Top summertime patios in Lanark County

Soak up the sun, patio-side: Top summertime patios in Lanark County

Nothing says “summer” more than basking in the sun on an outdoor patio, a frosty drink and delicious nibblies at hand. If patio weather gets your heart beating, you’ll find there’s no better place to savour the patio experience than in scenic Lanark County, where waterfront and streetside patios offer the perfect summertime experience in the coolest settings.  

Imagine relaxing with a drink while a cool summer breeze cools you down – the right patio experience can be like being at the cottage, only without the mortgage payment! With so many bodies of water in Lanark County it’s easy to find a waterfront patio with fantastic views, while the charming small towns that make up the region make the perfect backdrop for people watching in an old-fashioned downtown setting.

From picturesque Almonte to Carleton Place, Perth, and beyond, Lanark County has the best patios in the ultimate summertime locations. Read on for a full list of Lanark County’s patios for the perfect summertime experience.

Waterfront Patios:

  1. Almonte Lobby Bar (Mississippi Mills)

Enjoy a yummy cocktail or local brews along with a sharing-style meal on a beautiful patio overlooking the beautiful Mississippi River. Located in the Almonte Riverside Inn, the Lobby Bar is a fresh and inviting location that is sure to become your next favourite foodie destination.

  1. Ashton Brew Pub (Ashton Station)

Take an international journey and savour English-style beer and culinary creations in one of Canada’s most authentic English pubs. Ashton Brew Pub’s outdoor patio overlooks the Jock River, and is a good spot to escape from the summer’s heat while savouring a frothy ale.

  1. Barley Mow (Mississippi Mills)

There are few waterfront spots that can match the beauty of the Barley Mow’s location in beautiful downtown Almonte. Set in a historic converted mill overlooking the Mississippi River, the Barley Mow offers a welcome respite from the summer’s heat, not to mention a fantastic view. The unique double-decker patio offers a bird’s eye view of the river as it rushes towards Almonte’s iconic waterfall.

  1. Boulton House (Carleton Place)

If you’re looking for a patio with a stunning view and delicious, high-end food options, you need to visit Boulton House. Located only feet from the Mississippi River in Carleton Place, Boulton House is one of the area’s newest restaurants, and has been working hard to create the ultimate patio experience, and they have nailed it!

  1. CC’s on the Rideau (Drummond North Elmsley)

Set on the shore of Rideau Lake, you’ll love both the view and the food at this fun restaurant that really comes to life during the summer months. Sit outdoors on their outdoor patio, or combine the best of both worlds with a seat on their screened-in porch. Boaters will love the option of mooring at the docks at CC’s!

  1. Generations Inn (Beckwith)

If you love spending time at the lake you’ll be in cottage-country heaven at Generations Inn in beautiful Beckwith. This century-old log inn offers guests a fantastic view of Mississippi Lake. Before your meal, take a stroll to the nearby dock and see what wildlife lives there, or sit back and relax while you drink in the stellar waterfront view from the inn’s covered outdoor patio.

  1. Mex & Co (Perth)

The Tay River drifts sedately past Mex & Co.’s prime waterfront location, providing a scenic backdrop for any meal. Indulge in tasty Mexican fare while basking in the breeze from the water flowing mere feet from your table. This is the perfect spot to enjoy some pre-or-post-shopping dining.

  1. Sylvania Lodge (Lanark Highlands)

This lakeside setting on Dalhousie Lake is a popular hangout for cottagers and locals alike. Sit on the outdoor patio and bask in the sun while you savour one of Sylvania Lodge’s homemade meals. End your meal with an ice cream desert, savoured on the patio in true summertime style.

  1. The Waterfront Gastropub (Carleton Place)

Delicious pub fare finds its home on the outdoor patio at the Waterfront Gastropub in downtown Carleton Place. Make this your go-to spot for a weekend night out and enjoy delicious food complemented by the Gastropub’s public house atmosphere.


Streetside Patios:

  1. Braumeister Brewery (Carleton Place)

Combine a visit to Carleton Place’s newest brewery with a unique patio experience. Braumeister’s patio faces the hiking and cycling trail, the Ottawa Valley Rail Trail and you’re invited to sit and enjoy delicious German-inspired beer along with German pretzels. Not into pretzels? Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy it in a prime outdoor location.

  1. Café Postino (Almonte)

Set in the centre of the picturesque downtown Almonte, you’ll love the central location of this outdoor patio! Located in the beautiful building that formerly housed the old Post Office in Almonte, Café Postino is your go-to for delicious Italian fare paired with local history and small town charm.

  1. Maximilian’s (Perth)

Maximilian’s patio is located behind the building, and offers a shaded spot to savour a delicious European meal in the great outdoors. Only a few feet from the Tay Basin, you’ll love the chance to dine with a view in downtown Perth.

  1. Michael’s Table (Perth)

Known for its homestyle cooking with healthy ingredients, Michael’s Table offers a menu that has something on it for everyone. Relax on their outdoor patio overlooking downtown Perth’s Gore Street, and breathe in Perth’s historic ambiance. Try one of their delicious signature cocktails for the ultimate summertime patio experience.

  1. O’Reilly’s (Perth)

Featuring live music on most weekend evenings, O’Reilly’s is a happening spot in the food and drink scene in Perth. Their outdoor streetside patio is just right for people watching or just taking a break with a frosty drink on a hot summer’s day. The menu offers unique takes on old favourites – and all of them delicious!

  1. St. James Gate (Carleton Place)

Known as ‘the little pub with a lot of spirit,’ St. James Gate is a one-of-a-kind experience in downtown Carleton  Place. Their streetside patio overlooks Carleton Place’s main street downtown, Bridge Street, and is a fun spot to watch the world go by. Enjoy their Irish pub fare (try their Bangers ‘n Mash!) that is sure to hit the spot every time.

  1. The Locks (Perth)

If you love seafood this is the place for you! Located on the ground floor of the Perth Parkside Inn & Spa, The Locks has a fantastic patio surrounded by beautiful foliage, and just out of sight of the scenic Tay River and Stewart Park. Relax on the patio with a cool drink in the heart of downtown Perth.

  1. The Stone Cellar (Perth)

This is the place to stop for a fine dining experience combined with a cool outdoor setting. Relax beneath The Stone Cellar’s many shade umbrellas on their back patio and take in the view of Perth’s Crystal Palace, only feet from the Tay River. Savour delicious culinary creations in a relaxed setting.