Garden Trail resumes in a limited version


The traditional 1000 Islands and Rideau Canal Garden Trail has opened in a new incarnation due to the new realities of a pandemic. The 2020 Garden Trail consists of five public gardens which are open to the public, and which have implemented social distances measures for the safety of visitors. The Garden Trail season marks the 20th anniversary of the Rideau Woodland Ramble, which is, according to reports, having its best sales season ever. Visitors are enjoying the trails through the woodlands and are purchasing flowers, plants and trees to put in their own gardens. The Ramble has published a new book and owners are planning the installation of an anniversary sculpture in the garden.

The other public gardens which are open to visitors this year are:

The Gananoque Horticultural Society is celebrating their 100th anniversary this year, and is welcoming visitors to their garden which is part of the Gardens of Gananoque. They also offer a virtual guided tour of the gardens. Close by is Town of Gananoque’s Confederation Park that sits on the shores of the Gananoque River. This park boasts one of Canada’s largest outdoor contemporary art exhibits around its walks and beautiful fountain.

Ivy Lea Club gardens in Ivy Lea overlook the St. Lawrence River and is surrounded by large granite rocks, a huge displays of hydrangeas and lilac bushes among other perennials. Visitors can also enjoy treats found at the Skiff Café, have dinner at the Ivy Restaurant or dock at the marina.

Featuring plants, flowers, quotes and busts from famous Shakespearean plays, Shakespeare’s Gardens offers a stunning view of the St. Lawrence River and the Sandra S. Lawn Harbour and Marina in downtown Prescott as well as access to shops, pubs and restaurants.

Gardens of Brockville on Courthouse Avenue is a colourful backdrop to three spectacular churches, historic architecture, a bust of war hero Sir Isaac Brock, the Brockville War Memorial and Fulford Memorial Fountain with its ornately sculpted fish and turtles. Spectacular waterfront views and dining or shopping options are close by during your visit.

As there is no new brochure for 2020, the Garden Trails ask that visitors use the 2019 version as a map reference only.

Hours and contacts vary so please visit each garden’s page for full details. Visit the Garden Trail website:


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