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Discover the Village of Cargill and the Legendary Greenock Swamp!

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Discover the Village of Cargill and the Legendary Greenock Swamp!
Discover the Village of Cargill and the Legendary Greenock Swamp!

The village of Cargill, about 20 minutes northeast of Walkerton, is fresh and unique, coming alive each summer with a pop-up artisan market, Visitor Centre, BBQ stand, and hand-painted historic figures gracing the streets and buildings. If you like heritage you’ll love Cargill!

Stop by the Visitor Centre first for a self-guided walking tour, directions to the nearby Greenock Swamp, and information about the town’s history.

You’ll learn about lumber baron Henry Cargill, who founded the town on the banks of the Teeswater River and built an empire from logging the Greenock Swamp, the largest forested wetland in Southern Ontario. 

During the summer months, the swamp offers boardwalk systems and lookouts. Carnivorous pitcher plants live in the swamp and help to keep the bug population at bay. A short hike to a floating boardwalk will lead you to Schmidt Lake, where you can stop and enjoy the view. 

 Good Eats & Treats
Good Eats & Treats

Head back to Cargill before the BBQ stand closes; it offers fresh hamburgers and sausage on a bun, and you can enjoy them outdoors, at tables overlooking the river. 

Kids are especially fond of the hand-painted wooden cut-outs by Walkerton artist Steve Mackie, depicting life in Cargill before the turn of the century, and you can treat them to ice cream.

 Local Artisans & Crafters
Local Artisans & Crafters

Step inside Margaret’s Mercantile to discover the work of more than 40 local artisans and crafters, some members of the Saugeen Artist’s Guild. You’ll find hand-made greeting cards, paintings, unique bird houses, fabric art (including COVID-19 masks), boxes, preserves, and custom metalwork by Freiburger Welding, to name a few. Baked goods and ice cream cones are at the ready! Get a head start on your Christmas shopping or find a multitude of hostess gifts here. 

Margaret’s Mercantile is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday until Labour Day.

Greenock Swamp tours were suspended this year due to the COVID pandemic, but there is still lots to enjoy in Cargill and area!

WHERE TO GO: 

  • Cargill Visitor Centre
  • Margaret’s Mercantile
  • Cargill Park Mill Dam
  • Schmidt Lake and the Greenock Swamp

STAY THE NIGHT:

FUEL UP:

  • The Cargill BBQ is open 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday.
  • Margaret’s Mercantile sells fresh home baking, caramel corn, ice cream and preserves. 
  • In Walkerton, there are numerous cafes and restaurants to satisfy your cravings 

HOW TO GET THERE:

  • Village of Cargill: Take Bruce Road 3 to Cargill Road (Concession Road 10)
  • Greenock Swamp: Head west on Cargill Road, stay on Concession Rd 10 to Sideroad 20 North and turn left.