MANOTICK PERTH & MERRICKVILLE
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.
The Sunflower Bake Shop
Black Duck Studio
John A. Stewart Park