Cornwall’s revitalized downtown offers a growing mix of restaurants and retail stores, beautiful waterfront parks, museums and tree-lined neighbourhoods.
Anchored by the landmark intersection of Pitt and Second, the Downtown is the historical heart of the region, tracing its roots back to 1784. Heritage homes, churches and buildings provide a clue as to what the city looked like a century ago.
The Downtown is the go-to dining and shopping district for both locals and visitors alike. Have lunch on an outdoor patio and browse eclectic shops owned by the merchants who have sourced unique one-of-a-kind goods to fill their shelves. Drop by Cornwall Square, an indoor shopping mall featuring over 70 stores and stay for dinner at one of the many fine restaurants.
Downtown is where you will find City Hall, the Cornwall Public Library and the Counties Administration Building. It is also the location of the Historic SDG Jail and Cornwall Community Museum as well as the Civic Complex, home of the Cornwall Colts and Cornwall Nationals hockey teams. Take a dip in the Aquatic Centre or try your luck throwing stones at the Cornwall Curling Club.
These attractions and more are just a short walk away from the sprawling Lamoureux Park which offers scenic views of the St. Lawrence River and Cornwall Island. In the park, you will also find play structures, a splash pad and outdoor gym, in addition to well-maintained walking paths along the riverside.
Le Village is a “main street” commercial district in the east end of Cornwall that runs along Montreal Road. It offers a diverse mix of professional offices, restaurants, retail stores and residential buildings.
Le Village has strong connections to Cornwall’s textile mills past and Francophone heritage. The early nucleus of the Francophone community was Nativity Roman Catholic Church on Montreal Road which was built during 1887-92 to serve the many French Canadians.
The area is in the midst of revitalization as new businesses set up shop. It is also an area with immediate access to the St. Lawrence River, attracting new residents as heritage textile mills are converted into condos.
St. Lawrence College is located at the east end of Le Village. With surging enrollment, the College is a vibrant place of learning and community activities. The campus is also home to the St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences as well as Aultsville Theatre – a 700-seat theatre that attracts thousands of people to the area to attend dozens of shows throughout the year.
As you move further east along the Waterfront Trail you will find the NAV Centre, a sprawling convention centre overlooking the St. Lawrence River. The NAV Centre includes a great restaurant and pub, in addition to a fitness centre, indoor pool and spa to compliment over 500 guest rooms.
Brookdale Avenue offers all of the shopping, dining and accommodation experiences that modern travellers have come to expect from urban centres. The road connects Highway 138 and 401 in the North, to the Bridge to the USA in the south, while providing easy access to the central core and downtown districts.
Brookdale and neighbouring Vincent Massey Drive is where you will find most of Cornwall’s hotels, motels and inns, all of which offer ample free parking for overnight guests.
There is more than one charging station for electric vehicles along Brookdale, including a Tesla supercharger station, located at the Ramada. Park and explore the street while your car charges.
On the “strip” you will find big box stores with national retailers that offer all of the popular brand names. Nestled amongst these giants are locally owned boutique shops that are sure to please the most discerning shopper.
Brookdale is also home to the region’s largest selection of restaurants, featuring popular brands that offer a familiar dining experience. It is the perfect place to stop for a bite to eat while travelling through the region.
Located just off Brookdale is the Benson Centre, a multi-sport recreation facility offering 3 ice rinks, indoor field house and tennis court. The Benson Centre welcomes dozens of tournaments throughout the year and offers ample viewing areas so that you can catch all of the action.
Brookdale is a great gateway to the rest of Cornwall, including the St. Lawrence River and Waterfront Trail. It connects the city to Cornwall Island and the Mohawk First Nation of Akwesasne. From there, travelers can connect to New York State.