- City Guide - Brockville
As part of the 1000 Islands Brockville is a popular place for tourists – especially boaters, due to it's waterfront location. A revitalized downtown area with a waterfront open to the public, along with parks, walking trails, and numerous shopping locations make Brockville a perfect vacation destination – or a beautiful place to call home.
The founding of the settlement that became the village of Brockville has its roots in the first wave of Loyalist refugees displaced from their homes during the years of the American Revolution, 1776-1783. In 1808, it was decided that a central location was needed for the courthouse and jail for the districts known as Johnstown and Elizabethtown. All three landowners were eager to give a piece of land to the government to re-locate to the area. Before long the inhabitants of the growing community wanted a name that would be distinct – and set them apart - from the Township of Elizabethtown. Research indicates that the community was referred to as Brockville as early as August 10, 1812. On January 28th 1832, Brockville became the first incorporated village in Upper Canada to receive the status of a self-governing community – and in 2007 we celebrated our 175th Anniversary.
Today Brockville has a population of 21,870 and has over 10,000 private dwellings. Brockville is located midway between Toronto and Montreal, 330 kilometres northeast of Toronto and 210 kilometres southwest of Montreal – not to mention only one hour from Ottawa. Brockville will appeal to your senses by offering an array of arts, culture and history. Brockville offers exhibits of modern art, live theatre performances, or a celebrations of our rich history - not to mention music lovers can sit back and enjoy powerful singing voices and musicians performing all year at local nightspots.