Rich in history, the township of Edwardsburgh/Cardinal in Eastern Ontario sits just north of the St. Lawrence River. Cardinal is central to many historical sites, attractions and museums.
Boldt Castle is located in the 1000 Islands region of the St. Lawrence River. At the turn of the century, the castle costs $2.5 million to construct and later over $10 million to restore. It was built by George Boldt as a testament of love for his wife Louise. Never occupied, construction was halted the day she died in 1904. The castle is an opulent love story, even being built on Heart Island which Boldt made into the shape of a heart through fill he brought in by boat.
The Upper Canada Village represents Canada in 1860 and features authentic heritage homes that were relocated during construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway. All homes are staffed by "residents" in period costume, living and working with the routines of the day. Located east of Morrisburg, approximately 20 minutes from the Cardinal.
Watch boats travel from the Great Lakes to Montreal or on to the Atlantic Ocean! Depending on water levels, boats are raised from 2" to 6 in the Iroquois Seaway Locks. Last year's traffic included tall ships, Bluenose II, freighters, frigates, naval vessels and even a canoe!
Travel the St. Lawrence as your tour guide relates the history of the wars against the United States as well as the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway when entire towns were relocated to allow boats in and out of the Great Lakes. Tickets available at the Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg. Or tour the 1000 Islands via boat as well on one of two major lines. The cruises from Brockville take visitors to Jorstadt Castle and the cruises from Gananoque will dock at the famous Boldt Castle.
Take the whole family and visit reproduced full size prehistoric animals displayed in realistic settings at Prehistoric World. The largest sculpture, a Brontosaurus, is 24 metres (80 feet) long with a head reaching 6.6 metres (22 feet) into the air. In addition to dinosaurs, the park also has a number of prehistoric mammals, such as a Woolly Mammoth, and a fossil dig where children can find dinosaur bones. Located in Morrisburg, Ontario, approximately 20 minutes from Cardinal.
The nearby St. Lawrence river provides crystal clear water and excellent conditions for underwater adventure. In Brockville, visit the Sea and Sky Scuba Dive Shop and Seeway Vision Dive Charter Service for instruction, gear and staff awaiting to help you explore the shipwrecks in the area.
The Queen Elizabeth Gardens, located at the entrance to the Upper Canada Village Heritage Park, is spread across 50 acres and features a host of gorgeous flowers and trees. The heart of the garden is the sunken Rose Garden made of 30 different varieties blooming and climbing roses. Admission is free.
One of the largest llama ranches in North America is close-by, just south of Williamsburg. Free to visit. If the gate is open, Becky will take visitors into the fields to meet the llamas. (We usually have the llamas eat the flowers at the campground a couple times a season as well!)
Explore over 8 km of self-guided trails through protected wetlands to view and learn about waterfowl and other bird species. Offers opportunties to hike, canoe and even cross-country ski. Free to visit. Located east of the Upper Canada Village near Morrisburg.
Visit Brockville, the City of the 1000 Islands, and discover the old world charm of Ontario's oldest incorporated community. Brockville is host to countless festivals, events and activities. Explore charming antique and craft shops and plan an evening at the theatre. Enjoy challenging golf courses, lush green parks and docking facilities. Big city variety with small town charm.
Prescott, also known as The Fort Town, is situated along the shore of the St. Lawrence River in Eastern Ontario. Discover Canada's turbulent past at Fort Wellington which was built during the 19th century to defend the St. Lawrence River from American attack. See demonstrations and participate in special events throughout the summer.
Located west of Prescott, in a very old cemetery, is the final resting place of Barbara Heck and some of her relatives. Heck is credited with bringing the Methodist religion to North America. The "Little Blue Church" dates back to the early 1800s.