20. CANADIAN HOLIDAY in May 2008 …. Brockville Harbour: Post 20

I would like  to share with  you  through  these few words, photographs and hyperlinked websites, a 3 Dimensional  experience as though you were  actually there with  us. Click on any photograph and it should enlarge to a  different size ….. at least half screen or size full screen. It will be clearer in detail than the photo on the post. It will be as if you were  really there looking at the actual  scene. You are an arm chair traveller with us.

If you would also like  to see the post in a larger or smaller size, I suggest you follow this procedure: If you right-handed, with your left hand, press  down continuously  on the Control Function Key  with your left hand and with your right hand, move  the   little  cursor wheel either forwards or backwards to make the text in the post larger or smaller.

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From this website:

Brockville Marina

The Brockville Municipal Harbour offers first class marina amenities. Harbour services at the marina include canteen, showers, laundry, electric and water hook-ups.

Overnight reservations are available from May to mid October at the Harbour Services Building.

Downtown Brockville is just steps away from the harbour. Enjoy shopping, dining, cafes, heritage sites and other services all within a few minutes walk from your boat.

Expanded visitor docking allows easy access to Brockville’s Historic Downtown. Look for the visitor docks in the marina with the yellow flag. Harbour staff in yellow shirts are there to assist you.The harbour monitors Channel 68 VHF Marine Band.

Brockville, City of the 1000 Islands

Located in the heart of the 1000 Islands and St. Lawrence Seaway, Brockville is a beautiful historic waterfront town that attracts visitors from around the world.

In a community of 24,000 people, Brockville is a city with hometown charm. The City of Brockville has the same services and amenities that can be found in larger suburban centres while enjoying the benefits of a community-oriented atmosphere. The city works hard to maintain the heritage feel found in the downtown area while keeping up on growth and competition throughout the other parts of the city.

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. The Brockville and 1000 Islands Tourism Office is open year round to help you plan your stay.

A Brief History of Brockville

Brockville Historic Courthouse and Courthouse SquareThe 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 Buells 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.

Sir Isaac BrockA 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 Anniversary.

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The end  of our week  holiday in Canada ….. What a great Holiday !! :

We went from Brockville Harbour to Toronto and flew back back to Vancouver. From there we had another 14 hour flight back to Sydney. We then had another one hour flight back to Brisbane. We arrived back Sunday the 1st of June 2008 at 11.30 a.m. where our son Anthony met us at the Airport with our car and drove us back into Brisbane as he lives at West End. This meant that we could then drive ourselves home to Chambers Flat = 35 kms. out of Brisbane.

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