September 15, 2014

One Night in the Prettiest Town in Ontario - Perth

You know how much I love my road trips, as I have written about my adventures HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and I've written about my tips for planning a great road trip HERE and HERE and HERE. So, yes - it's a safe bet to say I love them! 

Last month I was invited to visit Perth, Ontario - which was actually been voted as the prettiest town in Ontario by TV Ontario! Once I heard that, I thought to myself, "I'll be the judge of that!" And, well, I have to admit - it was VERY pretty! Even though it rained the entire time I was there...LOL 

The Tay River in Perth, Ontario
The Tay River in Perth, Ontario

Located in the Ottawa Valley, I was excited to visit Perth as I have actually never been up that way in Ontario. Can you believe I have never been to our nation's capital, Ottawa, before?! That is happening soon though!

Seeing as I have driven across Canada solo, I wasn't nervous about driving to Perth on my own. It was an easy drive, and a beautiful one at that! Heading to Perth I was on a bit of a tight schedule though as I had plans to meet with Karen, from the Heritage Perth Tourism Board for dinner. I gave myself enough time to not be rushed though, even stopping along the way in the very small town of Tweed, Ontario. Well - I wasn't completely alone...George tagged along! 

George and I Travel to Perth, Ontario
George and I Travel to Perth, Ontario

While speaking with Karen, she was able to fill me in on some of the interesting facts about Perth, Ontario. Perth was a military settlement established in 1816, and as such is going to be one of the first towns in Canada to celebrate 200 years! In fact, Perth, Kingston and Ottawa were the original options to be the nation’s capitalOttawa obviously being the final choice.

Random Fact: Did you know the largest piece of cheese ever made was made right there in Perth, Ontario in 1892-1893? It was so big it took the milk from over 10, 000 cows to make and was shipped to the Chicago World Fair in 1893!

Perth is home to many beautiful parks and green space. The Tay River runs directly through town, adding to its beauty! One of the most popular parks in Perth is Stewart Park. This park was actually donated to the town by Jesse and John Stewart! Surrounded by water, and conveniently located right downtown Stewart Park is beautiful. While I was there I saw not one, but two wedding parties taking pictures in the park! As Perth is such a beautiful town on its own, with a rich history and lovely sandstone buildings – it is one of the most popular places to get married in Ontario. It’s less than an hour away from Ottawa, about 3.5 hours away from Toronto – so it’s easily accessible. There are even over 100 lakes within easy driving distance of Perth!

Wedding Party Posing For Pictures in Perth, Ontario
Wedding Party Posing For Pictures in Perth, Ontario

Random Fact: Perth is the hometown to over 40 Olympians over the years, most recently active at the Common Wealth Games. I told Karen there must be something in the water! LOL

Even though I was only in Perth for the one night, I had such a great time. I had a great dinner at The Masonry, checked out a theatre production, "Dial M for Murder?" at the Classic Theatre Festival and spent the night at a gorgeous boutique hotel, Perth Manor. The next day I had the opportunity to check out the Farmer's Market, the Perth Through The Ages walking tour - also put on by the Classic Theatre, take a boat ride along the Tay River with Perth Outfittersa tour of the museumand even get a lovely manicure at Parkside Spa, an Aveda spa located in town. 

I'll be writing about each of my adventures over the next week, so make sure you follow along! 

Perth Ontario

In the meantime, get social with Perth!  

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