The Mill of Kintail not only includes a museum of note but picnic area, toilets, playground and several great walking trails. The trails and grounds are open from dawn to dusk and a fee of $5 per car is charged. A ticket machine is available at the gate. Simple purchase your ticket and leave it on your dash.
Once inside the gate, park your car. The trails start on the north side of the parking lot or the east side. Or you can walk the roadway right to the mill and start there. The first trails take you to the Mill of Kintail and the second set of trails go over the bridge. They are well marked. Total distance of trails equals approx. two km.
The museum is open from May to October. Their telephone number is 256-3610.
To find the Mill of Kintail, drive north from Almonte on highway 29 three km. towards Pakenham, turn onto Clayton Road and drive one concession to Ramsay Conc. 8. Turn north (right) on Conc. 8 and drive one km to the Mill. Follow the Conservation Area signs; the route is well marked.
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Posted By: JenMarq
- Sat Apr 30 14:37:55 UTC 2016
UpsideBeautiful trails, not too well groomed, but groomed enough for a 5 year old to hike through easily. Love the old buildings, wildlife, and parc for the littles to play on. DownsideWe did the 2k trail and while it was very pretty, huge chunks of the trail had been flooded out (this surprised me as it hadn't been a 'wet' week) we had to track around a good quarter of the trail through bush to be able to recconnect to the other half of the trail. CommentI loved it. It was quiet, there were fun rocks to climb on, and varying landscapes. We were even able to get close(ish) to a big Owl while walking through the woods.
Posted By: trailpeak
- Sun Aug 11 23:25:40 UTC 2013
UpsideA magical place, the trail more of a "nature walk" along the Indian River (which has some white-water) leading you to the old Mill which was restored by the WWI surgeon / physical educator / artist of renown, R. Tait McKenzie. You feel something special here, it's a great 30 minute walk -- and possibly hours if you cross the stream (bridge) and do the various 2-3km trails through the forest. Likely a decent place to XC ski, otherwise the fact that this tract of conservation area (150 acres or so) exists at all with trails and historical interest is an outstanding feature of the area. DownsideThe trails across the bridge aren't that spectacular (at least the small portion we did), what's unique is the walk along the river and the views of the old mill, the feeling of serenity here, it seems to transcend time and it's a great place to relax. Just don't go expecting 5-star trails. CommentMy Dad was a phys-ed teacher, and when I mentioned we were going to stop by for a walk / trek he mentioned that this is the "holy grail" of physical education as McKenzie was a pioneer in physical education for health, rehabilitation, as well as sculpture and interest in the outdoors (he became a good friend of Scouts founder while teaching at in the States in Pennsylvania). Indeed, as a proponent of sport and fitness, the outdoors (two important items for trailpeak.com) these are hallowed grounds, and, I'll be back to visit the museum and take more of the trails in another time. Great place for a wedding too! :)