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Ottawa-Gatineau Nearby Communities and Attractions: Perth



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 a common "pit stop" on the Highway 7 route between Toronto and Ottawa.

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Perth Attractions

Mammoth Cheese
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
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 to 5pm, Sunday 1 pm to 4 pm, closed holidays. Admission: adults $3.50, students under 18 $1, families $7.

Murphys Point Provincial Park
12 km southwest of Perth
R.R.#5 Perth, ON K7H 3C7
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.

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