Downtown Brockville Blog

October 2018

3 Date Night Ideas in Downtown



Looking for something classic?

Start the night off with dinner at the beautiful Buell Street Bistro. The welcoming atmosphere of the 1883 manor is perfect for a romantic evening for 2.  Take a seat by the fireplace and enjoy fabulous entrees like Ontario pork, Seafood Thermidor or New York Striploin Steak. Check out the full menu here

Whether you're looking for a live show or a movie, the Brockville Arts Centre has a full line-up year round.  Coming up, the featured film "Colette" starring Keira Knightley is based on a true story about ghost writer Sidonie-Gabrielle Collette who fights for creative ownership after her writing becomes a bestseller and cultural sensation in Paris, France.  

Or catch the live show "How Sweet It Is" celebrating the music of James Taylor, John Denver, and Jimmy Buffett. Hear favourites like "Sweet Baby James", "Fire and Rain", "Back Home Again" and many more!


Love living on the river?

Are you the couple that spends most of the weekend outdoors? Start the afternoon off with a stroll around blockhouse island. Enjoy the beautiful view of the river and catch the last ship or two of the season! Next walk on over to the Aquatarium and learn all about the St. Lawrence River and the lock systems! See the newest addition to the otter family and some of the most famous ships from the St. Lawrence river! 

Once you're all ottered out, head on upstairs to the Tall Ships South Coast Grille. The nautically themed restaurant features all-stars like Braised beef ravioli, pecan-crusted halibut, and Canadian premier steaks. It also features an incredible view of the St. Lawrence. Check out their full menu here.


Love to learn?

If history is your cup of tea, the Brockville museum is the perfect stop. With rotating exhibits there is always something new to check out! Their current temporary exhibit is "Pieces of Brockville" which explores reasons why some old buildings disappear from our streetscapes. You can also experience their classic exhibits like "From Carriage to Car", "People of Brockville" and "Blockhouse Island and the Tunnel".

Afterwards, take a break from Brockville history and head on over to Island Delight for delicious Chinese and Thai cuisine. Featuring dishes everyone loves like chicken chow mein, Pad Thai and curry! Check out their full menu here

Looking for a different place to eat? Check out the complete list of restaurant downtown here. Check out our directory of all retaurants, attractions and stores here. 

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Embrace Fall With These October Activities

Get Into The Halloween Spirit
Do you like to be scared? The Tunnel is being transformed into a spooky haunted walk! With mad doctors, witches and creatures from the deep, your guides will escort you to make sure your passage is safe. Buy your tickets now online!

The Bar is celebrating Halloween all week long! From October 25 to October 31 participate in Scaraoke, pre-parties, dress up parties, kids parties and they're ultimate party Halloween night (yes they even provide the candy)! Check out their spooky decorations and show off your costume skills with the costume contest!

Get ready to Trick or Treat downtown! Starting at noon, select stores will be passing out candy and other goodies to downtown Trick or Treaters! Get your costume ready and enjoy going from store to store collecting candy!


Get Into The Fall Spirit
Celebrate the beauty of fall with fall-themed decor workshops. 
Decorate your dining room table with a beautiful pumpkin floral display. They're are only a few dates left for the month so don't miss out! Grab a few friends, have a drink and create a beautiful bouquet like the one pictured above! Check out the workshops hosted by Wild Little Roses, or ones hosted at The court House Lodge


Learn Something New
Have you ever wanted to learn about preserving for winter? Or what about war on the homefront? Head on over to the Museum! Their heritage skills workshop includes loads of fun topics like preserving for winter or corn husk art! The best part is a take-home item is included in the low price! Or perhaps you rather sit with a cup of tea and discuss war on the home front or Christmas downtown over the decades? For only $2 join their Talk and Teas each month and engage in discussion with fellow history lovers.

How about a friendly competition? Compete against your local librarian to see if you can outwit them! Show off your knowledge and win awesome prizes along the way! Teams can be as large as 10 people! Trivia, not your thing? Meet the incredible author of "Of Plagues and Vampires" Dr. Michael Hefferon! Admission is free and books will be available for purchase!

Spend time with the Kids
After school, weekends, PA days, there are a ton of events going on at the Aquatarium for kids of all ages! Join astronomy enthusiast, Paul Bullock as you adventure into the sky above on the 4th-floor planetarium. Head on over to their Species Spotlight After School Programs and learn about river animals that call the St. Lawrence their home! Or just enjoy PA day rate admission every PA day of the year!

Looking for other PA day activities? The First Presbyterian Churn is hosting a PA day camp Oct 26th! Enjoy music, crafts, playtime, Bible stories, movies and much more.

Go Out For Dinner and a Show
What beats the classic dinner and a show? There are over 7 shows and movies left to see this month at the Brockville Arts Centre! Catch Brett Kissel LIVE this Friday, Kiera Knightley in "Colette", or a live tribute to artists like James Taylor, John Denver, and Jimmy Buffet during "How Sweet It Is". While your there make sure to check out the art exhibit by Gordon Beck from From Here to Infinity Art Gallery

Or eat and catch a show in the very same place with live music being brought into places like at the Spitfire, The Georgian Dragon, The Keystorm, Richard's Coffeehouse, and more! Check your local restaurant's social media and website for their upcoming events!

Looking To Get Active? 
There's yoga galore downtown! From all-levels yoga at RD Athletics, Yoga by Donation at Studio 44 or back and core focused yoga in the lighthouse theatre of the Aquatarium!

Or enjoy the crisp fall air during our last clean-up of the year October 17 from 9am-10am! Get out and enjoy the outdoors while helping beautify the downtown! All supplies are provided.

Tons of other activities like Trivia Nights, Farmer's Markets, Paint Nights and more. Make sure to check out our events calendar for events happening Downtown!

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