Lanark County, made up of towns with long, winding streets of heritage buildings and open green parks, is an extremely popular day-trip destination for Ottawans and other people across Eastern Ontario. Growing up in Ottawa my whole life and having a cottage down there outside quiet Hopetown, I've frequented many day trips back and forth from the charming towns of Perth and Almonte and their surrounding lakes and rivers.
Home to many local breweries, some of the best summertime patios outside of Ottawa and some interesting abandoned buildings, Lanark is the epitamy of a leisurely getaway and adventurous daytrips. You could come back and forth for days and explore an entirely new town each time, whether it's Pakenham with its ski slopes or Almonte with its waterfalls.
We've rounded up a list of some places to see for those short on time and who are just looking for ideas for a daytrip. While doing all 24 in 24 hours may be exhausting, the adventure is totally worth it. Here's 24 things to do in Lanark County in 24 hours:
Visit the Five-Span Bridge in Pakenham
Grab a famous cinammon bun at the Pakenham General Store, which has been operating since 1840
Have a picnic at Stewart Park in Perth
Grab a coffee at Coutts or one of these other cute cafes
Have some Mexican for lunch at Mex & Co.
Take a walk up Mill Street in Almonte
Take a photo underneath the iconic "Black Watch Chewing Tobacco" ad
Grab some ice cream at the Daily Scoop
Visit Gemmil and Metcalfe Park in Almonte
Go treasure hunting at the Almonte Antique Market
Take a quick walk on the Almonte River Trail
Explore Murphy's Point Provincial Park
Take a walk through Purdon Conservation Area
Take a stop at Silver Lake
Snap a pic of Carleton Place's gorgeous town hall
Explore the Mill of Kintail
Take a walk along the Rideau River in Smiths Falls
Visit the abandoned train bridge in Smiths Falls