The Aquatarium is a 33,000+ square foot climate-controlled aquarium and discovery centre found on the shore of the St Lawrence River. Learning through entertainment and awakening curiosity is part of the Aquatarium’s mandate. With their wide variety of activities and displays throughout the aquatarium, people of all ages will find something to catch their attention.
The highlight for many when they visit the Aquatarium is getting to see the otters, Brock and Oliver, and Justin Beaver! There’s so much to see at the Aquatarium though, you can easily spend an entire day there! Be sure to check out the Power of Water area, which shows how the St Lawrence River has shaped our daily lives. Learn about hydroelectricity and the shipping channels that run through our area, as well as how water physically shaped our world through erosion. There’s also the Creation touch pond, where you can learn about what Brockville was like 10,000 years ago when it was underwater and home to whales, seals and other amazing creatures. Let the budding news anchor in your family try out the green screen and pretend to report on one of the major 1000 Islands news stories in the region. You can even take a photo with a themed background and have it sent to your email.
The Aquatarium also pays homage to the ships of the St Lawrence. You can visit the HMS Ontario’s Captain’s Cabin and see what it was like to be on a warship in the 18th century. There are also replicas of the Sir Robert Peel and the Keystorm wreckages in the tanks of local fish. Check out the replica of the SS Kingston, a ferry that went up and down the St Lawrence. You can even go inside a replica of the Magedoma, the famed yacht owned by the Fulfords.
There’s always something new to check out at the Aquatarium, so be sure to visit often!
There are some great ways to get inside and still have fun!
Stingers Indoor Paintball
Don’t let the name fool you - this location is so much more than paintball! Located right next to Highway 401, Stingers provides fun for the entire family. Of course, paintball is where it all started for Stingers, with 16,000 square feet of space, dressed strategically with bunkers, cars, and even a two-story building to hide in! There’s also laser tag, with one of Canada’s largest playing fields, at 17,000 square feet. You can play just like your favourite first-person shooter video games, where you can have a killstreak and even call in a chopper strike! The integrated sound system will have you running from enemy fire, and the whole game has a live scoreboard and a video feed for spectators.
More into traditional sports? Stingers has you covered. With batting cages, basketball, squash, volleyball, badminton, ping pong, floor hockey and even pickleball available, you can practice your favourite sport, even when it’s the middle of winter!
The Memorial Centre and Centennial Youth Arena
Canadians love their winter sports! The Memorial Centre and the Centennial Youth Arena are home to Brockville’s figure skaters and hockey players throughout the year. These facilities are maintained by the City of Brockville, and can be rented through the city’s website. This site also lists the opportunities for public skating at both arenas.
Sunnidell Golf - Virtual Golf
You can golf without worrying about rain delays at Sunnidell! Open year-round, the golf simulators offer 42 world-renowned courses that will challenge players of any skill level. All you need to do is book a time, bring your golf clubs, and select the course you want to play. It takes about an hour to complete 18 holes. From tee to green, these simulators will let you try every shot available. If you’re a bit intimidated at stepping up to the tee on the real course, come practice at Sunnidell Golf’s virtual course.
Brockville and Area YMCA
The YMCA is one of Canada’s oldest charities, and chapters can be found across Canada. If you are a YMCA/YWCA member, your membership will grant you access to the Brockville YMCA! The Brockville YMCA has a 6-lane 25-metre pool, hydro-therapy pool, sauna, a gymnasium and various studios, a conditioning area and 4 outdoor tennis courts. If you’re not a YMCA member, don’t worry - the Brockville YMCA have day passes available for individuals and families.
Brockville is home to many gyms and studios that offer day passes, or are members of national chains where your membership will give you access across the country.
- Planet Fitness (No Day Passes, but Black Card gives national access)
- Peak Performance
- CrossFit BECC
- Studio 44 Yoga
- Subramanya Yoga