The town of Almonte straddles the banks of the Mississippi River in the Lanark County portion of the Lower Ottawa Valley. Visitors to Almonte will feel the heart that drives this small community as they stroll Mill Street or discover the history of this former mill town.
Almonte’s downtown core boasts boutiques, antiques, art galleries, and exquisite dining. A wander down quaint streets provides the opportunity to unearth rustic finds and hidden gems at unique stores. A visit to one of the local restaurants or bakeries will provide a treat for your taste buds and will leave your mouth watering, while a stay at a local B&B or Inn will leave you feeling spoiled.
As a historic mill town, Almonte’s textured past was developed around the Mississippi River which runs through the town. The community was once a hub for a thriving textiles industry, the history of which can be discovered with a visit to the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum. It is also home to the R. Tait Mackenzie Museum located at the Mill of Kintail Conservation Area. Those visiting can get their adrenaline pumping along the extensive hiking and skiing trails of the Conservation Area, while also being amazed by the works of this noted artist and sculptor with a visit to the Mill building.
The spirit of this small community truly shines during the festivals and events held each summer. Visitors can embrace their inner child and be wowed by performers, musicians, and buskers during the annual Puppets Up! festival, can marvel at the retro-vibe during a gathering of VW buses at Busfusion, or can celebrate the rich Celtic heritage and traditions of the Ottawa Valley at Almonte Celtfest or the North Lanark Highlands Games.