THE HOOD: MABERLY ONTARIO,
LANARK COUNTY AND THE VALLEY
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?!"
And it would be our genuine pleasure to tell you a bit 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 at the southwestern corner of Lanark County in Tay Valley Township-- about fifteen minutes 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: one restaurant and a few local businesses; a community building or two; a number of homes. And lots of farmland, of course.
Simple and small, yes... but Maberly, Ontario is a beautiful place nonetheless.
And we're surrounded by beauty too! Charming little towns and villages with parks and trails-- lakes and rivers-- and some of the world’s finest countryside!
Following along the banks of the picturesque Tay River, our township includes the communities of Althorpe, Bathurst Station, Bells Corners, Bolingbroke, Christie Lake, DeWitts Corners, Fallbrook, Feldspar, Glen Tay, Wemyss, Stanleyville and more.
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 plenty of room to stretch.
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 for your fateful rabbit chase.
Like these ones…
And perhaps just two more, since we're shining a light on the area...
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 under Gore Street and through Stewart Park sets quite an extraordinary scene for picnics, afternoon strolls and photo opportunities.
And Perth itself is a historic little town, absolutely teeming with life and culture anyway... so it really is worth a quick side trip!
Sharbot Lake and Frontenac County
The next closest town is Sharbot Lake, not even ten minutes outside of Lanark County.
Sharbot Lake, in Frontenac County, is bustling with tourists in the summer and shoulder seasons. It features restaurants, an amazing little café, a beach and playground, accommodations... and some of the best lake views around!
Other notable spots to visit in Frontenac County include Verona and Sydenham to the south, and Arden to the west. The K&P Trail, which snakes through Sharbot Lake and heads down towards Kingston, can keep you busy too if you're feeling active. Bring your four-wheeler or snowmobile and have a blast!
Clearly, there's lots to do in and around Maberly Ontario! From bars and restaurants, to museums and flea markets, to our world-famous trails. In fact, you'll be lucky if you can find the time to do everything!