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Canada Day 2020 – Celebrating During COVID-19

It’s no surprise that after the year we’ve had so far (can you believe it’s only June?!) that Canada Day 2020 is going to look a little different this year. We’re physically distancing, we’re wearing masks, but we’re still going to celebrate. After all, it is the Canadian national anthem’s 40th birthday, and our flag’s 55th birthday! COVID-19 can’t stop us from celebrating safely!

Brockville Tourism is working together with the City of Brockville and other local organizations to make sure this Canada Day is fun and safe for everyone.

Canada Day Painted Rock

Week Before Canada Day: Let’s Decorate!

Brockville Tourism is decorating outside our visitor centre leading up to the big day, and we’re asking everyone to join in!

Throughout our physical distancing, painted rocks have been popping up along the Brock Trail with inspirational messages of hope. The young and young at heart are invited to paint a red and white rock with their own inspirational messages on them and leave them in our boat facing Water Street! We will be painting the boat red for the occasion, and want to have a full rock garden of messages from locals, so feel free to join us today!

June 29th – July 1st: Canada, Let’s Get Together!

The national celebration of Canada Day starts early online! Visit the Canadian Heritage website starting June 29th to take part in online activities including cooking challenges, sports challenges, innovation challenges and discovering the hidden treasures of digital Canada! Take part on social media and rise to the challenge!

All Day: Show Us How You’re Celebrating Canada Day 2020 Photo Contest

Brockville, we know that this year is going to be a little different from how we celebrate Canada Day. Maybe you’ll dress in your favourite red and white, or maybe you’ll bake a Canada Day dessert. Perhaps Canada Day is always celebrated with a big barbecue, or a jump in the St. Lawrence River. However you celebrate Canada Day, Brockville Tourism wants to see how you’re celebrating! Take photos or videos of how you are celebrating throughout the day, and there will be two ways to enter:

  1. Use the hashtag #ClearlyBrockville AND #CanadaDay on either Instagram or Twitter to be entered before 11:59 pm on July 2nd.
  2. Email your photos to contest@brockvilletourism.com before 11:59 pm on July 2nd.

The winner will be chosen at random and will win a family dinner prize pack from Cowan’s Dairy!!

KEEP AN EYE ON THIS SPOT FOR PHOTOS FROM CANADA DAY 2020!!

All Day: National Celebration Celebration Kit

The Canadian Heritage website has set up a full day of activities packs for the entire family. Learn more about the maple leaf through the Arts And Culture activity pack, discover the Peace Tower through the History, Symbols and Traditions activity pack, explore the outdoors and enjoy physical activity with the Beaver activity pack, and cook up a culinary storm with the O Canada activity pack.

9 am – 12 pm: MS Teddy Bear Picnic Goes Virtual

This is an event the whole family can enjoy! Families are encouraged to host their own teddy bear picnics at home and share their photos with ont-leeds@mssociety.ca. You can learn more about this festival on the MS Society’s Teddybear Festival Facebook Page.

9:30 am: InstaChoir Canada Performs

InstaChoir Canada will be broadcasting a performance at around 9:30 am on Canada Day. There will be a few local voices, and this can be watched through Facebook, Youtube or the InstaChoir website.

10 am: Brockville Road Runners 5K Run/Walk From Home – Together Individually

This Canada Day tradition will continue no matter what! Join the Brockville Road Runners in their annual fundraising event for the Brockville and Area Food Bank.

To take part, register online through Trackie and make a donation. Donations of $20 or more will receive a tax receipt from the Food Bank at the end of the year. Then on Wednesday, July 1st, wear your best Canada Day colours, step out your front door, turn left and GO. Keeping with tradition, 5km is the distance, however, if a 1km walk or run is more suited for your age or ability, feel free to join in that way! What is important is that you’re participating and having fun. Together Individually is the title this year, so make sure you’re following all the COVID-19 guidelines while taking part. You can also feel like you’re running together by joining the Brockville Road Runners Club Facebook Group!

