at this year’s event. 1959 is one of the most important years in jazz history, so they will be performing songs from significant albums such as "Kind of Blue", "Moanin'" and "Time Out" playing at 8pm at the St. Lawrence Anglican Church.
Moose McGuire’s Brockville will host their first New Year’s Event in Downtown Brockville and they have chosen two charities to donate their proceeds to benefit, Leeds and Grenville Interval House and the Aquatarium. For $100 dollars a person, or $150 per couple, you can join them as they ring in 2020 Great Gatsby style! Note: this is a black-tie event; ticket price includes appetizers and champagne toast at midnight.
Dress up in your best flapper/ gangster attire and dance your way to 2020!
Photo Booth – Live Music – Masks – 3 Ticket Options
The 1000 Islands Brewery is also creatively celebrating the New Year with a dinner party (2 seating options of 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM), or more casual options available and live music by Willy Nally starting at 9:30 PM.
- Dinner: $80 single/$150 a couple, includes 3 course dinner at a reserved table, 1 drink and bubbly @ midnight.
- Option #2: $50 single/$90 a couple includes Bubbly at midnight, 1 drink and an appetizer platter (seating is first come first serve).
- Option #3: $30 a single/$50 a couple includes Bubbly at midnight and 1 drink (seating is first come first serve).
Celebrate New Year’s with a Rock show, featuring an all-star band lineup of Liam Deery (Liam Deery Project), Lucas Rayvals (Easy), Dustyn Locke (Easy), and Scott Greene (A Bigger Hammer). The Party is Roaring Twenties Themed, so we encourage everyone to dress up for the event, but it isn't mandatory. There will be 2 LCBO gift cards awarded to the best dressed guy and girl. There will also be A 50/50 draw.
Doors Open at 9:00pm, the band will play from 9:30pm-11:30pm, followed by music played through a fully equipped PA, until the event ends at 2:00am.
Advanced tickets are 20$, Door Tickets are 25$: Tickets can be purchased from Liam Deery, Lucas Rayvals, and Meara Deery.
A limited amount of tickets will be held and sold at the Spitfire Cafe.
Whisky ROCKS, the band will play from 10:00 PM – 2:00 AM at the BAR. (Click image to stay up to date on details as they are released).
Also consider contacting one of our great restaurants to make a reservation and see if they are doing anything special to celebrate.
Currently requesting reservations now:
The Noshery (regular menu + specials): (613) 865-9969
Buell St Bistro (preset menu): (613) 345-2623
We’ll continue updating this list the best we can as we hear of any additional venues!
Happy New Year - From Downtown Brockville
125 Years Young
The Brockville Rowing Club (BRC), established in 1894, is celebrating their 125th year anniversary this year and they have done so in style. This past August they hosted celebrations that have included a Reunion Gala of Alumni and it has continued through to this month as they accepted the President’s Award at the 60th anniversary of the Brockville and District Chamber’s Awards Gala. During a video acceptance of the award Chris Marshall, Head Coach of the club and High-Performance Manager for ROWONTARIO recognized that the BRC is the city’s oldest social and sporting organization.
The entire time, the club has been located at 1 Ferry ST here in Downtown Brockville for ease of access to the St Lawrence River and there have been two buildings during this time that have been home to many world class athletes, scholars and community champions; even veterans over the years. It is hard to say whether it is the club itself or the property that hosts the significant amount of history produced over the years, but one thing is clear the stories it could tell would be unbelievable.
The term “home” is used both figuratively and literally because although it didn’t house all these people within its walls, anyone associated with the life of a rower knows that it is a way of living and success comes from eating, sleeping and working hard at the sport. Rowing has a unique way of entrenching into your identity and sometimes forming roots in your DNA that withstand the test of time - this is evidenced through historical literature including the 100 Years of Rowing book, authored by Donald H Swayne and continuation of family names throughout the club’s history. Chances are good if you are a local, you know someone who is related to this sport even if you don’t know much about it yourself.
