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Living in Lanark County

A desirable home is not just about buildings, it’s also about the community and the lifestyles to be enjoyed – the quality of life – for individuals, for couples and for families. Lanark County is built around its housing, education, medical services, municipal services, recreation, shopping, leisure activities and other services.

Lanark County has employment opportunities with industrial, retail, commercial and services employers. Lanark County is a great choice for commuters who work in neighbouring cities like Ottawa, but want the advantages of a home in a less urban setting. And just as much, Lanark County is a great choice for those leaving work for the pleasures, relaxation and activities of retirement.

Experience the comfort, convenience and affordability of our friendly, beautiful county, with all the benefits of a full service community.


Lanark County is located centrally in a beautiful and historic region of Eastern Ontario, and easily accessed by numerous highways and roads, by bus or rail, by boat, or even private aircraft. The County's location also means fast access to major Ontario and Canadian centres, with the city centers of Ottawa and Kingston within an hour’s drive, and Toronto and Montreal within 3-4 hours. For travelers to the United States, several border crossings are within 1-2 hours.


Lanark County has an appealing selection of housing, from economy to luxury, historic and new, generously spacious or conveniently compact, single homes, semi-detached, townhouses or condominiums. A variety of rental options are available.


Lanark County provides a recreational paradise, featuring an abundance of indoor and outdoor recreational activities – tennis, squash, curling, hockey, skating, ball, soccer, lawn bowling, boating, fishing, golf, hiking (Cataraqui and Trans Canada Trails), biking, etc. We have scenic in-town walkways and numerous parks throughout the County. A variety of other structured activities are also available for children and adults.


Service clubs and other groups and a large number of churches mean there’s plenty of opportunity for making friends and being a part of a local community. Activity buildings for seniors adds to the quality of life for those enjoying their retirement years. Theatre groups and volunteers are contributing in many activities, arts and culture experiences.


Lanark County offers plentiful shopping in locally-owned and well-known major retail stores, to meet residents' needs. There are active downtowns,  indoor shopping malls, several plazas and big box and other stores around Lanark County. A good variety of restaurants from cafes, fast-food, take-out, family and fine dining are also available.


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