Perth, Lanark County – We actually have a ‘Last Duel Park‘ in Ontario – with the parkʼs campground on the site of the last fatal and most publicized duel in Canada.
In 1833, law students Robert Lyon and John Wilson duelled over the honour of a Miss Elizabeth Hughes. Lyon was killed and is buried in the graveyard. Here are more details. The Old Cemetery, which is located in the park, has been designated a Perth Heritage Site.
You can see the pistols from the duel at The Perth Museum (an 1840’s home which is now a National Historic Site.)
The park, cemetery & campground is located just off Highway #43 on the Tay River, within Town of Perth limits. You can reach The Last Duel Park by boat via the Rideau Canal. Perth, is equal distance between Ottawa and Kingston (1 hr to either.)
Here’s a local walking tour that includes the park. While you are in Perth you might also want find out about The World’s Largest Cheese. and Guinness World Record Kilt Race. And, here’s the Seven Wonders of Lanark County Driving Tour.
Last Duel Campground, 16 Brock S Perth, Lanark, Ontario