Cornwall Historic Walking Tour

Cornwall Historic Walking Tour

Cornwall embraces its proud heritage through 28 illustrated plaques that tell the story of our roots.

Each plaque features colourful illustrations of historic scenes from Cornwall’s past. Individually each plaque is impressive, yet together they form a tapestry that weaves throughout the City.

The plaques feature the artwork of renowned Cornwall artist Pierre Giroux, whose prowess with the paint brush makes the illustrations come to life. Local historian Lily Worrall completed much of the research that went into the illustrations.

The tour begins Lamoureux Park and features three separate walks that can be enjoyed together, or individually. Take a stroll along the Waterfront Walk, visit the historic Downtown Walk, and enjoy the culture of the Le Village Walk.

Our Wonderful Waterfront

  1. Seaway International Bridge
  2. The Eastern Entrance to the Cornwall Canal
  3. Cornwall Canal
  4. Augustus Street Swing Bridge
  5. United Counties Courthouse and Jail
  6. Hotel Dieu Hospital
  7. The Stormont Mill
  8. The Paper Mill
  9. New York Central Railway Bridge
  10. Lock 19
  11. Construction of Moses-Saunders Power Dam
  12. Moses-Saunders Power Dam
  13. Maple Grove
  14. Rapids Prince
  15. Quarries of Mille Roches
  16. Woodlands Santa Cruz
  17. Sheek/Sheik Island

Cornwall’s Downtown History

  1. Corner of Pitt & First Streets
  2. The New York Café
  3.  The Rossmore House
  4. Stones from the Post Office
  5. King George Hotel
  6. Pitt Street Between Second & Third Streets
  7. The Great Fire
  8. Hotel Cornwallis
  9. The Capitol Theatre
  10. The Cornwall Orphanage
  11. Town Hall

Le Village Leaves its Mark

  1. The Fabric of Le Village
  2. The Roxy Theatre
  3. Co-Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  4. Royal Hotel
  5. Race Street
  6. Cornwall Dry Dock
  7. The Cotton Mills
  8. Courtaulds

Special Requests

  1. The Stone House
  2. The Founding of New Johnstown
  3. Cornwall Community Arena
  4. Guarding the Cornwall Canal
  5. Canadair T-133 Silver Star
  6. The Gift of Tulips

Map of the Tour

Click here to view and print a map of the tour:

Tour Facts

The Cornwall Historic Walking Tour is a partnership between Le Village BIA, Downtown BIA, Heart of the City and the City of Cornwall.

  • Distance: Approximately 6 km
  • Time to complete: 90 minutes
  • Plaque dimensions: 76 x 101cm
  • Plaque weight: 7 kg
  • Artist: Pierre Giroux
  • Research: Lily Worrall

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