Visit an Island

The City of Brockville owns and manages a group of islands in the St. Lawrence River for conservation and public enjoyment. Part of the world-famous 1000 Islands, they contribute to the scenic and ecological character of an important tourist area and provide valuable recreational opportunities to residents and visitors alike. Check out this great new tool for exploring Brockville’s Islands

Daily, weekly and seasonal camping is available for the islands of the City of Brockville. The islands can also be used for day use picnicking and boating, and one of the islands, Refugee Island, is the site of the annual event, Island Breakfast where you can purchase a ticket for a boat ride to the island for breakfast.

Click here to download the Brockville City Islands Map. Copies of the map can also be found in the Brockville & 1000 Islands Visitor Guide.

Paddle In/Paddle Out
New this year, the City has 6 paddle in/paddle out sites. Canoes and kayaks must be beached or placed at the campsite.

Boat Launching
The City of Brockville provides 2 boat launching ramps, one located at the foot of Henry Street and the other is located at the foot of Home Street. Boats can be launched at no charge, however vehicular and trailer parking fees are applicable.

Vehicle with Trailer Parking
Vehicle with trailer parking is permitted at the following locations (fees are applicable):

  • Henry Street Parking Lot
  • Home Street Parking Lot (gravel section only – North of Water Street, East side)
  • Home Street along the East bank of Hardy Park (South of Water Street, West side) – day use only until 11pm

Vehicle Parking
Overnight and multiple day parking is permitted at the following municipal parking lots (fees are applicable Monday to Sunday where posted):

  • Water Street parking Lot
  • Market Street West Parking Lot
  • George Street Parking Lot
  • Buell Street Parking Lot
  • John Street Parking Lot
  • Home Street Parking Lot

Downtown Brockville Parking Map

Campfires are permitted on City of Brockville Islands in designated areas only (fire boxes/pits/receptables). Firewood can be purchased at the canteen located in St. Lawrence Park and can be accessed by boat. Mooring is permitted on the courtesy dock located to the east of the dive dock.

Twigs, broken branches and rotting logs play an important role in the healthy development of the island forest, providing cover and food for insects, small animals and birds. Please leave them where they fall.

Campfires are prohibited when a fire ban is in place.

Pack It In/Pack It Out
Leave no trace – take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints. Pack your waste back with you when you vacate the island.

The City of Brockville has always encourages the practice of Pack it In/Pak It Out. new this year, we have reduced the number of receptacles on the islands and by next year, garbage receptacles will be phased out altogether.

The islands are especially sensitive to damage because they are rocky, small in area and have more severe climate than the mainland. You can contribute to the protection of the islands by complying with the regulations. They have been designed to encourage you to use and enjoy the islands in an environmentally sensitive manner.

Walking trails have been provided to allow you to explore the isalnds. In many areas of the dry island environments, soil erosion and plant destruction have resulted from people walking around, so please stay on the trails.

Because the islands are rocky, broken flass has been a problem in the past. For the safety of your family and others, wherever possible, please use plastic or canned containers.

Pets are welcome on City of Brockvile islands, but they must be on a leash and under control at all times. owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets. (And yes, pack it out includes your poop bags)

Outhouses are located on a number of City of Brockville Islands. Please refer to the island map for locations.

Ice can be purchased from the canteens located at both St. Lawrence Park and the Brockville Municipal Harbour and can be accessed by boat. The courtesy dock at St. Lawrence Park and the day docks at the Brockville Municipal Harbour are meant for short term stays such as stopping by for an ice cream cone or to purchase ice.

Fees are payable immediately upon arrival when self-registration boxes are present. If self-registration is not available, parks staff will be around to collect fees.

Visit the City of Brockville website for island camping rates.  During the off season, call 613-342-8772 and ask for Parks & Recreation. For information and inquiries, contact Janis Webster at 613-342-8772 ext. 8266, or visit the City of Brockville website to find out more

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