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Things to Do In Elizabethtown-Kitley and Area
Visiting the area? Be sure to take a moment to familiarize yourself with the many activities available in and around our area.
On This Page:
- Arts & Culture
- Federal, Provincial and Municipal Parks
- Exploring Nature
- National Historic Sites
- Local Heritage
- Sports & Recreation
Arts & Culture
In This Section:
This area boasts a variety of theatre experiences. Visit each of the sites to see what productions are in town!
Brockville Arts Centre (Brockville) Visit: www.brockvilleartscentre.com/
Gananoque Playhouse (Gananoque) Visit: www.1000islandsplayhouse.com/
Grand Theatre (Kingston) Visit:https://www.cityofkingston.ca/
Joshua Bates Centre (Athens) Visit: www.joshuabatescentre.com/
National Arts Centre (Ottawa) Visit: http://nac-cna.ca/en/
Upper Canada Playhouse (Morrisburg) Visit: http://www.uppercanadaplayhouse.com/
Search For More Theatres
There are many more theatre opportunities in our area! Visit the Yellow Pages online to search for theatres. Try searching using keywords such as "Kingston", "Brockville", "Gananoque", "Ottawa" in the location field.
The online Yellow Pages: http://www.yellowpages.ca/
Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley Public Library
The Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley Public Library has three branches available for your convenience. The library hosts a variety of activities for patrons of all ages - whether it's the Paws For Reading, or the Summer Reading Program, or the Adult Craft Night, you will find an activity for any member of your family. The three branches are:
- Lyn Branch
- Spring Valley Main Branch
- Toledo Branch
To learn more about the Township's library, including lending policies, locations and hours of operation click here.
Brockville Public Library
Located in the nearby City of Brockville, the Brockville Public Library is a great resource for those visiting the area. To learn more about the Brockville Public Library, follow this link: http://www.brockvillelibrary.ca/
Federal, Provincial and Municipal Parks
In This Section:
- Federal Parks
- Provincial Parks
- Municipal Parks
St. Lawrence Islands National Park of Canada
Conceived in the 1870s, St. Lawrence Islands is a tiny jewel with a rich and complex natural and human history. The park is located in the heart of the Thousand Islands tourist area. Make St. Lawrence Islands National Park a leisurely and scenic stop on your way through Eastern Ontario.
Charleston Lake Provincial Park
Natives once sheltered under rock overhangs on the shores of this cold water lake north of the St. Lawrence River. Then wealthy Victorian cottagers summered here. The rugged look of the north blended with the south still draws hikers and canoeists to these scenic shores and winding trails.
Frontenac Provincial Park
Situated on a southern arm of the Canadian Shield north of Kingston, this semi-wilderness park features granite outcrops, vast wetlands and mixed forests, plants and wildlife. Trails wind through rugged terrain to Moulton Gorge, the Arkon Lake Bog, the Black Lake homestead and the Crab Lake mines. From Otter Lake, hikers and canoeists head into the interior for glimpses of osprey and kingfisher, deer and black bear, coyote and fox, and abundant beaver. Wilderness skills courses are offered in summer and winter.
Murphy's Point Provincial Park
Located on the historic Rideau Waterway, this park near Perth offers tours of a restored mica mine and trails – groomed in winter for cross-country skiing – to sawmill ruins and pioneer homesteads. At Big Rideau Lake, pitch your tent at a boat-in campsite and enjoy boating, canoeing and exceptional fishing.
Sharbot Lake Provincial Park
With shoreline on Black and Sharbot lakes, this park edging Highway 7 promises first-class, warm- and cold-water fishing. Nature trails along a ridge between the lakes loop through stands of maple, oak and birch and lead to lookouts. Black Lake has two sandy beaches.
Silver Lake Provincial Park
Silver Lake near Perth is a long, narrow trough of water carved out by glaciers. While its long sandy beach is the big attraction, a marsh at the eastern end of the lake is another. A boardwalk crosses the marsh through the noisy, colourful habitat of painted turtles and bullfrogs, red-winged black birds and mallards.
