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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.

Cycling

Pedal through paradise! Back roads, winding country roads, paths and highways intersect to create a crossroads of cycling discovery in Rideau Lakes and Westport.

Varied terrain will provide just enough challenge for seasoned cyclists, while many routes also cater to beginners.  

The Township of Rideau Lakes Township has developed detailed and downloadable cycling routes to allow visitors to experience the thrills and hills of our area. The tours are available as a free MyTOURS App for any iOS, Andriod or Windows Phone device.  Once downloaded to your device the tours can be used offline.

The 14 cycle routes are also available on the township’s website. Each tour highlights heritage and unique points of interest along the way, as well as GPS co-ordinates. Closer to Westport, you can actually say you cycled up a mountain – be sure to stop at Foley Mountain Conservation Area right at the top of the mountain to take a photo with your bike for evidence!

Take the road less travelled and wind up having a cycling adventure, while exploring the quiet beauty of the Rideau Lakes and Westport!

Hiking

Lace up and explore it through hiking! We have great trails, on well-maintained land. Rock Dunder in Morton offers hikers of the Summit Loop an unparalleled panoramic view of the Rideau waterway. Three trails offer unique views at cabins, marsh, forest and more. The Sugarbush Island trail is a perfect, low to medium trail that takes hikers on well-marked paths through local forest and field. Wooden stairs built into the natural terrain help to make the trail unique and one for the whole family. Both Rock Dunder and Sugarbush Island trails are operated through the Rideau Waterway Land Trust.

Foley Mountain Conservation Area above Westport is worth a day trip of its own. Spy Rock high atop a granite ridge offers visitors a brilliant view of the town, pond, and lakes below. It is owned and operated by the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority and consists of 800 acres of mixed forests, ponds, and fields. In addition to the lookout, Foley Mountain incorporates five hiking trails, a group camp area, and picnic areas set the stage for a quality outdoor education experience.  It also has a special mobility trails designed for people with limited mobility, as well as an interpretive and children’s discovery centre.

Explore our communities, with special heritage walking tours are also mapped out for each community within the Township of Rideau Lakes. Look for guides on the township website under walking tours.

Enjoy exploring our area by foot and be sure to tell us about your adventure in Rideau Lakes and Westport!

Fishing

The Rideau Canal has been a fishing hot spot since the late 1800’s, when the first fishing resorts were built. Since then, tales abound of the big one that got away – but more often than not, about actually reeling in legendary bass or pike! The lakes surrounding Westport and the Rideau Lakes are internationally known for their abundance of fish. In addition to our large and small mouth bass, you'll also find walleye, pike and crappie at various spots along the Rideau waterway.  There are two license-free fishing weekends in Ontario each year, one in February and one in July.

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources provides everything you need to know about regulations in Ontario.

Be sure to get in touch with the Westport Rideau Lakes Chamber of Commerce Visitors Centre to find out more about local bait shops, where you can buy a fishing license locally, boat rentals and more. The centre is at the corner of Spring and Main Streets in Westport and includes public washrooms, free Wi-Fi and friendly travel info! Call us at 613.273.2929.

Driving

Get into gear and go for a legendary Sunday Drive. Every turn in the road offers new and exciting views of our unique area.  Stop at one of our six lockstations, explore our communities, hike our trails, picnic in our parks, or pull over to capture that great shot of local scenery!

The Rideau Heritage Route has drawn up numerous driving tours along the Rideau Canal, but three tours take drivers through our area: Crosby to Salem; Morton to Crosby , and South Elmsley/South Burgess. Most of these tours require around two hours of actual driving time, giving you plenty of time to stop and enjoy the countryside. 

Take a Sunday drive any day of the week!

Immersion in the Rideau Lakes and Westport rewards visitors with stunning scenery and unforgettable moments. Enjoy creating your memories!

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