CFN – Brockville Ontario is a lovely city of 24,000 people on the St. Lawrence river halfway from Kingston to the Quebec border. Ideally situated close to the 416 highway to Ottawa and the US border it’s gone through a lot of changes in recent years.
Acting Mayor Jason Baker
Like many cities in the region, Brock Vegas has faced the challenges of the recession as well as population drain to larger cities, but unlike most they are the host to over $200M worth of development a lot of which is connected to their stunning Art Centre.
Peter Dunn of the Brockville Arts Centre.
The Brockville Arts Centre is a lovingly refurbished building from 1858. From being a city and fire hall, to a theatre the building on one end of picturesque King Street is a true gem.
State of the art sound; custom made seats, no bad vantage points make this charming 750 seat theatre a gem. From stage presentations to Rock, Country, and Jazz concerts the busy facility hosts events over 150 nights per year.
And that’s part of what’s making Brockville zoom. The city is littered with new condo developments; especially on the city’s picturesque waterfront including the only aquarium between Kingston. Someone in Brockville has figured out the importance of a strong downtown core to attract not only tourists, but in retaining their youth and attracting new residents to the city.
In fact the Arts Centre has a new condo development across the street from it.
Dave Paul ; Brockville’s Economic Development Guru
While Big Box stores are a part of any community’s growth the can have devastating impacts on down town cores and independent business; but with care the city has been attracting many boutiques, eateries, and filled many of the empty spaces along King Street. The city now has a lively night life that’s been attracting Zoomers and residents from nearby cities like Ottawa and Montreal.
City Manager Bob Casselman