Brockville and 1000 Island Tourism
Brockville, City of the 1000 Islands
Brockville is the eastern gateway to the 1000 Islands. As one of the oldest and most charming cities in Ontario, Brockville attracts visitors looking for a relaxing way to spend some time near the St. Lawrence River. The City’s roots trace back to just after the American Revolution when displaced Loyalist refugees settled and founded Brockville.
Come and visit, but be warned, once you discover the charm of Brockville and succumb to the City’s hospitality, you will want to stay longer! One of the most picturesque areas in the world, Brockville is host to countless festivals, events and fun activities for visitors to enjoy. Brockville and 1000 Islands Tourism is open year round to help you plan your stay.
A Brief History of Brockville
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 the summer of 1784, the first of these disbanded soldiers and their families arrived by bateaux and set-up camp in the area known today as Johnstown. They gathered and drew for their land grants. In the summer of 1784, William Buell landed at the mouth of the creek now known as Buell's Creek. Buell, a native of Hebron, Connecticut, was 33 years old and a former officer in the King's Rangers, one of the Loyalist regiments.
Buell and other families settled in the area including the Charles and Daniel Jones. The Jones' and Buell's were responsible for the pattern of early development in our city. 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. The high ground on Buell's land, where the present Leeds-Grenville Courthouse stands, was chosen. This proved to be perhaps the step that sealed the future prosperity of this settlement.
A large courthouse and jail were erected and a wide avenue was laid out down to the river. It wasn't long before the inhabitants of the growing community began to seek a name that would be distinct from that of the Township of Elizabethtown. We find that officially Brockville is referred to by name as early as August 10, 1812 in a report sent to Major General Isaac Brock by Col. Lethbridge of Kingston who reported having just returned from Prescott and "Brockville".
On January 28th 1832, Brockville became the first incorporated village in Upper Canada to receive the status of a self-governing community. In 2007, we celebrated our 175th
Annual Festivals & Events in Brockville
and the surrounding region:
(please visit our Events Calendar for a complete list of local events and for specific event details, dates, and times)