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Brockville | Ontario

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Brockville Railway Tunnel

It is Canada’s first railway tunnel and was constructed between 1854 and 1860 to enable the fledgling Brockville and Ottawa Railway to connect the outlying settlements located between St. Lawrence and Ottawa rivers with the industrial waterfront area of Brockville. This is a must-see attraction; you don’t want to miss it!

The Brockville Railway Tunnel is open seven days a week from 9 am to 9 pm, and admissions are free.

Photos: Onasill – Bill Badzo – OFF – Wishing you a Happy a, flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0; https://www.brockvillerailwaytunnel.com/

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Home Town of Nathan Phillips

Nathan Phillips was a popular Mayor of Toronto from 1955 to 1962.

Born in Brockville in 1892, Phillips was educated in public and high schools in Cornwall, Ontario. He practiced law in Toronto and was appointed a King’s Counsel in 1929.

Phillips served as mayor from 1955 and was dubbed “Mayor of All the People.” He is remembered for being the first Toronto mayor of the Jewish faith.

Under Philips’s direction, the City of Toronto pursued an aggressive agenda of demolishing heritage structures throughout the city in order to ‘modernize.’ Large blocks of downtown were purchased and razed. Many landmark buildings and neighbourhoods were destroyed, such as the University Avenue Armouries, the Chorley Park estate, and the General Post Office.

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Fulford Place Museum

Fulford Place is a 20,000-square-foot, beautiful residence constructed in 1899–1901 for Senator and self-made millionaire George Taylor Fulford I and his family. The Fulford family gave Fulford Place and its collection to the Ontario Heritage Trust in 1991.

The family’s collection of antiques is on display in the home exactly as it was more than a century ago. The dramatic restoration of Fulford Place by the Ontario Heritage Trust brings to life the extravagant way of life of the new aristocracy of the early 20th century.

Photos: Onasill – Bill Badzo – OFF – Wishing you a Happy a, flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

 

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Home Town of Jane Fonda’s Mother

Frances Ford Seymour was a socialite, the second wife of actor Henry Fonda, and the mother of actors Jane Fonda and Peter Fonda. She was born in Brockville in 1908.

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1000 Islands & Seaway Cruises

This is a must-visit for anyone that comes to Brockville. These cruises take you around the 1000 islands and give you information on them.

It is a fun cruise for the entire family and a great way to experience the 1000 islands up and close on a 90-minute journey you won’t forget. It is a popular attraction so it would be a good idea to get a ticket in advance.

Photo: https://www.facebook.com/1000islandscruises

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The Aquatarium at Tall Ships Landing

The Aquaria is a starting point for learning about, exploring, and immersing oneself in the aquatic world. Here, the St. Lawrence River’s complex ecosystem is displayed in three aquarium habitats: lake, river, and beach.

These are Aquatarium’s biggest fish tanks. You may examine each one’s unique environment from a wide range of angles. This is a must-visit, especially if you are travelling with kids!

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/TheAquatarium/

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St. Lawrence Park

St. Laurence Park is a great stop, especially if you plan on camping. The park has a beach perfect place to cool off on a hot summer day. There are play structures for the kids to play on and lots of areas for picnics with your friends and family.

It also has a great view of the boats cruising down the river and walking trails to enjoy!

Photo: City Of Brockville, CC-BY-SA-4.0

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Golden Hawk Sabre Jet

This plane is no plastic replica; it is a real plane erected on a concrete tower in honour of all the allies who died in prior wars. It was built in 1968 on Blockhouse Island, a peninsula park in Brockville that extends into the St. Lawrence River.

An adjacent historical plaque includes a thorough account of the jet use in Canada’s old aerobatic precision flying team. It’s a great place to take some pictures and enjoy the view!

Photo: Rick Leche – Photography, flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0; Google Street View

 

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Brockville City Hall

Although it has operated as the Brockville Town Hall for more than a century, it was originally used to hold indoor butchers’ stalls at the back, a concert hall and a ballroom on the second story at the front. The 8-sided Clock and Bell Tower is city hall’s most recognizable landmark in Brockville.

This is a beautiful historic building and is worth the visit!

Photos: Onasill – Bill Badzo – OFF – Wishing you a Happy a, flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

 

 

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Home Town of Architect Walter William LaChance

Walter William LaChance was an architect best known for his designs of rural schools. He was born in Brockville in 1870.

His commissions were concentrated in Cleveland, Ohio, Hamilton, Ontario, Welland, Ontario; and various communities in Saskatchewan. He was among the first architects in Western Canada to make extensive use of reinforced concrete in multi-storey construction.

LaChance designed at least 16 schools for various Saskatchewan communities from 1906 to 1914.

Photo: Beamsville High School, Beamsville, Ontario, 1917

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