Brockville is very lucky to have an active film loving community in the city. On top of having the blockbusters playing at the Cineplex, and the Webster Film Series at the Brockville Arts Centre, we also have Film Brockville, which bring in films that are featured at the Toronto International Film Festival throughout the year. On top of their regular schedule of movies playing at the Brockville Arts Centre, Film Brockville also host the Thousand Islands Film Festival, which brings eight hot films on one cold weekend!
The Thousand Islands Film Festival runs from Friday, February to Sunday March 1st, 2020 this year. There are some great films in the lineup, so this is a series you definitely don’t want to miss!
Friday, February 28th, 2020
2pm – Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind (91 minutes)
This documentary explores the career, music, and influence of the legendary Canadian musical icon, Gordon Lightfoot. It gives access to the artist never before seen, taking the audience from his humble roots performing in hight school auditoriums throughout the 50’s all the way to the artist he is today. Featuring interviews from many voices from the music industry in Canada, you’ll hear stories as the documentary goes from his Christian choirboy beginning to the beloved Canadian icon he is today.
7pm – The Song of Names (113 minutes)
Martin Simmonds, played by Tim Roth, has been haunted throughout his life by the mysterious disappearance of his “brother” and best friend. Dovidl Rapaport, played by Clive Owen, was a Polish Jewish virtuoso violinist. Before his 1951 London debut concert that would have launched his career, Dovidl vanishes. Thirty-five years later, Martin learns that Dovidl might still be alive, and begins to obsessively search to find him and learn why he left.
Saturday, February 29th, 2020
11am – Cannes Lions – International Festival of Creativity (110 minutes)
Did you know that there is an international film festival all about commercials? The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity is a global event for those working in advertising, creative communications and related fields. Some and see some of the best commercials globally. They’re so good, you’ll forget they’re marketing!
2pm – The Secret Marathon (77 minutes)
Running is simple. You put on your shoes and just… go. Right?
Not everyone is so lucky though. “The Secret Marathon” follows the journey of a group of young women in Afghanistan desperate to run despite the societal barriers put up against them. Training with them is a legendary marathon mentor and a a filmmaker, and together, they take part in the second Marathon of Afghanistan.
5pm – Reception and Dinner on Stage
Join Film Brockville for dinner on the Brockville Arts Centre stage. After dinner, take part in a conversation with Tom McSorley, CBC film critic and executive director of the Canadian Film Institute.
8pm – Parasite (132 Minutes)
Oscars. Golden Globes. Screen Actors Guild Awards. The Palme d’Or.
The list goes on and on. In short – Parasite is a movie you need to see.
Meet the Park’s, the picture of wealth. Then meet the Kim’s, unemployed but street smart. Through some chance of fate, these houses are brought together and the Kim’s sense a golden opportunity. The Kim’s work their way into the Park’s home, creating a symbiotic relationship between the two families. This relationship is fragile though, and when a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims’ newfound comforts, things go chaotic.
Sunday, March 1st, 2020
11am – Oscar Nominated “Live Action Shorts” (105 minutes)
Not all movies need to be hours long. Sometimes, a story can be told in a matter of minutes and still be as moving and thought provoking. In fact, the brief nature of a live action short film can leave the viewer in thought for ages, due to the way the storytellers pick and choose what information to reveal. Five of these short films will be shown at the Thousand Islands Film Festival.
Nefta Football Club
The Neighbors’ Window
2pm – Dark Waters (126 minutes)
Dark Waters tells the shocking and heroic story of an attorney, played by Mark Ruffalo, who risks his career and family to uncover a dark secret hidden by one of the world’s largest corporations. Exposing a lengthy history of pollution, he brings justice to a community dangerously exposed for decades to deadly chemicals.
7pm – Uncut Gems (135 minutes)
A charismatic jeweller, played by Adam Sandler, makes a high-stakes bet that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime. In a precarious high-wire act, he must balance business, family and adversaries on all sides in pursuit of the ultimate win.
