1000 Islands and St. Lawrence Seaway International Travel Guide — 2011-2012 Edition
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Cornwall & The Seaway Valley, ON

The St. Lawrence Seaway Valley has something for everyone, from museums and arts in the park to lively festivals and events…even dinosaurs!

The entire Seaway Valley celebrates a rich pioneer influence, which is depicted in the many museums scattered throughout the region. It is also home to award-winning Upper Canada Village Heritage Park, which recreates life as it was in a late 1860s working village. Costumed interpreters go about the chores of daily life as visitors explore the different shops and buildings.

If more recent history interests you, the Lost Villages Museum is a vivid reminder of the power of the mighty St. Lawrence River. Several rescued buildings from the mid- to late-1950s house artifacts and photos from the six villages lost to flooding as a result of the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Ontario Power Generation’s new Visitor Centre in Cornwall offers visitors a historical, interactive and educational experience about the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project, its impact on surrounding communities, electricity generation at OPG, the American Eel and many other stories.

The St. Lawrence River provides wonderful waterfront camping, boating, fishing and beaches. Private and municipal docking facilities are located along the waterfront, within walking distance of the Morrisburg Mall, and at the foot of the Downtown and Le Village Shopping Districts in Cornwall. All three areas feature specialty and grocery shopping, dining, banking and personal services such as hairdressing and shoe repair. Additionally, these districts feature outdoor heritage murals depicting significant events in the region.

The St. Lawrence Recreational Path is a cyclist’s paradise. More than 90 km of path stretches from Iroquois in the west to the Ontario/Quebec border in the east, all featuring fabulous scenery, picnic and camping areas, waterfront parks, beaches, museums and other interesting attractions.

Family activities abound throughout the entire Seaway Valley with miniputt, conservation areas, camping, fishing and dinosaurs. Yes, dinosaurs! Prehistoric World in Morrisburg features more than 50 life-size recreations that you can explore as you meander through the park-like setting. Festivals and special events are plentiful, including the Glengarry Highland Games in Maxville, the Kinsmen Lift-Off Hot Air Balloon Festival in Cornwall, country fairs in Williamstown, Newington, Avonmore, Chesterville and South Mountain, Cornwall Arts In The Park, and Professional Summer Theatre at Upper Canada Playhouse.

The “Friendly Seaway Valley” … experience the difference!