Potsdam Summer Festival & Vacation Destinations
A tradition every year, the Potsdam Summer Festival offers outdoor cafes, great shopping deals from area merchants and three days of nonstop entertainment including a craft fair, antique car show, sidewalk sales, outdoor cafes and endless entertainment!
The Potsdam Chamber would like to invite you to experience all the North Country has to offer when you plan to visit your alma mater this summer. Potsdam is a perfect resting place from which to explore the magnificence of the Adirondacks, Thousand Islands, Canada's major cities and historic towns. Potsdam is the dining and cultural center of St. Lawrence County, and has unique shopping opportunities. Potsdam is in the center of the activity, a gateway to cultural and international experiences. Extend your reunion time in the North Country by making Potsdam the base for your explorations and experiences. While visiting Potsdam, take in the peace and quiet of small town living and the boundless opportunities to explore nature and summer at its best. Drives in St. Lawrence County offer a marvelous spectrum of experiences: Amish Farms and roadside stands, Singer Castle, boat tours along the St. Lawrence River, white water kayaking and canoeing, and unique festivals and home town celebrations.
Day trips add a perfect mix to a vacation, providing something for everyone. Typically, destinations are about an hour and a half to two hours away, either into the heart of the Adirondacks or to the heart of two of Canada's major cities, Montreal and Ottawa. Canada also boasts of many small historic towns in Ontario that celebrate their English, Scottish and Irish ancestry. Quebec is dotted with French-Canadian culture offering driving tours of wine and cheese producing areas.
Montreal, Quebec — Visit France in North America — merely a two-hour drive away from Potsdam, the heart of Quebec's great city awaits you. Shop Rue St. Denis and explore the funky artist boutiques and small stores that line the street or walk the cobbled paths of Old Montreal and visit the world-class galleries that are clustered in the old district. Cosmopolitan and unique, Montreal is an epicure's delight boasting of world-class shopping and international culture. Drive from Potsdam just across the border to Cornwall, Ontario, and take Canada's Via Rail to the city.
Ottawa, Ontario — Canada's capital city is only an hour and half drive away from Potsdam. The city reflects the elegance of British allegiance and the pioneer spirit of Canada. Situated on the Ottawa River, across from the Quebec city of Hull, Ottawa is home to the nation's museums, government buildings, and urban shopping. Visit Parliament, the Peace Tower, the world famous By-Ward Market, and the Canadian Art Museum. Drive along Embassy Row, skirting the Ottawa River, or take a boat cruise up the Rideau River into the heart of Ottawa. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (Mounties) have their home located in Ottawa next to the Air and Space Museum. A wonderful day's excursion from Potsdam to the historic center of the Canadian capital awaits you.