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Chaffey’s Lock

Chaffey’s Lock is where quiet reflection meets intriguing history along the Rideau Canal. This calm location provides the perfect haven for taking in the workings of the Rideau Canal, while also offering a stunning location to sit and appreciate the combination of beauty and heritage at the lock.

Discovering the hamlet is easily accomplished on foot. At the lock station sits the Lockmaster’s House Museum. The museum typically operates from June to September giving visitors a rare glimpse into canal life, as well as life in the community. Across from the museum and lock stands the impressive old Chaffey’s Mill – which is a favourite for photographers due to the rushing water beside it.

Today Chaffey’s Lock is a thriving cottage community centred around the lock station and the fishable lakes that surround it. Gorgeous hiking trails, like the Cataraqui Trail, wind through the Chaffey’s Lock back country, following the old railway bed (be sure to take in the elevated panoramic view from the old trestle bridge!).

In addition, Brown’s Marina is located here, offering a one-stop-shop on the Rideau Canal  with a full service marina, LCBO Agency and Beer Store.   This summer will prove exciting for the small community, as the fabled Opinicon Resort will open up again under new ownership, offering a restaurant – and lots of big plans for further restoration!

Chantry

This historic hamlet is now home to the Township of Rideau Lakes municipal  offices. Chantry is a crossroads of heritage and beauty and the township was recently named the Daffodil Capital of Ontario – paying tribute to the yellow blooms which adorn local roadways and fence lines each spring.

Delta

Delta is steeped in history. This small village has a vibrant core, and is a hot spot for many activities throughout the year.

The Old Stone Mill  National Historic Site and museum draws international recognition each year, as one of the only operating grist mills in the country, grinding flour on period equipment. Each summer, the Delta Fair provides a focus of activity for the community itself and for visitors who are attracted by the opportunity to participate in a traditional agricultural fair.  As one of the earliest settlements of the township, Delta has much to share for visitors. An assortment of inviting and colourful heritage plaques is situated around the village, telling of everything from the mill and town hall to churches and spring flooding.

Visitors and locals flock to Delta’s Lower Beverly Lake Park which offers a beach, camping and cabins, playground and trails. During the holiday season, Delta’s Country Christmas welcomes thousands of people to take in the lights and displays at the park, meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, warm up at a bonfire and enjoy a wagon ride around the park. It quickly became one of the most well-attended Christmas festivals in the region.

You will also want to put the Delta Fair on your calendar.  An event by the Delta Agricultural Society, the fair is an annual delight for locals and visitors.

Elgin

Elgin is a friendly, thriving commercial hub a village of necessity, and incorporates a bank, pharmacy, Scotland Funeral Home, grocery store, Rideau Lakes Public Library, numerous churches, mechanics, florist and the area’s only secondary school.

Visitors and locals also know how to have fun, with the Elgin Bowling Lanes providing the perfect indoor activity for the whole family! Be sure to take the heritage walking tour of Elgin (available through Rideau Lakes Township) to appreciate the landscape of days gone by.

The agricultural land surrounding the village is some of the best in the region, and has spawned an artisanal cheesemaker, organic produce, banner crops and successful dairy operations. Watch for Elgin Days in July every summer, with village wide yard sales, family activities, and a parade. During winter, Elgin enjoys a successful community outdoor rink complete with change rooms and lighting.

Jones Falls

Jones Falls is beyond compare. One of the most impressive lock stations along the Rideau Canal, Jones Falls is the perfect place to visit with guests or to learn more about the Canal and its history in an interactive way. See boats lock through, visit to the interpretative centre, stroll trails, talk with friendly lock staff and be sure to see the magnificent Stone Arch Dam.

Several local businesses are available on site for lodging, meals, ice cream and fishing. Stop in at Jones Falls to understand why Queen Victoria’s daughter, Princess Louise, once proclaimed Jones Falls, “by far the loveliest place in all of Canada.”

Morton

Morton is a hub for traffic along Highway 15 – and also for good times at the local community hall coupled with the thrilling Rock Dunder. The ascent to the most revered view of the Rideau Canal from high atop a rocky ridge is completed by thousands of avid hikers each season – and the photos are almost as gorgeous as the actual experience. A picturesque stop along a well-travelled route, Morton even boasts a nearby country market specializing in organic produce. Be sure to swing by to meet the resident pig, or marvel at the cuteness of the bunnies.

Newboro

Newboro is a bustling hub of activity during the summer months. It hosts one of the Rideau Canal’s busiest locks, with docking is currently available at the public harbour and additional layover space is provided at the lock station.

The docking facility was revamped last year, now sporting new transient and seasonal docks, a boat launching ramp plus improved vehicle and boat trailer parking, waterfront landscaping and lighting.

The village’s commercial centre is just a short walk from the water, and allows visitors to enjoy shopping, dining and accommodations. Newboro is home to historic Stirling Lodge, which has been a haven for bass and pike anglers for more than 120 years.

Portland

Portland is a small village with a big heart located on the shores of Big Rideau Lake, the largest lake in the Rideau Waterway. It is a boating mecca, with boat rentals available to visitors.

First settled in the early 1800s and originally known as The Landing, many of the fine homes built by these early settlers can still be admired today.

Deep, swimmable water and an abundance of islands and bays make this cruising area ideal for explorers. Overnight docking and public facilities are available at Colonel By Island

The village public docks provide overnight accommodations as do two of the Rideau’s largest full-service marinas nearby, Len’s Cove Marina and Bayview Yacht Harbour. From dockside, it’s just a short walk into the community for shopping and some restaurants are even situated on the water.

Hanna Park, located in the middle of the village on the water provides a gazebo and benches in addition to gardens for a quiet spot to view the lake. A newly-revamped park and play structure adjacent to the Portland Community Hall (just steps from the water) provides a great place for the kids to burn off steam.

During summer Saturdays, the Portland Lakeside Farmers Market also graces the shores of the lake, so keep an eye out for everything from locally-made pottery to fresh veggies!

Westport

Westport is truly a hub of activity all year through, but particularly in the summer months. The town swells to accommodate a large visitor population, eager to shop, dine, relax, explore and stay in the village. Discover hospitable charm accented by unique experiences and stunning scenery.

As the largest village in the Rideau Lakes area, Westport’s location on the banks of the Upper Rideau Lake and sheltered by Foley Mountain makes it a year-round destination. With gracious B&Bs, cottage rentals, a motel and a country inn, you are sure to find the perfect accommodation to suit your needs whether for a day, a week or a month.     

This historic village enjoys an idyllic waterfront setting. An elevated footbridge provides access from the harbour to the downtown core with clean public washroom and showering facilities available at the nearby Westport and Rideau Lakes Chamber of Commerce Visitor Welcome Centre. The historic Cove Country Inn offers delicious patio or inside dining, overnight accommodations and live entertainment for a memorable visit. Kudrinko’s is a family-run, independent grocery store that goes above and beyond to ensure provisions are met. The Village also sports a post office, hardware store, numerous restaurants, retail shops for unique finds, coffee shops, gas stations, LCBO and Beer store, real estate companies, stylists, a community centre, several churches – and much more.

The 800-acre Foley Mountain conservation area features trails, a beach, an interpretive centre, cross country skiing all in an untouched natural location. The mountain’s Spy Rock observation platform gives visitors a panoramic view of the village below – be sure to bring the camera!