Be a tourist in your own town with these holiday gift ideas

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Janet Martel of Aultsville Theatre, left, and Colleen Campbell of Rush Hour Escapes.

‘Tis the season to get shopping!

Christmas is just around the corner, and in the spirit of giving, we have prepared a list of unique holiday gift ideas to help you and Santa score big points with your loved ones on the big day.

Not only will you be a holiday hero, but you will also be supporting some great local businesses and events at the same time!

Be a tourist in your own town and add some of these happening holiday items to your Christmas shopping list.

Give the gift of fun

Get lost in an escape room, travel to another universe or putt-er away on a sunny day. Wrap up one of these unique experiences and place it under the Christmas tree with gift certificates from Rush Hour Escapes, Lazer Ops and Archie’s.

Rush Hour Escapes (at 52 Pitt Street) offers two unique escape room games under one roof – a perfectly puzzling time for a group of family, friends or co-workers. Gift certificates are available in various denominations and can be purchased at the business during regular hours. For hours and contact information, please click here.

Lazer Ops (at 917 Second Street West) is a lazer tag centre and virtual reality arcade that promises lots of fun for the young and the young at heart. Do battle in the lazer tag arena or check out one of the 3D virtual reality stations. Gift certificates are available in various denominations and can be purchased at the business during regular hours. For hours and contact information, please click here.

A Cornwall institution, Archie’s (1719 Vincent Massey Drive) features a mini-putt course, a driving range featuring Canada’s first aqua range, 9-hole golf course, footgolf and a popular ice cream stand. Purchase a gift certificate that is good for everything from golf to ice cream! Get yours by messaging through the Archie’s Facebook page or emailing

Be a superhero

Be a superhero this Christmas by gifting tickets to CAPE, Cornwall’s annual comic and pop culture festival. This year’s event will be held on April 27-28 at the Benson Centre and will feature appearences by Lew Temple from the hit show The Walking Dead as well as Joey Jeremiah, Stacie and Archie from Degrassi, among others. Tickets can be purchased at Fantasy Realm (227 Pitt Street) or through the CAPE website.

Take centre stage

Surprise that special someone with a gift of live entertainment at beautiful Aultsville Theatre. Pick up some tickets for the highly-anticipated Ryan Lalonde Invisible Magic comedy and magic show in March or the upcoming Aultsville Winter FilmFest in January. Or better yet, buy a Ticketpro gift certficiate that can be used for any future Ticketpro event at the theatre! Tickets and gift certificates can be purchased at the Cornwall Civic Complex Box Office (100 Water Street) during regular business hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm) or by calling 613-938-9400.

Find out more about upcoming shows at the Aultsville Theatre website.

Fun fore all

Give the gift of golf this Christmas, courtesy of Summerheights Golf Links. Personalized golf balls, a Super Value Card – offering hundreds of dollars worth of savings – or a 2019 course membership are just some possibilities for the golf enthusiast on your list. You can also check out the Summerheights pro shop (1160 South Branch Road) on select days for other stocking stuffer ideas. Check out the Summerheights Facebook page for more info.

A sm-art gift

Wrap up a one-of-a-kind art experience this holiday for that special someone. Purchase a gift certificate from Cline House Gallery (204 Second Street East) for a unique workshop from the talented folks at OBO Studios. Or, pick up a workshop gift certificate or a unique gift can from the lovely Cailuan Gallery (225 Pitt Street). Connect through the Cline House Gallery and Cailuan Gallery Facebook pages for more information!

Fun times are brewing

Wrap up a taste of Cornwall with a gift from Rurban Brewing, Cornwall’s beloved independent brewery (412 Cumberland Street). Pick up a sample six-pack or, better yet, a gift basket featuring some awesome Rurban merch! Check out the Rurban Facebook page for details.

A wonderful time

If you have a whisky aficionado on your list, you won’t want to miss the 2019 Wonderful World of Whisky Show at the NAV Centre in March. This three-day event is can’t miss event for whisky lovers, featuring three days of fantastic live music, world-class food stations, and whiskies from all over the world. Tickets will be on sale as of December 14th online and at the Cafe inside the NAV Centre.

Take the plunge!

What better way to beat the winter blues than sliding the day away on the giant two-storey waterslide at the Cornwall Aquatic Centre? Pick up a punch pass for rec swims, a membership or a gift certificate for swim lessons or an aqua fit class! For more info, contact the Aquatic Centre at 613-933-3586.

Life’s a beach

Make that special someone forget about the cold with a gift of sunshine, sand and waves courtesy of the beautiful Long Sault Parkway. The St. Lawrence Parks Commission sells online gift cards that can then be put towards a camping experience or redeemed for an annual Parks pass when it opens in May! They also offer gift certificates for Upper Canada Golf Course as well as the popular Passport to the Past for Upper Canada Village, providing unlimited admission to the village and its special festivals like Pumpkinferno and Alight at Night! For more information, call 1-800-437-2233.

Free Parking

Come shop, dine and play in Cornwall this holiday season! The City of Cornwall has approved free parking weeknights after 4 pm in all on-street spaces and municipal parking lots throughout December. Parking is also free on weekends. It’s a great time to experience all that Cornwall has to offer!

Additional Events

Looking for other fun things to do in Cornwall? Make sure to check out our Events page for info on upcoming events in the area!

Stay with Us!

Planning to explore Cornwall? Extend your stay at one of our many great accommodations! For a listing of local accommodations, click here.

Additional Information

Planning a visit to Cornwall? Cornwall Tourism can help. Email us at to request a copy of our Visitor Guide or contact us at (613) 936-0842. You can also stop by the Cornwall Tourism office inside the Cornwall Civic Complex at 100 Water Street East. The office is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

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Article by Kevin Lajoie

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