If you’re interested in participating in the Thousand Islands Film Festival, tickets can be bought at the Brockville Arts Centre. Prices are as follows:
$90 VIP Pass – Access to all movies, dinner on stage, two raffle tickets to 2 Film Brockville movies.
$60 All Access – Access to all eight movies.
$30 Dinner Pass – Enjoy dinner on the Brockville Arts Centre stage. Movie tickets are separate.
$10Individual Pass – Access to one movie screening.
Theatre Along the St Lawrence – Summer 2019
For those travelling throughout the St.Lawrence and 1000 Islands region this summer, there are many options for the theatre fan. Our region is filled with professional productions throughout the summer months, and there is something for every kind of fan.
Brockville Arts Centre
Let’s start by looking at our very on Brockville Arts Centre. Built in 1858 as a town hall, market place and fire engine house originally, the Brockville Arts Centre is an excellent choice if you’re looking to take in a fun music experience. There are concerts happening throughout the summer, including the following:
Dreamer: The Supertramp Experience
Running from July 17-18, this Supertramp tribute show is well known for their near identical vocal similarity to Roger Hodgson and Rick Davies. Performing with an 8-piece band, this will be a true show complete with costume changes and film projection.
Green River Revival: A Tribute to CCR and John Fogery
If you find yourself in the mood to hear a little CCR, Green River Revival will definitely appeal to you! Running from July 31-August 1, this group has performed across all of North America, and are bringing their authentic sound to Brockville. The concert will be brought together by a storyline that incorporates all of the hits.
Woodstock Revival: The 50th Anniversary Concert
It has been 50 years since the legendary Woodstock concert, and it’s time to relive the classics! Hits by performers such as Santana, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix will be covered by the 9-person live band. Let your hair down on August 8 and let the vibes of peace take you back.
A Musical Tribute to the Highwaymen
On August 14-15, get to experience the music from one of the greatest country music groups in history – The Highwaymen. Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash will be emulated by Bob Gill, Jim Yorfida & Guy Mellanson as they perform hit after hit.
The Elvis Concert
The King has returned! Come see Pete Paquette show the musical career of Elvis Presley through the 1950s right to his Vegas years. Running from August 28-29, this will be an unforgettable live concert!
Brockville Arts Centre also run movies that you may have missed previously in the major theatre chains, or didn’t come to our local theatre. Examples of movies coming this July include:
The Dead Don’t Die (July 10-11)
Avengers: Endgame (July 13)
The Hummingbird Project (July 21)
Ma (July 24-25)
The Hustle (July 27)
The White Crow (July 28)
The Tomorrow Man (July 29-30)
Tickets can be bought through the website BAC Tickets or at the front of house. While you’re on the Brockville Arts Centre website or in the theatre, make sure you pick up your tickets to the Tall Ships Festival, happening in Brockville from August 30 – September 1!
1000 Islands Playhouse
Based in Gananoque, the 1000 Islands Playhouse is a picturesque theatre right on the water facing out into the 1000 Islands. Made up of two theatres – The Springer Theatre and the Firehall Theatre – Gananoque is able to run eight shows throughout their season, covering a wide range of interests:
This show ran from May 28-June 15, and was all about the iconic moments that shaped Generation X. Disco, the oil crisis, Watergate, the Cold War, punk rock and video games – everything that influenced Generation X is covered by over 100 characters.
Anne of Green Gables:
Running from June 21-July 20, “Anne of Green Gables” tells the classic story of a young, red-haired orphan sent to live in Prince Edward Island by mistake. This musical is one of the biggest shows that the 1000 Island Playhouse has covered in at least a decade, and is well worth a watch.
Made in Italy:
The first show of the Firehall Theatre season is set during 1970s Alberta, where a teenager discovers Italian cultural icons Rocky Balboa and John Travolta and decides he going to reinvent himself as a crooner. This lively show about family is best paired with a red wine.
