Blakeney Rapids in Mississippi Mills: Trail Report

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.

Suggested Stops

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.

Important Insights

Do note swim after heavy rainfall as this increases the risk of bacteria and polution in the water that could cause a health risk.

Land Acknowledgement

These are the 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.

Land Management

Blakeney Rapids Park is managed by Almonte Fishing & Game.

Suggested Stops

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.

GPS Coordinates

45.267791044507874, -76.2506475327611

Street Address

137 Blakeney Rd, Almonte, ON K0A 1A0, Canada

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.

Parking

Medium parking lot at trailhead.

Cell Reception

Yes

Washrooms

Outhouses located at the parking lot.

Accessibility

No

Trail Details

Entrance Fee

Hours of Operation

All seasons. Open dawn to dusk daily.

Trail Map

Available from Mississippi Mills.

Trailhead

Located at the parking lot.

Number of Trails

1

Total Distance (km)

2

Elevation Gain (m)

20

Cell Reception

Yes

Features

Picnic Area

Activities

Hiking, Birding

Dogs

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.