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Prepare to experience Westport and the Rideau Lakes! Get ready for breathtaking scenery, one-of-a-kind shops, family-friendly attractions, unsurpassed views from vistas high over the Rideau Canal, vibrant arts and music scene, rambling roads, calming sunsets over our shimmering lakes, with friendly residents and business people who go above and beyond to make your shopping or stay memorable.

We’re known for our relaxing way of life and making visitors feel like this is their home away from home. Perhaps that’s why may people start as visitors and decide to make permanent homes here! Discover our world-renowned area at your own pace – but get ready to fall in love.

Whether flying high above the area or cruising our waters of the Rideau Canal, hiking our culturally significant trails, or taking in views, memories are waiting to be made around every corner.

Welcome to Westport and the Rideau Lakes! We’re glad you’re here – and you will be, too.

Welcome

Thanks for stopping by the Westport & Rideau Lakes Chamber of Chamber of Commerce web site. Our 100 + small business owners are united and forward looking entrepreneurs who enthusiastically live, work and play in the Rideau District. For decades the Chamber has played an important role in the economic development, trade and commerce in the region. We are a vibrant group of small businesses; our accommodation, retail, service, trades and tourism partners all contribute to the vitality of the Westport Rideau Lakes region. We are proud to work collaboratively with the local municipalities to assure a vibrant, progressive future.

Please join us!

Marty Hawkins and Ken Rose
Co-Chairs, Westport & Rideau Lakes Chamber of Chamber of Commerce

Our Mission

As a progressive community leader, the Westport & Rideau Lakes Chamber of Commerce is a supportive resource for business people and is committed to the enhancement of community prosperity.

Our Vision

To be Westport & Rideau Lake’s leading business organization, providing maximum opportunity and value to small business owners.

Our Core Values

We value an entrepreneurial spirit. We deliver programs and services that support the needs of businesses in the region.

We value integrity. We have the highest of ethical standards.

We value a collaborative environment. We connect businesses to each other, to prospective customers and to essential resources. We facilitate connections that lead to long-term business relationships built on trust.

We value diversity. We respect the variety of people, businesses and ideas in our community and consider this diversity to be an advantage.

We value accountability. We make evidence-informed decisions and take responsibility for our actions and outcomes.

Shop-Eat-Stay

So, you want to get away, but not spend hours in the car? Looking for an exciting day or weekend that includes shopping, dining and a great place to unwind? Westport and Rideau Lakes is waiting for you!

Whether you’re up for a legendary fishing excursion, a shopping and spa getaway with the girls, or just want to spend some time relaxing in a new place, this is where you want to be.

Westport and the Rideau Lakes is the ideal day trip location for shopping, dining and even a much-needed relaxing overnight stay. Our eclectic mix of shops promises unique finds from rustic cottage décor to classy furnishings, kitchen gems, great finds for the paddling enthusiast and even unique children’s toys. Couple that with superb food from restaurants renowned for serving whatever you’re craving in intimate atmospheres, as well as award-winning, quality accommodations and you have a recipe for an unforgettable vacation on the shores of the Rideau Canal.

Shop, eat and sleep in Westport and the Rideau Lakes – let us help you define your stay.

Boating, Lakes & Dreams

Get on the lake! By motor or paddle, or simply by swimming, the Rideau Canal and lakes surrounding Rideau Lakes and Westport are amazing water destinations. The water is what helps define our area – so be sure to experience our lakes and locks by planning an on-water visit this season!

Not only does the Rideau Canal’s clear water invite swimming, but it’s also a mecca for boaters. Well-marked with buoys, it’s very easy to navigate and offers unsurpassed viewing of scenery, wildlife and history. Create memories with us - plan on touring the Rideau corridor.

The Rideau Lakes play host to six beautiful lock stations in the Rideau Canal system – Jones Falls, Davis Lock, Chaffey’s Lock, Newboro Lock, Narrows Lock and Poonamalie Lock - and some of the most pristine lakes and welcoming waterfront communities. 

Cycle-Fish-Hike

This is eastern Ontario’s playground! Exploring Westport and the Rideau Lakes by land is one of the best ways to create memories here. There’s no better way to get up close and personal with this naturally alluring region than by hiking its trails, cycling its paths and touring its communities.

We’re located in an integral part of the UNESCO-recognized, Frontenac Arch Biosphere. Combined with the Rideau Canal being a National Historic Site, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rideau Lakes and Westport are perfect places to discover what makes this area naturally special.