Exploring Brockville

Brockville is a very walkable city that is very easy to navigate, making it the ideal place to spend an afternoon, a day or even a week. Whether you like to explore the city streets with a guided historic tour, or prefer to go it alone with a self-guided option, we are confident you will find your ideal way to experience this charming city on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, the eastern gateway to the 1000 Islands.

From self-guided historical walking tours, studio tours, and garden tours, to guided walking tours, ghost walks, and even 1000 islands cruises, there are many different ways to explore the city and the 1000 Islands region.

Brockville Museum’s historical downtown Criminal Past walking tour: For those that dare – hear the story of one of Canada’s largest bank heists, the twisted tale of the last man hanged in Brockville, the frightening account of a mass shooting and discover exactly what happened to John Simpson’s skin. Join the Brockville Museum’s 90 minute historical downtown walking tour, “Brockville’s Criminal Past”. Runs Friday nights at 3pm & 7pm in July and August. Tickets are $6 and include museum admission. 613-342-4397

Brockville Ghost Walks: Discover the chilling tales and spooky sites where ghost sightings and hauntings have taken place in Brockville. Wear comfortable shows and be prepared to shake in them! This 90 minute tour has been adapted from stories found in local author Nancy Fraser’s books ‘Mysterious Brockville’ and ‘Mysterious Brockville II’ and takes place on Mondays nights in July and August. Tickets are only $10 and can be purchased from the Brockville & 1000 Islands Tourism Office. 613-342-4357 

1000 Islands and Seaway Cruises: Boat cruising in the world famous 1000 Islands. Of course, no visit to Brockville would be complete without a cruise of the world famous 1000 Islands. Departing from Block House Island in the City’s historic downtown, 1000 Islands & Seaway Cruises operates a fleet of boats offering a close-up view of the Islands. Choose from a variety of traditional Sightseeing, Dining and Entertainment cruises or get your motor running aboard the Islands’ only high-speed passenger boat, the ‘WildCat’ – safe, family fun; an adventure for all ages. 1-800-353-3157

1000 Islands Tasting Tours: new in 2017 will be guided tasting tours of local restaurants and hot spots servicing Brockville, Gananoque, and Kingston. Lunch tours will be offered in Brockville with the possibility of special evening tours. Please visit their website for details:

Art in the City: Artists and artisans of many genres, hosted by area businesses and galleries, will be adding to the allure of Brockville by presenting their creations during the Annual Brockville Art in the City Tour. (2017 tour dates have not yet been set)

Fulford Place Museum: Original tapestries, paintings, statues and ceramics collected on the Fulfords’ world travels are on display throughout the period rooms and are featured in special exhibits. Enjoy a guided tour at set times in the summer, and by appointment year round. 613-498-3003

The Brock Trail: The 6km family-friendly Brock Trail starts at the waterfront and winds its way through quiet neighbourhoods and parks, north to the Mac Johnson Wildlife Area. With a number of proposed additions, the Brock Trail is rapidly expanding. The Trail now extends as far West as St. Lawrence Park, connects to Rotary Park, and continues over a bridge behind the Mill restaurant to connect with the waterfront.  Our official Brockville & 1000 Islands Road Map includes a map of the Brock Trail. Stop by our office at 10 Market Street West to pick up a copy during your visit and we can show you the closest place to connect with the trail.

Tall Ships Adventure Segway Tour: Battery Operated two-wheeled Segways turn the south coast of Canada into a playground along the St. Lawrence Seaway. Experienced Segway Pilots will guide you through Blockhouse Island and along the Rotary Park pathway. May-June: Thursday-Sundays 10am-5pm; July-August: Saturday-Sunday 10am-4pm (subject to change).

Doors Open Brockville & Thousand Islands: Explore multiple museums and historical sites all in one weekend during Doors Open. Brockville & the Thousand Islands take part in Doors Open Ontario annually at the end of May. Different sites take part each year, opening their doors for the public to visit and explore for free. Many of the participating sites are otherwise not open to the public, so be sure to take advantage of this opportunity.

1000 Islands and Rideau Canal Garden Trail: Create your own garden tour adventure – gardeners throughout the region will allow you to explore their gardens throughout the summer months. Find gardens in Gananoque, Delta, Brockvile, Prescott, Johnstown and North to Kemptville. Some sites are always available while others are open on certain days of the week or by appointment, so be sure to refer to each individual site’s guidelines 

King’s Lock Craft Distillery: This newly opened distillery just East of Brockville in Johnstown produces a variety of products including “1000 Islands Moonshine”. Groups and individuals are welcome to explore the distillery, and guides can be booked in advance.

Fort Wellington National Historic Site: Guided and self-guided tour of this site are available (mid-May to mid-October). In 2017 self-guided tours are free with your Parks Canada Discovery Pass and guided tours will be offered at a special rate in 2017 for Canada’s 150th.

Use our business directory below to find out more about these tours and more that are available throughout the region.