Canada’s Roots

Step into Canada’s rich past in the historic downtowns of the city, towns, and villages of our many riverside communities, with roots that date to Confederation and beyond.

Brockville’s History

Brockville’s Historic Downtown features a core almost entirely made up of majestic 19th century stone buildings that date back to the city’s time as one of the leading industrial and commercial centres in all of Upper Canada. Iconic structures include Victoria Hall, now the site of Brockville’s City Hall, with its famous Clock Tower; the monumental Leeds and Grenville County Court House overlooking the historic town square (see it in summer with its tulips in bloom); the Brockville Railway Tunnel, which is the oldest in Canada and a current regional tourism smash hit due to spectacular renovations completed in 2017 that allow visitors to walk the entire length of the tunnel under dramatic LED lighting; and Fulford Place, an Edwardian riverfront mansion open for tours year round and for high tea and sandwiches in the summer.

Loyalist Roots

Downtown Prescott features a similar procession of 19th century architecture leading down King St. to Fort Wellington National Historic Site, a War of 1812-era fortification operated by Parks Canada. The area’s Loyalist roots are seen in the village of Mallorytown, just a few minutes west of Brockville in Front of Yonge. Majestic brick and stone homes make this quaint village setting perfect if you are looking for a change from city living. Lansdowne, Rockport, Seeley’s Bay, and other communities in Leeds and the Thousand Islands offer similar old-world living amidst the stone-and-brick charm of their village centres.