Don’t be fooled: Test your knowledge of Lanark County

Fact of Fools Lanark County Edition

Don’t be fooled: Test your knowledge of Lanark County

Did you know that April Fool’s Day is an annual custom that is practiced in many Western countries and is traditionally known as an occasion for playing tricks? This is a custom that has been observed for hundreds of years, but its origin is unknown.

This April Fools’ Day let’s see if you can tell the difference between what is real or not by guessing which of these statements about Lanark County below is a Fact or a Fools…

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  1. Fact or Fools? Lanark County is the Maple Syrup Capital of Ontario
    • Fact! Local food in Lanark County is a form of expression and maple products can be found at every table. Find a local maple syrup producer near you to learn why Lanark County is the maple syrup capital of Ontario.
  1. Fact or Fools? The Mammoth Cheese, which is found on display beside the Crystal Palace in Perth, was made with milk from 100,000 cows.
    • Fools! The Mammoth Cheese, which was produced in Perth to be exhibited in Chicago at the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893, was made with the milk from 10,000


  1. Fact or Fools? Wheelers Pancake House, Sugar Camp and Maple Museum has the largest collection of maple syrup in the world.
    • Fact! Wheelers holds the Guinness World Record for “Largest Collection of Maple Syrup Artifacts” which can be seen in the Maple Heritage Museum.
  1. Fact or Fools? Carleton Place is named for a square in Glasglow, Scotland.
    • Fact! Many people assume that Carleton Place was named after Sir Guy Carleton, the 18th-century Quebec governor, but instead, it was named by local merchant Alexander Morris, after a public square in Glasgow, Scotland.
  1. Fact or Fools? The Seven Wonders of Lanark County are (1) Five Span Bridge, (2) St. Peter Celestine Church, (3) The Mill of Kintail Museum, (4) Blueberry Mountain, (5) Lady’s Slipper Orchids – at Purdon Conservation Area, (6) James Naismith Statue in Almonte, and (7) Stewart Park in Perth.
    • Fools! The six wonder of Lanark County is really Silver Queen Mica Mine – at Murphys Point Provincial Park near Perth. It is not the James Naismith Statue in Almonte.


  1. Fact or Fools? The Township of Beckwith was named after Sir Thomas Sydney Beckwith.Question Marks
    • Fact! Sir Sydney Beckwith was the Quarter Master for Canada between 1815 and 1823. A Quarter Master is a military officer responsible for providing quarters, rations, clothing and other supplies.
  1. Fact or Fools? The Township of Montague is the Bird Capital of Ontario
    • Fools! The Township of Montague is really the Wildflower Capital of Lanark County – set on the beautiful Rideau Canal, the vast farmlands and heritage stone homesteads are homes to scenic views of open fields covered in wildflowers.
  1. Fact or Fools? Almonte, located in Mississippi Mills, is the birthplace of Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of Basketball.
    • Fact! James Naismith was born in Almonte in 1861, where he lived and went to school before attending Springfield College in the United States, where he invented the game of “Basket Ball.”
  1. Fact or Fools? Leonard Cohen, Canadian Singer-songwriter, was born in Maberly, Tay Valley.
    • Fools! Cohen is originally from Poland. But when the singer-songwriters family arrived in Canada from Poland, they operated the general store in Maberly.