A welcome change of pace...
Secret Serenity in Tay Valley
The first European settlers, Scottish and Irish soldiers, and early farmers were met with the harsh terrain of the Canadian Shield. It is this rocky shoreline that makes Tay Valley such a spectacular destination for lakeside living. Pristine swimming, mature forests and steep rock faces create the feeling of true Canadiana. To recognize these assets, heritage plaques now mark significant trees, legacy cottages and historic farm properties that have remained in the same families for generations.
Make a Memory | Things to Do
- Take in the beauty with a hike or by canoe at scenic Silver Lake Provincial Park
- Launch your boat on Big Rideau Lake at Murphys Point Provincial Park
- Find the public swimming holes at Glen Tay or Noonan Access point or on the Mississippi River
- Try luxury glamping at Pine Brae Wilderness Escape
- Live out your dream of staying in a tiny wilderness retreat with Cabinscapes; Mica Cabin, Ember Cabin or Juniper Cabin
- Experience cottage life at Cobblestones Retreat
- Enjoy the simplicity of waterfront camping at McGowan’s on the Lake
- Taste the latest in tacos at Panchos Tacos Food Truck in Balderson
- Have the best burgers and fries at Tater Time Food Truck
- Pick up a spelt loaf at Little Stream Bakery
- Play a round at Mapleview Golf & Country Club
- Catch a sunset at one of 32 lakes that speckle the landscape
History: Bathurst, originally part of the District of Bathurst, was settled by Europeans in 1816 when the first survey of the land was completed. The District severed from the District of Johnstown in 1822. The township of Bathurst was named for Henry Bathurst, the third Earl of Bathurst, who served as Secretary of State for War and the Colonies from 1812 to 1827.
The villages and hamlets of Bathurst include Glen Tay, Dewitt’s Corners, Balderson, Fallbrook, Playfairville, Harper, Wemyss and Armstrongs Corners. The history of our villages, hamlets and communities is described at the following link: Villages, Hamlets and Communities of Tay Valley
The former township of North Burgess was settled by Eurpoeans around 1816 by a group of Scottish and Irish immigrants, and soldiers from the War of 1812-14. The first residents established homes and farms along the first stretch of cleared land, which would become known as the Scotch Line.
South Sherbrooke, a long wedge-shaped township surveyed in 1819, was among the first townships settled by Europeans in Lanark County. At the time of survey South Sherbrooke was one of many townships within the District of Bathurst. The name was adopted from Sir John Coape Sherbooke, who served in the British Army for 30 years and then became Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia from 1811 to 1816. General Sherbrooke also served as Governor General of British North America from 1816-1818. Like much of the surrounding area, South Sherbrooke was settled by Scottish and Irish immigrants. For many years after settlement in 1821, farmers struggled and persevered with the harsh terrain of the Canadian Shield. The hamlets and villages of South Sherbrooke include Maberly, Bolingbrooke, Althorpe, and Rokeby, which was the first settlement of this township.
Related Articles & Fun Facts about Tay Valley Township:
- Outstanding Heritage trees recognized in Tay Valley
- Heritage Properties recognized; Bolingbroke Blacksmith Shop, Balderson United Church, Upper Scotch Line School
- Best Butter Tarts at Maberly Bake Shop – over 30,000 sold!
- Best Food Trucks in Lanark County features Tay Valley’s Tater Time
- Leonard Cohen has roots in Tay Valley
- Age-friendly Community honoured with Provincial Award
- Camping and Swimming
- Public Skating and Outdoor Rinks
- Cabinscapes in Tay Valley
- Leonard Cohen: Legendary Canadian performer had roots in Lanark County
- Our Summer Vacation in Tay Valley
Brochures about Tay Valley:
Tay Valley Township
217 Harper Rd.
Perth, Ontario K7H 3C6
Tel: 613-267-5353 / 1-800-810-0161