The Historic Fort Town of Prescott is a town distinguished by its history and the river side lifestyle the St. Lawrence encourages.
In the 19th and 20th century Prescott played a pivotal role along the Nation’s most essential waterway. The Town of Prescott was established in 1787, but had been previously settled as a transshipment hub; a critical transition point from ship to rail for goods travelling to or from the Great lakes prior to the development of the St. Lawrence Seaway. This crucial junction was defended by the historic Fort Wellington just east of the Town.
The condominiums name-sake; J.P. Wiser of Wiser Distilleries, headed the most prominent distillery (there were four) in Prescott and was at the time the third largest in Canada. Prescott was seen as a community with a great future. It had direct railway connections to Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto, railway ferry links to the Northern Railway in the U.S. which provided direct access to the Atlantic Seaboard ports, and was a port of call for Canadian Steamers heading both east and west along the St. Lawrence River.
Today people are drawn to Prescott because of the St. Lawrence River and its proximity to major markets.
Prescott is located at one of the widest most open areas of this mighty waterway creating a natural aquatic theatre enjoyed by boaters, sailors, fisherman, and ship-watchers. It’s fully equipped marina boasts 200 slips and is located right down-town. Swimmers enjoy the centrally located beach during the summer months. Recently kite-surfing has also become a popular past-time.
Located in the 401 corridor between the highway and the river, Prescott is 2 hours from Montreal & Kingston, 1 hour to Ottawa; and less than 4 hours to Toronto. The international bridge to Ogdensburgh, New York is just outside of the town limits, offering convenient access to the United States.