Tell us about ‘peaceful pockets of paradise’ in MM

Peaceful Pockets of Paradise in Mississippi Mills – coming soon to the Millstone!

submitted by Theresa Peluso

Residents in Mississippi Mills are blessed with magical, restorative, natural surroundings – places we visit, alone or with friends and family, to enjoy the fresh air, relieve our stresses, commune with nature, investigate the rocks, plants and creatures we find there, reconnect with events from long ago, get much needed exercise, and gratify our need to be challenged.

Blakeney (Millstone photo)

Peace, adventure, relaxation, fun, fascination – are all to be found at the beach, on the river, in the fields and forests, and on the trails in Mississippi Mills.  All within a short walk, bike ride or drive from where we live.  Some places are like sanctuaries for us, special sites that make our heart sing, our hair laugh, and our feet take bigger steps, and that keep the monsters away (metaphors inspired by Kathy Stinson’s Red is Best).  Other places are great as energy releases for younger people, and still others are occasional destinations when a quiet outing is the answer for what ails us.

To celebrate these peaceful pockets of paradise, a group of Mississippi Mills residents will be sharing their thoughts with you over the next few months by describing in a few paragraphs why they are drawn to these places.  To date, here are the locations that we have chosen to write about:

  • High Lonesome
  • Blakeney Park
  • Mill of Kintail
  • Appleton
  • Wolf Grove wetlands
  • Burnt Lands alvar
  • Pakenham beach

Here are a few other places that I’m sure are popular with many readers, but for which I haven’t yet found a local resident to portray:

  • Clayton Lake
  • Gemmill Park
  • Mississippi River trail
  • Metcalfe Park
  • Almonte beach near NLAS Fairgrounds
  • Riverwalk

Millstone readers, please consider this an invitation to help with this incomplete list. If there are any other natural areas, not listed here, that are near and dear to your heart, which you’d like to write about, please let me know, at terrappinn@gmail.com, and I’ll add you to our list.

By celebrating the natural riches with which Mississippi Mills has been blessed, we can enhance the quality of life for all of us.  Who wouldn’t like to boost their immune system, lower their stress levels and blood pressure, improve their fitness levels and mental health, and increase their creativity and problem-solving skills – for free?  Keep watching this space to find out more!