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Things to Do in Ontario with Kids; Perth County

There is no shortage of things to do in Ontario and our family has made it our mission to explore all of Ontario's family friendly activities!


Perth County located within 30 minutes of London has so much fun to offer for families. From an impressive food scene, beautiful outdoor activities, backcountry camping and rich history, Perth County is chocked full of fun things to do in Ontario with kids!


If you are looking for fun things to do in Ontario with kids, this 3 day Perth County itinerary is for you.



Things to Do in Ontario with Kids; Perth County

Day 1: Goats, Country Markets and Farms


While driving through Perth County, stop and feed the friendly goats located along highway 86 going into Listowel. These cute creatures love all the pets, bring a few quarters to feed them and practice your selfie skills with your new friends!


You are likely hungry from the road, Karen's Kitchen located in historic Milverton is the perfect place to sit down for breakfast and coffee with the whole family.


After breakfast is the best time to head to a country market! The Wild Hog is a family owned and operated market serving up fresh local produce, decadent coffee, bakery items, farm to table cheese, gifts and decor and even boasts its own butcher shop. We picked up local groceries for our weekend at this spot.


At this point of the day we needed to stretch our legs so we took a short drive to McCully's Hill Farm. The kids LOVED the farm animals, we played under the beautiful oak trees, grabbed a pie for dessert and drooled over all the jams and jellies they have on the historic wagon full of preserves.


Country Roots Fresh Market is the perfect lunch spot! Serving up deli sandwiches, pasta salads, local produce and so much more. Be sure to grab some treats for your camping trip before leaving.


Check in to Wildwood Conservation Area, rent your canoe, load up the canoe and set off for a peaceful paddle to one of four beautiful backcountry camp sites! (If backcountry camping isn’t for you, opt to stay at one of the 130 front-country campsites.)


Wildwood Conservation Area site 503

Day 2: Backcountry Campsite Exploring


Spend your day around your campsite, hike, swim, go for a canoe ride, enjoy your local market finds, explore the serene wilderness, make a fire and connect with the family for the day!


Be sure to stay up to watch the sunset, our site had its own private cove and beach, the views of sunset were breathtaking.


Wildwood Conservation Area - Frequently Asked Questions:


girl paddles at sunset

How many campsites are there at Wildwood Conservation Area? There are 130 front-country camp-sites ranging from full-service to unserviced sites and four backcountry campsites.


What time is check-in and check-out? Check-in is after 2pm and checkout is before 11am.


How much does a campsite cost at Wildwood Conservation Area? Campsites range in price from $45-$59.00


Are backcountry sites at Wildwood Conservation Area kid friendly? YES! Your kids will love these sites, there is a picnic table, fire ring, wood box, vault toilet on the site and you will have cell reception the whole time.


How much does a canoe rental cost? A backcountry canoe rental cost $35. To rent a paddle board, canoe or kayak for the day reservations start at $20.


What is there to do at Wildwood Conservation Area? There is so much to do at Wildwood Conservation Area! 24 kilometres of hiking/biking trails, two playgrounds, a large day-use picnic area, equipment rentals, boating and fishing, swimming and special events throughout the summer.



Day 3: Wildwood Conservation Area


Enjoy the morning around your campsite, get in any last minute exploring, savour the views and when you feel rested and ready, embark on the quick paddle back to the day use area.


After we returned our canoes and packed the camping gear back into our vehicle we decided to take full advantage of Wildwood Conservation Areas incredible Day Use facilities.


We rented paddle boards, played at the playground, swam at the beach and enjoyed a picnic. Also available for rent is: kayaks, fishing kits and canoes.


toddlers at wildwood conservation area

Important Information: Things to Do in Ontario with Kids | Perth County


Highway 86 Goats

Address - 5428 Perth County Line 86, LIstowel

Hours - Dawn-Dusk

Costs - free (if you wish to feed the goats bring some change)


Karen's Kitchen

Address - 34 Main St Milverton

Hours - 9am-7pm Tuesday-Saturday

Costs - very reasonable prices!


The Wild Hog Market

Address - 2785 Line 34, Perth East

Hours - 8am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday


McCully's Hill Farm

Address - 4074 Perth Line 9 St. Mary's

Hours - 10am-5pm Thursday-Sunday

Costs - free to visit the farm


Country Roots Fresh Market

Address - 1971 Perth Rd St. Mary's

Hours - 10am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday 11am-4pm Sunday


Wildwood Conservation Area

Address - 3995 Line 9 St Mary's

Hours - Day use from April 1-30th, Camping and Day-use May 1-Oct 20 2024

Costs - Day Use $16, access included with all camping reservations


More things to do in Perth County with Kids

From an impressive agriculture scene to charming historic small towns Perth County is a hidden gem with so many incredible activities for kids!


Discover more fun activities and itineraries here: https://www.perthcounty.ca/en/discover/discover-more-adventures.aspx


canoe at sunset in wildwood conservation area

Where to stay in Perth County with Kids


Wildwood Conservation Area: https://upperthames.goingtocamp.com


Benmiller Inn and Spa: https://www.benmiller.ca




Final Thoughts: Things to do in Ontario with Kids; Perth County


Perth County is the perfect Ontario family weekend getaway.


Located within 2 hours from Toronto there is plenty to see, do and eat within Perth County.


Your kids are sure to love all the sweet treats, all the cuddly farm animals and the beautiful parks and fun hiking trails within Perth County.


Have a great trip!


Withlove,

The Duquette's





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