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With a stunning view of the St. Lawrence River and the 1000 Islands at its doorstep, Brockville is truly one of Canada’s most scenic settings. Did you also know that Brockville is a designated safe community worldwide by the World Health Organization? The results from a community survey showed that 97% of the city residents felt safe living here. This one factor is the largest appeal for families and retirees to consider Brockville as their place of choice to live.

For businesses, this prime geographical location has provided the city with excellent access to all services. The city is centrally located between Ottawa, Montreal, and Toronto, within minutes to two international bridges to northern New York State. This presents the convenience and an economical location for those wishing to locate to a small centre. Situated in the middle of the St. Lawrence/Great Lakes area and near one of the world’s largest inland waterways, Brockville offers businesses accessibility to major commercial international markets as well as a vast array of pleasure activities for the tourists and residents.

Brockville City HallThe City of Brockville is one of the oldest and historically-important communities in Ontario. It was first settled and founded by American citizens, loyal to the British government, following the closing of the British-American War of 1775-83. These new settlers were known as United Empire Loyalists.

William Buell, Daniel Jones and Charles Jones were the three village founders that were granted the land which forms the historic area of the original downtown Brockville.

A town site was first laid out about 1802 on the central portion owned by William Buell, who lived here for 47 years, from 1785 to 1832, developing his properties for later settlers.

Brockville parkBrockville stands on the eastern edge of the Canadian Shield, a rocky, geological formation. The local terrain, near the shore of the St. Lawrence River, although not conducive for farming included Buell’s Bay, Buell’s Creek, three rising plateaus from the shoreline, and a small island, close to the shore, later named Blockhouse Island. These characteristics were exploited as the small village grew in the early 1800s.

In 1809, the government of Upper Canada decided to build a new court house and gaol here, on the high plateau back of the shore, on a piece of land offered by William Buell. These facilities led to the establishment of the seat of government here for the District of Johnstown and then later the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville. Court House Square and Green, surrounded by public buildings and tall neo-Gothic churches, in front of the 1842-built Brockville Court House, is one of eastern Ontario’s most attractive urban spaces.

Cultural Diversity
Brockville is one of three Ontario communities selected by the Ontario Government to implement programming associated with supporting the building of immigration capacity for rural communities in the province. Fostering a welcoming climate for immigration is a primary first step towards advancing an aggressive immigration attraction and recruitment strategy. Brockville will assist with the coordination of settlement needs of new immigrations and endeavour to enhance the cultural diversity of the Brockville and Leeds Grenville region.

Discover a Quality of Place in Brockville
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