Camping at Provincial Parks
These campsites and recreation areas are managed by the St. Lawrence Parks Commission. To learn more, visit the following website and follow the links to the individual campsites: http://www.stlawrenceparks.com/
The St. Lawrence Parks Commission manages the following campsites:
- Ivy Lea Campsite
- Riverside-Cedar Campsite
- Glengarry Campsite
- Long Sault Parkway
- Brown's Bay Day Use Area
Bellamy Park (Elizabethtown-Kitley)
Beautiful Bellamy Park is fun for the whole family. Whether you enjoy camping, fishing, hiking or just hanging out at the beach, Bellamy Park has something for everyone! Bellamy park is located within the Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley. To learn more about the Park click here to visit the Bellamy Park section of our website.
St. Lawrence Park (Brockville)
For those travellers to Brockville who enjoy camping, one of the City's most attractive waterfront park areas is St. Lawrence Park located on the western outskirts of town on County Road #2. The park includes camping facilities which operate from Victoria Day to September 18th offering fully serviced and non-serviced sites. Visit: http://city.brockville.on.ca/index.cfm?ID=193&FAQID=107&showtext=no
In This Section:
- Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve (UNESCO Designation)
- Conservation Areas
- Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary
Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve (UNESCO Designation)
One of 15 Biosphere Reserves located in Canada, the Frontenac Arch Biosphere was designated by UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme in November 2002. As of February 2008, there were 531 Biosphere Reserves in the world, located in 105 countries.
The Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve extends roughly 2700 square kilometers in the south eastern portion of the Canadian Province of Ontario. We accomplish our work by networking natural and historic conservation organizations, economic and social development groups, as well as the educational and scientific communities located within the Frontenac Arch region. Locally, we are known as the Biosphere Network. Collectively, the Biosphere Network helps guide the community towards a more integrated and effective approach to living on earth. Visit: http://www.frontenacarchbiosphere.ca/
This area has several Conservation Authorities that operate hiking trails and nature preserves. Of particular note within the Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley are the Mac Johnson Wildlife Area (click here to learn more) and the Lyn Pit Conservation Area (click here for more).
Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority
The Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) is one of 36 conservation authorities in Ontario. A Conservation Authority's jurisdiction is based on a watershed an area of land drained by one stream or river. The CRCA is actually made up of ten watersheds, including the large Cataraqui and Gananoque river systems as well as smaller systems like Wilton and Buells creeks.
South Nation Conservation Authority
The South Nation Watershed: From headwaters north of Brockville, the South Nation River flows northeast for 175 kilometres (109 miles), and empties into the Ottawa River near Plantagenet. The watershed, which covers 3,900 km is a complex ecosystem which South Nation Conservation is mandated to protect. In total, 15 municipalities make up the South Nation River Watershed.
To learn more visit: www.nation.on.ca/
Rideau Valley Conservation Authority
The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority is an environmental protection and advisory agency that works with local municipalities, government agencies, special interest groups and the general public. The RVCA strives to protect watershed resources. Our goal is to have clean water, natural shorelines and sustainable land use throughout the Rideau Valley watershed.
Visit the RVCA at: http://www.rvca.ca/
Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary
Take a walk on the wild side at the Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary, and explore over 8 km of hiking trails, 5 km of cross-country ski trails, canoeing, camping, outdoor learning programs and special events throughout the year. Come visit our Interpretive Centre featuring interesting displays and shop in our store which offers a selection of fine nature related gift items.
To learn more, visit: http://www.stlawrenceparks.com/bird-sanctuary/
- Rideau Canal National Historic Site
- Battle of Windmill Hill
- Laurier House
- Fort Wellington
- Bellevue House
- Invarden House
- Sir John Johnson National Historic Site
- Fort Henry
- Upper Canada Village
Rideau Canal National Historic Site of Canada
The Rideau Canal is a chain of beautiful lakes, rivers and canals winding 202 km from Kingston, at the head of Lake Ontario, to Ottawa, Canada's capital city. One of Canada's historic canals, the Rideau is maintained and operated by Parks Canada to preserve and present the canal's natural and historic features, as well as to provide a navigable channel for boaters. Learn More: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/on/rideau/index.aspx
Battle of Windmill Hill National Historic Site of Canada
During a four-day period in November, 1838 British troops and local militia defeated an invasion force of 300 American " Hunters " and Canadian rebels. The Battle of the Windmill victory prevented the invasion force from capturing Fort Wellington, Ontario, and cutting the St. Lawrence communications link, which would have left Upper Canada open to invasion. Learn More: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/on/windmill/index.aspx
Laurier House National Historic Site of Canada
Laurier House commemorates two of Canada's most notable prime ministers, Sir Wilfrid Laurier and the Rt. Hon. William Lyon Mackenzie King. For over fifty years, from 1897 to 1948, the house occupied a central position in the political life of Canada, as the place of residence of Laurier and, after his death, of Mackenzie King. King bequeathed the house to the "Government and people of Canada" in the belief that future generations would be interested in the place where they lived, where they entertained dignitaries and politicians, and where they often conducted the business of the country.
