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Leaving the big city doesn’t mean cultural compromises, thanks to local icons like the Brockville Arts Centre, the Brockville Aquatarium, Prescott’s St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, and much more.

Engaging Attractions

Brockville boasts a number of key attractions all within walking distance or a short drive of your new home. The historic Brockville Arts Centre located downtown has a busy schedule of concerts, live theatre, and movies. The Aquatarium is another tremendous facility located in the heart of the city right atop the St. Lawrence River. It opened in 2016 to serve the entire region as a maritime discovery centre, aquarium featuring live specimens from the adjacent river, model ships representing the nautical history of our area, and much more. Additional history is on tap at the Brockville Museum, which has hundreds of exhibits and collections on display in its facility also located right on the city’s gorgeous waterfront.

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Shakespeare Anyone?

Prescott’s main cultural offering is the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival. Entering its 18th season in 2020, this festival performs two plays each summer right along the St. Lawrence River in the outdoor Kinsmen Amphitheatre in the Prescott Marina. The festival is both locally and internationally acclaimed for the quality of its performances, a reputation that was recognized by Shakespeare’s home Globe Theatre when it was chosen as the sole Canadian location for the touring production of Hamlet. This incredible show visited every nation on Earth between 2014 and 2016 to commemorate both the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death and the 450th anniversary of his birth.

Dockside Theatre

And two other great regional theatres are nearby. Gananoque—which is just a half-hour drive from Brockville—hosts the scenic Thousand Islands Playhouse, recognized as “Canada’s Dockside Theatre” with a year-round schedule of plays and musicals. About 45 minutes in the other direction is the Upper Canada Playhouse in Morrisburg, which also offers year-round plays and concerts.

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