Attractions in Cornwall and SDG

There’s lots to see and do throughout the region, including a diverse range of attractions. Have fun exploring!

Cornwall Attractions

Historic SDG Jail, Cornwall

The County Jail building was originally constructed in 1833 and remained operational over a period of 168 years until it was closed in 2002. The facility housed inmates from Cornwall and Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry. Men, women, and children of all ages were incarcerated in the Jail for various types of offences, including being in debt and committing murder. Five inmates were hung behind Jail walls; the last execution took place in 1954. Take a tour of the Jail.

St. Lawrence Power Development Visitor Centre, Cornwall

The St. Lawrence Power Development Visitor Centre is located on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, east of the Robert H. Saunders Generating Station. The Visitor Centre is a great outing for families and provides an interactive experience on the production of hydroelectricity as well as historical exhibits on how the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project was built — one of Canada’s largest-ever engineering projects.

Cornwall Community Museum, Cornwall

Cornwall is one of Ontario’s oldest communities. Trace the social and industrial history of the area at the Cornwall Community Museum. Featuring archival materials and displays of furniture, textiles and household items ranging from different periods in time, the Museum is located in Lamoureux Park inside a restored Loyalist home built by William Wood in 1840.

Historic Walking Tour, Cornwall

The Cornwall Historic Walking Tour features 20 plaques that have been erected along Cornwall’s waterfront, each depicting an era or event from Cornwall’s rich history. The plaques feature the artwork of renowned Cornwall artist Pierre Giroux, whose prowess with the paint brush makes the illustrations come to life. Individually each plaque is impressive, yet together they form a tapestry that weaves throughout the City.

Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame, 100 Water Street

Check out Cornwall’s impressive sports heritage at the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame, located in the Cornwall Civic Complex. The Hall includes memorabilia and photos of notable athletes including Newsy Lalonde, Dale Hawerchuck and Doug Gilmour as well as many stars from many other sports.

Lamoureux Park, Cornwall

Spend some time at the largest waterfront park in Eastern Ontario, which includes the iconic Clock Tower, historical plaques and other sites of interest. Lamoureux Park is the gathering place for both active and passive activities such as outdoor concerts and festivals and includes amenities such as an outdoor gym, splash pad, boat launch and picnic area.

County Attractions

Upper Canada Village, Morrisburg

Sixty acres, over forty heritage buildings, costumed interpreters; Upper Canada Village is the most accurate portrayal of life in the 1860s there is. Witness exactly how our ancestors lived. See how they worked, what they ate, what their values were and how they interacted with each other in this famous piece of living history.

Prehistoric World, Morrisburg

Dinosaurs have taken over Morrisburg! Well … sort of. Prehistoric World allows visitors to step into the past and roam amongst the over 50 life-sized reproductions of creatures that wandered the earth millions of years ago — from the tiniest lizard to the ferocious T-Rex. Walk along nature trails and see these beasts as they would look if they remained today. Open daily from the end of May to Labour Day weekend; stop in and check out Cornwall and the Counties’ own Jurassic Park!

St. Raphael’s Ruins, St. Raphaels

This large stone church, now in ruins, served a congregation of Gaelic- speaking Catholic Highlanders who had settled in the easternmost county of Upper Canada in 1786. Declared a National Historic Site in 1999, the ruins in St. Raphaels were once one of the earliest Roman Catholic churches in English speaking Canada. When a fire consumed the church in 1970, the outer walls were all that remained of the massive structure.

Lost Villages Museum, Long Sault

The flooding during the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway in 1958 resulted in the loss of six small villages and the relocation of inhabitants to new areas. The result was the creation of new communities that exist today. The complex consists of ten heritage buildings that were restored and relocated to Ault Park in Long Sault.

St. Andrews Church and Pioneer Cemetery, St. Andrews West

Believed to be one of the oldest cemeteries in Ontario, it was closed to burials in 1915. The stone monument, the surrounding wall and the gate were built by the Provincial Government in 1938. Buried in the cemetery are Captain “Spanish” John MacDonnell, soldier of fortune in Spain and aide to the Stuart court in France: Simon Fraser the famous explorer, and John Sandfield Macdonald the first Premier of Ontario.

Glengarry Pioneer Museum, Dunvegan

Built in the 1840s and 1860s, this museum pays homage to the early Pioneer Scottish settlements of the Glengarry area. Along with the log constructed heritage buildings, the Glengarry Pioneer Museum also houses many artifacts, archival material, and photographs from the Glengarry settlements.

Nor’Westers & Loyalist Museum, Williamstown

Originally built as a school in 1862, the museum illustrates the story of John Johnson and Loyalist followers who helped settle the region during the American Revolution in 1784, the museum also features memorabilia from the influential Nor’Westers Company that was a significant part of the fur trade and the composition of Western Canada and the United States. Check out the many other historic sights in Williamstown while visiting!