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Nestled between Cornwall and Kingston lies the city Brockville — the “City of the 1000 Islands”, and home to nearly twenty-two times as many people.
Living in one of the oldest cities in Ontario, many Brockvillians can trace their roots back to the United Empire Loyalists who settled in the area following the American Revolution. At the time of their arrival, the area was known as “Elizabethtown”, but adopted the name it bears today following the War of 1812 to honour British Major-General Sir Isaac Brock, nicknamed the “Hero of Upper Canada”.
Brockville also holds an important place in Canadian railway history, serving as a divisional point for the Grand Trunk Railway, and enabling the prosperous Ottawa Valley timber trade with Canada’s first railway tunnel, which debuted in 1860.
Brockville’s ideal size and location allows residents to enjoy both rural and urban activities within a short commute. As the home of St. Lawrence College’s Music Theatre Performance program, Brockville aims to entertain. Catch a musical at the Brockville Arts Centre, or, if you are more adventurous, pull on your wetsuit and explore the countless sunken ships that have been lost off the shores of the St. Lawrence River.
Brockville has been recognized as one of Canada's safest communities by the World Health Organization.
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Notable Brockvillian, George Taylor Fulford, found great success and fame in the late 1800’s with his world-famous pharmaceutical invention, "Dr. Williams' Pink Pills for Pale People”.