Outdoor Recreation and Adventure

Situated along the St. Lawrence River, in the beautiful (and world-famous) 1000 Islands, Brockville is a great place to get outdoors and feed your adventurous spirit. From cycling and paddling routes along the riverfront, hiking trails with gorgeous lookout points, scuba diving down to abundant shipwrecks, boating in the 1000 Islands, to hunting and fishing in the area, Brockville has everything you need to experience outdoor recreation in the great outdoors.

With a number of beaches in the area, as well as numerous parks and playgrounds, it is also a great place to enjoy the outdoors with your family.

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Walking and Hiking Trails

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The Brock Trail: A 7km walking and cycling path that runs along Brockville’s beautiful waterfront in the historic downtown core and continues north through to the other end of town.

Mac Johnson Wildlife Area: Also known locally as “The Back Pond”, Mac Johnson Wildlife Area is located north of Brockville, just two km from Highway 29.

The 1000 Islands Parkway: Between Brockville and Gananoque along the Waterfront Trail there is a beautifully paved, multi-use path on the north side of the 1000 Islands Parkway that is separated from the road by a few meters of grass. This path is great for walking, cycling, and roller blading.

Jones Creek: Located along the Thousand Island Parkway between Brockville and Mallorytown Landing, this trail system is maintained by the Thousand Island National Park of Canada.

Landon Bay: Venture into the fields and forests to the osprey nest, beaver dam and pond alive with nature’s creatures. Signs and printed information guide you to the Lookout with its panoramic view of the 1000 Islands.

Charleston Lake: This Provincial Park holds a trail system that features the geological and human history of the park.

Blue Mountain at Charleston Lake: This 9.5 km trail takes you up to a scenic lookout located at the highest point in Leeds County. Accessible by water at Huckleberry Hollow and by land from the south at the north end of Blue Mountain Road.

Rock Dunder: A soaring lookout over the Rideau Waterway, and a local landmark for generations.

Lyn Valley Conservation Area: At just 11 hectares in size, it has a great swimming area and one short hiking trail.

Limerick Forest: The mapped trail network within Limerick Forest consists of approximately 180 km of trails ranging in size from single track to emergency access roads.

Skywood Eco Adventure Park: The newest way to experience nature in the 1000 Islands is at this canopy tour and zipline park. Located approximately 10 minutes west of downtown Brockville on the 1000 Islands Parkway, this park has aerial obstacle courses and ziplines to show off the natural beauty of the area in a unique way.

Cycling in Brockville and the 1000 Islands

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The Waterfront Trail: Stretching over 1600km along the Canadian shores of Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair and the Niagara, Detroit and St. Lawrence Rivers, the Waterfront Trail connects 75 communities and over 405 parks and natural areas.

The Brock Trail: A 7km walking and cycling path that runs along Brockville’s beautiful waterfront in the historic downtown core and continues north through to the other end of town.

Cycle the Arch: Brockville is part of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.

Paddling in Brockville and the 1000 Islands

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St. Lawrence River: The Thousand Islands Paddling Trail is divided into 9 paddling routes, organized to follow the flow of the St. Lawrence river from Kingston, in the west, to Brockville, in the east.

Mac Johnson Wildlife Area: Also known locally as “The Back Pond”, Mac Johnson Wildlife Area is located north of Brockville, just two km from Highway 29.

Paddle the Arch: Canoeing and kayaking on the Frontenac Arch Biosphere.

Visit the 1000 Islands

Brockville is the only municipality that owns islands in the 1000 Islands. Accessible to the public by boat in the summer months, they can be used for picnicking and swimming in the day time, as well as overnight camping. For more information about boating to, picnicking on, or camping on our Brockville islands, please visit this link to the City’s website with price details and FAQs

Parks Canada operates Thousand Islands National Park from Mallorytown Landing, just West of Brockville. These islands are nationally owned and operated and are open to the public during the summer for day use and camping. With newly installed oTENTik camping cabins on some of the islands as well as the mainland at Mallorytown Landing, it is easy to add a little luxury to your rugged island camping getaway.

Get to the islands with the use of your own boat, canoe, or kayak, or rent one from a local business.

Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing Trails

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Triangle Ski Club: The ski trails are located on the west and east side of Leeds County Road 5. Day users are welcome on the club’s ski trails.

Gordon MacCormack Maitland Ski Trails: The Maitland cross country trail system consists of three, relatively flat loops of varying lengths from 3.0 km to 7.5 km.

Limerick Forest: The mapped trail network within Limerick Forest consists of approximately 180 km of trails ranging in size from single track to emergency access roads.

 

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