Activities in the Area

Nearby Upper Canada has one of the toughest local golf courses, as well as the famous historical site of Upper Canada Village. The Village preserves and presents buildings and our way of life from over a century ago. In December and early January, there are sleigh rides offered through the park. As an added bonus, all the buildings are lit up by Christmas lights! Each year they add more lights! A must!

The best local weekend buffet is at the Orchard restaurant in the town of Morrisburg a few kilometres away. The local theatre, the Upper Canada Playhouse has had some of the best local theatre over the last few years. The exterior of the building was recently painted depicting the local town over a 100 years ago. It is worth a stop! There are numerous other beautiful murals to view on a lazy day of summer, or a beautiful spring or fall afternoon.

For children, and adults too, it is recommended to visit the shipping locks in the town of Iroquois. These are the first locks east of Lake Ontario. You can see the big ships up close and personal. Iroquois is also home to yet another challenging golf club!

In Brockville, a major town approximately 20 minutes west, there is a theatre, ice rink, shopping, restaurants, and a multitude of summer and winter festivals. There is the famous Riverfest-a large outdoor summer festival that usually runs in late June and early July that features many local musicians and entertainment for all ages. There is also the Ribfest, highlighting some of the best pork ribs money can buy. The Buskers festival is always a hit with the kids! Automotion, an auto show, is usually scheduled in early August. In late August there is the famous Poker Run in the Brockville/Prescott marinas, a showcase of speedboats. Boys must have their toys, albeit noisy and polluting ones! Sunday-In-The-Park, is a weekly evening concert series in the summer. Please cross-reference this information with the official summer tour guide from Brockville.

The town of Cardinal offers all necessary conveniences including a beer and liquor store. The small grocery store is affiliated with a major chain. The Becker’s and Cardinal convenience stores are open late each evening often until midnight. There are a few restaurants including the Scorpion that delivers a good pizza and other take-out food. A few of the local hardware stores supply basic fishing gear. There is a post office, service garages and a video rental location to augment our small collection. Every store in town sells ice cream cones.

In Johnstown, the local marina’s rustic Bridgeview Restaurant offers a good breakfast and a terrific view of the Canada/U.S. bridge. It is a twenty-minute walk from the Windmill Road cottage and a five to ten minute drive from the other homes.

In Prescott, you can tour the Forwarders Museum and Fort Wellington as well as other historical landmarks. It is interesting to read the descriptions of the War of 1812 near the Battle of the Windmill historical landmark on the Canadian side, and then cross the bridge to the town of Ogdensburg and read the American version! Brockville and Prescott have many quiet city streets suitable for biking. For the bike enthusiasts you can take a day trip east to Long Sault for a bike trip though the local provincial park. Prescott has a few restaurants including a few good Chinese eateries, Dragon Garden being one of the most popular. A pub on the main street, Boomers, offers live entertainment on the weekends and a varied menu.

And the summer Shakespeare should never be missed. The November Christmas parade is one of eastern Ontario’s best!

The St. Lawrence River offers good fishing and some of the best local scuba diving and snorkeling. The water clarity is excellent! The local dive shops offers course for many different levels from beginner to advanced. The water in the area offers excellent swimming with outstanding water clarity. The area is becoming one of the most visited North American dive areas due to both the water clarity and the multitude of old shipwrecks in the immediate area.

In Ogdensburg, New York, a town of contrasts, you will find the Remmington Museum in the city centre. There is a new restaurant built in a renovated turn-of-the century train station, called the Couch House. Sholettes, on the main highway is a popular eatery and offer a good exchange on the canadian dollar. The Grand View offers and excellent buffet on the weekends. Just east of the Canada/U.S.bridge there is a series of pre-war buildings along the water. It is worth a drive through in the early morning or around sunset to see the deer that wander on the property.

Canton, New York is a beautiful turn-of-the-century town, home to St. Lawrence University. It also has one of the best pizzerias on the planet. A trip to the Adirondack mountains is only 45 minutes from your front door.

There is an incredible Scenic Seaway Drive as you go east towards the town of Messina, New York that is, pardon the plagiarism, priceless. Going west, you can dine in Alex Bay, a veritable tourist trap.

Be wary of the customs restrictions for bringing back goods if you go over in the States for less than 48 hours. The custom’s officers now have the power to arrest you if they suspect your are drinking and driving. If you are thinking of going to the U.S., be sure and fill up with gas. Even with the $2+ toll each way over the bridge and the exchange, the gas is still slightly less expensive than our overtaxed country.

The Brigadoon in Oxford Mills, just south of Kempville is another fine eatery. It can be a little difficult to find, but it is worth the trip. The restaurant offers fine dining in a turn-of-the century building, formerly the local general store.

The town of Spencerville offers one of the most popular fall and winter fairs in September and January respectively. The fall fair includes equestrian events, tractor pulls, roller coasters and other rides, clowns and mime acts, a display of many farm animals from rabbits to roosters, from cows to goats. Entertainment for both young and old!