“The Brockville Rowing Club has been a cornerstone in our community” exclaimed Jason Baker, Mayor of the City of Brockville, during the opening ceremonies of their Reunion Gala on day 2 of the 125th Anniversary celebrations this past August, at the Brockville Country Club. This year’s celebration did an excellent job at showcasing the strength of the rowing community by focusing on the history while opening the lines to begin the next chapter, citing that many of their community members will no longer walk this earth for the 150th anniversary and the sport will change a lot from the one we knew.
During the Reunion Gala the BRC awarded their Award of Merit to two recipients who have been true community builders within the club, those awarded were Howard Hanna and Jim Baker. “All those who have been awarded, including 15 past recipients have worked hard throughout a lifelong pursuit to keep the club going and out of receivership. Ironically, only 4 of them ever rowed.” Commented Marshall.
We wondered about the future of the club during the Brockville and District Chamber 60th Anniversary Awards Gala after current President of the club, Katherine Rowan accepted the President’s Award on behalf of the club. While giving appreciations for the award she remarked “As the BRC celebrates 125 years, a milestone not often reached by many organizations…” and continued to acknowledge their successful history. Hearing this statement reminded us that the Brockville Rowing Club is a business and history has shown us its’ strong tendency to prevail and carry the day – most of which has happened behind the scenes.
A few examples of momentous historical victories that highlight these strong tendencies include:
- 1973 when women officially began to row for the club and gained enough traction to row in the first official Olympic Event in 1976.
- Operating without coaching staff for 39 odd years in the first 100 years of operation
- Several creative fundraising endeavors to keep the club alive
- Including When Will “Old Meg” Fall where community members would buy tickets and place a bet for when the clock would stop as the old car would fall through the ice on the St Lawrence River
Chris Marshall was kind enough to give us a sneak peak into the future of the Brockville Rowing Club and the sport itself; to our surprise a new history has already begun. At the beginning of the year the club made drastic changes to their coaching style to support different aspirations of the rowers who became involved with their club – options are now available because not everyone has the same goals. There are 3 different levels of competition to support this, levels range engage rowers in a range of 3- 14 practices a week (more depending on the season) to support different outcomes. A level 1 rower would not be subject to the full impact of the rowing life and coaching style unless they changed their aspirations, so this method best utilizes coaches training abilities.
The way training is delivered has changed tremendously due to risks and a decrease in quality water time that is experienced more now than in past years due to an increase in use of pleasure craft on the waterway and weather, “we got out maybe 3X in April this year…” exclaimed Marshall. These are not favourable conditions for a training club of world class rowers. In addition to location, the sport itself is changing and solutions may arise from embracing new methods such as Coastal Rowing.
Currently the club’s primary focus is of a junior competitive rowing program that spans 12 – 20 years of age starting with learn to row day camps in the summertime and providing the opportunities to progress toward potential careers as international oarsmen. The potential of these careers is not a longshot as the club has a strong reputation for training those who want to excel to heights of success that can include the Olympics if you’re dedicated enough to put in the work.
This blog, entitled 125 Years Young highlights, that although the sport has existed for centuries and with our local club off to a good start toward this mark, the next chapter is seemingly filled with just as many new, yet exciting, challenges that the club will surely overcome with success as long as we continue to cherish this important pillar. For more information about Rowing programs or how you can become involved please see their website or contact the club directly at https://www.brockvillerowingclub.com/, firstname.lastname@example.org or (613) 342-4849.
Happy Small Business Week from Downtown Brockville!
Attendees had access to yummy appetizers and a cash bar hosted by Moose McGuire’s Brockville – in their Quarter Deck Lounge; we all know that a celebration isn’t a celebration without cake! The cake was purchased through our members Metro and cut after a short presentation of a year in review and followed by a highlight of our Associate Members, Merit Travel who well attended this event and sponsored a door prize that was won by Rob Thompson Hotel’s General Manager, Ursula Dowd (pictured below).
