10 Ways to PLAY

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  1. Must-see Communities

Travel the scenic byways of Lanark County to discover little clusters of settlement. Balderson boasts a deliciously cheesy tale, Pakenham is a jewel of stone-masonry and engineering, while Maberly’s natural features are complemented by a rich cultural history. These are just a few of the treasures that add sparkle to Lanark County’s crown!

  1. Scenic Lookouts

Our geography and geology play a significant role in the development of our culture, and they create stunning vistas, too! See the snow-like whiteness of Omya’s Tatlock Quarry or hike to the summit of Blueberry Mountain –
one of the Seven Wonders of Lanark County. Walk the accessible boardwalk to Purdon’s Pond at the Purdon Conservation Area, where another wonder can be found – the Showy Lady’s Slipper orchids. Learn about the special features in a community forest by taking
a stroll along the boardwalk
at Baird Trail.

  1. Theatre-going

All the county’s a stage! Professional and amateur theatre groups flourish here. In Perth, check out the happenings at the Studio Theatre, Full Circle Theatre and the Classic Theatre Festival. See what the Mississippi Mudds have on offer in Carleton Place, or Sage Age Theatre group in Mississippi Mills. From variety shows to Broadway plays, this is an evening well spent.

  1. Guided Tours

Take a tour of Lanark County’s treasure troves. Bill Dobson’s private collection of antiques is housed in heritage barns set on picturesque acres – schedule a tour by appointment at Montague House Farm. Museums also offer guided tours. Explore pioneer history – including a unique horse-drawn hearse – at the Middleville Museum in Lanark Highlands. The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in Almonte weaves
a tapestry of tales in fabric. For an outdoor experience, visit an open house for a tour of the Silver Queen Mica Mine at Murphys Point Provincial Park. To see the architectural marvels of St. Peter’s Celestine Church in Pakenham, long-time local Terry Currie offers private tours by appointment. Drop by Matheson House Museum in Perth on Wednesdays and Saturdays all summer as a starting point for theatrical tours of downtown Perth. Have a group? Local historian and author Susan Code-McDougall offers walking tours, haunted tours and custom tours.

  1. Historic Sites

Dotting the countryside of Lanark County one can see a legacy of settlement in the schoolhouses and churches that form our communities. Beckwith Township has some fine examples of this chapter in history depicted in self-guided heritage driving tours of its schoolhouses
and churches.

  1. Paddle Points

See natural and cultural marvels by renting a craft and taking to the water. Launch from Murphys Point Provincial Park to explore Big Rideau Lake or the quiet setting of Hogg Bay. From Perth Outfitters near Last Duel Park you can paddle the Tay Canal into downtown Perth or through the gorgeous Tay Marsh. Explore the beautiful shorelines of Mississippi Lake, launching at Generations Inn in Carleton Place, or dip your paddle into glistening waters at Silver Lake Provincial Park.

  1. Spa Time

Dr. Manuela Joannou’s evidence-based technology at Tay River Reflections in Drummond/North Elmsley, near Perth, will make you feel 10 years younger. Tay River Aqua at the same site offers group access to outdoor hot tubs, a fireplace, sauna and to a fitness centre, all set on scenic acreage with trails that follow the Tay Canal. Spend a day at Mahogany Salon and Spa in Carleton Place for an urban-inspired full service spa, hair salon, make-up room and boutique.

  1. Foodie Fun

You will find fabulous flavours here! If java is your joy, Equator Coffee in Almonte is a roastery offering 100 per cent organic coffee. Nearby Hummingbird Chocolate Maker crafts its dark, velvety magic in a small workshop in Almonte. Speaking of magical flavours, Lanark County’s signature liquid gold – maple syrup – can be enjoyed at Wheeler’s Maple Syrup Camp & Pancake House in Lanark Highlands year round. If you are seeking a sip of fine, local brews, try Stalwart Brewery in Carleton Place, Cartwright Springs Brewery in Pakenham, Crooked Mile Brewery in Almonte, or the popular and growing Perth Brewery.

  1. Waterfront Patios

The view will feed your appetite. Along the Little Tay River in downtown Perth, you’ll find Tex Mex flavour at Mex & Co., with the Stone Cellar, Maximillian Restaurant or the Sunflower Bake Shop offering palate pleasers just down the street. Overlooking Canada’s Mississippi, try the Barley Mow in Almonte, Generations Inn or Slackoni’s in Carleton Place.

  1. Best Fall Drives

Nature’s palette is on fiery display in Lanark County every autumn and here you’ll find the area’s best fall drives. Explore the brilliance of Mount Pakenham and Cedar Hill, where the golden leaves of the maple forest light up against a backdrop of dark evergreens. Enjoy the canopy of bright-red colour as you travel Harper Road. County Road 511 in Lanark Highlands offers a showcase of autumn’s finery as it makes its way through the Canadian Shield lands.

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