Step into Nature

Step into Nature at any of the three Mississippi Valley Conservation Areas!

Mill of Kintail Conservation Area

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The Mill of Kintail is a 154 acre site where you can enjoy day hiking, skiing or snowshoeing on the trails or test your physical abilities at eight different activity locations along the fitness trail. The Mill of Kintail Conservation Area is also home to The R. Tait McKenzie Memorial Museum and the James Naismith Musuem. Theses two friends were born and raised in Ramsay Township, now Mississippi Mills, and each went on to become internationally recognized for his contribution to sports. James Naismith invented basketball. R. Tait McKenzie was a pioneer in sports physical therapy, and reconstructive surgery, and was also an accomplished sculptor.



The beautiful trails are a nature lovers delight!! Spring is here finally and soon the hiking trails will be green and the birds will be singing.

The warmer weather is a great excuse to get outdoors and take a walk outdoors or hike the many trails.

Mill of Kintail Conservation Area Trail Map

May 1 – Oct 31 Healthy Hikes Challenge. Register Here. May 4 Annual Hike for Hospice May 17 Opening of the R. Tait McKenzie Memorial Museum and the James Naismith Museum. Featuring New Exhibits!

Hours of Operation

Open year round, in all weather, 7 days a week from dawn to dusk.


P: 613.256.3610 Education program Ext. 1 Museum and Site Information Ext. 2 E:

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Directions to MOK

Purdon Conservation Area

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Purdon Conservation Area is a unique wetland famous for its exceptionally large native colony of Showy Lady’s Slipper Orchids. Each year between mid-June and early July, thousands of magnificent orchids burst into delicate pink and white bloom. It is rare to find a colony of this size and Purdon is home to the largest in Canada. The orchid colony exists today thanks to teh carea nd cultivation given by Joe Purdon for more than 50 years. Mr. Purdon nurtured a small colony on his farm into more than 16,000 blooms. Mississippi Valley Conservation acquired the site in 1984 pledging to preserve it for the enjoyment and enrichment of future generations.


Purdon Conservation Area is one of the Seven wonders of Lanark County for it’s famous colony of over 10,000 Orchid blooms. Visiting Purdon is also a great way to improve your mental and physical health: take a self-guided hike through an uplands forest and see a real Canadian beaver pond. Enjoy “extreme” birding along the boardwalk of a rare Fen wetland and see endangered species regenerating, like the tree-kissing Woodpecker and butternut trees.

Purdon Trail Map 2014

  May 1 – Oct 31 Healthy Hikes Challenge. Register Here. June 15 – July 15 Orchids in bloom. One of the Seven Wonders of Lanark County, the Lady Slippers at Purdon Conservation Area in Lanark Highlands are a sight to behold!

Hours of Operation

Open from the end of Spring to the beginning of Fall, Dawn till Dusk, Monday through Sunday.


P: (613) 253.0006 E:

Directions to Purdon Conservation Area

Morris Island Conservation Area

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The Morris Island Conservation Area is located along the Ottawa River near the community of Fitzroy Harbour. This 47 hectare site consists of forested woodlands and wetlands that will appeal to nature enthusiasts of all ages. Morris Island Conservation Area is a “living classroom and laboratory”, and a great place for outdoor education. Managed by MVCA along with volunteers for day-use recreational activities such as hiking, picnicking, canoeing, fishing and natural interpretation. Morris Island Conservation Area is open to the public year round and is jointly owned by Ontario Power Generation and the City of Ottawa.



Get relief from the boredom of inner-city grind and refresh your mind with exciting new sights: the Ottawa River, ancient majestic trees, rarely spotted birds and shoreline landscapes that remind you of a Group of Seven painting.  This beautiful island encourages you to enjoy the best of Ontario’s weather throughout the seasons: Hike, Canoe, Kayak, Dog Walk, Jog, Fish, Snowshoe, Cross Country Ski and much more. Morris Island Trail Map. May 1 – Oct 31 Healthy Hikes Challenge. Register Here.

Hours of Operation

Open to the public year round.


P: (613) 253.0006 E:

Directions to Morris Island Conservation Area

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