This pretty city is name after the city in Scotland, which also lies on the River Tay. Perth was established as a military settlement for soldiers retired after the War of 1812, and was the site of Canada’s last recorded duel in 1833. Today Perth is the gateway to the Rideau Lakes cottage region and the Rideau Canal, and a common “pit stop” on the Highway 7 Trans-Canada Southern Route between Toronto and Ottawa.

Town of Perth

Perth Attractions

Mammoth Cheese

28 Drummond St E, Perth, ON K7H 1E9

This is a model of a 9,.979 kg (22,000 lb) block of cheese made by Eastern Ontario dairy farmers for exhibition at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. The original block was sold to a British importer after the fair.

Perth Museum

11 Gore St E, Perth, ON K7H 1H4
613-267-1947

This museum, hosed in the 1840 Matheson House shows a period Georgian garden and three rooms furnished for the period for an upper-class family. Exhibits include the history of Canadian whiskey, a piece of the mammoth Cheese, the pistols used in the 1833 duel, and artifacts of the Rideau Lakes first nations. People. Allow 30 minutes. Open Mon-Sat 10 am t 5pm, Sunday 1 pm to 4 pm, closed holidays. Admission.

Murphys Point Provincial Park

2243 Elm Grove Rd, Perth, ON K7H 3C7
(12 km southwest of Perth)
(613) 267-5060

This park on the Rideau waterway offers camping, swimming and boating. The park includes several historic buildings, and abandoned mine, and farmstead and a saw mill ruin. Also 15 km of self-guided hiking trails.

Perth, Ontario Area Map