Thanks to its spooky settings and plethora of candy, Halloween is one of the most popular holidays of the year. But there's one part of Halloween and fall in general that holds a special place in our hearts: the pumpkin. Whether you eat yours in a pie or carve yours into a jack-o-lantern, pumpkins are a holiday staple, so if you're in Cornwall this October, be sure to visit these pumpkin-oriented events.
Pumpkin Season at McMaze – Thru Fall
October is truly the start of pumpkin season, and it all starts at McMaze. With its signature fields of orange, McMaze is ready to help you find your dream jack-o-lantern. Take a horse-drawn carriage out toe the fields. Then, once you've found your perfect pumpkin, head back to the farm for corn mazes, a tube-slide, pedal-tractors, and more. And don't worry: McMaze is completely scare-free, so kids of all ages are sure to enjoy themselves. Learn more here.
Pumpkinferno – Oct. 1st -18th
Once you have your pumpkin from McMaze, stop by the Pumpkinferno for some ideas on how to carve it. And you're almost guaranteed to find one you like—the Pumpkinferno, hosted by Upper Canada Village, has almost 6,000 hand-carved jack-o-lanterns, which you'll be able to witness lit up against a hauntingly beautiful night-time backdrop of the historical village. The Pumpkinferno won “Best New Event in Ontario” and numerous other awards, so don't miss it! Learn more here.
Spooky Wagon Ride – Oct. 1St - 31st
The Cannamore orchard has the final attraction for those who prefer the spooky and scary. Their Spooky Wagon Ride, now running for 23 years, is hosted by ghouls, who will show you Halloween scenes with witches, flying monsters, a body snatcher, and much, much more. Admission also includes the House of Terror, a Kid's Spooky House, a Spooky Fog Maze, and a Spooky Village—will you be able to handle that much spook? Interact with vampires, witches, coffin makers, and more in the village. You can even have your fortune told! Don't miss out—learn more here.
If you're in Cornwall this October, make your Halloween season one to remember with these fantastic events, rides, haunted houses, and all-around spooky sights. Of course, you'll need something to keep the nightmares away, which is why we recommend sleeping in our ultra-comfortable beds—our rooms are ghoul-proof, and our closets are guaranteed monster free. Book your room today. We look forward to your visit!
The War of 1812 is, by international standards, a relatively small and unknown conflict. Still, it had a massive impact in Canada, bringing us together to battle a common enemy and solidifying us as a nation of diverse peoples. The impact was especially large in Eastern Canada, and Cornwall was an important garrison town during the conflict, and protected the St. Lawrence and the entrance to Lake Ontario. This makes Cornwall the perfect place for a weekend of 1812 re-enactments, hosted at the local Glengarry Pioneer Museum, which is an absolute must-see event—of course, it was already seen once over 200 years ago, but we guarantee the re-run will be equally compelling!
Saturday, September 26th
Start the re-enactment weekend off with an 1812 Upper-Canada fashion show—maybe you’ll even come away with some new fall fashions! Next, meet the “teacher” of the local school-hall, where children went in-between harvests. Once school’s dismissed, send the kids to the children’s military muster, then have a soldier’s grandmother tell you a tale. Visit the 1812 field hospital, where the wounded were rushed after the battle, then attend the funeral of a glengarry soldier for whom the hospital was not enough.
Sunday, September 27th
On the next day, join the Sunday parade to church, where you can see a traditional 1812 worship service. Then, the site of the battle will be open for visitors, where you can see the camps and a light dragoon cavalry tactical demonstration. Hear the noon-day gun, then witness the piece du resistance (as the French-Canadian soldiers would say it): the battle re-enactment. There will actually be a battle both days, though some may find that one is enough—especially if they are in it! The battle will include the British armies, Canadian militias, and their native allies, as well as the Americans on the other side of the field. Learn more about the weekend’s activities here.
Battles and war are two things we are fortunate enough in Canada to usually avoid on our home soil. This makes it all the more fascinating to realize the extent of the fighting in 1812, so don’t miss this incredible re-enactment. However, we don’t recommend you re-enact the sleeping conditions of 1812. Instead, enjoy modern comfort in our hotel. Book your room today. We look forward to your visit!
Ramada Cornwall would like to welcome everyone staying here for the International Plowing Match. Excitement is in the air and awaiting the start.
SEE YOU THERE!
The Cornwall Civic Complex, nestled in the beautiful Water Street Park, is home to plenty of events at all times of year. But we have a soft spot for events that try and make a difference in the world, so we’ve picked out three of our favourites that are definitely worth attending.
