The township is a mix of farming lowlands along the Mississippi River and the more rugged borders of the Canadian Shield.
Historically the Indian River and the Mississippi River played an important role in the development of Ramsay. Waterpower spurred both textile industries and agricultural growth, and 19th century mills can still be found throughout the area. Interesting locations in Ramsay described by Ontario historical plaques are:
- Auld Kirk Church
- Birthplace of Dr.James Naismith, inventor of basketball
- The Mill of Kintail, residence of noted sculptor Robert Tait McKenzie