Welcome to Heritage Perth situated on the River Tay and Tay Canal approximately halfway between Ottawa and Kingston. An excellent choice for families, retirees – in fact for everyone. With a safe environment, good schools, local shopping, family doctors and a local hospital – what more could anyone want!
Perth has a wonderful heritage downtown shopping area and restaurants/pubs most privately owned, as well as some box stores on Highway 7. It has 2 elementary schools and 2 high schools as well as Algonquin College which has recently expanded. There is a local hospital (as well as one in Smiths Falls) and family doctors are available.
It is a popular town for both retirees and families with a friendly and safe community as well as lots to do. There are golf courses, ice rink, curling rink, library, museum, theatres, churches, choirs and most organizations, such as Civitan and Royal Canadian Legion. Festivals - Festival of Maples (April), Music Festival (July), Garlic Festival (Aug). Murphy’s Point Provincial Park is only a few minutes from the town.
As Perth was first settled in 1816, there are lots of older homes as well as new homes including one level living and condos. There are also retirement homes in the area. The town has a population of approximately 6000, and to this there are many homes in the countryside within a few minutes drive from the town. Also, Perth is surrounded by many lakes providing lakeside homes and cottages.
Perth boasts a few Oldest Canadian Records – older pioneer burial ground, oldest continuously operating golf course, and oldest active town band to mention a few. Yes, lots of history in this town which is due to celebrate 200 years in 2016. And more recently has an entry for the largest kilt run in the Guinness Book of Records – the run has now become an annual event.
As you can see, there is always lots to do in Perth – and lots to see in the surrounding areas. Westport is only 25 mins from Perth, Smiths Falls 20 mins and a 10 min drive to Rideau Ferry which joins the Big Rideau Lake to the Lower Rideau Lake and an ideal place for boating.
Perth is more vibrant than ever! There is always something exciting to do or see. Whether it is taking in a show, enjoying an outdoor festival, golfing, joining local organizations, attending a community class, or simply hanging out and enjoying Perth’s unique culture. It is the people that make Perth special. This is a place to work, live and call home.
Ottawa: 55 mins; Kingston 75mins, Smiths Falls 20mins; Westport 25 mins; Rideau Ferry 10mins.
OTHER TOWNS NEARBY
The village of Westport sits at the west end of Upper Rideau Lake and has a population of approx. 700. This number swells in the summer when the area is visited by many cottagers and visitors who are drawn to the most attractive village and countryside and of course the lakes.
The main street has locally owned artisan shops and eateries . It also has an ice rink, museum, golf courses, summer water and winter sports – and a superb public wharf for approx. 30 vessels and a lovely picnic area. The fishing in this area is particularly good.
Also close by is Foley Mountain Conservation area - a picturesque park with a variety of wildlife in woods and fields. It also has a sandy beach.
During the summer, Westport hosts many festivals including Music, art, antique show and the popular Fall Colours Studio tour.
Distances: Ottawa 1 hr 50 mins; Kingston 1 hr 10 mins; Smiths Falls 55 mins; Perth 25 mins.
Smiths Falls with a population of approx. 8,800 is situated on the Rideau Canal Waterway and is a popular area for recreational boating. It is also a major railway junction for passenger service to Ottawa and Toronto.
A popular town with families and retirees, it has 3 elementary schools and 2 high schools, and a recently expanded local hospital which is linked with the Perth hospital.
A new ice rink has just been completed which families can skate or watch the local hockey team. There is also a curling rink, golf courses, library, theatre and farmers markets. As well as a heritage museum, there is the railway museum and the canal museum. Boating on the canal is popular and there are parks along the canal edge. There are a number of box stores and restaurants in the town, as well as stores in the downtown High Street.
Distances: Ottawa 55 mins; Kingston 75 mins; Perth 20 mins; Westport
SMALLER COMMUNITIES IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD
A small village on the Big Rideau Lake just off Highway 15 .
Portland boasts a marina, water sports including the International Big Rideau Lake Speed Skating Marathon (January), local shops and restaurants. Close by is the Forfar Cheese Factory (one of the last independently owned cheese factories). Nearby is the Mill Pond Conservation Area as well as the Cataraqui Trails.
www.portlandontario.com(historical society website)
A short 10 min drive from Perth lies Rideau Ferry which is situated where the Big Rideau Lake joins the Lower Rideau. An ideal summer location with many homes around the lake. Ideal boating area.
Rideau Ferry has A restaurant, village store and a quilting store/café as well as a marina.