Cornwall, Ontario is a city in Eastern Ontario, located on the St. Lawrence River with an international bridge crossing to the United States. It is the biggest city in the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry. Cornwall Ontario to Montreal Quebec is a 1.5 hour drive, Ottawa to Cornwall is about 1 hour and Cornwall is 4 hours from Toronto (on the way to Montreal). There are a number of things to do in Cornwall so read on for a quick day trip or an Ontario staycation!
Cornwall’s Waterfront Trail is a dedicated paved multi-use trail that spans the city’s entire waterfront. You can rent bikes at Marina 200, (parking is available) or you can bring your own bicycle. The Cornwall Waterfront Trail is part of the 3,600 km Great Lakes Waterfront Trail network, traversing across Ontario. Cornwall is a popular stop for long distance cyclists travelling from Toronto (or beyond) to Montreal. For those of us who enjoy cycling but shorter distances, a popular route for cyclists is to drive to Morrisburg, hop on the Waterfront Trail and bike off-road to Cornwall for the day (a 45 km one-way trip). For the most scenic route, take a detour along the Long Sault Parkway (adds an additional 2 km).
Stop for a picnic in Lamoureux Park
Lamoureux Park was named after Lucien Lamoureux, a former Member of Parliament for the Cornwall area and Speaker of the House of Commons from 1966 to 1974. The park is in downtown Cornwall along the river and is a great stop for families, or a picnic. It’s also where outdoor events, such as Canada Day festivities and Ribfest, are located.
The Wharf in Lancaster, Ontario is a 20 minute drive (or 1.5 hour bike) from downtown Cornwall and is another great stop for a picnic, or to hangout and take photos. It can be described as a much smallerBrighton Bathing Boxes in Melbourne, Australia. Bring contrasting outfits for the most Instagrammable photos!
Stomping Grounds Bistro
Built in the old Cotton Mill District is the Stomping Grounds Bistro. The bistro has a fantastic vibe with exposed brick walls, wood beams and a restored wood floor with big comfy red chairs bathed in natural light from the large windows. Stop for a tea, coffee or something stronger!
The Pedicab tour is a velo cab/rickshaw operated by a local who gives a wonderful history lesson of Cornwall, stopping within Lamoureux Park and along the Waterfront Trail. Tours are $40 for a 40 minute tour of the park and waterfront and the pedicab fits up to 2 people.
If you’re visiting Cornwall during Sunflower season, stop of the Sunny Fields of Gold in Monkland (20 minutes north of Cornwall). Unique photography opportunities and paths through sunflowers taller than the average person makes for a perfect stop!