Beautiful must-sees in Perth
Named after the Scottish town and river, the Town of Perth was established as a military settlement in 1816, shortly after the War of 1812. Many of the European settlers were military veterans, and a wave of Scottish and Irish immigrants quickly followed. Several Scottish were stonemasons, and their work can be seen in many area buildings and in the locks of the Rideau Canal. There’s little doubt Perth residents remain proud of their history. The restored heritage buildings are a testament to the town’s efforts to honour the past in everyday life. When strolling through town, be sure to look up and take notice of each building’s design and craftsmanship.
Make a Memory
- Sit or stroll by the babbling Tay River in beautiful Stewart Park
- Try the Oh! Canada Maple Ale, handcrafted lagers and Oatmeal Stout at Perth Brewery’s Tasting Bar
- Shop the finest gins and vodkas made at Top Shelf Distillers
- The best souvenir is the one you make yourself- at Red Brick Emporium or Art & Class
- Shop historic downtown amid the iconic Town Hall Clock Tower and the Matheson House Museum
- Take in a show at Studio Theatre, Full Circle Theatre by Barn Door Productions, or the Classic Theatre Festival
- Get your photo next to the life size replica of The Mammoth Cheese and as you walk along the Tay Basin
- Meet the locals and gather your garlic, cider, veggies and baked goods at the Farmers Market at the Crystal Palace
- Tour the Perth Museum to see innovations such as the first portable sewing machine, a piece of the original mammoth cheese, the early cure for whooping cough, and the sauce that is now known around the world as ketchup
- Catch a live band at O’Reillys Ale House
- Hunt for a bargain at the Gore Street Antique Market
- Putt for an eagle at Perth Golf Course; the oldest golf course in Canada
- Go paddling on the river, take a lesson in stand up paddle boarding, try the mini-putt or trail-wheeling at Perth Outfitters
- Try a “Tow Path Pilsner” at the Weatherhead Brew Co. on the Tow Path (part of the Rideau Trail) along the Rideau Canal system, a UNESCO Heritage Site
For Tourism information about Perth, the Perth Museum Visitor Centre is open Thursday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Did you Know? In 1833, Perth was the site of the last fatal duel in Upper Canada.
We cannot display this galleryHistory: Dating back over 200 years, Perth carries a rich military and social history. The town was named after the Scottish town and river, and was established as a military settlement in 1816, shortly after the War of 1812. Many of the first settlers were military veterans and a wave of Scottish and Irish immigrants quickly followed. Several Scottish immigrants were stonemasons, and their work can be seen in many area buildings and in the locks of the Rideau Canal. There’s little doubt Perth residents remain proud of their history. The restored heritage buildings are a testament to the town’s efforts to honour the past in everyday life. When strolling throughout town, be sure to look up and take notice of each building’s design and craftsmanship.
Signature Events: The festival season kicks off in April with the annual Festival of the Maples, which is the grand finale to the maple syrup production season and takes place in downtown Perth. Hosted by the Perth and District Chamber of Commerce, the day-long event includes entertainment, a petting zoo, vendors and of course, maple syrup products! The Stewart Park Festival is a free, weekend-long music festival in July. The festival remains a favourite for both locals and visitors, as it’s a showcase for musical and cultural talent in a relaxed setting along the banks of the Tay River in Stewart Park. View the large crowd that came out last year below!
WIFI in Perth! Now available both downtown and at Last Duel Park.
- FREE WiFi is available in Downtown Perth and Last Duel Park
- Maximum use of 50 mgs per day.
- Use is permitted from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. midnight each day.
Links to Relevant Sites:
- An Ontario Small Town is just like driving into a gorgeous European Paradise
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- Ottawa Road Trips: Things to Do in Perth
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Town of Perth
80 G0re St. E.
Perth, ON K7H 1H9