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Hugging the edges of the Canadian/American border, Cornwall is an excellent introduction to the sprawling wild expanses of Canada, and brims with culture, shopping opportunities, and history. There's also the lush natural parks and the rushing, crystal waters of the St Lawrence River to explore and enjoy. The town hosts the vibrant annual Kinsman Cornwall Lift-Off Festival, where the colorful onion shapes of hot air balloons drift into the skies to the sounds of brass bands and musical acts.

Things to see

There's plenty to do in Cornwall no matter the time of year, but the summer does bring a few unique spectacles that you certainly won't want to miss if you're visiting during the warmer months. The Lift-Off festival for example, is an explosion of music and color, and all the family are bound to enjoy the sights and sounds here during a balmy summer's day. There's also the soft sands, green parks, and emerald waters of Mille Roche Island Beach to sit back and relax on during a sun soaked afternoon. You can even camp here with the kids under the gentle swaying of the forest canopy for a real adventure. If more urban pursuits are your thing, then you can find plenty of shops at the glamorous Cornwall Square shopping center, which boasts its own Sears as well as many more well-known stores.

Hotels in Cornwall

Cornwall is a mid-sized city, so you'll find a good mix of middle range and discount hotels in the area. There's also plenty of places to camp, if you're looking to get back to nature during your stay. Hotels in Cornwall offer such staples as free wireless internet access (sometimes in guestrooms, or the lobby if not), with some sites having their own tranquil indoor pools for a refreshing swim at the start or end of the day. Hotels that are a little out of the city itself also sit on the doorstep of panoramic forest views, often offering their own picnic areas too.

Where to stay

The area around Ninth Street offers the most central accommodation, and is a perfect choice if you want to be within a short distance of the city center, as well as the helpful tourist office. If visiting Cornwall Square or some of the local museums is your priority, this is the place to stay. Families, or even couples, looking for a more rustic atmosphere can head out to the nearby village of Long Sault, which clings to the glassy waters of the St Lawrence River, and is right next to the serene Mille Roche Island Beach. Alternatively, heading a little out of town along Brookdale Avenue leads to some expansive green spaces while still being close to the city.

How to get to Cornwall

Thanks to the fact that Ottawa is just over an hour's drive away, Cornwall is easy to reach if you fly in to Ottawa International Airport. There's a shuttle service available from Ottawa that can take you straight to Cornwall, or alternatively hiring a car means you can head straight to your hotel while taking in the sights. Cornwall itself is large enough that you might prefer to use public transport on occasion, especially if heading to attractions just outside of town. There are rail links to Ontario, and the public transport in the city is extremely efficient and reliable.