DowntownBrockville has been a busy month for festivals!
- The Brockville Rowing Club held their 125 Anniversary Celebrations over the Civic Holiday weekend; as a proud pillar in our community we look forward to telling you more about their celebration and plans for the future when we meet with Chris Marshall soon after the Rowing Season cools down
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Leeds and Grenville saw nearly all the weather systems through August 8th - 11th this year as they held their annual RibFest Fundraiser in support of their Not for Profit organization. They were very thankful for the attendance of those near and far as the money raised stays local to help over 1800 children and teens,
- We held our annual FunFest Sidewalk Sale & Street Festival on King Street, August 17th in support of our business members. Live Music, Buskers and activities lined the streets until the weather washed most of us away. Thankfully our buskers did an excellent job at keeping the remaining audience captivated and bringing the party back in the final moments.
There has been something for everyone throughout this month and we’re not done yet!
This weekend finalizes both the month AND festivals for the summer months as we gear up for our Red Hot & Blue Rockabilly Weekend starting Thursday, followed by, the last port of call of the TALLSHIPS Challenge® Great Lakes Tour 2019 from Friday to Sunday. Both festivals have joined forces to harmoniously offer you the opportunity to attend both venues!
Red Hot & Rockabilly is hosting their 13th annual festival and Brockville is celebrating the 4th anniversary of it being right here in Brockville. There will be a mixture of free and paid events throughout the weekend. Free events include live music at the Tunnel Plaza, Vintage Market & Antique Car Meet-Up during the day Friday, Saturday & Sunday (See Map for details). These events will entice you to keep the party going for their Friday and Saturday night Dance Parties, so you’ll want to grab tickets at Spitfire Cafe between 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Thursday – Saturday of the event days OR through Snap’d Tickets (https://1000islands.snapd.com/events/view/1265183) for their must attend events being hosted at the Brockville Legion from 8:00 PM - 2:00 AM: ROCK’N’ROLL DANCE PARTY on Friday and PROM NIGHT on Saturday!
TALLSHIPS 2019 begins Friday, August 30th, 2019 at 2:00 PM and is the 3rd time over 9 years that it has been hosted in Brockville. It has taken place every three years along the waterfronts of Centeen Park, Blockhouse Parkway and Hardy Park; this year it includes a mixture of paid and free activities. According to their website… “Tall ships, including the Bluenose II, and other watercraft line the waterfront and the harbour while entertainment and vendors will be set up on land. Admission to the grounds to see these majestic ships is available with a $5 wristband for all three days, while deck tours of the ships will be available by purchasing a Festival Passport for $15 which grants each passport holder access to each ship one time (deck tours are available on Saturday and Sunday only). The passport has details on each participating ship and will be stamped after each tour, making it a great take home souvenir from the event. NOTE: your Festival Passport also gives you admission onto the grounds – you do not need to purchase both a passport and a general admissions wristband.”
Check out their website and follow their event page for up to date details as the festival continues to stay up to date on all things parking, changes and general updates!
Be sure to catch the Parade of Sail on Friday, August 30th starting at approximately 4pm – this is a festival favourite and the best time to take pictures of the ships at sail along the waterfront.
If you didn’t know already, you’re not too late:
The Tall Ships festival also wraps up a 10-day celebration called Big River Festival – a celebration of life in the 1000 Islands on the mighty St Lawrence and all the attributes of living in a river city. The Big River Festival has included so many fun options that aren’t finished until the 1st of September:
The screening of various films, live shows and music venues, walking tours; some creative things too like a Snowball Throwing Competition on Sunday from 10 AM – 1 PM followed by a fundraiser hosted by EXIT Realty Eastern Ontario in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters Leeds and Grenville! See more here: http://www.tallshipsbrockville.com/big-river/
In the meantime, click the image below to check out some of our retailers
If you don't see the hours of your favourite retailer - please call them, chances are they were too busy to send hours before the weekend and we hope they are there for you!
