Wilno, Canada’s oldest Polish Settlement


The village of Wilno is better known as Canada’s oldest Polish Settlement. Initially settled in 1859, Wilno’s rich Polish history is kept alive at the Polish Kashub Heritage Museum, complete with resource library and heritage store. The site offers six different buildings to tour with displays illustrating life at home, at the farm, in town, at church, and in the community.

In town, stop by the Church of St. Mary to view its magnificent twin-spires and the ornate stone grotto built into the church’s side. You can enjoy authentic Polish cuisine at one of the local restaurants, including the Wilno Tavern with their famous Tuesday Night Blues Jam. Then embark on some of the other attractions near town, like Ordovician fossil hunting and whitewater rafting along the Ottawa River.

This historic site is located in Upper Ottawa Valley

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