See Thousands of Wild Orchids – Day Trip From Ottawa


Photo Credit: Mississippi Valley Conservation Area

Exotic, fragrant, colorful and unique: Orchids are one of the most beloved plants. Upon blooming, they lift moods and enhance any space. Orchids are a big deal in the horticulture world. These pretty plants are easily identified by their distinct characteristics and interestingly, come in all sorts of colours including shades of rich purple, sweet white and dainty pink. These impressive flowers come alive towards winter and through spring and some even bloom a few times a year! There is something extra special about native, wild orchids, growing free in the wild.


Have you ever dreamed of surrounding yourself with thousands of wild stunning Orchids? Now you can, with an exciting day at Purdon Conservation Area! Each Spring some 16,000- 18,000 Orchids blossom, inviting guests to explore this unique wetland, native particular to the large Showy Lady Slipper Orchids. A site of such size is rare to come by in Canada and it is regarded as the largest in the country. So, it’s a must-see for any nature lover!


Photo Credit: Mississippi Valley Conservation Area

Take an idyllic stroll along the well-maintained boardwalk, enjoying the close-up views of the bright flower beds. The site includes informational signs to assist you in identifying the various plants types and don’t be surprised if you come across wild life that lives in harmony in this natural paradise! The board walk even leads to a picturesque picnic spot nestled right beside Purdon Lake, so be sure to pack a nice lunch!

You may like: Flower & Blossom Festivals of Ontario. If you like wild orchids, you may also visit Bruce Peninsula National Park.

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WHEN TO GO: To see orchids ~ 3 weeks in June. Full Bloom usually occurs by mid to end of June.

The Purdon Conservatory opens on Victoria Day Weekend and remains open, 7 days a week from dawn to dusk until Thanksgiving weekend early October.

WHERE: Purdon Conservation Area (Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority), Lanark County.

It is approximately 1 1/2 hours from Ottawa and 3 hours from Toronto.


Admission to Purdon Conservation Area is by donation.


Excellent family day trip for people of all ages, including young families! It should also be noted that the entire trail is wheelchair accessible! Dogs are also welcome for a full family day out!


As is it with nature, it is difficult to say when the area is in full bloom. Check Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority Facebook Page for updates.

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