11 am: O’Canada – The Brockville Remix

Join us on Facebook at 11am for a special treat – sing O Canada with local dignitaries, Brockville City Council and community members!

1 pm – 2 pm: Canada Day Across the Country

For the afternoon, we’ll be taking part in the national ceremonies happening online and on CBC! There will be a daytime show, Canada Day Across the Country hosted by Serena Ryder and Pierre-Yves Lord. Watch Sudbury, Montréal, Québec, Moncton, Winnipeg, Yellowknife and Calgary.

8pm – 10pm: Canada Day Together

We will continue to take part in the national ceremonies by tuning in to the evening show, Canada Day Together on CBC or online. Serena Ryder and Pierre-Yves Lord will be hosting once again, and there will be a collection of great performers from coast to coast to coast! You can see the full lineup on the Canadian Heritage website.

Driftscape – Brockville’s Virtual Visitor’s Guide

Brockville Tourism / Driftscape Promotional Photo

As technology continues to evolve, so so do the tools available to us in the tourism industry. When Brockville Tourism heard of this newest tool – Driftscape – we were immediately sold on the potential of this new application.

What is Driftscape?

Driftscape is a Canadian augmented reality travel application. It provides a platform for local arts, history and culture organizations to share their stories in an interactive and engaging fashion through their application. It can be used by both locals and travellers as a way to get to know a location better, from their back yard to their new vacation spot.

All you have to do is download the Driftscape application from this link. Also, you can scan the following QR code with your phone’s camera.

Driftscape QR code

Through that link, you will be taken directly to the City of Brockville’s section on the app. With the app, you will be able to explore our beautiful city, no matter where you are in the world!

How Do I Use Driftscape?

When you enter the Brockville area on Driftscape, you will notice four distinct flags marking the different locations in Brockville, just like on this website:

StaySeeEatPlay

You will be able to find information on all sorts of locations in Brockville, from finding somewhere to eat dinner to finding a place to stay for the night. You can learn more about the city through the See section, finding out more about historical locations throughout the downtown. The play section is all about the fun things to see and do in the city. There’s even an audio tour of our famous Brockville Railway Tunnel! Tours will continue to be developed as the city begins to reopen to tourism.

If you’re already in Brockville, you can enjoy even more of the Driftscape features. The Driftscape app has the ability to use augmented reality to explore Brockville in real-time! Just click on the eye icon in the bottom menu bar to get started. Check out these examples of the augmented reality in use while in downtown Brockville.

We’re excited to be able to bring Brockville to you, no matter where you live in the world. Learn more about Brockville’s history and our beautiful sights, including our islands! You’ll find Brockville (and other cities too!) available through the Driftscape app, so don’t wait – download it today!

Community Strong Food Drive

Are you looking for more ways to help out during the quarantine? Maybe realizing you went a bit overboard when grocery stockpiling and want to give back? Keep up your physical distancing while supporting a good cause with the Community Strong Food Drive, created by the City of Brockville city council along with the Winter Classic organizing committee.

Food Drive Essential Information

When: Saturday April 11th, 2020, 10am – 2pm
Where: All around Brockville (Route Map below)
Why: To help support the Brockville community in a time of need while still being able to maintain physical distancing

How to Participate

There will be a small parade of vehicles with various emergency vehicles as well following the route below starting at 10am. Residents are asked to place non-perishable food items at the end of their driveways in advance of the parade, and then return to the safety of their homes or front porch to watch the items be picked up.

To add to the community spirit of the event, there will also be a solo musician on the back of one of the vehicles to perform.

The Route

Community Strong Food Drive - North End Route
North End Route
Community Strong Food Drive South End Route
South End Route

Please Note:

Cash donations will not be accepted during the Community Strong Food Drive, only non-perishable food items.