Taking the stage July 24-August 17, this show tells the story of four women out to change the idea that hockey is just a sport for men. Set in 1933, this true story of the Preston Rivulettes is all about overcoming the odds and forging your own path.
The Boy in the Moon:
Running from August 7-September 1, this play is based on the memoir by the same name by Globe and Mail journalist Ian Brown. This show is all about the journey of raising a child with disabilities caused by a rare genetic disorder. This striking, funny and moving story is one for anyone who has ever been a parent or caregiver.
Ring of Fire:
The Music of Johnny Cash: August 23-September 15, come experience the music of Johnny Cash and experience a musical about love, success, faith and redemption. This musical uses more than two dozen classic hits from The Man In Black, including “I Walk the Line”.
Asking For It:
This docu-play looks at sex, gender, and consent in the wake of the Ghomeshi scandal. Originally debuting in 2017, this hard hitting show took Toronto by storm and runs from September 13-29.
The New Canadian Curling Club:
The last show to run at the Springer Theatre this season is “The New Canadian Curling Club” from September 27-October 20. This show answers the question of what would happen if you organized a local Learn-to-Curl class for your new neighbours – who just happen to be refugees resettled in Canada. A truly Canadian comedy that hurries hard.
Like theatre a bit more classical? Prescott has you covered with the 17th annual St Lawrence Shakespeare Festival! Prescott fills a gap in the summer theatre circuit by having all their shows outdoors at the Prescott Kinsmen Amphitheatre. Watch classics as the sun sets behind you, enjoying the warm summer evenings.
There are two shows running this year:
The Winter’s Tale
A Shakespeare play that will give you a little bit of everything: drama, comedy, music and romance. It is a story of power, redemption, love, jealousy and forgiveness. And of course, the most famous stage direction involving a bear. This show is well worth a watch, and will be filled with passion.
This play tells the tragic romantic story of Cyrano de Bergerac, a man cursed with the deformity of a huge nose. He is in love with Roxane, but believes no woman could ever love him and his nose. Then there is Christian, who also loves Roxane. He is handsome, but couldn’t write to save his life, and asks the gifted Cyrano to ghostwrite his love letters. The story is filled with romance, heroism, and beauty.
The furthest east on the St Lawrence is the Upper Canada Playhouse, found in Morrisburg Ontario. This theatre has been around for over three decades. You will find it located in the former Toothbrush and Argyle Sock Factory, which has been converted to a charming, intimate theatre that is climate controlled and accessible. This unique theatre is an attraction in itself, adorned with a historic mural much like the others found around the rest of Morrisburg.
The Upper Canada Playhouse runs year round, and have four shows running through the summer season.
Where You Are
ran from June 6-30 and tells the story of Glenda and Suzanne who spend their retirement selling jam on Manitoulin Island. The play follows as they prepare for the visit of Suzanne’s daughter, Beth, and a complicated secret that can no longer be contained comes up. But it turns out the sisters are not the only ones with a secret!
Don’t Dress For Dinner
is a classic comedy that runs from July 4-28. Bernard plans a weekend with his mistress while his wife is away – what could go wrong? Of course, everything.
runs from August 1-25 and is by the great Canadian playwright Norm Foster. This comedy is all about Iris, who inherits a house from her husband after he passes away. Along with her friend Natalie, they head to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia to learn more about the property she never knew about, and his relationship to this small costal town.
Same Time, Next Year
is one of the most popular romantic comedies of the century, running on Broadway for four years. Now running from September 5-29 in Morrisburg, the show follows a love affair between two people (who happen to be married to other people) who rendezvous once a year at the same time, the same place over a period of twenty-five years. It’s touching, nostalgic and hilarious.
Are you looking to keep the kids busy and entertained on their week off? You’re in luck! In Brockville there are many fun workshops, activities and camps happening during the week of March 11th-15th for all ages. Take a peek at the list below for ideas to keep everyone busy and having a blast over March Break 2019!
