City of the 1000 Islands
“The beauty of the noble stream at almost any point, but especially in the commencement of this journey, when it winds its way among the Thousand Islands, can hardly be imagined.”
Charles Dickens in American Notes, from an excursion through the 1000 Islands in the early 1840’s.
Dickens’ observation about this world famous destination stands true nearly two centuries later. However, no need to imagine. Visit the 1000 Islands and take in all the attractions the region has to offer today.
We invite all visitors to explore the region’s natural beauty by tour boat, kayak, hiking and cycling trails, camping and picnic sites on St. Lawrence Islands national parks and municipally owned islands in the Brock Isles. World class scuba diving, pristine golf-courses, fine dining, museums and the arts: It is all here.
Experience coastal living along the St. Lawrence River and enjoy the amenities the City of the 1000 Islands has to offer you and your family. Brockville on the River, the eastern gateway to the 1000 Islands, offers panoramic waterfront views and access to a spectacular string of 16 municipally-owned islands at its doorstep.
Brockville is one of the oldest communities in Ontario and is so close to the St. Lawrence River’s International channel you can reach out from the shore and nearly touch the massive steel frieghters that cruise by.
Join us in celebration of Ontario’s bounty. Good food, wine, spirits and beers are the headliners at the 1000 Islands Wine and Food Festival. ART in the City Brockville will be exhibiting original works of art. The 1000 Islands Jazz Festival will be providing musical interludes throughout the two-day festival.
International wineries will be featuring what’s new and timeless and what could be more fitting than Brockville’s prodigal sons’ life’s work coming full circle. Established in 1888 by the Chaffey Brothers, born in Brockville, Chateau Mildura has played an important part in the development of the Australian wine industry. Now owned by Lance Milne, the winery produces three ranges of award winning table wines. Join us in welcoming Lance to the 1000 Islands at this year’s festival!
Local chefs will join author/celebrity chef Pam Collacott in delighting food lovers with tempting appetizers and dinner choices all made with an emphasis of incorporating in-season local ingredients.
During the summer Brockville is home to many festivals including the 1000 Islands Wine and Food Festival, Riverfest, 1000 Islands Poker Run, Ribfest, Automotion, 1000 Islands Jazz Festival, Doors Open, Tiko Dog Show and more. Be sure to check out our calendar of events at www.brockvilletourism.com
Brockville is also home to the popular Brockville Arts Centre, built in 1858, recently newly renovated theatre with state of the art acoustics, luxurious décor and comfortable seating.
Pedal your way through the heart of the 1000 Islands on a ride to remember. A 37-km stretch of trail parallel to the 1000 Islands Parkway linking Brockville, Rockport, Ivy Lea and Gananoque takes you on a spectacular waterfront trail with views of the River, islands and parks along the way.
Looking for something a little more fast past? Check out the Brockville Speedway with quarter mile clay, oval track runs Sportsman, Pro Stock and Modifiers. Race fans have been flocking to the Brockville Speedway since 1969.
Let the journey begin!
Brockville and District Tourism
10 Market St. West, Brockville, ON K6V 4R7