Spring is upon us!
A reminder to renew your membership in PLCA!
NEW Fire Safety Spring Checklist
on the Lake Life Page.
A new section on an Invasive Species has been added to the Lake Stewardship Page
Things To Do Around Pike Lake
There are so many great activities to participate in around Pike Lake that we wanted to share some of them here. Let us know about your favourite by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Hiking at Rock Dunder
Rock Dunder is part of the UNESCO Frontenac Biosphere Reserve. The
Biosphere region covers an area from Brockville and Gananoque, extending north of Kingston including Harrowsmith, Verona and Westport. There are 3 trails at Rock Dunder, one of which is a 3.9 km hike to a soaring lookout over the Rideau Waterway which is especially beautiful in the fall. The PLCA is planning a group hike for those interested in September; details will be available closer to then. For more info: click here.
Annual Perth Garlic Festival
Back for 2022 is the Perth Lions Garlic Festival being held on August 13 and 14th at the Perth Fairgrounds. You will find 70+ vendors of everything garlic and we mean everything! You'll be amazed. You'll also find Gourmet Cooking Demos; Wine, Beer and Liquor Tasting; Live Music; Refreshments and a Birds of Prey demonstration. More info here.
Hiking and History at Murphys Point Provincial Park
At Murphys Point Provincial Park located on Big Rideau Lake, you can step back in time at the Silver Queen Mine, enjoy more than 20 km of hiking trails (groomed in the winter for skiing), boating, swimming or a plethora of other activities. The early settlers around Pike and Black Lakes were met with a challenging landscape of shallow soil combined with tough bedrock which made farming near impossible. Although the scenery was beautiful, it did not produce any income. However, mica, apatite, and vermiculate were discovered in the late 1800's, and the mica mine didn't close until 1951. Check the website for information on the trails and the guided tours of the Mine. click here.
Perth Night Markets
Several Pike Lakers attended the first Perth Night Market last year and are thrilled to know that plans are in place for at least one spring (May 28th) and one fall (October 1st) Night Markets. Wander the closed downtown streets and encounter entertainers and artisans, and dine under the stars at delicious restaurants and pubs. Shop as you stroll while surrounded by the beautiful heritage buildings, with many shops open late. Truly magical.
For more info click here.
Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario
The Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario is an excellent place to explore and learn how early Canadians travelled by railway. It is located on 10.5 acres in the heart of Smiths Falls. The station building, built in 1912 by the Canadian Northern Ontario Railway, is a National Historic Site. The exhibit collection includes a variety of interesting railway artifacts, many unique trains as well as an automobile boxcar, dental car and operator's bay. You can even make a reservation to stay overnight in a caboose! Keep your eye out for special themed train rides such as the North Pole Express, and the Easter Eggspress.
More information is available here.
Foley Mountain Conservation Area
The Ontario Conservation Authority and Rideau Vally Conservation Authority websites describe the Foley Mountain Conservation Area: High atop a granite ridge overlooking the historic Upper Rideau waterway and the Village of Westport, is Foley Mountain. Explore the mature beech, maple, oak and pine forests along the 9 km of winding mountain trials on foot in spring to fall seasons and on snowshoe in the winter. Keep an eye out for the Foley Mountain Story Trail Adventures which appear from time to time and don't forget to check out Spy Rock scenic lookout, especially in the fall. And there's a natural beach area to explore in the summer.
For more information click here.
Music and More in Westport
The Spy Glass outlook in Foley Mountain Conservation Area overlooks the pretty village of Westport surrounded by lakes just minutes south of Pike Lake. A marina, cottage themed shops, beautiful beach, ice cream shops, bakeries, restaurants, a micro-brewery and cafes provide great opportunities for day trips. It is also home to all sorts of opportunities for enjoying live music. The What's on Westport website lists a variety of venues offering up all genres of music as well as classes in pilates and yoga, cribbage and more. You can check it out by clicking here.
Stewart Park Festival
The Stewart Park Festival is finally a go summer for the summer of 2022! The 30th anniversary of the Stewart Park Festival is scheduled to take place from July 15-17th!
Enjoy a fantastic weekend of music (international and Canadian artists), food and amazing vendors, not surprisingly, in beautiful Stewart Park, right in the heart of downtown Perth.
For more information on the performers line up and vendors list, click here.
Perth Farmers Market
The Perth Farmers Market starts up again for their 30th anniversary on Saturday May 8th, running until Thanksgiving. There will also be a special Christmas market in November.
On Saturday mornings from 8:00a - 1:00p you can find a wide range of products from local produce grown organically and conventionally, home baked goods, preserves, flowers, garlic, maple syrup, meat and eggs, juried crafts, and hot ready- to-eat food to name just a few.
Enjoy lively music, tables set to enjoy your purchases and visiting with friends and neighbours or meeting new ones.
More information here.
Held on the 3rd weekend in August, each year, MUSICwestport will be returning in 2022, on August 20th. Planning is underway and bands including the Bob Burtch Bluegrass Band, The East Coast Experience, Plaid Brothers and Juno nominated Miss Emily have been booked. Watch the Westport Arts Council Facebook Group for more info. Click here