Fort Wellington National Historic Site of Canada
Fort Wellington was built during the War of 1812 to defend the St. Lawrence River shipping route between Montreal and Kingston from possible attack by the United States. It was called into service again in 1838 when invasion from the United States was once more imminent. The fort continued to be used for military purposes, with occasional periods of abandonment, until it was transferred to the Department of the Interior in 1923 to be opened to the public as an historic site.
Bellevue House National Historic Site of Canada
Commemorating Canada's First Prime Minister. To learn more: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/on/bellevue/index.aspx
Inveraden House National Historic Site of Canada
This site, just east of Cornwall, Ontario is an outstanding example of early 19th century Regency cottage domestic architecture in Canada. Inverarden House was built in 1816 for John McDonald, a prosperous fur trader, following his retirement from the North West Company.
Sir John Johnson National Historic Site of Canada
Built in Williamstown, Ontario between 1784 and 1792 as part of a mill site, Sir John Johnson House is significant for its architectural design and for being one of the oldest surviving buildings in Ontario. Also important is its historical connection to Sir John Johnson, who encouraged United Empire Loyalist to settle in the St. Lawrence River Valley after the American Revolution.
Sentries guard the entrance to this 19th century British military fortress, only to let you in if you are ready to enter British garrison life during the year of Canada's confederation ... Visit their site: www.forthenry.com/
Upper Canada Village
Escape to another time and place, amidst the sights and sounds of an 1860s village. You'll meet loads of friendly folk from the past as you visit over 40 heritage buildings including mills, trades shops, farms, churches, homes, factories and even a one-room schoolhouse. Enjoy horse-drawn wagon and boat rides, shopping, food and family fun.
Learn more: www.uppercanadavillage.com/
In this section:
- Elizabethtown-Kitley Historic Virtual Tours
- Athens Museum
- Lyn Museum
- Brockville Museum
- Fulford Place (Brockville)
- Homewood Museum (Maitland)
Elizabethtown-Kitley Virtual Tours
This area has a rich and vibrant heritage, and fittingly the Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley enjoys an active Heritage Committee. The Heritage Committee is the author of a Virtual Tour of heritage sites in and around the Township.To take one of Heritage Elizabethtown-Kitley's virtual tours, click here to take a virtual tour.
Virtual tours include:
- Virtual Tour - Historic Inns, Mills, Taverns and Cheese Factories
Virtual Tour - Historic Churches
- Designated Historical Properties
- Local Histories
- Butternut Bay
- Lyn Village
- Highway 29
Visit Athens Township to view the many murals that adorn various buildings throughout the village of Athens.
The Lyn Museum is located in Elizabethtown-Kitley in the historic village of Lyn. 19 Main Street West Lyn ON K0E 1M0
Phone: (613) 342-3785
Fax: (613) 342-7791
Toll Free: (613) 342-3281
Situated in Brockville's historic downtown core, the Brockville Museum features exhibits and artifacts related to Brockville's rich Loyalist history and the city's development as a waterfront community.
To learn more: www.brockvillemuseum.com/
Fulford Place (Brockville)
Sip tea on the sweeping veranda of this magnificent Edwardian mansion overlooking the mighty St. Lawrence River. Experience the baronial feel of the Honduras mahogany ceilings and panelled walls in the dining room, library and grand hall. Marvel at the original tapestries, paintings and furnishings that made Fulford Place an ideal residence in which to entertain royalty and prime ministers.
Homewood Museum (Maitland)
Homewood was constructed in the late Georgian style, the simplicity of some of its details, especially the shutters and metalwork, show a French-Canadian influence. Located just outside the village of Maitland, near Brockville, Homewood became the home for six generations of the Jones family.
Sports & Recreation
Whether you are looking for golf, swimming, hiking, camping, baseball, soccer, hockey, boating or marinas, this area has what you need.
In this section:
Brockville Country Club
The Brockville Country Club hosts an 18 hole golf course and a 6 sheet curling club. For more information visit www.brockvillecountryclub.com .
