Canada’s First Railway Tunnel is reopening and you need to see it!
The Rails to Trails Festival is taking place August 10-13, 2017 celebrating Canada’s First Railway Tunnel. We will have an old fashioned fair, the World’s Largest Rubber Duck, and finally a completely renovated railway tunnel with an amazing lighting and sound system making it seem like there really is a train inside the tunnel. This isn’t an event you will want to miss! The ambassadors at Brockville Tourism and 1000 Islands Tourism have built a family – friendly itinerary to help you plan your weekend!
Thursday August 10th
4:30 pm – Welcome to Brockville! You have arrived. If you need help with directions; give us a call at 613-342-4357.
4:45 pm – Grab a bite to eat. Whether your journey to get here was short or long we all need a delicious meal. We have many places to eat uptown just off highway 401
6:30 pm – If you enjoy plays or Shakespeare performed live, take a 20 minute drive east to the small town of Prescott for a magnificent production of the Three Musketeers outdoors on the banks of the St. Lawrence River http://www.stlawrenceshakespeare.ca/home.aspx
7:00 pm – SWIMMING! If you don’t like Shakespeare this is for you. There are many places in Brockville to swim in the St. Lawrence river such as St. Lawrence Park, which is only a 5 minute drive westward from City Hall.
8:00 pm – Finish up your play or swim and head back to one of our many hotels or bed and breakfasts. If you need help finding an accommodation give us a call or visit http://brockvilletourism.com/accommodations/
Friday August 11th
9:00 am – Get ready to start your day!
9:30 am – Have breakfast at one of our many downtown cafes on King Street
10:30 am – Take a 1000 Island & Seaway Cruise. This cruise is a beautiful way to get to know the Thousand Islands. Rain or shine it’s a great time! http://www.1000islandscruises.com/
12:00 pm – Grab some lunch at Brockville’s Ribfest in Hardy Park. Stay for a pony ride and petting zoo, then visit the kids zone. www.brockvilleribfest.ca
2:00 pm – Get your picture taken with the World’s Largest Rubber Duck! The duck will be floating just off of Blockhouse Island (near the airplane)
4:30 pm – Enjoy a dinner downtown we have many bistros, grills, and pubs to suit your taste. https://www.downtownbrockville.com/restaurants.php?cID=16
6:30 pm – The Brockville Museum has extended hours this weekend and is right next to Hardy Park. They have new exhibit on Blockhouse Island, and at 7:00pm, you can take a 90 minute guided walk around Brockville to learn all about the criminals that used to walk the streets that we walk today (maybe their ghosts still do) on Brockville’s Criminals of the Past Walking tours. http://www.brockvillemuseum.com/index.cfm?ID=905
8:00 – 9:45 pm – Head to Reynolds Park and enjoy playing some traditional carnival games, ride the 100 year old Ferris Wheel, or take a spin on the Carousel. Don’t miss the Carnivale Lune Bleue Fire Show at 9:15 pm.
Saturday August 12th
9:00 am – Wake up! Get ready for the beautiful day ahead! We recommend grabbing a ride on one of the shuttles that will be running on a continuous loop from the Memorial Centre (9am – 10pm) or one of our uptown hotels (10am – 10pm). http://brockvilletourism.com/brockville-rails-to-trails-festival/
9:45 am – Visit the Brockville Farmers’ Market for fresh vegetables, home baked goods, and so much more! It’s the perfect place for breakfast.
10:30 am – Watch the Rails to Trails Parade from King Street which signals the commencement of the tunnel opening. The parade will follow the same route used to celebrate the laying of the tunnel’s corner stone in 1854. http://railstotrailsbrockville.ca/
11:30 am – Watch the tunnel opening ceremony in front of the railway tunnel. You will be amazed at all the hard work and people involved in the restoration of the tunnel.
12:30 pm – This is your opportunity to walk through Canada’s First Railway Tunnel which is 153 year old. You will be blown away! http://www.brockvillerailwaytunnel.com/
2:00 pm – There are many restaurants near the railway tunnel to grab a bite to eat. Whether you want a café, waterfront restaurant, or a bistro, Brockville has something to suit your needs.
3:00 pm – Spent time at Blockhouse or go over to Reynolds Park to have fun at the Carnivale Lune Bleue. There are many family friendly activities including; a variety of Carny Games, a 1917 Ferris wheel, a 1938 Carousel , and the Tropical Terrors Snake Show at 5pm. http://railstotrailsbrockville.ca/
6:00 pm – Go for dinner at one of our many restaurants near King Street. https://www.downtownbrockville.com/restaurants.php?cID=16
7:30- 9:30 pm –Hear performers at Hardy Park as a part of Ribfest including Totally Hip and 21 Gun Salute or see the World’s Largest Duck lit up at night!
Sunday August 13th
10:30 am – Have breakfast at another one of Downtown Brockville’s café’s! https://www.downtownbrockville.com/restaurants.php?cID=16
11:15 am – Aquatarium time!! This place is a must go for anyone whether you’re traveling with kids or not! Make sure you catch the otter feeding at 11:30! http://www.aquatarium.ca/
2:00 pm – After all that fun you’ll be hungry. There are many restaurants near the Aquatarium that you can choose from. https://www.downtownbrockville.com/restaurants.php?cID=16
3:30 pm – It’s the last day to catch the Ontario 150 Tour at Blockhouse Island. Don’t miss the Rhythm of the Nation, an interactive beat and breakdance performance at 4:30. The West Coast Lumberjack show is at 5 pm, plus, you will have a chance to ride the railway jigger. Don’t miss a once in a lifetime photo op with the World’s Largest Rubber Duck!
Thank you for visiting Brockville! Stop by the Visitor Centre at 10 Market Street West any time this weekend say hello, ask a question, or pick up a souvenir. See you soon!