Discover Drummond / North Elmsley

Community Highlight


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.

Take a look around and find what sparks your interest, there’s a lot to do and a lot to see...

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Picture of Port Elmsley Drive InPort Elmsley Drive In
Bring the family out for an evening of good old fashion fun!

333 Port Elmsley Road,
Port Elmsley, Ontario
Movieline: 613-267-7772

Rideau Ferry Yacht Club Conservation Area

Picture of Rideau Ferry Yacht Club BeachLocated 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.




Beveridge Locks

Picture of Beveridge LocksForming 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.
For more information visit their website: or watch their video



Wildlife Reserve

Picture of Osprey in nestLocated 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.
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Original Tay Canal, Port Elmsley

Picture of Historical MapLocated at the confluence of the Tay and Rideau River systems was the site of the original Tay Canal, a system of five locks located between the Tay’s mouth and Jebb’s Creek which provided the first reliable water access between the military settlement of Perth and the Rideau Canal network.

Built in the 1830’s, these locks were built of rubble masonry and wooden planking and while they were smaller than those on the Rideau they were indispensable helping move people to and from Perth, as road transportation was almost impossible at the time.

For more information visit their website


Drummond/North Elmsley Trails

Picture of Purple DaisysA national network of trails connecting every province and most major cities, the multi-purpose trails provide opportunities for hiking bicycling and snowmobiling and when complete, the network will become part of the longest trail in the world. This trail passes through Drummond Ward along Concession 8A, Prestonvale Road, Dunlop Side Road and up to Ferguson's Falls.

For more information visit

Photo Courtesy of Linda Myers



Picture of winter hikers on trailA multipurpose trail connecting Ottawa and Kingston allowing hikers, cross-country skiers and snowshoer's the opportunity to travel the length of the Rideau Canal. The trail, with a total length of 387 kilometers,is maintained by the Rideau Trail Association and passes through the southern portion of North Elmsley. The Association holds regular hikes for members and guests.




Mississippi Lake Bird Sanctuary

Two white swans swimming on a lakeLocated southwest of Innisville off Drummond Concession 10B, this National Wildlife Area is a haven for migrating waterfowl in the fall. Representing one of the largest natural areas left on Mississippi Lake, the Sanctuary centres around the wetlands of McEwan Bay where stands of wild rice, cattail and other plants provide habitat for spawning fish in the spring, some of the best habitat for bullfrogs in the summer and many different species of birds, mammals and invertebrates. Before September (when boating is prohibited so as not to disturb the migratory birds), a public boat launch is available as well as opportunities to hike.


photo provided by Daniel Van Klei


 Archives Lanark

Picture of Lanark Archives


The Archives, located in the former Drummond Township office in the hamlet of Drummond Centre, is an independent non-profit organization which provides a wealth of vital information dating from the 1850’s including land deeds, cemetery listings, census records, records of baptisms and marriages and newspaper collections. Run by the Lanark County Genealogical Society, the Archives has proved an invaluable resource for patrons across North America researching family roots as well as local families, church groups, school children and genealogists. Archives Lanark
1920 Concession 7 Road, Drummond Centre, Perth, Ontario K7H 3K4


Ferguson's Falls Boat Launch

Picture of Fergunson Falls Boat LaunchThe Township’s Public Works Department recently announced the installation of a public dock to allow canoe access to the Mississippi River at Ferguson's Falls Hall. This launch allows paddlers to travel upstream along the river with an opportunity to observe fish, herons, turtles, ducks and otters along undisturbed shoreline.




Canada's Historic Places Register

Mary Jane Wilson House:

Picture of Mary Jane Wilson House

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.
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Port Elmsley School:

Picture of the old Port Elmsley SchoolConstructed in 1873 out of locally quarried stone, this building educated 100 years of North Elmsley students until it was eventually converted into apartments.
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For more historical information on school houses in Drummond/North Elmsley
Please visit one room school houses

McKinley House:

Picture of McKinley House

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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Sneyd House :

Picture of Sneyd HouseConstructed in 1847, the Sneyd House is located at 44 South Street on the outskirts of Perth, in the Township of Drummond/North Elmsley. Built in the Neo-classical style, this home remains an excellent example of residential houses constructed during the era.

The Sneyd House was recognized for its heritage value by the former Township of North Elmsley, By-law 84-43, on 3 January 1984.
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