The Township of Drummond / North Elmsley is situated along the north shore of the RideauRiver between the Town of Perth and the Town of Smiths Falls and covers 241.74 square kilometres. According to the 1996 census, this new municipality, which was created in 1998 by the merging of the Townships of Drummond and North Elmsley has a population of 6,203.
Port Elmsley, a small village situated midway between SmithsFalls and Perth on Highway 43, is where the Municipal Office is located. It was first called Barbadoes, then in 1843 it was referred to as PikeFalls. By 1858, the name changed again to Port Elmsley.
In the old days this village was quite a large centre. There was a Post Office, churches, several mills, stores, tanneries, a shoemaker, hotels, taverns and a cheese factory. In the early daysPort Elmsley was the main dock for ships sailing the RideauRiver. Supplies were unloaded here for Perth and SmithsFalls. In 1850 the railway went through from Brockville to Perth. Supplies were then brought in by rail rather than ship.
The Township of Drummond / North Elmsley is a rural municipality with agricultural roots. There are still some active dairy and beef farms in the area. For those familiar with the equestrian world, the municipality is home to world champion Ian Millar and Big Ben, of Millar Brooke Farm.
Rideau Ferry is another village within the Township. In the early days, a ferry crossed the RideauRiver here. The village is a very lively spot in the summer tourist season.
With one border along the RideauRiver we have easy access for summer recreation, boating etc. Many people have their summer homes and cottages along the Rideau and TayRivers, and OttyLake. There are lots of opportunities to enjoy nature and all it has to offer in North Elmsley.
The Township enjoys the offerings of both the Town of Perth, home to 3M and other factories, and the Town of Smiths Falls, home to Hershey's and other industries. Both towns are rich with heritage and tourist attractions, and offer excellent shopping and convenient access to businesses.
For those who wish to live in a rural setting, there are several subdivisions in the township. The area is a beautiful place to raise a family or to retire.