The Town of Prescott offers a variety of attractions and activities for visitors–a great overnight stop. History buffs will find a wealth of well-preserved historical buildings and heritage sites. Clear waters and old sunken shipwrecks have made Prescott a popular location for divers as well.
As you enter Prescott from the west, you head south to ride through Centennial Park for a view of the River. Katarina’s Coffee Shop is a highly-rated local stop, with a patio for that second cup of java and tasty baked goods. The Trail continues on King Street, the Town’s main street as you travel by the Canadian Coast Guard. At Centre Street, the Trail turns south towards the River again passing by Forwarders Museum, the only one of its kind along the St. Lawrence River. If it is that time of day, you may wish to stop at the historic Red George Public House, located in an 1830’s historic stone building on the Prescott waterfront.
The pride of the waterfront is the heritage port and RiverWalk Park, which opened in 2015. The $2.5-million waterfront revitalization project transformed a paved parking lot into beautiful a beautiful community greenspace with artifacts depicting the town’s heritage.
How about catching some theatre? The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival performs in a lovely amphitheatre on the Trail at Water and Edward.
In downtown Prescott, you’ll find over welcoming shops, services and restaurants and a farmers’ market open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
At the Town’s eastern boundary, you’ll find Fort Wellington National Historic Site you can try on a costume from the 1800s, explore a gunboat wreck and enjoy treats cooked over an open fire.
The Town of Prescott is located within the Frontenac Arch Biosphere, an ancient ridge of granite that sweeps across the St. Lawrence River forming a corridor between the Canadian Shield and the Adirondack Mountains. Where the ridge intersects with the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River it forms the Thousand Islands.