If you want to make a monetary donation to the Brockville and Area Food Bank can be made through CanadaGives.org.

Explore Downtown Brockville While Social Distancing

It’s a difficult time for all of us right now. While all of us exercise social distancing in the coming days and weeks, we know that making sure you get outside is still important. Together with the Downtown Brockville Business Improvement Area, Brockville Tourism has developed a fun addition to your outdoor time, for both the young and the young at heart.

Downtown Brockville Easter Egg Hunt

From now until April 13th, you can explore downtown Brockville businesses from a safe distance and take part in a scavenger hunt! Businesses in the downtown core (North to South: James St – St. Lawrence River East to West: Orchard St – Gilmour St) have posted easter egg posters like the one below:

Easter Egg Hunt Sample Poster

What you will need to do is fill out this form with the name of the location of the egg. Then, describe the egg in the window. Once you’ve filled in as much as you can, scan or take a photo of your completed form and send it in to info@downtownbrockville.com by April 13th. You will then be entered for a draw for a $25 Downtown Brockville gift certificate!

Easter Egg Design Contest

Want another opportunity to enter? Not a problem – you can enter through our Easter Egg Design contest! We want to see your best Easter Egg designs. Even better if they have a bit of Brockville flavour to them as well!

Print out the image above, or download the pdf file here, and design your egg. Then, share it on social media using both the hashtags on the poster. You can share it through Twitter, Instagram, or our Facebook Pages wall.

Brockville Tourism:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrockvilleTourism/
Twitter and Instagram: @BrockvilleTour

Downtown Brockville:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/downtownbrockville/
Twitter: @dt_brockville
Instagram: @downtownbrockville

If you are looking for an extra entry, make sure you mention where you would spend your gift certificate! You have until April 13th to enter.


Now is a very confusing time for many of us. If you have the means to do so, please continue to support your local restaurants that remain open for take out and delivery. When this time of social distancing is over, we want to be sure all our favourite businesses are there with us.

Business Support Through the COVID-19 Pandemic

If you are a business owner of any kind, we know that this period of uncertainty is very difficult. During this time, we want to provide some information for things you can do to both help and receive help over the coming weeks and months.

How to Help

Offer Your Supplies and Services to Those In Need

If you are a business that has the following items in your supplies, please consider taking part in the Canadian Government’s request to help Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic.

N95 Mask needed during COVID-19 Pandemic

The government is looking for surplus stock of the following items:

  • Disposable N95 masks
  • Disposable surgical masks
  • Nitrile gloves
  • Vinyl gloves
  • Gowns
  • Bottles of hand sanitizer
  • Other prevention products

They are also looking for people who can provide the following services:

  • Guard / security services
  • Nursing services
  • Food services
  • Laundry services
  • Accommodation maintenance services
  • Personal services
  • IT support services
  • Other services

If your business can help during this time, please consider filling out this submission form with how you can help. Please contact your local Provincial Senior Business Advisor or Strategic Account Manager if you have any further questions.

If Help Is Needed

Gift Certificate Support Through AttractionsOntario

People are being actively encouraged to purchase gift certificates right now to help companies in the future. Buying a gift certificate brings in income right now, and also ensures people will come into your store again once the emergency measures are lifted.

If you are a tourism attraction or business and offering gift certificates, please contact AttractionsON to let them know about your online gift certificate sales. They have a page dedicated to these gift certificates, and they will be promoting these offers on social media as well.

For more information, or to submit your business, please reach out to:

Tine Elgsaether
Membership Coordinator
tine@attractionsontario.ca

RDA Funding

Your local RDA (Regional Development Agency) is here to help businesses as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

These RDAs are on the front line of economic development in Canada, and can help to address key challenges that businesses are facing economically. They are monitoring the current COVID-19 situation closely, and watching the impact it has on our local economies.