Parkinson Superwalk – Sept. 5
This walk is the most important walk in the country in terms of raising awareness of and funds for stopping the disease that affects almost 10 million people worldwide. Parkinson Superwalk has raised almost $1,000,000 for this amazing charitable organization, and is looking to do even more—especially with your help. To learn more about this great… well, super walk, check out their website.
Cats without Borders Show – Sept. 12-13
Of course, it’s not just people that need help, and when animals are at the whim of humans, it becomes even more important to look out for them. Enter the Cats Without Borders, a new club in Canada that’s looking to increase awareness of feline health issues, the importance of spay/neuter programs, proper nutrition, and more. This show is the perfect opportunity to learn about these wonderful pets, so all cat owners should attend! Learn more here.
Terry Fox Run – Sept. 15
The Terry Fox story is a tragic one that ultimately ends with the ultimate hope that stems from a powerful legacy: almost everyone in Canada has heard of or participated in a Terry Fox Run, and Cornwall is no different. In fact, our Terry Fox Run has raised over $320,000 to date in Terry Fox’s name, and we’re hoping to keep adding to that with your help. Not only will you be helping to stop cancer, you’ll be getting some exercise—it’s a win-win, so learn more here.
Cornwall is full of events that are both educational and trying to make a difference in the world, so when you’re in town, lend a hand. And while you’re in town, you deserve a hero’s welcome, so visit our hotel where our service is always at the highest level. Book your room today!
Ramada Cornwall was happy to play host to the Prime Minister this week as he travelled through our area. He visited Lancaster to discuss the $200 million to improve broadband service in rural areas and remote communities.
Cornwall doesn’t have a lot of big acts come through, which leaves our intimate venues open for local acts to strut their stuff. There’s a lot of selection out there, but we’ve compiled three of our favourite upcoming concerts, all from local bands, so don’t miss these next time you’re in town.
Elly May with Winston Marley – Sept. 21
Elly May is one of Cornwall’s biggest local acts, and have been filling venues for almost four years. They’re now going on tour to celebrate the release of their debut album, A Better Place Than Here, from which they’ll be playing their biggest songs. Of course, we also have to mention Winston Marley, another fantastic local band. Catch these two rising stars at La Maison, also known for having the best ribs in town.
Keegan Larose – Sept. 21
On the same night, Keegan Larose will be taking the stage across town. A singer-songwriter that embodies the spirit of Cornwall, Keegan’s sounds are reminiscent of great songwriters like the Barenaked Ladies, Billy Joel, and more. Whether he’s jamming with other musicians or capturing your attention with his lively backing band, you’ll love his music. You can see Keegan Larose at the Glengarrian.
BoozeHound with Coldrift – Sept. 28th
A lively four-piece that just wants to get the crowd moving, BoozeHound is a fun-loving alternative rock band that mixes musical genres while maintaining great on-stage banter and antics. With an album already under their belt and having played with numerous big-name bands, they’re definitely a band to see when you just want to have a good time. Boozehound will be playing at local watering hole Lola’s, so don’t miss them!
Cornwall definitely has plenty of options when it comes to local music, so whenever you’re in town, check out the lineups one of our hotel’s nearby music venues. Of course, there’s only one option when it comes to Cornwall hotels, so if you enjoy complimentary breakfasts and indoor pools, book your room today. We look forward to your visit!
Cornwall has always been fortunate to be blessed with the best of both land and water. With the St. Lawrence River flowing past us into Lake Ontario, there’s never a shortage of water activities, from swimming to canoeing to island-hopping. That’s what makes Cornwall the perfect place for the Kinsmen WaterFest, a running tradition that is now one of Cornwall’s most popular summer events.
Staged at the historic Cornwall Canal, WaterFest features the exciting dragonboat races. One of the world’s fastest-growing water sports, dragonboat racing has been practice for over 2,000 years. Not only is it fun, it’s exciting to watch. The WaterFest invites everyone to spectate the races, but also encourages everyone to try putting a racing team together, or joining one of the many teams already active. Anyone can do it, so this is your chance to shine in the spotlight!
Other than the dragonboat races, there’s also plenty of dry-land activities to be found. The WaterFest stage will feature a full day of entertainment for all ages, so grab a seat and enjoy the performances. You can also browse the ArtFest, which features a host of local artists and artisans. From painters to jewelers, baked goods to garlic, and everything in between, the ArtFest is always a great way to take in some of the local talent.
The most important part of WaterFest, however, is the cause. The Kinsmen are hosting the event to raise awareness of and fundraise for heart and stroke diseases. All funds raised will go to the Heart & Stroke Foundation for research and educational purposes. After the last dragonboat race, the traditional Flower Ceremony will take place, honouring both survivors of and those who have lost their lives to the diseases the festival is combatting.