Harry Potter March Break Olde Magick, 123 King St W, Prescott Monday, March 11, 1pm-2:30pm (Wand Making) Wednesday, March 13, 1pm-2:30pm (Potion Necklaces) Friday, March 15, 1pm-2:30pm (Book of Spells)
Can you feel it?… Love is in the air! With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, you might be racking your brain trying to come up with the perfect date. Or, maybe you’d like to celebrate this “holiday” with the one and only… you (nothing is better than self-love dedicated day!). Lastly, why not gather your best friends, and/or family to celebrate all of the loved ones in your life! Whether you “buy in” to Valentine’s Day or not, love is always something to be celebrated!
For the Couples
Grab your skates! Have a pre-dinner skate at the Brockville Memorial Centre from 2pm-3pm or a post-dinner skate at Rotary Park Rink until 10pm on February 14th.
Surprise your special someone with none other than a heart shaped dessert! Richards Coffeehouse will have special cake available (orders yours ahead of time at 613-345-7771), heart shaped blueberry lemon scones will be available at Sweet Life Cafe, and who knows what yummy treats Tait’s Fresh Start will be offering on Feb 14th! Treat yourself!
Pick up a bath bomb (or two), amoung other lovely pampering items at Heavenly Touch Spa for your very own spa night.
Treat yourself to your favourite meal whether you order in, cook up a storm, or make a reservation for 1.
Pick up a great book at the Brockville Public Library, and get lost in the pages, or gain knowledge in an area you’re really curious about.
With Family & Friends
Take the family to see Peter Pan at the Brockville Arts Centre. The talented Brockville Operatic Society is performing this fun musical at 7:30pm on Feb 14th. Don’t miss “Peter Pan is the perfect show for the child in all of us… who dreamed of soaring high and never growing up”.
Catch a movie on the big screen, with popcorn and all! At Galaxy Cinemas, two new movies are coming out in Feb 13th, “Happy Death Day 2U” for the horror fans, and “Isn’t It Romantic” fun rom-com for a girls’ outing!
Fascinating Films are Making Their Way to Brockville This Month
Are you looking for something to do this month, without having to bundle up from head to toe (and still end up freezing)? Why not catch one or more of the wonderful films that the Brockville Arts Centre and Film Brockville will be screening! You’ll find many are indie films, bringing a thought provoking and artistic edge to the big screen. We are sure at least one will spark your interest! Check out what’s playing below:
Catch an Indie Flick with Film Brockville
Film Brockville is a non-profit group associated with the Toronto Film Circuit, a division of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Screen times are typically twice monthly at Brockville Arts Centre on Wednesdays, and cost just $10.00. Have a look at the films playing below, and please see Film Brockville’s website for more details.
Beautiful Boy Sunday January 13 2pm & 7pm Based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years.
The Guilty January 27 2pm & 7pm A police officer assigned alarm dispatch duty enters a race against time when he answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman. (Danish with English subtitles).
Check The Webster Film Series at the Brockville Arts Centre
The Brockville Arts Centre has some wonderful films showing this month as part of the Webster Film Series. Catch a great flick for just $10.00, and good news, there’s something new to watch almost every week in January! Movies showing this month are the following:
Bohemian Rhapsody January 11-12 at 2pm & 7pm Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet.
Ben is Back January 18-19 at 2pm & 7pm 19 year-old Ben Burns (Lucas Hedges) unexpectedly returns home to his family’s suburban home on Christmas Eve morning. Ben’s mother, Holly (Julia Roberts), is relieved and welcoming but wary of her son staying clean. Over a turbulent 24 hours, new truths are revealed, and a mother’s undying love for her son is tested as she does everything in her power to keep him safe.
BlackKkKlansman January 20 at 2pm & 7pm Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events.
Keep your eye out great films playing in Brockville throughout the year!
