Quiet. Disconnect. No schedule.
These are the counter-weekend warrior symptoms that I frequently wish to experience. When working with a tight schedule throughout the week, it’s easy to see why I crave down time to help me disconnect and unwind. #putdownthephone
So how do you get that quiet experience without having to schedule something in? One word: nature.
Landscapes don’t go away but they’re ever changing. And I love what local municipalities and some businesses have been doing to encourage people to explore the existing outdoor space within Lanark County.
And why not? Lanark County has dozens of lakes and waterways and 11, 000 acres of forested land to be discovered. So here are three ways to discover Lanark County’s rural landscape where you’ll have authentic experiences unfold before you in an organic way. No schedule necessary.
The Beckwith Trail:
If you want an accessible way to discover the rural landscape, then you’ve got to check out the Beckwith Trail. On the Beckwith Trail, you’ll walk into a quiet atmosphere brimming with beauty. With tall trees lining the trail entrance, you’ll become enchanted with the surroundings, no matter the season. The Beckwith Trail is situated in Beckwith Township between the 9th and 10th Line, and it’s a wide, gravelled walking path. Visitors love it because you experience Mother Nature in so many ways. The trail begins in a lovely forest, passes through a wetland, over a stream and through farmers’ fields. The best part is that because it’s maintained, it makes it easier for anyone who enjoys exploring trails (ideal for toddlers and Grammas!). It’s a snowmobile trail in the winter, meaning it’s well-groomed and makes it easy for walking in heavy snow. The Beckwith Trail is a four-season escape plan from the every day. You can download the Beckwith Trail map.
If you’re looking for a way to discover the waterway, then you’ve got to head to Perth Outfitters. These guys house the largest rental fleet of canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards in eastern Ontario, and they’re right on the shores of the Tay River in Perth. You can rent their fleet by the hour or the day and as soon as you arrive, you immediately feel like you’re a long-time friend. You can set out toward the Tay Basin for an in-town experience, but I’d recommend discovering a spectacular natural scenery by making your way toward the Tay Marsh. You can go all the way to Beveridges Locks and stop for a picnic lunch, or make your way back to Perth for a bite to eat. If you really want to make a day of it, then extend your Perth Outfitters’ stay and challenge someone to a game of mini-putt. Are you a winter warrior? Then pop by Perth Outfitters to lace up your skates for their 400-metre skating trail.
If you’re living the city life in Ottawa, then Almonte is a perfect way to discover nature in a small-town setting. How? Because water acts as their backdrop. They’ve got hypnotizing waterfalls (not literally) where you can soak in the landscape while discovering their downtown core. Veteran canoeist Cliff Bennett says if you want to take a paddle, then you’d launch from the beach in Metcalfe Park in downtown Almonte and explore the waterfalls before making your way along the shorelines of the Mississippi downriver to Blakeney. On your travels, you will spot the large stone woolen mill in Almonte and you’ll also encounter a set of shallow rapids. You could pack a picnic for the trip, or pop into a local pub for a cold one while watching the waterfalls from the patio.
Ahhh…don’t you feel more relaxed already? I love that each place offers a different way to disconnect with different people. I’d take the kiddos to the Beckwith Trail to discover the natural elements. I’ve done a couple of girls’ experiences stand-up paddle boarding at Perth Outfitters. And the Almonte Waterfalls trek would be a great date day with my better half.
We are really happy to work with our sponsors, Lanark County Tourism Association and Ontario Highlands Tourism Association, to share this information with you! Learn more about the region on OHTO’s gorgeous Come Wander blog and stay connected with all things tourism with Lanark County Tourism.