Ho ho ho, Merry Christmas! Well, almost. Christmas might still be more than a month away, but it’s never too early to get into the spirit of the holidays, and people in Cornwall can usher in the holiday season at the Santa Claus Parade
. This is the 44th annual instalment of the fun-filled event, which will begin at 5 p.m. at St. Lawrence Intermediate School on Saturday, November 21.
This year’s parade theme is “Christmas Dreams,” and those who participate are encouraged to follow it. Of course, it’s a fairly open-ended theme, and the organizers write, “We are hoping it will inspire your originality and creativity.” In other words, those who take part in the parade can express their personalities, and those who watch can expect to see a lot of diversity! The parade is being covered by TVCogeco, so it’s even possible that those who attend will end up on the small screen!
More than just Santas
Yes, the event is called the “Santa Claus Parade,” but there are a lot more ways to participate than simply putting on a white beard and wearing a red suit. The event will include floats, music groups, dancers, horses, clowns and other characters. There are judges to assess who is dressed up the best, and there is different criteria depending on how you choose to participate. There will be an award ceremony and refreshments.
Santa's Street Hockey Challenge
As part of the festivities, the Kinsmen Club of Cornwall and the Cornwall Police Association will host a three-on-three street hockey tournament for kids ages 7 to 15. Each team should have four players and an adult to supervise. It’s free to enter and it’s guaranteed to be a load of fun!
Get all the information on the parade here
Whether you’re going to the Santa Claus Parade or you’re simply in Cornwall in the weeks leading up to Christmas, the Ramada has the perfect room to suit your needs. Book yours today
— we look forward to seeing you!
Music fans, listen up! In November, some must-see concerts are going to be taking place and in around Cornwall, making this fall season a fun-filled one for show-goers.
Kellylee Evans - November 14
Just down the highway from Cornwall, in Morrisburg, ON, jazz singer Kellylee Evans will be performing at the Upper Canada Playhouse’s St. Lawrence Acoustic Stage. Her 2010 Nina Simone tribute Nina won the JUNO Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year, and she has experience in soul, pop and hip-hop. Her most recent album, 2013’s I Remember When, features covers of songs by Eminem, Kanye West and more, meaning that this is sure to be an eclectic night to remember. Tickets cost $20 in advance or $25 at the door; they can be purchased online or from Cornwall’s Strung Out Guitars.
Duo Fortin-Poirier - November 21
Have you ever sat down at a keyboard with someone and played “Heart and Soul”? Duo Fortin-Poirier takes a similar concept and applies it to two pianists with virtuosic skill. Amélie Fortin and Marie-Christine Poirier were already acclaimed indivual players when they teamed up in 2005, and they've been wowing crowds ever since. Between them, the Montreal twosome have four hands and 20 fingers, meaning that they’re able to perform amazingly complex pieces on a single piano. It’s a sight to behold, so be sure to catch them at the Aultsville Theatre. This is part of the Cornwall Concert Series, and tickets are $30 for adults. Get more information about season subscriptions to the Cornwall Concert Series here.
If you’ll be in town to catch these shows — or if you’re around at any other point in the year — book your room at the Ramada and make the most of your time in Cornwall! Whether you’re looking for an affordable, comfortable room or a deluxe suite, we’ve got the perfect accommodations to meet your needs. We’ll see you soon!
Hockey season recently got underway, and Cornwall is located within an hour's drive of two cities with National Hockey League teams, Ottawa and Montreal. You don’t have to leave Cornwall to catch some in-person hockey, however, because we’ve got a couple of exciting teams right here in town.
Cornwall River Kings
Following some exhibition games in September, the Cornwall River Kings started their regular season this October. The River Kings are the only Ontario team in Quebec’s professional Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey. They’ve already played one home game, and they’re squaring off against the Sorel-Tracy Éperviers on both October 17 and November 1. Games are held at the Cornwall Civic Complex and will be taking place a few times a month between now and early March. See the River Kings’ full home schedule here
. Above, check out the team’s new 2015 logo.
The Cornwall Colts are true work horses (pun, get it?), since their regular season has been underway since back in September. This is a junior ice hockey team that is part of the developmental Central Canada Hockey League; this means that, anytime you see the Colts in action, you could be seeing future NHL stars. They’ve got games against the Smiths Falls Bears and the Pembroke Lumber Kings coming up in the second half of October. See the Colts’ home schedule, which runs from now until late winter, right here
. Go Colts!
Then again, if you’d rather stay in the comfort of our hotel, you could always watch NHL games on the large flat-screen TVs located in all of our rooms. Along with a fridge, coffee maker, free Wi-Fi and more, we’ve got everything you’ll need! Book your room
at the Ramada Cornwall today — we can’t wait to see you soon!
Calling all families to join us here at the Ramada in the BrookValley Grille. On Wednesday October 14th from 5pm - 8pm we will donate 10% of our sales to the United Way Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry in hopes that they will reach their goal of $710,000 this year.
Pass the word, invite your friends and family - we are hoping to fill the restaurant! See you at Ramada!
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!