4 Ways to Spend Your NYE in Brockville
Photo by: Chris Hebert
Uptown, Downtown, there’s NYE Celebrations happening all over Brockville!
Here are some ideas to help you plan your evening out:
New Year’s Eve Concerts in Historic Downtown Brockville Continuing a 26 year tradition there will be concerts in each of six downtown churches starting at 6.00 on New Year’s Eve. These beautiful churches offer an amazing venue to enjoy live music with friends and family. Click here for more info and the concert schedule.
Boston Pizza New Year’s Eve Ring in the New Year with Boston Pizza! The Dining Room will be open all night serving your favourite food, and champagne at midnight for all dinner guests. All are welcome to dance the night away with great DJ in the lounge after 9pm. And guess what? No cover charge!
Struggling to get moving the morning after? No worries, why not sign up for the Brockville Polar Plunge on New Years Day?! Take an icy, wake-me-up dip in the River, in support of our local OSPCA branch! For more details clickhere.
Get Into The Halloween Spirit With These 13 Things To Do in 2018
Spooky events and haunted attractions are abundant this Halloween season in Brockville and area! From haunted walks, to trick or treating Downtown Brockville, there is something for everyone, to get into the Halloween spirit!
Check out what’s happening this month below:
Scary Movies in the Lighthouse Theatre The Aquatarium, 6 Broad St. The Aquatarium is proud to present: Aquascareium Movie Nights! Every Saturday in October there will be a movie showing. A 1:30pm family friendly movie, PLUS an 8pm SCARY movie for grown ups the last two Saturdays before Halloween! Offered as value added for regular admission during the day, and AQ After Hours Presentation Admission rate is $5 (Cash Only) at the door.
October 6th 1:30pm: Harry Potter October 13th 1:30pm: Scooby Doo October 20th 1:30pm: Goonies, 8:00pm: The Shining October 27th 1:30pm: Beetlejuice, 8:00pm: Scream
The Paranormal Show October 20, 7:00pm Spencerville Mill The Spencerville Mill & Museum invites you to an unusual but fascinating event. It’s a chance to experience a completely NEW form of entertainment! Come in costume if you like … Steam Punk aficionados will love this show but so will everyone!
Pumpkin and Flowers Workshop October 25, 7:00pm Wild Little Roses, 7 Perth St. Come spend the evening creating a beautiful pumpkin flower arrangement. Grab a few friends, have a few drinks and have an amazing time!
Tunnel of Terror
October 25-29, 6:00pm-9:00pm Brockville Railway Tunnel This October, the Tunnel is going to get a spooky transformation to celebrate Hallowe’en! Keep one of your evenings free from October 25-29 for a good ole fashioned scare as you walk through the tunnel! More details to come on the event, so keep your eyes peeled on Facebook, Snap’d 1000 Islandsand news outlets.
2018 Mystical Mansion Gala October 26, 5:30pm-9:30pm 1000 Islands Village, 1120 Hwy 2 The 1000 Islands Village Ballroom and the glassed-in Crystal Atrium will be turned into a Halloween themed setting, welcoming costumed or non-costumed guests. Prior to the 7 o’clock dinner, entertainment can be enjoyed with ‘See the Magic’, professional magician Elliott Smith whose magic is mesmerizing and amusing, or listen to the predictions of your future with Tarot Card reader Sonia Nadina Hayes. Following dinner, Brockville’s favourite, Healy and Orr will play their signature music for all to sing along, tap your toes or dance.
Prescott Zombie Walk & LUXE Boo-Tiques Haunted House & Food Drive October 26-27 On Friday night, take part in the Ghost Talk and Screaming contest at the Glasgow House. On Saturday afternoon at the Clock Tower, there will be a Scarecrow contest, zombie walk, car show, live music, vendors, and trick or treating on main st.!
