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Glengarry County, Ontario’s Celtic Heartland, is a lot like the tartans you will see worn here – colourful, multi-layered, proud and steeped in history.
Settled by Highlanders and French Canadians, the county, the doorway to “Where Ontario Began,” has been home to prominent soldiers, writers, politicians, church leaders, athletes, entrepreneurs and educators, explorers, adventurers, musicians, dancers, and at one time, famous buggies.
Notable Glengarrians include John Sandfield Macdonald, the first Premier of Ontario who was born in St. Raphael’s, “the cradle of Catholicism in Ontario.”
Rev. Charles William Gordon, a.k.a. Ralph Connor, wrote Glengarry School Days, while his day job was a Presbyterian and later United Church minister.
In Canada’s first county, visitors will come across memories of larger-than-life characters such as “Cariboo” Cameron, recollections of accomplished professional and amateur athletes, living legacies of hardy pioneers who started new lives, many on tracts that were “Indian Lands,” a term that is still used to mark some rural roads.
Historians Royce MacGillivray and Ewan Ross have asserted that Glengarry was a nation “with its own intense sense of cohesion and of separation from the outside world, its own customs and values, its own awareness of having its own heroic past separate from that of the country of which it has been a part, and for a time, even its own language.”
Gaelic used to be a common language in the region.
The county was originally made up of Scottish emigrants from the Highlands of Scotland.
Between 1773 and 1853, close to 3,500 people emigrated to Glengarry County from a few districts in the Scottish Highlands. The emigrants came from Lochiel, Glengarry, Knoydart and Glenelg.
Today, the area that is known for Maxville’s Highland Games celebrates and preserves its rich, multi-layered history and culture through archives, fairs, halls of fame, museums, plaques, landmarks, festivals and music.
Glengarry is also a playground, with a plethora of recreational facilities, and a resting area, with parks and tranquil river vistas.
Plus there is a wide selection of stores, restaurants and shops.
Glengarry has become a destination for foodies, attracted by new restaurants and the world famous Glengarry Fine Cheese. Read on, and discover Glengarry. The “Welcome” mat is out.