The Township of Drummond/North Elmsley was created in 1998 by the merging of the Townships of Drummond and North Elmsley. It is located in central Lanark County and has a population of 7,773.
It is a mostly rural municipality and is bounded by the Historic Rideau River Waterway to the south and the Mississippi River to the northwest. It includes the Hamlets of Port Elmsley, Balderson, Innisville, Wayside, Drummond Centre, Ferguson’s Falls and Rideau Ferry. The southern portion of the municipality features many lakes, rivers and mixed forests while the more western and northern areas feature rolling hills and fertile farmland. The Township is considered the southern gateway to Lanark County’s “Maple Syrup Trail”. For those familiar with the equestrian world, the municipality is home to world champion Ian Millar of Millar Brooke Farm.
The Township enjoys the conveniences of both the Town of Perth and the Town of Smiths Falls. Both towns are rich with heritage and tourist attractions offering excellent shopping and convenient access to businesses.
The Township contributes to a variety of recreational facilities which includes community centres with arenas; an outdoor and indoor swimming pool; an outdoor fully equipped community park and a full service library. A host of other private and community based facilities including: a variety of golf courses, curling rinks, the Rideau Canal, Tay River, Otty Lake, Perh Wildlife Reserve, RVCA Yacht Club Road Beach, Mississippi River and lake, and walking trails.
There are two public schools, Drummond Central School and North Elmsley Public School. In close proximity are the Perth campus of Algonquin College and the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospitals, which are also supplemented by a full range of medical related clinics and practices found throughout the community.