Rockport is the perfect name for this hamlet as it has been a port on the St. Lawrence since the late 1700’s and the shoreline is definitely rocky. Cornwall's Point is a large rock point and the rock used to build the main dock came from this same point. A little east of Cornwall's point between two marinas you will spot another interesting rock point known as Fish Rock. There is lots of deep safe water in this port so don’t let the word ‘Rock’ scare you off.
Rockport is located in the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve. The Frontenac Arch is North America’s ancient granite backbone. It links the Adirondack Mountains to the vast Canadian Shield. The St. Lawrence River floods across the Arch, creating the Thousand Islands, and links Great Lakes to the Atlantic coast. Here is a natural crossroads of migration corridors where five forest regions merge, creating the most bio-diverse region in Canada.
As you approach the Rockport area on the 1000 Island Parkway or the Bicycle Path, you will see lookouts or places to pull over and enjoy the view. From these picturesque spots you will notice the many islands, various rock formations and you will definitely get an appreciation for the vast river and all it has to offer. If you are bringing your own boat the boat launch and marinas await your arrival. If you don’t have your own boat be sure to check out the next cruise departure time, as this is a perfect way to see the islands, the architecture and the landscape.
If you are arriving by boat there are several marinas that offer transient docking as well as the resorts and restaurants. If you do arrive by boat and are coming from the US don’t forget to report in to Canada Customs. This service is provided at each Marina.
The village of Rockport may be small but there is no shortage of scenery and things to do, both on shore and by water. There are many ways to experience the area and learn of the history and development.
There are bicycle racks and several convenient heritage benches to welcome visitors to stay and explore. Watch for our information stations along the walking paths and along the main street and find out what is happening in the area.
On our well marked walking paths, you will find interpretive signs for our older points of interest which includes two lodges that adorned this village in the past, being Hickory Lodge and Island View Hotel. Both are gone but not forgotten. Two churches remain active that were both founded in the late 1800s. The view from St. Brendan’s church is breath taking and is not to be missed. Both churches reflect the architecture of their time and are often open to visitors during the summer days. As you wander through the village you will notice various murals, one painted by a local artist and others are photo murals from the late 1800s depicting early scenes in the village.
The residents and merchants of Rockport are proud of our history, our tradition of tourism through the centuries, and proud that today we still share our village with tourists from all over the world. Rockport also takes great pride in our history of boat building. For decades wooden boats were build in Rockport from small St. Lawrence Skiffs to large tour boats used on the St. Lawrence river. Tour boats made here also used in Canada’s capital city Ottawa, on the Rideau and Ottawa Rivers, and as far away as Banff National Park in Alberta.
Rockport has always been a place of resorts and getaways and this tradition continues today. We hope you enjoy your visit to our village and the 1000 Islands surrounding it.