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Tap into the Maple Syrup Capital, Lanark County

Featuring: Marie White

Tourism Manager , Lanark County Tourism

Explore the trails through the maple woods in a diverse landscape and enjoy beautiful sandstone architecture in the small, charming towns of Lanark County.

It's easy to escape into nature in the less-populated small towns of Lanark County. At Rediscover Canada, we sat down with Marie White, a.k.a. Miss Maple, to find out where the best spots are to visit. Read on for inspiration!

#1 Sweeping Views

What is the best kept secret you have rediscovered in your destination?

Blueberry Mountain

There's plenty to explore with 1,250-acres of pristine woodland located in cliffLAND Protected Wilderness Area. On the trail to the peak you'll come across ponds, a waterfall and boggy areas that are bustling with birds and wildlife. The panoramic view at the top is breathtaking.

#2 Architectural Craftsmanship

Where do you go for visual inspiration and creativity?


With its beautifully restored sandstone buildings created by Scottish stone masons, Perth is a visually stunning town. There is a charming downtown with independently owned and operated shops. You aren't going to find any big chains here.

"We represent charming, small town Canada. Almonte is a scenic, historic mill town on the Mississippi River." Marie White, Tourism Manager

#3 Cruise in style

Name an activity that’s right in your backyard but also on your bucket list?

Rideau Canal Cruise

There are luxury, cruiser-style house boats that will take you on an overnight trip through the Rideau Canal, which connects Ottawa to Lake Ontario. The locks on the canal are still manually operated using hand cranks. This is one of the urban wonders of the region, it's been very popular lately since it's an easy way to see the sites while distancing.

#4 Pack a Picnic Lunch

What is your favorite spot for a picnic lunch?

Stewart Park

The land for Stewart Park was gifted to the city of Perth by the Stewart family. It's five acres right in the middle of the city and the Tay River runs through the park. It's become a popular spot for wedding photos since it's so picturesque. It's one of the seven wonders of the region.


#5 How sweet it is

Is there anything else we should give a special mention?


We have to talk about maple since we're the maple producing capital of Ontario. Everywhere you go you'll find maple products; from maple treats to a local manufacturer, Sam Bat, who uses maple to make baseball bats for major league baseball, to spa & beauty products. You can even get a maple manicure!

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About the Contributor

Marie White

Tourism Manager

About The Contributor

Marie is the Tourism Manager for Lanark County. She is responsible for tourism development, marketing and communications, and strategic planning for the Maple Syrup Capital of Ontario.