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24 Things To Do In Lanark County In 24 Hours

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24 Things To Do In Lanark County In 24 Hours

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

Rent a kayak at Perth Outfitters

Have some Mexican for lunch at Mex & Co.

Pick up a low-fat donut at Healthy Food Technologies in Almonte

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

Grab some pancakes at Wheeler's Pancake House

Take a walk through Purdon Conservation Area

Grab a pint at the Perth Brewery

Take some photos and watch the roaring rapids of the Grand Falls on the Mississippi

Take a stop at Silver Lake

Snap a pic of Carleton Place's gorgeous town hall

Have some patio drinks at the Waterfront Gastro Pub

Explore the Mill of Kintail

Take a walk along the Rideau River in Smiths Falls

Visit the abandoned train bridge in Smiths Falls

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