If you are a tourism operator or small- or medium- sized business or organization and have received RDA funding and COVID-19 is affecting your operations, you are encouraged to contact your local RDA office. Your local RDA office can review your situation and provide guidance.

  • You may be eligible to receive additional funding and/or flexible arrangements.
  • Further support will be determined on a case-by-case basis as the situation evolves.

If you are a tourism operator or small- or medium- sized business or organization impacted by the sudden shifts in the economy and need pressing assistance, the RDAs could assist you with:

  • Access to federal funding to help you stay in business.
  • Advice and pathfinding services to other federal programs and services available.

For further information, please contact FedDev Ontario.


These programs are being run through their individual organizations, so please be sure to reach out to the individual programs for further information.

Having Fun Through March Break 2020

March Break is quickly coming up, and we wanted to shine a light on three camps taking place that will fill your kids days with fun and excitement.

The Aquatarium’s March Break Camp

This camp is already sold out, but there is a waiting list!

From March 16-20, your kids can enjoy a week of discovery through the unique themed days throughout the week! There will be hands on activities, creative crafts, exciting experiments, and lots of fun experiences.

Monday: Winter Wonderland
Tuesday: Mad Scientist
Wednesday: All About Animals
Thursday: STEAM Powered
Friday: Otterly Amazing

If you can’t make if tor the full camp, be sure to reach out to the Aquatarium to see if there are any availabilities for single day registrants.

Camp runs from 9am – 4pm each day. Before and after care is available as well for an additional fee of $5 a day. There is also a partnership with Moose McGuires to offer an optional hot lunch program for an additional $25+HST for the week.

The Aquatarium camp is $170 for the week or $40 for the day. Inquiries about availability can be sent to adumbrille@aquatarium.ca or through the Aquatarium’s website.

Frontenac Arch Biosphere Nature Camp – Mac Johnson

If your kids are more into nature, then maybe check out the March Break camps through the Frontenac Arch Biosphere at Mac Johnson!

While the Monday is sold out, there are still a few spots remaining for Tuesday-Friday (as of Monday, March 9th.) Each of the sessions have their own theme as well, so you can pick and choose which ones spark your interest! Each day costs $30 to register.

Tuesday, March 17 – Tracks and Scat

If your child likes to solve mysteries and find hidden treasures, this camp is for them! Winter is a great time to find clues about the forest. The snow lets people see the tracks of the local animals, and where they’re going. Follow tracks on a great Animal Scavenger Hunt, complete with prizes and special treats.

Wednesday, March 18 – Winter Travel

Bring a cardboard box or two and put your creativity to the test as you build your own toboggans. You’ll also get to experiment with the best ways to travel through the snowy trails in the winter, using the snowshoes, toboggans and skis.

Thursday, March 19 – Winter Camping

Did you know winter camping is a real thing? This day will be packed with adventure, using compasses to navigate trails, setting up a real campsite, enjoying a cookout and building your own shelters. Learn about what works best for insulation and how to stay dry. You’re also welcome to bring a food that can be cooked on the fire, or something warm that can be enjoyed outside.

Friday, March 20 – Spring and Things

Spring is just around the corner! Ice and snow are melting, and you might even get to see some bugs moving around. It isn’t too long until the birds will return home and be chirping along. Investigate what causes all these changes and how this affects the forests, ponds and fields in Mac Johnson. Weather permitting, you’ll go bug collecting and make a bee hotel that can attract the pollinators to your garden. You can even start your own greenhouse!

For more information or to register, check out this link.

Stingers March Break Day Camp

This camp is a great day filled with exercise and fun as your kids play lasertag, basketball, batting cages, pickleball, badminton, hide & seek, splatmaster paintball, and more. Bring running shoes, a lunch and a snakc with plenty to drink.

Stingers Indoor Paintball is opening its doors for kids 6-12 and the camp will run from 9am – 4pm. For more information, please contact Stingers Indoor Paintball or check their Facebook Event page.

Brockville Tourism Development Fund