Discover History, Theatre, Music, Beaches, Parks and the Beauty of the St. Lawrence River in Downtown Prescott
First built during the War of 1812 to defend the St. Lawrence River shipping route from attack by the United States, Fort Wellington also helped thwart another American invasion during the 1837-38 Upper and Lower Canada rebellions. Explore the wreck of an 1812-era gunboat, try on a costume and take part in military drill, witness a cannon firing, savour period treats cooked over an open fire, or play games from long ago.
St Lawrence Shakespeare Festival
Come and see top professional outdoor productions of Shakespeare this summer in a beautiful amphitheatre next to the mighty St. Lawrence River in Downtown Prescott. The festival began to take shape in 2002 when a small, self-produced, touring production of Romeo & Juliet came to the area. The community loved the idea of hosting live theatre and agreed that the company could use the Kinsmen Amphitheatre for a full production of The Tempest in the summer of 2003. In 2006, the festival expanded to two full scale productions among other activities. The festival is the only live professional outdoor theatre in the St Lawrence Seaway region.
Prescott's newest greenspace, RiverWalk Park, gives residents and tourists unprecedented waterfront access along the St. Lawrence River. This spacious park has a nautical theme throughout, capturing the Town's riverfront lifestyle. With historical artifacts on display, such as a ship's anchor and cannon, historians will enjoy the ties to our loyalist past. No park is complete without a suitable play-structure and picnic area for families, and RiverWalk Park doesn't disappoint. Staying in line with the theme, children will enjoy the pirate ship design of this large play space, while parents can relax and take in the scenic views.
The Kinsmen Amphitheatre
Most commonly known as the home of the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, the Kinsmen Amphitheatre plays host to a variety of uses and events. Throughout the busy summer season, you can attend a Sunday Night Concert Series performance at the Amphitheatre or take a stroll through the Shakespearean Gardens; located in and around the venue. As the Amphitheatre is rentable, you can also host or take part in a wedding or other private function. With its riverfront location, connecting to the harbour and the Waterfront Trail, the Kinsmen Amphitheatre makes for an ideal venue for any occasion.
Sandra S. Lawn Harbour and Marina
This beautiful, fully-servicedA wide , 148 slip harbour opens each May on the Victoria Day long weekend. Dockage is offered on a seasonal, monthly, weekly, daily (includes overnight) and hourly basis. Electrical and water services are available. Our marina services building also offers clean facilities. Our courteous, friendly and informative staff provide first class service, and keep boaters from all over North America coming back. The harbour is mere steps from RiverWalk Park, the Kinsmen Amphitheatre and the Shakespeare Gardens. A variety of pubs, patios, restaurants and one-of-a-kind shops are just a short walk away.
Prescott Farmers' and Crafters' Market
This cozy market is located directly beside the historic clocktower in the middle of the Downtown Prescott municipal parking lot. Come and shop for a lively mixture of locally grown produce and locally prepared foods, complimented by hand made artisan jewellery and a wide variety of other goods. The market runs from the end of May to the beginning of October and appears three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Drop in and pick up the supplies you'll need for a great picnic in the Rotary Pavillion which is located along the Waterfront Trail beside the Sandra S. Lawn Harbour.
One of the many waterfront attractions here in Prescott is our quaint beach, located at the west end of town near Centennial Park and beside our municipal pool. Throughout the summer, the beach is a very popular spot. Local children and adults alike, enjoy the clean, warm waters of the tranquil St. Lawrence River. The sandy shore is meticulously maintained, to provide our residents relaxing and safe environment. Come down to Kelly's Beach and don't forget your sunscreen!
Please check the Leeds, Grenville, and Lanark District Health Unit website for an up-to-date assessment of the water conditions.
This large park area includes a great play-structure, plenty of picnic tables and benches for leisure and a beautiful view of the St. Lawrence River. The Park is also the starting point for the Waterfront Trail, which spans west to east across the town shoreline. Nearby are the local tennis courts and public boat launch. Prescott's Centennial Park is a bustling hotspot during peak season and provides residents and tourists with great access to the river. Recently updated to include a water heater, the Prescott Pool is located within Centennial Park and is one of the town's most popular amenities. Throughout the summer, residents enjoy a host of water sports and activities, including swimming lessons, aquafit and lane swims. We also have a very active swim team, which is always looking for new members.
Prescott Golf Club
Our spectacular 18-hole Golf Course meticulously manicured greens, a full service club house and much more. One supporter has said
“an amazing course on the Seaway. Mature trees and interesting hole layouts. Always in great shape. Friendly staff. One of my favourites for sure.”
Heritage River Trail and Arboretum
From the Harbour and to the easterly border of Prescott another treasure awaits you. The cycling and walking trail loops through the 35 acre “meadow” and then you will come upon the Arboretum where you will find a collection of the indigenous tree species that in pre-settlement days dominated the shore of our Heritage River. Historic plaques, places to fish and benches for quiet contemplation make this a special place for everyone.