We’re Older Than Canada!

We were ready for war...but, thankfully, it didn’t come! In 2016 The Perth Military Settlement will celebrate its 200th anniversary, marking the arrival of the first settlers after the War of 1812. These veterans came to the municipalities now known as Perth and the townships of Beckwith, Drummond/North Elmsley and Tay Valley.

The Perth Military Settlement was established as one of three strategic defensive outposts along the Rideau Corridor after the war to ensure a trained reserve force was available in the event of another conflict with the United States.

That never came to pass, and the settlement grew into a vibrant natural and cultural gem that is aiming to mark 200 years with at least 200 events – year round!

Some of the highlights include a Heritage Winter Carnival, Fire and Ice Winter Festival, the Ontario Town Crier Championship, Blast from the Past, a Heritage Stone Carvers Festival, the Lanark County Plowing Match and Legacy Farm Unveiling, the Perth Kilt Run Weekend and so much more! Check the events page to get the full scoop on all of the fantastic events!