Have you ever been to Blakeney Rapids just a few minutes west of Almonte? This local favourite is beautiful park with 1.5km of trails. Small but mighty with a backdrop of thick woods and roaring rapids. An easy to walk and the perfect spot to relax and explore.
The Low Down
- Distance from Ottawa: 57 kms (40mins)
- GPS Coordinates: Unknown.
- Address: 151 Blakeney Rd, Blakeney (Mississippi Mills), ON
- Directions: Take the 417W and exit at Panmure Rd. Head left (southwest) on Panmure Rd. Take a left (west) on County Rd 17 and follow it as it bends to the right into Blakeney Rd. After the bridge you’ll see the park parking on the immediate right.
- Entrance Fee: Free.
- Parking: Large parking lot, be sure not to block private property parking.
- Trailhead: Located 10 m from parking lot as indicated by the door frame.
- Number of Trails: 1 (multiple offshoots to lookouts)
- Total Distance of Trails: 1.5km
- Elevation Gain: 21m
- Washrooms: An outhouse is at the far side of the parking lot.
- Cell Reception: Yes.
- Season: All seasons. Unmaintained in winter, use at own risk.
- Features: River rapids, multiple wooden bridges, picnic areas.
- Activities: Hiking, fishing, kayaking, swimming (unsupervised and not recommended after high rains due to possible pollution levels)
- Dogs: Permitted on leash.
- Suggested Stops: Almonte or Pakenham.
- Nearby Hikes: High Lonesome, Mill of Kintail, Almonte Lagoon, Ottawa Valley Rail Recreational Trail.
- More Information: Visit Mississippi Mills, Blakeney Rapids Park is managed by the Almonte Fishing & Game.
These are the ancestral lands of the Anishinabewaki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ and Omàmìwininìwag (Algonquin) people. It is important as avid hikers and stewards of the land, to acknowledge and understand the full story our surroundings along with the people that care for her, both past and present. As sourced from native-land.ca, if there are corrections please send to firstname.lastname@example.org
A little Background
“Originally known as Norway Pine Falls, Snedden’s Mills and Rosebank, Blakeney was formally named in 1865. Once a vibrant community with; sawmills, a gristmill, an inn, a tannery, brewery, flour mill, cheese factory, woollen mill, blacksmith shop, general store, post office and Presbyterian Church all build along the river” Sourced from Mississippi Mills.
Blakeney Rapids Trail
Blakeney Rapids Park was one main out and back trail with several offshoots to viewing areas. he park is popular and the trail easy to follow even though it is unmarked. The total distance available to hike is 1.5kms if you explore all the side trails completely. There are roots and rocks on this trail, be aware of trip hazards. The trail is not maintained in the winter months.
Blakeney Rapids Features
There are 5-6 wooden bridges in Blakeney Rapids Park which are picturesque and allow for fantastic viewing of the rapids. The rapids of course, are the key attraction here. Absolutely stunning and in abundance. There are several picnic spots, and benches at the key viewing areas. Although it’s a popular spot for kayakers and swimming, swimming is not advised after a heavy rainfall due to probable water pollution.
Flora and Fauna
This is a popular fishing spot with locals, but there’s also plenty of birds to be spotted if you take a moment and are lucky. Pretty happy to have spotted a woodpecker and just sat for a while watching him work away.
It’s easy to recommend both Pakenham and Almonte for shops and stops if you’d like to make this a day trip. In Pakenham there’s the five span bridge (closed in winter), the infamous general store, Cartwright Springs Brewery, and Penny’s Fudge Factory.
You can combine this hike with Almonte Lagoon (bird viewing platforms and feeding the chickadees), the historic and popular Mill of Kintail hiking trails, then Blakeney Rapids, and finishing up with shopping down Mill St in Almonte. Maybe coffee at Equator or brews from Crooked Mile Brewing Company.
Even though 2020 has been a wild ride, hiking locally has been eye opening to say the least. We have so many great trails in the Ottawa valley and nearby in Quebec. #luckyus If you’re enjoying hiking local, try taking on a challenge from The Challenge Series and use those to discover new trails, new insights, and to add a little more joy to the year!
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