Come for the haunted tour, shopping, ghoulish munchies and more! Catch the participants of the Prescott Zombie Walk by coming early. Dress up, come as you are, and bring something to contribute to the food drive. Support our local South Grenville Foodbank. Visit between 4:30pm-8:00pm.
Spirits of the Mill October 26-27, 7:00pm-9:00pm Delta Mill, 46 King St. Tour the spookily decorated Old Stone Mill and meet various characters from the mill’s past. Tours start from the Old Town Hall between 7 pm and 8 pm. A spooky and fun experience in the amazingly decorated and lit up Delta Mill!
Halloween Hullaballoo October 27, 7:00pm-11:59am Brockville Legion, 180 Park St. Halloween Hullabaloo is back for it’s 5th year of great live rock music, dancing, costume contest, and free professional photographs of you and your friends dressed in all your glory! Hurry, tickets are already 50% sold out!
Halloween in Downtown Brockville October 31, 12:00pm-8:00pm Downtown Brockville Come out and celebrate Halloween with the downtown Brockville community! Dress-up in your favourite costume and go trick or treating at participating downtown stores! From noon until close, stores will be giving out candy and goodies! Check here for a list of participating stores closer to the date.
A little farther away…
Pumpkinferno Upper Canada Village, 13740 County Road 2 Various evenings in October Award-winning Pumpkinferno is returning this fall, where you will discover a selection of all-new pumpkin-carved displays set among other fan-favourites!! This mesmerizing installation of artist-inspired, glowing pumpkins is a not-to-be-missed event for ALL ages!
Fort Fright Evenings in October
Fort Henry, 1 Fort Henry Drive Fort Fright is a haunted experience focusing on phobias and fears. Six individual PhobiArenas will target typical fears such as death, decay, clowns, spiders, blood, and darkness. Do you have what it takes to face your fears?
Acres of Terror Evenings in October Cannmore Orchard Cannamore Orchard welcomes you to our 26th year of Acres of Terror, Eastern Ontario’s most terrifying Halloween attraction. Acres of Terror has four main components this year, the Spooky Wagon ride, house of terror, spooky village, and the fog maze.
Fright Fest Evenings in October Saunders Farm A scary night at the farm is just what the doctor ordered! This year’s fright sites include, the Haunted Hayride, Barn of Terror, The coven, The Shambles, and The cemetery Scare Zone!
Fall 2018 Studio Tours and Shows
What better way to enjoy a weekend fall drive than to pair it with an artist studio tour? Below we have compiled a list of the upcoming tours and shows all within an hours drive from Brockville.
Thousand Islands Fine Art Association Show September 22-23, 10am-5pm
TIFAA will be holding its annual art show & sale at the Thousand Islands National Park. Works in all media by two dozen local artists will be displayed. As a special project, members will be displaying paintings of a scene along the St-Lawrence. Find out more
Merrickville Artists’ Guild Studio Tour & Sale September 22-23, 29-30, 10am-5pm
Spend an autumn weekend touring the studios of nationally and internationally renowned artists and craftspeople located in and around the historic village of Merrickville? This self-guided tour features 18 studios. Find out more
Culture Days Art Studio Open Houses
Many studios in the Brockville area are opening their doors to take part in “Culture Days”. These include Pam Mckinnon Art, From Here To Infinity Gallery, Leah Hicks, and the AOG Gallery. Find our more
Apples & Art Studio Tour
September 29-30, 10am-4pm
The season dresses in its most vibrant hues while local artists open their creative space to visitors in the Cornwall, and the SDG Counties. This self guided tour features 21 studios. Find out more
Before the Rush November 2-4, Friday 6pm-9pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm
Showcasing creative excellence in the 1000 Islands region. In the relaxing, comfortable atmosphere of “The Ivy” get a head start on your holiday shopping ‘before the rush’. Find out more
Brockville Artists’ Studio Annual Exhibition and Sale November 2-4, Friday 5pm-9pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm
Held at the Brockville Memorial Centre, this annual show features hundreds of paintings by many local artists. Find out more
5 Things to do in September
Summer turns to fall, temperatures cool, and leaves begin to change… but that’s not all that’s happening this month! There are awesome events approaching, and fun things to do to make the most of the autumn season – from celebrating local arts and culture to picking your own produce!
