Cornwall looking to attract more sporting events

March 18, 2019

Cornwall’s great location, amazing accommodations, modern sports facilities and active volunteer base make it an ideal place to host major sporting events.

That’s the message city officials will be spreading this week at the Sport Events Congress in the nation’s capital. Organized by the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance, the Sport Events Congress gives municipal representatives a chance to speak directly with events rights holders about hosting future events in their communities. This year’s event runs from March 19-21.

“Cornwall has a strong track record of successfully hosting major sporting events,” said Lorne Taillon, Leisure Arts Coordinator with the City of Cornwall. “These events can bring in hundreds of athletes, coaches and officials, and attract thousands of spectators. The economic impact is significant.”

In addition to meeting with officials of various sports bodies, Cornwall Tourism will also have an exhibit at the conference to showcase Cornwall’s potential in the sport tourism market.

“We have all of the ingredients to be a choice site for major sporting events and we are already seeing some rewards from these efforts,” said Kevin Lajoie, Tourism Coordinator.

According to Statistics Canada, the sport tourism industry generates $6.8 billion in economic activity in Canada annually. Cornwall already hosts a number of major sporting events each year, including the Shorty Jenkins Curling Classic, St. Lawrence Marathon, Cornwall Triathlon and the Ontario Cheerleading Federation’s Winter Blast competition. Combined, these events attract thousands of athletes and supporters to Cornwall each year.

Looking ahead, Cornwall will be hosting the 2019 Canadian Senior Broomball Championships at the Benson Centre in April as well as the 2020 Ontario Men’s and Women’s Curling Championship at the Cornwall Civic Complex early next year.

About the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance

Created in November 2000 through a partnership with the Canadian Tourism Commission, CSTA has grown from 18 founding members to over 500 members including 200+ municipalities, 250+ national and provincial sport organizations, 20+ educational institutions and a variety of product and service suppliers to the industry.  Sport tourism is now the fastest growing segment of the tourism industry.

For more information on the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance, please click here.

Sport Tourism in Cornwall

With a great location and world-class sports and meeting facilities, Cornwall is an ideal choice to serve as host of your next meeting, tournament or conference.

Cornwall is located on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River, just west of the Ontario-Quebec border. Ottawa and Montreal are only an hour away and Canada’s busiest expressway, Highway 401, intersects the city.

For more information on hosting your next event or conference in Cornwall, please click here.

Aboout Cornwall Tourism

Cornwall Tourism is reponsible for marketing Cornwall to attract new visitors. The office maintains a visitor information centre year-round at the Civic Complex and a seasonal visitor centre at the Cornwall Community Museum in Lamoureux Park.

Additional Events

Looking for other fun things to do in Cornwall? Make sure to check out our Events page for info on upcoming events in the area!

Stay with Us!

Planning to explore Cornwall? Extend your stay at one of our many great accommodations! For a listing of local accommodations, click here.

Additional Information

Planning a visit to Cornwall? Cornwall Tourism can help. Email us at to request a copy of our Visitor Guide or contact us at (613) 933-0074. You can also stop by the Cornwall Tourism office inside the Cornwall Civic Complex at 100 Water Street East. The office is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

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Article by Bob Peters,
Photo by Bobby Lefebvre,