Please contact the regional tourist offices and or city/township offices in the phone book for complete detailed information regarding the many local winter activities as well as a host of summer festivals.

A Brief Outline

Winter activities include snowmobiling, hockey, skiing-both downhill and cross-country, ice fishing as well as snowshoeing, tobogganing and skating. Please see below for more details.

Your choice of waterfront vacation getaways is situated on the crystal-clear waters of the St. Lawrence River, renowned for having some of the best fresh water snorkeling and scuba diving in the world.

Both executive homes have beautiful exterior decks and balconies. At the three-bedroom floating home you can literally dock at your back door, your 12’ x 40’ deck. Or dive right into the 15’ deep water. The four-bedroom home has a 70’ dock and a huge 80’ sandy beach.

The buildings have gorgeous gardens and one home has a beach volleyball court for the sports-minded. There is also a sitting area with a small pond and fountain at the four-bedroom home.

The vacation homes are fully equipped, having all modern conveniences including stove, refrigerator, microwave, toaster, colour televisions, vcr and fully-loaded satellite dish, and dishwashers and last but not least, a coffee maker. The vacation homes are equipped with touch-tone telephones. E-mail service can be added for an additional cost. Of course you can access a local dial-up network at no additional cost. There is a gas barbecue for each home and an old fashioned barbecue can be made available upon request.

We provide everything, including the cutlery. We normally ask that you provide towels and bed linen. Daily or occasional maid service can be arranged upon request, at a slight extra charge, depending on your requirements. Both executive homes have state-of-the-art Culligan water filtration systems, all major, next-to-new appliances (one has a washing machine and soon to be added: a clothes dryer) and next-to-new beds.

All three of the executive homes are next-to-new and recently re-painted. Each building has two full bathrooms. After this fact and a few other details, the similarities end and the fun begins!

If you decide to rent the home, we will give you an updated list of some local activities as well as a list of our 150+ videos you are welcome to view during your getaway at no extra charge. We even have some children’s films!

We live close to the rental homes, so we can help you with any requests or questions you may have during your visit. We can supply you with a few referrals upon request. As one guest told us “Everything is in good working order and very clean. Another commented, “very conscientious hosts that pay attention to detail.”

If you have any questions you can correspond by e-mail, (We check my e-mail several times per day during business hours) or you can reach us by telephone.

WINTER

As mentioned, the Prescott/Brockville area offers snowmobiling, walking, snowshoeing, skating and cross-country skiing as well as many historic locations and tourist attractions. We are currently looking to purchase a few more sets of cross country skiis. Consequently we may be offer complimentary cross-country skis with chalet rentals in the winter months.

We are only 45 minutes away from the mountains in Northern New York, which offer an extended cross country skiing season in the spring, after our snow has melted. There is a host of mountains for the downhill skiers a little farther away including Whiteface and Tupper Lake, to name a few. If you are an experienced die-hard hockey player, we can find you a place playing at the local arena with a team beginning at noon on Friday or possibly Saturday evening or Sunday morning. You would play with the host and a few of the host’s friends. Leaving your better-half alone while on vacation had best be negotiated well in advance!

You can find a bird sanctuary nearby that is open all year. Great for bird enthusiasts as well as a great place to go for a long walk. The sanctuary has a few resident deer that will almost eat out of your hands, (not recommended). The deer are almost a permanent fixture at roadside as you enter the bird sanctuary.

Upper Canada Village installs magnificent Christmas lights on their buildings and offers sleigh rides in the village during December and January. There is also a multitude of local eateries and fine dining. There are many winter carnivals including Prescott’s Frost Festival. Stay for a weekend and you will want to come back in the summer! Sun, rain or snow, there is always something to do in the area. Or kick back, relax, enjoy some card playing, or turn on the satellite dish and watch a movie on the big television.

SPRING

April is a beautiful month. The flowers begin to grow and many dozens of varieties of birds return from the South. In May we will have hundreds of tulips in bloom. The peak period for the tulips is usually between May 1st and 28th, depending on how warm the spring is. Be sure to visit the world-famous tulips as they bloom at the parliament buildings in Ottawa, our nation’s capital, less than an hour away.

SUMMER

In the warmer months, the area offers some of the best fresh water scuba diving in the world with a host of local shipwrecks, as well as sporting activities including fishing and golf. There are at least seven golf courses within a short distance from the homes and several dozen with an hour’s drive. We are near museums, antique shops, and a multitude of local summer festivals. There is a small shipwreck within sight of one home and more than a dozen within a short drive. There is also a nearby offshore island with a magical inland lake, accessible from the river through a small channel. Very unique!

FALL

Enjoy the fall colours and our beautiful autumn gardens including flowers such as Zinnias, Sedums and Black-Eyed Susan. Since we are so far south, the water is good for swimming often into late September or early October.