Mill of Kintail in Almonte: Trail Guide

“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” ~ Aristotle

There’s just something about Almonte that most everyone adores, it’s got that great vibe going. I mean, even the movie industry thinks so with the town regularly being the backdrop. The pull is so much so…that I’ve bought a house here. I mean, really, seems like a no brainer. It’s got that small town feeling, yet manages to remain oh-so-trendy, and is a wonderful home base to get out into nature. #winwin My kinda place.

So about this hiking trail… 

The low Down

  • Distance from Ottawa: 70 kms (50mins) 
  • GPS Coordinates: Unknown.
  • Address: 2854 Ramsay Concession 8, Almonte, ON K0A 1A0
  • Directions: Hwy 417 West. Take exit March Rd. Turn left (west) on March Rd and drive straight into Almonte. As you’re leaving Almonte, turn right on county rd 29. Turn left on Clayton Rd then you’re first right on Ramsay Concession Rd 8. In 1.5 km entrance will on on the right and clearly marked.
  • 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: 5 
  • Total Distance of Trails: 6kms
  • Elevation Gain: 46m
  • Washrooms: Outhouse at parking lot. Washrooms at Mill and on trails in warmer months.
  • Cell Reception: Yes.
  • Season: All seasons. Dawn till dusk. 
  • Features: heritage buildings, river rapids, woodlands, fields, bridge. 
  • Activities: Hiking, snowshoeing. 
  • Dogs: Permitted on leash.
  • Suggested Stops: Almonte or Pakenham.
  • Nearby Hikes: High Lonesome, Blakeney Rapids, Almonte Lagoon, Ottawa Valley Rail Recreational Trail, Burnt Lands Provincial Park. 
  • More InformationVisit Mill of Kintail Conservation Area for more info, managed by Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority. 

Land Acknowledgement

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 victoria@girlgonegood.com

What to bring

Besides the 10 essentials and what I would normally suggest for hikes, here are the highlights for this particular hike:

  • Tip #1: turn your cellphone on ‘airplane mode’ during the hike to save battery power, that way you won’t run out for a) emergencies and b) all-the-pics.
  • Tip #2: In the winter, either put your keys between your base and insulating layer, or warm them up in your mitt on the hike out. The batteries in newer key fobs tend to not work when cold…and you have issues starting the car. Warm the key fob, and place in directly against the push start button to start.

Mill of Kintail Trails

With a large 152 acres preserve the Mill of Kintail Conservation Area has five different trails of varied length that take you along the river, deep into the forest and wandering through fields.

The trails are well maintained, about 2 person wide for the most part, and clearly marked. Full map signs are posted at the trailheads.

Bonus: Two scenic view points on the Indian River along with a bridge and historic stone buildings.

7 wonders of lanark county

Did you know that the Mill of Kintail is one of the seven wonders of Lanark? Have you ever heard of the seven wonders? Lanark is a wonderful county that highlights it’s outdoor gems with this seven wonders list. It includes great hikes like Blueberry Mountain and Purdon Conservation.

Stops and Shops

There are a few options when leaving like hitting up the historic and scenic town of Almonte. Although you can easily spend a day in Almonte shopping (shout out to Cheerfully Made and ThreadWorks!), sipping coffee (helllooo Equator Coffee) or strolling through either the river trail or the Mill of Kintail Conservation Area.

Wrapping up

This area makes it easy to have a great weekend with so much to explore and even better to support oh-so-trendy local small businesses.

Bonus: Explore resources for your free printables – lists of the best waterfalls, tower, vista, sunrise/sunset, dog friendly, accessible, family friendly, and coffee plus hikes around Ottawa and area!

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