Located just an hour from both Montreal and Ottawa, and only minutes from New York State, Cornwall is a thriving community of 46,000 and is the centre of the tourist region. Founded in 1784, Cornwall enjoys the distinction of being one of Canada’s oldest permanent settlements, a history that is well preserved in the many historical museums and heritage sites throughout the region. Cornwall’s many outdoor trails and beautiful waterfront along the mighty St. Lawrence provides beautiful scenery, and helps maintain an identity of a community that enjoys the outdoors.
Dotted with quaint towns and villages, North Stormont was founded by English and French pioneers in the late 1700s. Home to community events such as the Avonmore Fair and Oktoberfest celebrations, North Stormont is proud of their strong ties to their communities. Stunning Victorian homes, community nature trails, and fine restaurants are all found throughout beautiful North Stormont.
Brimming with history, South Stormont is the final resting place of Ontario’s first Premiere and famous explorer Simon Fraser and also home to the Lost Villages that were flooded during the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway in 1958. The Long Sault Parkway is a beautiful place to enjoy the outdoors of the St. Lawrence River region. Camping, fishing, boating and picnicking are just some of the great activities available in historic South Stormont.
Its no surprise that a region that is famous for its community festival, “Dairyfest,” and also its cheese factory with delicious cheeses and ice creams, would be home to a community affectionately known as “Ontario’s Dairy Capital.” North Dundas is the the north western gateway to the region and just a short drive from Canada’s capitol.
South Dundas features some of the area’s most popular tourist attractions. The famous living history exhibit, Upper Canada Village, is just a few short minutes from the village of Morrisburg, some of the greatest golf in the region can be found at Upper Canada Golf Course, and the Seaway Locks in the western gateway to the region, Iroquois, is a great place to watch the impressive ships pass through.
Glengarry county is proud of their Celtic heritage, and in no place is that more prevalent than in North Glengarry. Maxville is home to the Glengarry Highland Games, the largest highland games celebration outside of Scotland. North Glengarry features many historic churches, and the quaint specialty shops in the towns of Alexandria and Maxville are great places to find those beautiful treasures for your home.
South Glengarry is a culturally and geographically diverse region. Williamstown, home to the oldest fair in Canada, is proud of both their agricultural and Celtic heritage. Lancaster and Glen Walter are located along the the mighty St. Lawrence River, where great fishing and fun, exciting boating take place throughout the summer months. Plenty of historic churches and heritage sites can be found in this beautiful, south eastern gateway to our region.