Cornwall is a bustling city located on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, just a short hour’s drive from Ottawa and Montreal. It is one of Canada’s oldest communities - first settled in 1784 by United Empire Loyalists.
Soon after its settlement, Cornwall made important contributions to the province's growth. Owing to its strategic location, Cornwall served as a garrison town, communications and supply post during the War of 1812. Local residents also had influential roles to play, including John Sandfield MacDonald, who would become the first Premier of the Province of Ontario.
Cornwall Sports History
Cornwall also has a rich history of sporting excellence across a wide range of sports and athletics. These include hockey and lacrosse superstar Newsy Lalonde in the early 1900’s, the Memorial Cup Champion Cornwall Royals and modern day heroes such as Olympian Lori Dupuis, boxing champion Tony Luis and national champion baseball teams.
Cornwall presents countless opportunities for recreation all year round — be it an organized sport or a simple walk in the park — and all happening just five minutes from your doorstep. Our city is great for families and individuals of all ages interested in staying active, staying healthy, and staying involved.
The City is sprinkled liberally with over 40 parks totalling 750 acres, and recreational facilities include modern gyms, hockey arenas, and the gem of the St. Lawrence — the Cornwall Civic Complex — which includes an arena with seating for 5000, convention facilities, and a state-of-the-art Aquatic Centre. Next door the the Complex is the Cornwall Curling Centre, Marina 200 and Lamoureux Park.
The Benson Centre is a brand new $32 million multi-sport facility that has proven to be a big hit with both local and visiting athletes. Located just off Brookdale Avenue, the Benson Centre features:
3 NHL Sized Rinks
Field House with soccer pitch and walking track
Of course, if you prefer to hit the links, you’ll want to check out our world-class golf courses. These include Summerheights, where you can choose from two beautiful 18-hole courses, and the world class Cornwall Golf and Country Club along the St. Lawrence River.
We have hardly even mentioned the river yet! In recreational terms, the St. Lawrence River means not only boating, fishing, and all kinds water sports, but also 75 km of waterfront bike trails, ball diamonds, and more. As if that isn’t enough to keep you busy, Cornwall is also home to countless events, including the renowned Kinsmen Lift Off hot air balloon festival that attracts over 30,000 people.