Almonte, self-labelled the "Friendly Town" and the home of the founding founder of basketball, James Naismith. This little town just thirty minutes from Ottawa in Lanark County has streets of winding heritage buildings perched on the rushing rapids of a grand waterfall. For a laid-back day-trip, Almonte is an optimal quick summer getaway from Ottawa.
Here's 9 bucket list things you need to do on your next short trip to Almonte:
See the Grand Falls on the Mississippi
The iconic falls are a sight that you can hardly miss when walking along Mill St. or nearby the old town hall. Their roaring rapids can be heard from the winding streets and are photogenic year-round.
Visit the Almonte Post Office
Two stories high and over a century old, this heritage building with a striking green copper clocktower in the heart of Almonte is the most prominent building in the town. We doubt you'll miss it when going through Almonte, but it's nonetheless a beautiful building that's almost an emblem for the town itself.
Take a photo of the vintage Black Watch Tobacco ad
You'll find this vintage ad in plain sight on Mill St. right beside Nine Lives Antiques in the nearby parking lot.
Grab a donut at Healthy Food Technologies Inc.
We all deserve a donut sometimes, and Healthy Food Technologies takes the guilt factor out of that. Their donuts, using unique deep-frying technology, have 50 to 70 per cent less fat than the average donut with all the flavour of your average donut still packed well inside.
Enjoy the view from the Barley Mow patio
This atmospheric Barley Mow is perched right along the Mississippi in an old, restored mill building that is complete with exposed brick and wood. For sheer atmosphere, and a pint of draft beer, the Barley Mow is always ideal.
Go treasure hunting at the Almonte Antique Market
You're never short of antiquing/vintage options in Almonte, especially if you're taking a stroll on Mill St. Almonte's Antique Market is but one of many that show off the wares of a nostalgic and simpler time.
Unwind at Metcalfe Park
Or Metcalfe Geoheritage Park, as it's formerly called. At the bottom of Almonte St. and on the calm waters of the Mississippi, Metcalfe is a quiet spot in the summertime that's just outside the centre of downtown. The spot is also terrific for summer picnics.
Grab a coffee at Equator Coffee
A cute little local roastery that even has pieces of local art up in the store that are up for sale. All the brews are ethically-sourced and the coffeeshop also offers a solid selection of delicious eats, like warm paninis.
Take the scenic Almonte river walk
A short, undemanding walk on a beautiful boardwalk starting from the old town hall and ending shortly after the Barley Mow. Take the walk around sunset or early in the morning for stellar photo-ops (especially around the town hall).