Morrisburg – an Ontario town with endless opportunities
The Town of Morrisburg is one of those small Ontarian towns rich in Canadian history with lots to see, do, and learn! This makes it ideal for a small-town vacation – picturesque, charming, but with lots of accessible local attractions and events.
Morrisburg’s central location and available accommodations (like the McIntosh Country Inn) makes it a perfect spot to launch off on any adventure, whether it’s scuba diving to the bottom of the River, enjoying local entertainment, or relishing living history.
Learn About Morrisburg’s History
The Town of Morrisburg was established in 1792 and is home to many heritage buildings, several saved and moved during flooding of the St. Lawrence River in 1958. The original Village of Morrisburg was named in 1851 after James Morris, a Scottish immigrant and commissioner integral to the construction of the Williamsburg Canals on St. Lawrence River. Morris also served as the first postmaster!
If you’re fascinated by history, you can learn more about Morrisburg’s unique origins by walking the Morrisburg Waterfront Historical path, a trail with 15 informational signs to help you learn about Morrisburg, then and now. Visitors can also drive or walk through the town and explore the colonial-style buildings and distinguished old homes.
Scuba Diving in the St. Lawrence
Who would have guessed that Ontario has the best freshwater diving in the world? It’s absolutely true! The St. Lawrence River served as the primary shipping route between the Atlantic Ocean and the Great Lakes, and uniquely, shares a border with Canada and the USA. The riverbed is known for its shipwrecks, some dating back to the early 19th century.
The St. Lawrence River runs along the border of Morrisburg and its neighbouring towns. The waterway and its underwater treasures, ships, buildings, and statues, welcome adventurous divers of all levels, both experienced and beginner. Thankfully divers can expect warmer water than the usual average temperatures of Canadian chilly water.
Time Travel Back to 1866 at Upper Canada Village
Located right off of the Highway 2 in Morrisburg, Upper Canada Village captures 19th century settler life on a grand scale. Founded in 1961, the Village proudly holds its status as one of the largest living-history sites in Canada.
Upper Canada Village preserves 19th century history in the 40 authentic historical buildings on site. Many were saved and moved before the flooding of the “Lost Villages” – several towns that were submerged during the flooding of the St. Lawrence Seaway development.
Be Entertained at Upper Canada Playhouse
Upper Canada Playhouse is a professional theatre company, known for entertaining 40,000 guests a year. The theatre, established in the former Toothbrush and Argyle Sock Factory, was renovated into an intimate 275 seat theatre. Upper Canada Playhouse performs musicals and comedies that have delighted audiences for the last 3 decades.
Located in the Village of Morrisburg on the beautiful St Lawrence River, the Upper Canada Playhouse is accessible from Exit 750 on 401. It’s in a central location – halfway between Brockville and Cornwall, and close to Northern New York State, as well as Ottawa and Montreal.
Swing and Dine at Upper Canada Golf
Upper Canada Golf Course is a 6,922 yard 18 hole course perfect for both beginners and experienced golfers. The course is unique in its picturesque atmosphere – the presence of evergreen and deciduous trees, waterways, and snatches of wildlife and other natural beauty.
After a round of golf, stop by the Upper Canada Pub! Enjoy delicious pub food, local craft beer, lazy late breakfasts, and an inviting atmosphere.
Musical Entertainment with St. Lawrence Acoustic Stage
With an 8-show season running from Fall to Spring, the St. Lawrence Acoustic Stage offers musical entertainment with an emphasis on Canadian talent and original music for locals and visitors alike. Come enjoy diverse genres and styles, from blues to folk, jazz, alt country, roots and indie rock. All performances are presented at the Upper Canada Playhouse.
Visit a Life Size Dinosaur Exhibit at Prehistoric World
Prehistoric World is a park that features over 50 life size, scientifically accurate, dinosaur models in an outdoor setting. You can walk along a 1 kilometer trail and view dinosaurs from various historic periods. It takes about an hour to go through the park. There’s a fossil pit where children can hunt for dinosaur bones and picnic tables are available on site.
Taste Some Wine and Explore Stone Crop Winery
Your destination to experience quality local wines a stone’s throw from the vineyard. Come and enjoy our tasring room and patio beside the vineyard. You don’t need a reservations unless you are a big group ( ie/ larger than 8 people ) Enjoy one of our tasting flights (new for this year) then choose your favourite wine and have a glass or take home a bottle or two. We offer local cheeses including our own wine-infused cheeses as well as locally heritage grain nachos chips and focaccia crisps to go with the cheeses so you can create your own light picnic on the patio. Our owner and sommelier/wine maker Norene will stop by your table for a chat about the wines and is always happy to help you with your tastings! Marc, Cindy and Leslie are on hand to get you seated and make sure you have everything you need to enjoy your visit.
What’s on the menu? Enjoy Morrisburg’s Local Food
Stop by McIntosh Inn’s Mac’s Tavern and enjoy a pint in a relaxed and social atmosphere. Or visit the Inn’s Orchard Restaurant and savour traditional foods like roast turkey and fish & chips. Or if you’re feeling more adventurous, try the exotic and scrumptious chipotle mango mushroom appetizer with stuffed chicken and creme brie.
For more information about Morrisburg and local attractions, visit https://www.parks.on.ca/attractions/morrisburg/