The Township of Edwardsburgh Cardinal offers visitors many wonderful sights, activities and adventures for all ages. You can check out our community's many year-round events and festivals, and view our community calendar.

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Rich heritage 

Explore our area and discover the township's rich place in history with heritage sites and experiences that whisk you away hundreds of years into the past, including the Spencerville Mill and Battle of the Windmill National Historic Site.

The Galop Canal head locks, the Oxen Barge Canal and historic shipwrecks of the St. Lawrence Seaway are commemorated with plaques and you can gain a glimpse of all three from the Village of Cardinal. Recreational divers are warmly welcomed to explore and the diving group, Save Ontario Shipwrecks, conducts underwater archaeology courses and offers new diver certifications.

Located near Morrisburg, Upper Canada Village, the Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary and Prehistoric World all showcase our area's diverse heritage and environment.

Winding waterways

As the heart of the St. Lawrence region, our waterways have been the conduit of settlement, transportation, commerce and recreation. Our history and our future are intrinsically bound to the fresh water within our township. The South Nation River serves as the area's primary drainage basin, and the St. Lawrence River forms our southern boundary with the U.S. and is our waterway to the world.

Our waterways provide a wealth of recreational opportunities. Boating and canoeing the shallow waters allow for beautiful and unique interactions with nature, while fishing produces countless species of freshwater fish all year long. We have a boat launch and it's free to use! Swimming and picnics along the water are always a summer-time favourite.

Scuba diving and shipwreck exploration

Scuba dive in one of the cleanest freshwater settings in the entire world, allowing you to discover a variety of challenges and rewards, ranging from basic exploration to advanced shipwreck exploration. There are two shipwrecks in Cardinal for divers to explore, the Conestoga and the Wee Hawk. You can even see the top of the Conestoga breaching the water line from the shore! 

The area's thermocline (transition layer between the warmer water at the surface and the cooler, deep water below) allows the water to be very clear, improving sightlines for divers. Learn more from our local diving group, Save Ontario Shipwrecks (SOS).

Outdoor adventure and recreation

Along with the Township's extensive indoor and outdoor recreation programming and facilities that host community organizations, including skating, swimming, summer camps, softball, horseshoe, soccer, tennis, basketball, hockey and volleyball, visitors can enjoy a whole host of trails and hiking opportunities.

The South Grenville cycling network takes you past many points of interest, with campgrounds and overnight lodging available when the legs give out!

Cyclists will find the Waterfront Bicycle Trail a relaxing way to discover hidden treasures, such as the Windmill Point Lighthouse, the Galop Canal or waterfront parks with views of passing ships from around the world. The township is also part of the Great Waterfront Trail Adventure, a 680 km tour that follows historic Highway 2.

Golfers can enjoy a number of public golf courses in our region, including Nationview Golf Course, with its 18 holes threaded by the South Nation River.

Interested in geocaching? South Nation Conservation offers a Historical Geo-Passport program you can use for your own real-life adventure, with multiple historical and environmentally significant destinations.

Limerick Forest is the site of ongoing outdoor education, including children's programs and professional research and the Limerick Chalet houses the many educational resources and activities. You can also hike, dog-walk, ATV, mountain bike, horse ride, bird watch and hunt throughout designated areas in the forest.

Arts and culture

A number of local artists and artisans participate in the Seaway Autumn Studio Tour, a self-guided tour of their studios throughout our region. The South Grenville Guild of Fine Art provides information on their members, studio locations and upcoming shows. You can also check out the many independent, private studios and workshops in our area.

Events and festivals

Check out our area's many exciting year-round events and festivals!

Discover Leeds Grenville

Check out Discover Leeds Grenville, where you can find more information on upcoming events, current visitor guides and information on our area's tourism attractions, heritage activities, recreation opportunities, waterways, and how to plan your day full of everything our region has to offer.

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