Discover Drummond / North Elmsley
We have so many great places to come and see and so many things to do. Take a look around, enjoy the beautiful scenery and many historical sites around the Township such as the Tay Canal, or perhaps look up your own history at the Lanark Archives. Not your cup of tea? Try out the Port Elmsley Drive-In, one of only a few in Ontario.
Looking for a day outside? Why not enjoy a gorgeous float down one of our many waterways, walk along the trails in Rideau Ferry or have a picnic along one of the waterways.
Please note: Drummond/North Elmsley Township is celebrating the 200th anniversary of its settlement in 2016.
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Take a look around and find what sparks your interest, there’s a lot to do and a lot to see...
Port Elmsley Drive In
333 Port Elmsley Road,
Rideau Ferry Yacht Club Conservation Area
Located on Lower Rideau Lake near the resort community of Rideau Ferry this conservation area consists of ten acres of woodland, meadows and beach. Owned and maintained by the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, this site provides public day use access to the historic Rideau Canal system, and contains a public boat launch, trail and beach (with a changing hut) as well as picnic facilities.
Forming part of the Rideau Canal National Historic Site, these locks serve to connect the Town of Perth, through the Tay River, to the Rideau System. The original Tay Canal was built along the length of the Tay ending with a series of locks near Port Elmsley. These were destroyed by logs in 1865, although traces remain. The new canal was finally completed in 1891 connecting Perth to the Rideau System through a new canal ending at Beveridge Bay. The facility contains two locks as well as an on-site exhibit, boat launch and short trail. The scenic trip along the Tay is a popular day trip for Rideau Canal travelers.
Located just south of the Town of Perth in the Tay Marsh, this 635 acre site is a naturalist’s haven with habitat for deer, wild turkeys, turtles, ducks, geese, bluebirds and many others. The site is owned and maintained as a wildlife management area by the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority and contains a variety of habitats including mature woodlands, plantations, natural meadows and the ecologically significant Tay Marsh wetland. Two nature trails (including interpretive signage) and a viewing tower provide a great opportunity for hiking and wildlife observation.
Canada's Historic Places Register
Constructed 1858-61 the home is a unique representation of the Ontario cottage architectural style with a unique L-shaped design and inhabited by some of Lanark County’s most prominent citizens over the last 150 years.
Port Elmsley School:
Constructed in 1873 out of locally quarried stone, this building educated 100 years of North Elmsley students until it was eventually converted into apartments.
Constructed in 1849 this Georgian-style stone house was home to some of the most prominent farmers of the area and is notable for its pillars and intricate hand carved finishing's and is considered a landmark along the Scotch Line Road.
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