What to do and see in Cornwall, Canada: The Best Places and Tips

October 26, 2017 Nobuko Falco

Discover the best top things to do in Cornwall, Canada including St. Raphael's Ruins, St Lawrence Power Development Visitor Centre, Waterfront Trail, Historic SDG Jail, Gray's Creek Conservation Area, Rurban Brewing, McMaze, Cornwall Community Museum, Amazing Science Centre, The Art Gallery (TAG) Cornwall.
Restaurants in Cornwall

1. St. Raphael's Ruins

County Road 18, | Williamstown, Cornwall, Ontario K0C 2J0, Canada +1 613-347-2247
Excellent
44%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
8%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 87 reviews

St. Raphael's Ruins

Reviewed By StanleyandMarie - Ontario, Canada

We visited the Ruins for our daughter's wedding - what a beautiful venue for an outdoor wedding. The stone walls and walkway to the altar/stage area was simply beautiful and there was no need to go elsewhere for pictures. Definitely worth considering for an outdoor wedding!
From a tourist's perspective, it really is worth the drive out to see. There are various historic plaques to view and the countryside along the way is also most enjoyable!

2. St Lawrence Power Development Visitor Centre

2500B Second St West, Cornwall, Ontario K6H 5R6, Canada +1 613-932-4563
Excellent
52%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
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4.5 based on 37 reviews

St Lawrence Power Development Visitor Centre

Reviewed By Kathy P - Niagara Falls, Canada

Interesting, informative, educational. Also, a wonderful place to walk or bike. Highly recommend to make a stop while you are in the area.Fascinating history.

3. Waterfront Trail

Cornwall, Ontario K6H 1A3, Canada +1 416-943-8080
Excellent
60%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
3%
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3%
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4.5 based on 26 reviews

Waterfront Trail

Reviewed By lrelax - Kingston

Great trail for biking or walking. Great views of the waterfront.Loved the man made stream and Waterfalls.Blue Heron was trying to catch a fish at the Waterfalls.Lots of families enjoying the trails.

4. Historic SDG Jail

11 Water St W, Cornwall, Ontario K6J 1A1, Canada +1 613-935-4891
Excellent
54%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
7%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 42 reviews

Historic SDG Jail

Built in 1833/34, the jail operated until 2002 when the Ministry of Correctional Services closed the facility in favour of newer, larger facilities in major cities. The building houses the second oldest jail in Ontario and the fifth oldest court house. The cell blocks, common areas, exercise yard and visitation area have been maintained as they were when they were populated by inmates sentenced to jail time. Step right into a cell to experience life behind bars - at least for a few moments. There are stories of prison life from the point of view of the guards as well as the inmates. You'll also learn about escapes, and we have many ghost stories to share. Jail tours are now closed for the season, but if you wish to book a group visit or other experience please contact us. Please see our Facebook page for further details.

Reviewed By Jojosylt - Cornwall, Canada

I went with out-off town friends. to have a visit last summer. We were standing in the tiny parking lot beside the prison, waiting to be let in, The front door was closed. The time was 11:55, at that time we noticed a person at the door. it is now noon. When we walked over together with a bunch of other potential visit., the door was locked again, the person we have seen previously was gone again. we knocked on the door, however nobody came to open up. We left, all 10 of us. We came back for the 13:00 viewing, now nobody showed up all. This seem to small village town operation, very sad. I certainly will not be back. just to let you know I am a local .

5. Gray's Creek Conservation Area

18045 County Road 2, Cornwall, Ontario, Canada
Excellent
53%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 19 reviews

Gray's Creek Conservation Area

Reviewed By Monatravel1207 - Grand Isle, Vermont

Stopped by for a quiet chat with friends and family. Lovely location, off the beaten track. Close to the highway, so a bit of noise, but certainly not too loud.

6. Rurban Brewing

416 Cumberland St, Cornwall, Ontario K6J 5C4, Canada +1 613-360-0661
Excellent
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5 based on 12 reviews

Rurban Brewing

We are a small-batch, independent, family-run and family-owned brewery, concerned with making premium quality beer.

Reviewed By syl012 - Long Sault, Canada

The microbrewery scene has exploded. Rurban quite the gem in Cornwall. Their beer is only surpassed by the owners and staff. Beyond friendly. Maybe too much variety, might be better to focus on fewer beers but what do i know, it seems to be working. I will continue to buy on a regular basis.

7. McMaze

17049 Willy Allen Rd, Cornwall, Ontario K0C 2A0, Canada +1 613-932-7630
Excellent
60%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
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4.5 based on 22 reviews

McMaze

Reviewed By Alexander M - Cornwall, Canada

A great place for a family to enjoy a day in the country. The family is very welcoming, answering questions and even can show you around. Lots of animal to see and pet. Mazes are large and certainly can get you lost. There are tons of pumpkins in the field to pick from in October. They even do sleigh rides in the winter! Canteen on site too, selling hamburgers using beef from the farm. Try their pumpkin fudge as well.

8. Cornwall Community Museum

160 Water Street West, Cornwall, Ontario, Canada
Excellent
62%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
5%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 18 reviews

Cornwall Community Museum

Reviewed By Matt T - Cornwall, Canada

I am an avid history lover and collector, i visited the museum this summer to mixed feelings,,, the museum itsself is great and so are the displays , but what left me with a little sour taste was that the curator did nothing ,,,, he went back to the basement and let me roam around without explaining anything, i proceeded to buy a few books and left.

9. Amazing Science Centre

52 Eighth St. East, Cornwall, Ontario H6H 3J6, Canada +1 343-885-9633
Excellent
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5 based on 3 reviews

Amazing Science Centre

Displays on Astronomy, Geology, Fossils, Dragons and Dinosaurs,Biology, Archaeology, Lost Cultures,Noah's Ark.

Reviewed By Markus M - Kingston, Canada

Information packed science center. Unbiased geological and science exhibits reveals the truth about origins and information other museums are afraid to publish. You will be surprised with the information and logical reasoning to explain various scientific data/ natural world observations.

168 Pitt St, Cornwall, Ontario K6J 3P4, Canada +1 613-938-7387
Excellent
50%
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4 based on 2 reviews

The Art Gallery (TAG) Cornwall

Reviewed By Clarisse710 - Cornwall, Canada

I have visited many small galleries in similar sized or smaller communities. Most achieve a sense of intrigue, charm and welcome. Although the Cornwall space is box-like, it can be modified to achieve similar qualities.

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