Maberly, Ontario and Lanark County
Welcome to the Neighbourhood!
You might be asking yourself: "Ok... So the Maberly Fair sounds absolutely amazing- like a rip-roarin' good time- but just where on Earth is this place?!"
Although we have tried to make it very clear for visitors to this website (the map just to the left here and a bigger one on the Fair Grounds page, the address in the sidebar with a directions button and scattered social links)...
It would be our genuine pleasure to tell you more about our beautiful little neighbourhood...
The Village of Maberly, Ontario
Nestled in the woods and pastures just off the main line, Highway 7: Maberly, Ontario is located at the southwestern corner of Lanark County in the Tay Valley Township, about a fifteen minute drive from the Town of Perth.
Much in the spirit of rural Ontario villages, Maberly has lived a fairly quiet life since its settlement in the early nineteenth century. Originally settled by Irish and Scottish immigrants, it wasn’t officially named Maberly until 1865 (after British Lieutenant Colonel William Leader Maberly).
Now: Maberly likely hasn’t changed much, save for a few updates. A restaurant and a few local businesses, a community building or two, a number of homes. And farmland, of course.
Simple and small, yes... but Maberly, Ontario is a beautiful place nonetheless.
And we are surrounded by beauty too: charming little towns and villages, parks and trails, lakes and rivers and some of the world’s finest countryside!
Following along the banks of the picturesque Tay River, Tay Valley Township includes the communities of Althorpe, Bathurst Station, Bells Corners, Bolingbroke, Bolingbroke Siding, Brooke, Christie Lake, DeWitts Corners, Elliot, Fallbrook, Feldspar, Playfairville, Scotch Line, Glen Tay, Pratts Corners, Harper, Wemyss and Stanleyville (and Maberly, of course).
That sounds like a lot of people, doesn't it?!
Well... It is almost 550 square kilometers, so there's lots of room. But the most recent data suggests that there is room indeed... to stretch, that is.
A Little Tay Valley Township Number Crunchin'
The Tay Valley Township has a total population of just over 5500 people, living in roughly 2100 dwelllings. That's about ten people (and less than four dwellings) per square kilometer.
Granted: these numbers don't account for the Town of Perth or Smiths Falls, both being large enough to have independent municipalities (but still not relatively big populations).
At any rate, with all that free space and clean air, it becomes easy to see why the rural farming community here in the Tay Valley is so strong.
And that must also be why all of our popular attractions are outdoors!
As this website is about Maberly, Ontario (and our Fair), we won't get too far down any of these rabbit holes… Or we may have a hard time finding our way back out.
And, as Lewis Carrol’s iconic character exclaims at the outset: "Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!" And we can’t be running late or losing track either, as we have so much to talk about...
... And no going back!
We will, however, provide you with some guidance and a few helpful resources your fateful rabbit chase.
Like these ones…
The Tay River in the Town of Perth
The Tay River is not to be confused, either, with the River Tay in Scotland.
The Ontario Tay River goes through much of Lanark County, so Perth certainly isn't the only place you can stop and admire it. But its slow saunter through Stewart Park in the center of the Town of Perth sets quite an extraordinary scene for picnics and afternoon strolls, or even just a few quick pictures. It really is worth the side trip.
The Tay River- 95 kilometers long, and draining an 850 square kilometer area- splits into two channels and then reunites as it moves through Perth, before it continues on to the Rideau River and eventually to the Saint Lawrence River.
So sit tight and hold on to your horses…
Here are just a few of the wonders you'll see in and around Lanark County:
The Trans Canada Trail and the Rideau Trail
I hope you have some energy because this is a lot of trail.
The Rideau Trail is a hiking route with a total length of 387 kilometers. It connects Ottawa to Kingston, passing through both Perth and Smiths Falls along the way.
Trail pedestrians will be passing everything from flat riverside farmland to much more rocky and rugged landscapes.
Notice the Rideau Trail map we've included highlights only the the Tay Valley section of your journey. Click on the following link for more extensive Rideau Trail Maps.
Lanark County- and the Town of Perth and Smiths Falls- asks that the Rideau Trail be only used for hiking, running, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
The Trans Canada Trail- recently dubbed "The Great Trail"- is much, much longer.
Quite literally, this recreational trail is intended to stretch the length of our entire country, touching the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic Oceans! “The Great Trail is connected from coast to coast to coast,” their slogan proudly declares, and it is hence claimed to be the world's longest network of trails.
The development of this epic Trans Canada Trail map began almost three decades ago, in 1992. And, while it has been promoted lately as having been finished, there are parts of it which require cyclists and pedestrians to use roads and highways. So ride cautiously.
The Trans Canada Trail map (as it is today, and according to future plans) is also largely dependent on land offered and maintained voluntarily... And much of it has been laid upon old rail lines, loosely based on an earlier American "rails to trails" initiative.
So the present and future of The Great Trail is a bit ambiguous, to say the least...
But it's here now, and it travels through Lanark County. So there.
There are a four different links about The Trans Canada Trail, if you would like to learn more.
And there are two links about the Rideau Trail.
And there is a page on the Tay Valley Township website which details all the individual trails in the area.
Read about our own section.
<h3>Oh Yeah! Silver Lake, Ontario: Fishing, Camping and More!</h3>
And it's right in Maberly!
It's not the biggest park around, but there are so many good reasons to come to Silver Lake, Ontario: fishing, camping, sandy beaches and hiking. A clean, quiet lake full of bass, trout, perch and pike. And gorgeous scenery.
Picnic area, washrooms with showers, a basic store… and close to nearby towns and villages.
There isn’t much more to tell you about Silver Lake Provincial Park, but you may learn something by visiting the Ontario Parks page [RIGHT HERE https://www.ontarioparks.com/park/silverlake].
<h4> Ta-Da! Maberly, Ontario and Lanark County in a Nutshell.</h4>
There you have it...
And it really is a nutshell, a very short list (even for a shortlist). There's lots to do in Lanark County! From bars and restaurants, to museums and flea markets, to our world-famous [maple shacks].
In fact, you'll be lucky if you can find the time to see everything!
<h5>So come to Lanark County for the [Maberly, Ontario Country Fair] but stay in Lanark County just for a well-deserved breath of fresh air.</h5>
Do you want to know more about the Maberly Fair Grounds? [CLICK HERE]...
Or find out the latest in Maberly Fair and farm industry news [RIGHT HERE].
i. " Census Profile, 2016 Census - Tay Valley, Township." Www12.Statcan.Gc.Ca, 2018, http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2016/dp-pd/prof/details/Page.cfm?Lang=E&Geo1=CSD&Code1=3509015&Geo2=POPC&Code2=0045&Data=Count&SearchText=Bathurst&SearchType=Begins&SearchPR=01&B1=All.
ii. Carroll, Lewis. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland. New York, 1981.
iii. "The Great Trail." TC Trail, 2018, https://thegreattrail.ca/.