Bring your camera, meander through historic villages and capture our breathtaking Seven Wonders of Lanark County!
Five Span Bridge – at Five Span Bridges Park, Pakenham
The breathtaking Five-Span Stone Bridge in Pakenham (Mississippi Mills), built in 1903 by Scottish stone masons and restored in 1984, is unique in North America and is believed to be the only one of its kind in the world outside Russia.
St. Peter Celestine Church, Pakenham
St. Peter Celestine Church in Pakenham (Mississippi Mills) is the only church in the county built in the French Classic style and is one of only three Canadian churches known to retain its particular Classic Italianate interior decoration. The superb original interior decor was restored as part of the church’s centennial celebrations in 1993.
The Mill of Kintail Museum, – at Mill of Kintail Conservation Area, Mississippi Mills
The Mill of Kintail in Mississippi Mills showcases the restored studio and home of Robert Tait MacKenzie: sculptor, physician and designer. This historic site pays homage to a great Canadian while showcasing nature and providing a learning centre and gathering place. The 152-acre site of beautiful conservation land is owned and operated by Mississippi Valley Conservation.
Blueberry Mountain – at CliffLAND | The Clifford Family protected Wilderness, Lanark Highlands
Hike to the top of Blueberry Mountain within the Clifford Family protected Wilderness; the highest point in the County where the view astounds. This nature sanctuary is home to countless species of flora and fauna. Members of the Clifford family are stewards of the land, conserving the natural forests and wetlands and sharing them with the community.
Blueberry Mountain is located on Private Property. Hikers are welcome to take a self-guided walk to Blueberry Mountain. Permission to hike the trail is granted by reading, completing, and signing a Liability of Waiver form.
Lady’s Slipper Orchids – at Purdon Conservation Area, Lanark Highlands
The Showy Lady’s Slipper Orchids at Purdon Conservation Area are the greatest abundance found anywhere in Canada, some 10,000 plants. The site, owned by Mississippi Valley Conservation, features boardwalks, viewing areas and educational signage that make this an accessible destination – particularly during blooming season (typically between mid-June and mid-July).
Silver Queen Mica Mine – at Murphys Point Provincial Park near Perth
The Silver Queen Mica Mine may not be open for tours this year, but the Mica Trail is the next best thing – located at Murphys Point Provincial Park in Tay Valley Township. In the early 1900s minerals were mined and shipped by barge along the Rideau Canal and by train from Perth, providing extra income for local farming families. The mine symbolizes the hardships and importance of small-scale mining in this area. Park fees may apply.
Stewart Park, Perth
Stewart Park in Perth, a five-acre green space in the heart of town, was donated by the late Jessie Mabel Stewart in 1947 in memory of her husband, the Honourable John Alexander Stewart, who was a prominent figure in the town’s history. The Tay River flows through this beautiful park, which features majestic maples, rock wall gardens, picnic tables and benches.
The Seven Wonders Driving Tour:
Drive around and explore Lanark County’s own Seven Wonders starting at the Five Span Stone Bridge in Pakenham, Ontario. Directions on how to get to the bridge or any other seven wonder can be seen by clicking on the links above (Get Directions). The tour can be viewed and rearranged on Google Maps to your liking by simply clicking on the “more options” link in the top left hand corner of the map!
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