Staycation 2019 – Things to Do in Brockville
stay·ca·tion also known as a “holistay” or “daycation” means to stay local and participate in activities that do not require an overnight stay. It is a concept used for over 50 years and added to Merriam-Websters Collegiate Dictionary a decade ago!
We want you to know, there is no need to feel pressured to take extravagant summer vacations, sure, the hustle and bustle of a short summer is enough to put the run on anyone to capitalize on their time in the sun—especially after a long winter. As a born and raised Brockville local, who has a passion for travel, I can relate personally, to a deep drive to get out there and see things; yet I am equally as fascinated by all the local hidden gems we have available at the tips of our fingers.
I can do that anytime, so why STAYCATION?
Cost Effective: Don’t pay all the big city admission prices and travel costs to get there – many of our local events are held free, admit by donation or at a seriously discounted price. Check out our starter guide below or ask us how to maximize your local adventure!
Efficient: embracing your personal time economy can be especially productive and easy when you can get from one side of town to the other in less than 10 minutes by vehicle and a half-hour by foot. You can even cash in on productivity to feel accomplished by balancing home projects with a bit of rest!
Grounding: spending time to see your surroundings in a whole new perspective is a unique experience that can also be enlightening, fulfilling and help you establish a whole new set of connections in your city
Extra tips for those who feel leaving is their only way to escape to relaxation:
It is understandable that sometimes you cannot be at home for holiday time, or you end up doing just as much work (maybe more) than if you were working! Since we don’t want that, try the following tips below to moderate the experience:
- Pause your mail for a week and that includes an auto response on your email – don’t mind what the mail person may think
- Let those closest to you know about your idea to lessen the urge to distract you – better yet engage them too, “the more the merrier!”
- Test out a local house cleaning service if you enjoy the luxury of room service
- Try different travel methods that you wouldn’t normally use as you move between activities
- Plan activities if you normally do for travel, this may enhance your commitment and follow through with your Staycation!
Things You Can Do in Brockville for Your Staycation
...So if you really must get out of the house, don’t forget to check out our Stay Here options above to enjoy one of our treasured local accommodations!
You may have heard some event is happening downtown Brockville this weekend, but what is it?
As the official name "Street Eats" implies, it’s all about enjoying food and festivities on our beautiful main street in downtown Brockville!
We close down King Street from Perth to Bethune and feature food trucks and vendors alongside our 30+ restaurants. You really have your pick of the litter of things to eat and do in Brockville!
We can't decide what's better though... the food or the sidewalk sales! Known for having some of the best sales of the entire year, you'll find everything from shoes, dresses, hats, jewelry, household items, and more! I mean how can we not have everything when there are over 60 shops right downtown!
Three central stages are joined with buskers spaced throughout the festival to make sure you've got entertainment anywhere you go! Check out the Battle of the Bands contest this year from 12:30-4:00!
Combined with loads of other family fun like bouncy castles, face paint, green space to play, hydroplanes, henna and so much more! Find out more details on the website and make sure you RSVP to the Facebook event so you get a notification when the festival map is released!
Enjoy Things to Do In Brockville By Enjoying 101 On Street Eats
See you there rain or shine!
5 Downtown Spas You Need To Visit
These Brockville spas can help you look and feel your best with the warm weather coming! Manicures, pedicures, waxing, eyebrow and eyelash tints/extensions, all of these spas got it! Every spa downtown provides a different feel and has its own specialties that make it hard to choose your favourite! Don't forget to check out the whole list here.
Aquala Day Spa, located inside the Wedgewood offers you that iconic spa experience. With a relaxing, clean and warm environment, you'll feel totally at peace waiting for your treatment with cucumber water in hand. They offer all your classic spa services plus a ton of others like hot stone massage, body treatments, and medical services. Whether it's an ingrown toe-nail or laser hair removal, they've got you covered!
