Mill of Kintail Conservation Area

Location: Mississippi Mills, Ontario
Region: Southeastern
Character: Historic, Senic
Length/Size: 154 acres

Mill of Kintail Conservation Area
By Mississippi Valley Conservation

The conservation area is a brilliant natural backdrop to the Mississippi Valley Conservation education program. Within the 154 acres, students encounter the Indian River, mature forest and open fields. The comprehensive education program explores many aspects of the environment from stream studies to soil profiling and wildlife habitat. The programs are curriculum based to meet the needs of elementary students from kindergarten to Grade 8 with an emphasis on water, conservation and stewardship.The playstructure and grounds provide wide open space for children to play. Our Cloister-on-the-Hill is the site for many weddings and church services. You can browse through the museum gift shop which features locally made crafts, R. Tait McKenzie and James Naismith souvenirs and educational items.

Come for the day to hike, ski or snowshoe our extensive network of trails through the fields and forest of the Conservation Area. The fitness trail, a Joy of Effort-inspired fitness challenge, will test your physical abilities at eight different activity stations. Pack a lunch and picnic under the shade of an appl e tree. Cross country skiers and snowshoers enjoy the crisp winter air and spectacular sights along the designated trails. The Mill of Kintail is a great place to start and maintain your healthy lifestyle.

At the Mill of Kintail Conservation Area we are pleased to present the lives of two prominent and influential Canadians, boyhood friends born and raised in Ramsay Township just aroun d the corner from the Mill of Kintail property. The R. Tait McKenzie Memorial Museum is now also home to the Naismith Museum.

Robert Tait McKenzie

While at the Mill of Kintail, tour through the museum which showcases the life and works of Robert Tait McKenzie. In the 1930's, Dr. McKenzie and his wife Ethel used the Mill as their summer home and sculpture studio. The couple hosted guests from around the world from artists to politicians. They spent many glorious summer days with friends swimming and canoeing in the Indian River which runs alongside the property.Both Ethel and Tait were artists, she as a poet and he as a sculptor. Many artists visit the site to share in the inspiration found there by the McKenzies.

James Naismith

Dr. James Naismith is best known world wide as the inventor of basketball. He also led an exemplary life, following the values he held dear. He was an educator and leader, dedicated to developing character through sport, and devoted to serving society. His gift of basketball is played in over 200 countries around the world.


Exchange your vows among the natural beauty that only an outdoor ceremony Cloister-on-the-Hill can provide.

Conservation Area Grounds
The extensive grounds at the Mill of Kintail Conservation Area are perfect for a number of different style weddings, retreats, and picnics.

Gatehouse Conference Centre
This building has a 35 person seating capacity for receptions, meetings, and conferences. This is the perfect venue for a small business retreat. Low cost rental fees and access to the entire site, this really is a fantastic day away from the office. Kitchen and WIFI facilities available.

Other Facilities
Available to rent are tents, chairs, and tables. One white Marquee tent, 20' x 20', with removable roll-up walls, will seat 40 guests or 80 theatre-style.
Please contact us for pricing and further details.

Mill of Kintail Conservation Area
2854 Ramsay Concession 8, R.R. #1, Mississippi Mills, Ontario K0A 1A0
Tel: (613) 256-3610 Fax: (613) 256-5087