Walking Tour of Rockport
The walking paths through this small quaint village provide an opportunity to glimpse into 200 years of history, through architecture and vistas.
Rockport is a very special place that offers more than just pathways for walking, hiking or cycling, it also offers points of interest and a couple challenging hills.
Rockport has always been a walking route of choice for year-round and summer residents. Often you will see the early birds out walking ‘around the block’ sometimes twice, to get the exercise that comes with the two hills in the village.
Recently the village has created a guided walk throughout the village, actually there are 4 routes, each with their own unique points of interest. You will see the pathway sign denoting the pathways. As well all the local businesses have a small walking tour brochure that will expand upon the historical fact that you will find on the interpretive signage.
The bicycle path along side of the 1000 Island Parkway provides a great place for cyclists to explore our area. The path in total is about 35 kilometers running west to the outskirts of Gananoque and east to Butternut Bay. Rockport is about midpoint making it a great stopping off point for cyclists to sit and have a break with a panoramic view and/or a refreshment. Our new sturdy bike racks are positioned in the village close to refreshments and information stations and to enable cyclists to stay a while and wander on foot or stop off for a snack or lunch.
To give you a sense of the history you will find on the Rockport trails here are a few of the points of interest.
• Carnegie Home (1890’s) Andress Boathouse
• Site of Island View Lodge (1880)
• Cornwall House and Lodge (1868)
• Site of Hickory Lodge (1895)
• Site of Old Cheese Factory (1850’s)
• Old School House (1925) (now community centre)
• Church of Redeemer (1896)
• St. Brendan’s Church (1891)
• Root General Store (1905)
• Seaman House (1857)
• Fitzsimmons Home (1907)
• Customs House