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.
Parks and Waterfront Trail
The City is sprinkled liberally with over 40 parks totalling 750 acres.
Guindon Park consists of some 500 acres of wooded and open land, as well as marsh and wetland areas. This area is currently being developed into a major recreation area with facilities including 12 km of cross-country ski and walking trails, washrooms, picnic grounds, playground equipment, and boat launch facilities.
Lamoureux Park is a 23 acre site adjacent to the Civic Complex overlooking the St. Lawrence River. Located in the park are jogging trails, bicycle paths, picnic tables and benches. Centred in the park is the Lions Club Bandshell. This attractive amphitheatre plays host to over 65 musical, dance, and theatrical events per summer.
Cornwall Recreational Path
Cornwall has a comprehensive network of approximately 40 kilometres of recreational paths that allow people to walk, bike and rollerblade along the St. Lawrence River and throughout the City.
The largest part of the recreational path spans the entire waterfront, offering great views of the St. Lawrence River. This part of the recreational path is also part of the Waterfront Trail, which stretches from Niagara-on-the-Lake to the Quebec border.
The Parks of the St. Lawrence
The Parks of the St. Lawrence manages more than 9,500 acres of parkland along the St. Lawrence River. Within a 30 minute drive of Cornwall, you’ll find Riverside Cedar Park, Crysler Beach, Long Sault Parkway, Glengarry Park, Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary and Nature Campsite. For more information, please visit them online by clicking the link below:
Facilities and Amenities
The City’s recreational facilities include modern gyms, the Benson Centre, Curling Centre, and the Cornwall Civic Complex with its beautiful Aquatic Centre.
The Benson Centre is the City’s new multi-sports facility. The Benson Centre offers an indoor arena with 3 NHL-sized hockey rinks, public skating, tennis and multi-sport courts, and a field house with walking track rentals. The Benson Centre also offers a variety of meeting rooms for corporate businesses, groups, individuals, non-profit groups for AGM’s, team meetings, art and leisure classes, small fitness groups, workshops, seminars, presentations, family gatherings, birthday parties, and more.
The Benson Centre is located at 800 Seventh Street West and can be reached at (613) 938-9898. You can also visit them online at:
Cornwall Civic Complex
The Cornwall Civic Complex is among the largest and most modern centres in Eastern Ontario with facilities to accommodate events such as concerts, conventions, professional sporting competitions and much more. The heart of the Complex is the Ed Lumley Arena, a modern ice rink that boasts state-of- the-art rink boards and a versatile sound and light infrastructure. The arena is also home to the Junior ‘A’ Cornwall Colts.
The Cornwall Civic Complex is located at 100 Water Street and can be reached at (613) 938-9400. You can also visit them online at:
Cornwall Aquatic Centre
The Cornwall Aquatic Centre is located adjacent to the Civic Complex and houses the six lanes Kinsmen Pool as well as a toddler leisure pool, spacious whirlpool and two-storey waterslide.
The Cornwall Aquatic Centre is located at 100 Water Street East and can be reached at (613) 933-3586. You can also visit them online at:
Cornwall Curling Centre
The Cornwall Curling Centre houses 6 sheets of ice, a beautiful lounge, kitchen and full locker room facilities. It is host to over 500 registered curlers with a vibrant seniors league and a great little rock program.
The Cornwall Curling Centre is located at 220 Water Street East and can be reached at (613) 936-2027. You can also find more information on their website:
A total of 11 marinas are spread along the shore of the St. Lawrence in the Seaway Valley, all within minutes of the City. They offer a complete range of services, from boat and equipment sales, rental and service, to seasonal dockage and winter storage.
There are 12 golf courses located throughout the Cornwall & Seaway Valley region. They range from small par-3 course to large 18-hole championship courses.
St. Lawrence River
The St. Lawrence River is an integral part of the local community. It supports important commercial and recreational activities such as fishing, hunting, boating, sailing, swimming and all kinds of water sports. It provides excellent fishing for walleye, northern pike, yellow perch and small mouth bass as well as largemouth bass.