Prescott (Ontario)

Prescott is a town of 4200 people in the Seaway Region of eastern Ontario, Canada.


Battle of the Windmill NHS

Like Brockville directly to the west (and countless other "founded 1784" towns), Prescott was established by United Empire Loyalists soon after the American Revolution (1776-1783) to house the King's loyal subjects. The town's location on the St. Lawrence River at a narrows directly opposite Ogdensburg NY made it strategically important in the War of 1812 as the river was a key supply line. A US attack on Gananoque from Sackets Harbor on September 21, 1812 led to retaliation in which Prescott's 1812-era Fort Wellington attacked Ogdensburg on February 22, 1813.

A second Fort Wellington was built on the same site in 1838 as a response to an unsuccessful domestic rebellion.

Before the Seaway opened in 1958 to bypass rapids downriver at Long Sault, Great Lakes vessels would unload grains and cargo in Prescott-Ogdensburg for onward shipment by rail to Atlantic seaports. Rail lines were also constructed from the region to Ottawa to provide that city with access to river cargo; the Prescott-Ottawa line is now gone (except for a few fragments within Ottawa) but Brockville-Smiths Falls-Ottawa remains in use for passenger service to Toronto.

Get in

By car
By rail
The train no longer stops in Prescott; the town's limestone 1856 Grand Trunk wayside station now houses the local historic society. VIA Rail service is available to Brockville from Montréal, Toronto and Ottawa; Montréal-Toronto buses also stop in Brockville.
By boat
By airplane
The closest major airport is Ottawa Uplands (IATA: YOW), about forty minutes north by motorcar. There's a small airport in Ogdensburg (IATA: OGS) with a few flights a day to Albany; another alternative is Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (IATA: YUL).

Get around









Go next

Routes through Prescott-Ogdensburg

Kingston Brockville  W  E  Morrisburg Montreal
Ottawa Kemptville  N  S  NY Ogdensburg Utica
Watertown Morristown  SW  E  Massena Malone

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