For a great time and a great cause, don’t miss the Kinsmen Cornwall WaterFest on August 8th. And while you’re in town, be sure to stay with us. Book your room today. We look forward to your visit!
For the past thirty years, Cornwall has had an important tradition, one meant to keep our local musical heritage alive, as well as to encourage the growth of the local music scene. This tradition is the Arts in the Park Concert Series, a series of wide-ranging concerts that are sure to please everyone.
Set in the beautiful Lamoureux Park, the local bandshell frequently plays host to a wide variety of people, from families to lone music lovers, as they set up their chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets. They’ve all come to hear our music—now it’s your turn! The concerts are completely free of charge, and are sure to make your night. For a full list of acts, visit their website. Here are some of our favourites:
Seaway Valley Theatre Company Presents: Seascape – August 2nd
Our local theatre company will be performing their own production of Edward Albee’s Seascape, a Pulitzer Prize-winning play about two very different, yet very similar couples. Charlie and Nancy are husband and wife, about to retire. Leslie and Sarah are two sea lizards, considering evolving into land beings. The conversations they have are poignant and introspective.
Ruby Tuesday Dixie Band – August 6th
Who doesn’t love the original jazz sounds of a brass and rhythm line? This seven-piece will get you swinging on your feet like it’s 1920 all over again, so bring your dancing shoes! The RTDB is even complete with matching outfits—this is the real deal!
There are too many fantastic acts to list, so next time you’re in town, check out what’s playing for Arts in the Park. And while you’re in town, don’t forget to book your room in our comfortable and convenient hotel. We look forward to your visit!
The Cornwall region is always abuzz with exciting events of all kinds. This July is no exception to that rule, as a number of family-friendly, outdoor events are set to make their way through town. That means that whether you’re traveling alone, with friends, or with your family, fun is never far away!
Here are a few nearby highlights we recommend checking out.
McMaze Season Opening | July 1
This July 1st—that’s Canada Day, in case you’ve forgotten—the beloved McMaze Family Farm opens again for another fun-filled season. Head down to the farm, which is just a short distance from our perfectly situated hotel, to enjoy a variety of thrilling mazes, wagon rides, pig races, a play barn, and plenty of animal encounters!
Ingleside Firefighter Challenge | July 18
On July 18th, a short drive west of Cornwall will allow you to witness the spectacle that is Ingleside Ontario’s annual Firefighter Challenge. This year, the challenge is hosted by the town’s shopping centre, and is set to feature feats of strength, speed, endurance and more. Adults will also enjoy a fantastic beer garden, while kids can play the day away on a bouncy castle and make some animal friends in the event’s petting zoo. Don’t miss this one!
Cornwall Ribfest | July 27
On the second-last Friday of July, make the five-minute drive to Lamoureux Park to enjoy all the food and festivities of Cornwall’s annual Ribfest. This year, festival highlights include live music, a beer garden, and of course, delicious ribs from some of the region’s finest cooks. Just be ready to leave with a full belly!
There’s excitement around every corner in Cornwall. Book a room at our hotel today to enjoy all the excitement of the region, in addition to unbeatable amenities, fantastic rates, and delicious on-site dining! We look forward to welcoming you to town.
Ontario’s sun-soaked summers are a thing of beauty, but they sure can get hot!
On the season’s hotter days, sometimes a glass of ice water doesn’t cut it. Sometimes, the only way to the beat the heat is with a fresh-from-the-tap, glacier-cold beer. This July in Cornwall, you won’t have to look far to find just that, as one of the region’s finest festivals will be making its triumphant return.
On July 11, our charming corner of Southern Ontario plays host to the Cornwall Beer Festival—an unbeatable opportunity to cool down, and enjoy some the area’s premier craft beers. You’ll find this hoptastic event at the Jet Set Pub inside the NAV Centre, which is less than 15 minutes’ trip from our hotel. Inside, you can enjoy dozens of delicious brews from all over Ontario—favorites like Nita, Beau’s Square Timber, and Rurban—in addition to a handful of wonderful wines from nearby vineyards.
And the fun doesn’t end there. The focus of this event is on discovery. As such, guests are encouraged to wander the space, mingle with fellow culinary explorers, and sample all the brews available—to leave no sudsy stone unturned, so to speak.
The festival runs from 11am to 7pm, and costs just $10 to enter. And because it’s being operated by the experienced folks at the Seaway Food Festival, you can count on a truly unforgettable experience.
And of course, when the fun’s over, you can head back to our hotel for a cozy night’s sleep in one of our cloudlike beds, or to keep the libations flowing at our fantastic, onsite restaurant, the BrookValley Grille. Book your stay with us today to enjoy all that the fun that the Cornwall region has to offer. You won’t regret it! We look forward to welcoming you to town!