Cedar Valley Golf & Country Club
Cedar Valley Golf & country club is an established 9-hole par 36 golf club. Daily green fee play is welcome and tee times are accepted 7 days a week by calling the Pro Shop at 613-342-2158. Power carts and practice range also available. Memberships are available. Save $25.00 off green fee rates with our ten round play card, which is a great gift idea for the golfer in your family.
Located at 7041 County Road 29, call 613-342-2158, fax. 613-342-6025.
Highland Golf Course
Experience the Highland difference. Brockville's oldest 18 hole golf course. Visit http://www.brockvillehighlandgolf.com/ .
Located in the heart of the beautiful 1000 Islands region Smugglers Glen Golf Course is situated between Kingston and Brockville, near Gananoque, Ontario, Canada. Visit: http://www.smugglersglen.com/ .
Situated moments from Brockville, Sunnidell Golf is an 18 hole executive par 3 course which will provide challenges and surprises for both seasoned and beginning golfers. Sunnidell offers a beautiful and secluded country setting. The course was designed by it's founder, Earl MacDougall. His plan, to create a course which players of all skill levels would be able to enjoy. Expert golfers will have their precision tested by the small greens and newcomers will feel comfortable getting started. Visit: http://www.sunnidell.com/.
9 Hole Golf Course and Driving Range in a beautiful country setting.
Located at: 4551 Airport Road RR 4 Brockville ON K6V 5T4. Call: 613-498-4106
Upper Canada Golf Course
Located in one of Canada's most picturesque settings, Upper Canada Golf Course was designed by noted golf course architect Robbie Robinson in the early 1960s.
This 6,922 yard, 18 hole public course challenges both beginners and skilled golfers alike. It winds through evergreen and deciduous trees, sometimes alongside waterways, and offers glimpses of natural beauty and wildlife like no other course. An improved drainage system means the course is open earlier and greens and fairways are in excellent condition.
Two driving ranges and a putting green are available for practice or clinics. The course's clubhouse features a restaurant, bar, locker rooms, showers and Pro Shop. Tournaments are welcome. For more information visit: http://www.uppercanadagolf.com/
Visit the federal/provincial/municipal parks section found earlier on this page for locations in this area to enjoy these activities.
Organized Sports (Soccer, Baseball, Hockey etc.)
Looking for a particular type of sporting organization? Hockey, soccer, baseball, swimming, martial arts, and dance all take place in and around Elizabethtown-Kitley. To find the organization you are looking for, you might try the online yellow pages, or visit the Recreation section of the municipal websites listed above. Township owned ball diamonds and soccer fields can be found by clicking here.
For other organized sports, try an online yellow pages search at: http://www.yellowpages.ca . Try searching using keywords such as "Kingston", "Brockville", "Gananoque", "Ottawa" in the location field.
The activity you are looking for may only be five minutes away!
Brockville Yacht Club
The Brockville Yacht Club is located on the St. Lawrence River in Brockville Ontario at the gateway to the Thousand Islands. With a harbour accommodating over 130 boats, the Yacht Club is a major hub of boating traffic and enjoys an active membership consisting of sailors, power boaters and boating enthusiasts. To learn more visit: http://www.brockvilleyachtclub.com/
Crysler Park Marina
When you arrive at Crysler Park Marina on the St. Lawrence River, your adventure is just beginning whether you dock by the season, week or day. As you step off your boat, the Parks of the St. Lawrence await you and your family with fun and attractions for all ...
For more information visit: http://www.cryslerparkmarina.com/
Gananoque Municipal Marina
This Modern Facility Offers Quality Dockage and Features 365 Deep Water Mooring Sites. Clean Washrooms and Showers are Available as well as a Laundry Room and Pump-out Station! Within the Harbour there is a Boat Ramp capable of launching boats up to 40 feet in length!
Adjacent to the Marina are the short-term transient docks. These mooring sites are available FREE of charge to boaters who wish to Visit, Shop or Replenish their supplies. There is a three hour maximum stay at these docks. Although the area is called THE 1000 ISLANDS, there are over 1800 islands that are easily accessible Visit: http://www.gananoque.com/GMM/index.html
Tunnel Bay Marina
Tunnel Bay Marina is located in beautiful downtown Brockville, Ontario. The Brockville Arts Center, restaurants, shopping and other attractions are all nearby. Our services are ready to help you enjoy the finest of boating experiences in the beautiful Thousand Islands. Phone 613-345-1588.