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Lyndhurst Turkey Fair on Saturday September 15th from 10:00am-4:00pm in the village of Lyndhurst! Enjoy a free day of fun for all ages, with musical entertainment, classic car show, Rays Reptiles, Children’s rides and games and so much more!
We are now in the midst of apple picking season! For the month of September you can pick your favourites varieties, such as McIntosh, Cortland, Royal Gala, Honey Crisp, and many more (apples can be picked in October as well). Halls Apple Market not only offers pick your own apples, but also a lovely Country Boutique and bakery. Don’t forget a cup of hot apple cider and mouth-watering apple cinnamon bread!
The Festival of Small Halls offer big music in little places, from September 12th– 30th this year! “The festival began with a vision of bringing big music to small places. Now, five years in, the festival is going strong, thriving on the outpouring of enthusiasm from musicians, communities, and audience members who have come together from across the world, across Canada, and across town to make the festival such a success.”
Enjoy the cooler fall temperatures (okay, after this week), and rent a bike for the day! Ride along the beautiful 5 km Brock Trail, which runs from Brockville downtown waterfront area, up to Mac Johnson Wildlife conservation area in the northern end of the city. Thousand Islands Bicycle Co. offers a bike transfer service as well, perfect for those who would like to explore the breathtaking 1000 Islands Parkway, but cannot transport bicycles on your own car. Guided tours are also available, led by knowledgeable guides who will show you the best of the best in Brockville, Gananoque andmore! Clickhereto book to cycle experience, plus use the code: FALL2018 to receive 20% off on all tours and rentals departing from September 4th-October 8th.
This community festival features art, sculpture music, dance, heritage artisans, culinary arts and crafts. lots of hands on activities. Family friendly. FREE. Something for everyone, and is everyone welcome!
Of course there are many other events, and things to do other than those listed above! To discover even more to do in the area, visit: www.brockvilletourism.com
15 Things to Do In July 2018
We can’t believe it’s already July, time sure does fly by! Therefore living in the moment and enjoying the right here, right now is crucial. Summer 2018 has already got off to a great start, and to keep the good times coming, this month is jam packed with summer fun activities, events and things to do!
Make some memories, have a laugh (or more like a bunch!), be adventurous, and #explorebrockville!
Brockville Ghost Walks are back this year! Delve into spooky tales, and haunting history with stories re-told from Nany Fraser’s “Mysterious Brockville” book. These spooky walks will begin July 9th and will continue every Monday in July at 7:30 pm and will continue every Monday in August at 8:00pm until August 18th. The Ghost Walks will commence at the Hardy Park gazebo, and you will be taken on a journey by foot that will last approx. 1.5 hours. Tickets can be purchased through the Brockville & 1000 Islands Tourism office.
It’s time to get creative in Downtown Brockville with Wild Little Roses. This cute shop is offering some wonderful floral and wreath workshops this month! On July 5th, there is a County Essence Floral Workshop, on July 10th a Succulent Wreath Workshop, and on July 26th a Simple and Elegant Floral Workshop.
5. Check out the Otter Pups at the Aquatarium
The otter pups at the Aquatarium are now in their new exhibit for you to enjoy! They have a grassy play yard, and a swimming hole to play around in, and they will for sure put a smile on your face!
6. Movies and Concerts in the Park
Grab your blanket, some snacks, your friends and family, and enjoy an evening in the park watching a movie on the big screen! Movies in the Park is a free event (including popcorn), thanks to Brockville Police Services. Movies begin at dusk.
