We are pretty dang lucky to be living in one of the most interesting, dynamic and plain old fun regions in Canada. Over my decades of living here, I've never gotten bored or run out of great things to do. Here's my list of adventures and activities to keep you entertained without ever having to leave Lanark County.
1) Five-Span Stone Bridge – Pakenham
2) St. Peter Celestine Church – Pakenham
3) Mill of Kintail – Mississippi Mills
4) Blueberry Mountain – Lanark County
5) Showy Lady’s Slippers Orchids – Purdon Conservation Area
6) Silver Queen Mica Mine – Murphys Point Provincial Park
7) Stewart Park – Perth
Click here for a printable driving map. You may want to give yourself a Spring/Summer challenge and visit one Wonder every Sunday for 7 Sundays till you've seen them all. And when you're done, start right back at the beginning and do them all again because they're just as wonderful the 2nd time around (you like how punny I am there?)
Treat yourself to a night of indulgence at one of our many beautiful bed and breakfast venues. Lanark County has some of the most gorgeous gems anywhere in the world. You can find out which one is going to be perfect for your weekend of awesome by visiting the Bed and Breakfast Association of Lanark County. This site has excellent photos and descriptions to make as easy as possible to plan your getaway. One of our favourite stays was at Clyde Hall
Some of the best local festivals anywhere in Canada happen right here in Lanark County. Between the Highland Games and Puppets Up Festival in Almonte, the Stewart Park Festival in Perth, the Lamb's Down Festival and Bridge Street Bazaar in Carleton Place, the new Lanark County Harvest Festival in Beckwith, Movies Under the Stars in Smiths Falls, you’ll never run out of fun in this neck of the woods. For a complete list of the fantastic events in and around us check out the events listings on Lanark County Tourism because there really are just too many to list them all here.
Your culinary experiences will be world class as your dine your way across this region. From the Perth Garlic Festival to Temples Sugar Bush, from the cinnamon buns at the Pakenham General Store to the world renowned cheese at Balderson’s, you will not be disappointed in the fare offered here. I’d love to hear what some of your favourite restaurants and hidden gems are. I never get tired of exploring our county and am often pleasantly surprised to find somewhere new to me that’s been under my nose the whole time. I can't even list all my favourite places to eat in Lanark County because there are so many and I'd be afraid of leaving one out.
Art, Theatre, Music and More!
You do not need to go into the city to feed your soul. We have truly amazing artists; painters, sculptors, musicians, poets, photographers, actors…you name it and we’ve got it.Some galleries/studios to check out include The Almonte Potters Guild (they have fantastic weekend workshops), Art and Class Studio in Perth (amazing kids classes).
You can also enjoy professional live theatre with the Classic Theatre Festival in Perth, and some of the most talented community theatre in North America with The Mississippi Mudds, Station Theatre Group in Smiths Falls, and Sage Age
Did you know Lanark County is home to the most vibrant rural slam poetry scene in North America? Yep, it’s true. Keep up with the poetic stylings of local talent with Live Poets Society (LiPS)
WOW! This sure is a lot, and I didn't even get to the sports and other recreation stuff like canoeing, fishing, camping...another blog for another time. Please let me hear your favourite ways to live it up in Lanark County!