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Rockport invites you to visit our village and surrounding area and we are confident you will enjoy your time. Come and discover this well kept secret jewel of the St. Lawrence River. Check out our business directory to see the full extent of things to do and see in Rockport. The community and businesses invite you to use the many benches located around the village and take time out to do nothing but soak up the sun and the view.
Congratulations to Wendy Merkley, co-recipient of the Bill Thake Memorial Award at this year’s UCLG Economic Development Summit!
The Bill Thake Memorial Award acknowledges volunteers who show outstanding leadership resulting in the growth and vitality of the Leeds and Grenville economy.
Wendy is a community champion who spearheads a myriad of projects and initiatives in the village of Rockport, as well as the 1000 Islands region.
Wendy is co-owner of Andress Boatworks, a family-run marina celebrating 100 years in business in 2021. She is Chair of the Friends of Rockport Customs House, a volunteer group, which has raised funds to purchase the riverfront property in Rockport. Through her efforts, the site now gives locals, as well as visitors, access to the St. Lawrence River and the 1000 Islands. Wendy led a team to rebuild the pier, raise and repair the building, keep the boat launch, and install benches and picnic tables. Wendy also helped recruit and train ambassadors to run the facility.
Wendy has been .a part of the Rockport Development Group and is the current Chair. The group promotes quality tourism and beautification of the village while celebrating local heritage, interpretive signs and murals. Wendy is an advocate for local business and has worked hard to address the issues of high water levels. She is the Vice-Chair of the 1000 Islands Community Development Corporation and has served on the board since 2015.
Fundraising for Rockport Customs Park and community events have taken a COVID hit but thanks to willing cooks of Eric and Cathy and the RDG Elves we have found a way forward. Usually we are decorating the Rockport Gate and the Park and getting ready for carols and community gathering about now.
There will be a combined event this Dec. 4th. The lights will go on, music will be playing and RDG will be cooking up a Pasta Dinner for takeout at the Rockport Rec Hall.
Rockport comes alive for Christmas and supports our Rockport Customs Park. Hope springs eternal in Rockport.
Visit Rockport, Ontario in the heart of the 1000 Islands! Take a cruise, get service at the marinas, visit our local shops and artists, and get a bite to eat!