The Best New Weekend Getaways From Toronto: Lanark County

If you’re looking to leave urban life behind (at least for a little while), Lanark County has everything you’d expect from a small-town destination, but with all the comforts of a contemporary city.

Located less than an hour from Ottawa, the self-proclaimed maple syrup capital of Ontario, is made up of a number of small towns, where you can find winding streets of historic landmarks, and beautiful hilly landscapes. Lanark County also the home to more than 100 lakes, rivers, and waterfalls.

The Good Northern

If you’re looking for a fab place for a getaway, the Good Northern is a film-themed waterfront cottage in the community of Glen Isle. You can sit by the Mississippi River that runs through the backyard, which is home to beavers, loons, geese and otters, or if you’re feeling adventurous, a kayak and canoe are on hand. Inside, each room is dedicated to a different movie, including The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Big Lebowski, Amélie and Twin Peaks, and includes a ton of props to stage the perfect Instagram-worthy photo shoot.

Try a driving tour of the seven wonders of Lanark County, all the way from a historic stone bridge in Pakenham to the Purdon Conservation Area in the Lanark Highlands.

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