This hip and trendy spa offers something a little extra both in their service and in their coffee (wink wink). The name explains their goal of helping you rejuvenate and positive your aura! Classic spa services are paired with advanced techniques like microbalding and facials.
Your go-to hair studio also features a line-up of spa services! Massages, manis, pedis, waxing, they got you covered from head to toe. What's really great is you can customize your mani/pedi! Whether you just need a quick polish change or you want the whole routine complete with scrubs and massages, it's up to you!
The name explains exactly how you'll feel when you walk-in. Using only organic based products, they offer all your traditional spa services plus specialty techniques like oxygen therapy, an RMT, body wraps and more. They also offer lash lifts with cruelty-free vegan products and even better results! While you're there make sure you check out their bath and body shop which of course, only contains organic products (only the best in heaven, right?).
If you're looking for more advanced skincare, this is the place to go. You'll truly feel rejuvenated. Using medically graded skin care products they offer services like advanced facials, body scrubs, glycolic peels, electrolysis as well as Botox and dermal fillers!
Things to Do in Brockville: The Brockville Museum
We're starting a new monthly feature where we highlight a downtown Brockville business that's been crushing the social media game! This month we're extremely excited to highlight The Brockville Museum!
You may be a little shocked. A place thats sole purpose is to promote an age before social media is "crushing the social media game"? Yes.
The museum, formally established in 1981, features 7 permanent exhibits, and 1 temporary exhibit room. Right now it displays "Pieces of Brockville", come May it'll change to "My Story, My Tattoo". Their team hosts a wealth of activities for all ages all year long: Museum at night (adults only), lecture series, workshops, curriculum-based school programs, birthday parties, and a lot more. Staff Natalie, Peggy, Ellen, and Viktor (part-time) along with seasonal staff and their hard-working volunteers, eat breath and sleep Brockville history.
Top 5 Reasons to follow them:
- Get a behind the scenes look at what people who work for a museum do because... does anyone really know? You'll get to see how artifacts are prepped for display and unique pieces of the collection that aren't accessible to the public.
- They have the best throwbacks. From old videos to never before seen photos, you won't be disappointed by their #ThrowBackThursday
- No matter your age there's always a ton of activities going on! Their social media is the go-to place for info on upcoming events. If you're not following them, you might miss out!
- You may not know that the Brockville Museum gets new exhibits pretty regularly. You may think that a building showcasing history is stagnant, but it's continuously being challenged to fit new exhibit needs and showcase their growing collection.
- Celebrate all the holidays by reminiscing on the good old days to the point where you'll feel like Clark Griswold during the attic scene In National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (minus the unconventional outfit). Our favourite was #LoveYourPetDay where we got treated to a black and white video of all the doggos.
Or better yet, stop in:
5 Henry Street
Open Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm (they will have extended summer hours).
Diving In Brockville - Tourist Tip #3
Brockville is known for its historic charm and having fun things to do, but do you know this history is continued down under the water?
Do you also know that Brockville is home to some of the world’s best freshwater diving? With no thermocline and astonishing water clarity, you can explore century-old shipwrecks and artifacts that are scattered along the river bottom. You can check out the list here. Shipwrecks vary in skill from novice to advance and from 20-150 feet. The oldest one dates back to 1812!
Another unique addition to Brockville's waterfront is the underwater sculpture park. In fact, Brockville is one of the first communities to host an underwater sculpture park! Established by S.O.S Thousand Islands chapter, the park is consistently being updated and new statues are added each year which means there's always something new to see! There are already over 25 sculptures to explore!
Luckily if you have minimal or zero experience, the Dive Brockville Adventure Centre offers classes of all levels or discover scuba for newbies. Discover Scuba is a 3-4 hour adventure that lets you experience the thrill of diving without the hours of training. Gear is available to rent for any diver which makes packing a breeze!