July 5: Peter Rabbit
July 12: Sherlock Gnomes
July 19: Wrinkle in Time
July 26: Jumanji
August 2: Greatest Showman
August 16: Thor Ragnarok
August 30: MYSTERY MOVIE
Hardy Park is also host to Concerts in the Park on Sunday evenings. Check out their summer musical schedule.
7. Come Diving
Brockville and the 1000 Islands region has gained critical acclaim as being the “World’s Best Fresh Water Scuba Diving” destination. On Top of that, Brockville is on the list of the best 5 places to scuba dive in Canada – so what are you waiting for!? Brockville is also the site of an underwater sculpture park, located off the shore of Centeen Park in downtown, with new sculptures added just recently. For more info on diving, check out: SOS Thousand Islands Chapter, and Dive Brockville.
8. Pick your own Raspberries at Tincap Berry Farm
Delicious raspberries are yours for the picking, beginning in July at the Tincap Berry Farm. They are typically available for two-three weeks, so follow their Facebook Page for updates on when picking begins! The farm also offers locally grown fresh vegetables, and pre-picked berries!
9. Hit Up a County Fair
It’s the season for county fairs, and July brings two favourites to “town”. The Lansdowne Fair is up first, running from July 20th-July 22nd. A lot is happening this weekend, including a Midway, Talent Show, Agricultural Education Barn, Demo Derby, Pie Eating Contest and so much more! The Delta Fair begins the weekend afterwards on July 26th-29th. Check out Monster Truck Mania, animal land, the midway, and musical performances by 21 Gun Salute to AC DC, Brea Lawson, 80’s ENUFF, magic shows and more! Lansdowne Fair Schedule Delta Fair Schedule
10. Take a Bicycle Tour
Are you looking to see everything Brockville has to offer or aren’t visiting for long? Are you in search of eye-opening history and vibrant views? Look no further than Thousand Islands Bicycle Co. to tour Brockville’s historic and beautiful downtown. Their friendly and informative guides will take you throughout the scenic downtown area, allowing you to learn more about Brockville while enjoying fresh air and exercise.
11. Brockville Farmers’ Market
Every Thursday and Saturday the Brockville Farmers Market pops up on Market St. West, offering locally grown and produced food items, home décor, arts and crafts and everything in between! Enjoy live entertainment on Saturdays while you stroll up and down both sides of the vendor packed street.
12. Take a River Dip
With these HOT temperatures lately, a refreshing swim is just what you’ll need! The St. Lawrence River will give you a quick cooling fix, and there are lots of spots to take a dip. Centeen Park offers the option to take a plunge and jump into the river, or you also have the option to walk in. Sanddocks (Thomas St.) is a smaller scale of Centeen that is another great spot in the Downtown Area. Additionally, at St. Lawrence Park there is a beach area to relax near the river and shallow waters.
Looking to get out on the river? Renting a Kayak is a great option if you do not have a boating license, plus you’ll get some exercise! Dive Brockville offers kayak rentals (as well as paddle board, canoes, and bikes!), with close access to the river to put your kayak in right away! If you do have a boating license, Gilbert Marine offers a wide variety of motor boat options (also including kayaks and canoes!). 1000 Islands Kayaking offers, guided kayak tours and rentals as well if you are looking to take a kayak out West of Brockville.
15. Discover the Garden Trail
A mix of fourteen private and public gardens and garden centre displays connect to make up the Garden Trail throughout Leeds Grenville. The trail features many unique gardens that feature perennials, shrubs, trees and food production. View the Garden Trail Brochure here, or pick up a copy at Brockville & 1000 Islands Tourism, 10 Market St. West.
Bonus: Shakespeare Festival
The highly anticipated St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival begins July 14th with As You Like It, and The Taming of the Shrew on July 18th. Located at the Prescott harbour at an outdoor amphitheatre, the play is perfectly located for a Roman experience, and what better way to enjoy theatre than with the beautiful St. Lawrence River as a backdrop? Check out their website for more details and times of showing, as well as their “Monday Night Live” event.