Ottawa Business Journal - Ottawa at Home - - FRONT PAGE - BY MARY TAG­GART


Sev­eral roads and a wa­ter­way will lead you from Ot­tawa to Perth in just one hour! It’s an his­tor­i­cal town ooz­ing with charm and for­ward thinkers who have pro­gressed to liv­ing at a slower pace to en­joy what mat­ters most to them.

Ge­orge McMillan and his ob­ste­tri­cian wife de­cided that fam­ily time and em­brac­ing pas­sions was im­por­tant enough to move from Mon­treal to Perth. At Black Duck

Stu­dio, 2896 Rideau Ferry, he has es­tab­lished a busi­ness where you will find a stun­ning dis­play of award­win­ning de­coys. There is also an art stu­dio where Ge­orge and other lo­cal artists teach the craft of cre­at­ing your own de­coys, start­ing from a sim­ple block of wood. This gem of a place is worth a visit, but be sure to call first as hours are flex­i­ble – in true “liv­ing the dream” form! 613-267-3872.

Who doesn’t hunt for the best bak­ery de­light when mak­ing a small town visit? We think The Sun­flower

Bake Shop, 100 Gore St., just might be the best lit­tle bakeshop and café on this, and the other, side of Ot­tawa!

Add some whimsy to your day with a stop at Ground Waves lo­cated in Code’s Mill, 17 Wil­son St. Find the per­fect host­ess gift if you’re a cot­tage guest or maybe just the right trin­ket for your own place. While in the Mill, head to the back and check out the

Gallery Perth to view lots of lo­cal artis­tic tal­ent. Across the street from Code’s Mill is John A. Ste­wart Park fea­tur­ing a life-sized bronze statue of lo­cal res­i­dent, world show-jumping cham­pion Ian Mil­lar, and his horse Big Ben. Grab a take-out lunch from

Sweet & Sa­vory Tra­di­tions on Her­riot St. (which leads to the park), and en­joy the ideal pic­nic spot un­der the weep­ing wil­low tree.

The en­tire town is a trea­sure trove of finds with an as­sort­ment of shops and restau­rants. Many are found along the main street housed in stone build­ings, with so much more tucked in and around the town. If a day trip is too rushed, spend the night in the his­tor­i­cal and re­stored Perth Manor

Bou­tique Ho­tel, 23 Drum­mond St. W.



Perth Manor

Gallery Perth

The Sun­flower Bake Shop

Ground Waves

Black Duck Stu­dio

John A. Ste­wart Park

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