Fun fact: the Dive Brockville Adventure Centre also has kayak and canoe rentals, bike rentals, water taxis, island picnics and more!
This is post 3 of a 12-post series about things to do in Brockville:
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Health and Wellness In Downtown Brockville
When you're walking down the street you may notice all the shops, restaurants and fun things to do in Brockville, but do you notice the health and wellness businesses? Sometimes a little more hidden or even on second floors, Downtown Brockville is home to 28 health and wellness businesses!
Whether you're looking for a chiropractor, RMT, dentist, pharmacy or any type of business to put your best foot forward, Downtown Brockville has it! Having everything in one location truly makes it easy to finally complete those healthy new years resolutions.
Check out a list of all our health-oriented businesses downtown here.
Looking for a specific service?
Check out Chiropractors here;
Check out Dentists here;
Check out gyms and other forms of physical fitness here;
Check out doctors, hearing aid clinics and other medical businesses here;
Check out our pharmacies here;
Check out physiotherapists here;
Check out retirement homes here.
Make your health and wellness a one-stop shop in Downtown Brockville!
The 101: Burger & Bevvy 2019
We're excited to launch a new event named Burger & Bevvy! Participating restaurants are featuring exclusive burgers and drinks all week long and we want to give you a sneak peak at what to expect (get ready for your mouth to water)! Eat at any of these locations March 16-24 and you can be entered to win the following prizes:
Prize 1: $50 Downtown Brockville Gift Certificate (collect 2 stamps to enter to win)
Prize 2: The Downtown Brockville Foodie Basket (collect 3 stamps to enter to win)
Prize 3: $500 in Downtown Brockville Gift Certificates (collect 4 stamps to enter to win)
Downtown gift certificates can be used at almost any business downtown! Find out more here.
The infamous (and delicious) Ritz burger is back for Burgers& Bevvy 2019 only!! A fresh 6oz patty topped with balsamic onion marmalade, tamari glazes mushrooms, maple candied bacon, truffle aioli, and brie!! Talk about a masterpiece
Please note that they are only open Thursday - Sunday. Make sure to schedule them in!
Your taste buds will rejoice with the Buell Street Bistro's Southwestern Crab Cake Burger! At lunch enjoy their Southwestern Crab Cake Burger on a crusty bun with lettuce, tomato, avocado, and aioli. Pair it with carrot slaw, their soup of the day or sweet potato fries! At dinner enjoy the platter featuring their delicious crab cakes served with both sweet potato fries and exotic slaw, garnished with avocado and aioli! It that wasn't good enough, they also are offering their famous Fresh Fruity Sangria! Get it while you can!
A never before seen menu item, the Roll'n a Roll Burger! Their scrumptious sausage roll (in homemade bread of course) is paired with bacon, lettuce, onion, tomatoes, mayo, salad cream, and tomato sauce... yum!! Pair this alongside their unique Burgery & Bevvy only drink: Hot chocolate infused with tea! The best part, you get to pick the tea!
Manoll's has gone Greek offering a Greek Gyro burger! Fresh pita is layered with their homemade tzatziki, beef burger, caramelized onions, gyro, feta, lettuce, and tomato for a mouth-watering combo. Mamma Mia!
Take your Nona's homemade chicken parmesan and put it on a fresh toasted bun and you've got Richard's soul-satisfying chicken parm burger. Talk about serious comfort food!
So how do you win?
Step 1: Pick up a stamp card from participating locations or the DBIA office.
Step 2: Eat at participating locations
Step 3: Collect stamps for eating at participating locations
Step 4: Enter to win by dropping off stamp cards at participating locations or the DBIA office
Check out more info on the website here.
Keep up with the latest info on the Facebook event here.
PSA: If you collect 4 stamps you'll be entered to win all 3 prizes. Likewise, if you collect 3 stamps you'll be entered to win prize 1 and 2!
You also don't have to order the burger/bevvy to collect stamps!