Purdon Conservation Area: Trail Report

This is where the Mississippi Valley Conversation Authority and local volunteers get all the praise, this walking trail is very accessible which is rare. If you’re conscious of accessibility, park in the second parking lot to reach the boardwalk to view the orchids.

Suggested Stops

NorthFolk Cafe in Perth.

Important Insights

Purdon CA is home to Canada’s largest colony of Showy Lady’s Slipper orchids, is fully accessible, and free (however, donations are greatly appreciated). The orchids normally bloom in late June early July and you can check their progress with Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority. It gets very busy during the blooming season, kindly share the trails.

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

Purdon Conservation Area is managed by Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority. Absolutely do not touch or pick the orchids! This wild colony is carefully cared for by MVCA. It is one of the "7 wonders of Lanark County". There is a suggested driving tour of the wonders on the Lanark County website which includes: 1. Five Span Bridge (Pakenham), 2. St Peter Celestine Church (Pakenham), 3. The Mill of Kintail (Almonte), 4. Blueberry Mountain (Lanark), 5. Lady Slipper Wild Orchids (Lanark), 6. Silver Queen Mica Mine (Perth), and 7. Stewart Park (Perth).

Suggested Stops

NorthFolk Cafe in Perth.

GPS Coordinates

44.993614039115315, -76.54468776346962

Street Address

Concession Rd 8, Lanark Highlands, ON K0G 1M0

Directions

A lovely country drive roughly 130 kms (approx 1hr 20mins) drive from downtown Ottawa. Take the 417 West, to 7 West. This route includes dirt/gravel roads.

Parking

Medium parking lot at trailhead.

Cell Reception

Yes

Washrooms

Outhouses located at the parking lot.

Accessibility

Yes (for a portion of the trail)

Trail Details

Entrance Fee

Hours of Operation

Victoria Day to Thanksgiving. Dusk till dawn daily.

Trail Map

Trailhead

Located at the parking lot.

Number of Trails

2

Total Distance (km)

2.5

Elevation Gain (m)

Cell Reception

Yes

Features

Woodlands, Marshlands, Ecological Significance, Interpretive Signs

Activities

Hiking

Dogs

Not permitted.