Geographically, Lanark County includes nine municipalities with four concentrated urban areas and many smaller rural communities.
The county is nestled along the western boundary of Canada’s capital, between Ottawa and Kingston. This location provides easy access to highways, main rail lines, distribution centres along the Montreal – Toronto corridor, the U.S. border, ports, and metropolitan populations.
- 1-hour commute to the U.S. border/Interstate 81
- 1-hour to Ottawa International Airport
- 2.5 hours to Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport
- 3.5 hours to Toronto Pearson International Airport
There is good highway infrastructure in the region connecting the population to the larger urban centres (Ottawa, Brockville, Kingston etc.).
From the Rideau Canal World Heritage Site to Canada's Mississippi, Lanark County is home to over 100 lakes, rivers, waterfalls, and beaches that speckle the landscape. Lanark County is a remarkably distinct region within the Frontenac Axis, where the Canadian Shield meets the Limestone Plains. This distinctive landscape creates a Terroir that provides a delectable, unique Lanark County flavour to our maple syrup.
Our distinct region also presents a combination of ecological features that offer an incredibly diverse growth area for native plant species, attracting various birds and wildlife. The county is also home to 47 provincially significant wetlands. Residents and visitors enjoy cycling and paddling through these breathtaking natural vistas.
Broadband and Cell Service
The local government is working hard to ensure that broadband Internet covers the whole region.
Lanark County is a member of the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus. The thirteen Eastern Ontario Counties have been working regionally to improve Broadband and Cell Service.
The Wardens’ Caucus created the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN), a non-profit to improve telecommunications across Eastern Ontario. Projects include:
- Broadband Phase 1 (2010-2015)
- Funded by municipal, provincial and federal governments as well as the private sector $175 million investment in new broadband infrastructure
- Improved connectivity for approximately 90% of homes and businesses
- Cell Gap Project (current)
- $213 million public-private partnership to address gaps in cellular coverage across the region
- Primary goal of voice-call service to 99% of demand area, where people live, work and travel
- EORN’s Gig Project (proposed)
- Proposing a project to deliver ultra-fast internet speeds to homes and businesses in the region
- Provide seamless, reliable connectivity needed for business, healthcare, education and other services for years to come