The Mission of Rideau Lakes Township is to deliver a range of services, in an affordable way, which will:
respond to the needs of our diverse community,
ensure equality of treatment to the communities within the Township, and
encourage unity within the Township.
In 2015, the Township of Rideau
Lakes adopted a new Strategic Plan: Rideau Lakes Strategic
Plan - 2015 and Forward.
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Forged in the crucible of the great ice storm of 1998, the Township of Rideau Lakes came into being on January 1, 1998 as an amalgamation of the former Townships of North Crosby, South Crosby, Bastard and South Burgess, South Elmsley and the Village of Newboro. Rideau Lakes lies in the NorthWest corner of the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville, and is geographically the largest municipality in the County.
Rideau Lakes' strength and its opportunities for the future rest in the diversity of its population, economic activity and geography. Farming, tourism, and service industries form the backbone of the local economy. The different areas of Rideau Lakes are themselves a contrast, from the more developed South Elmsley area near Smiths Falls to the more rural areas. Yet, there is a growing sense of One Township, and the need to nourish this.
Rideau Lakes is truly the hub of eastern Ontario, with Provincial Highway 15 and the scenic historic Rideau Waterway running through its Centre. The many tourism attractions in Rideau Lakes, including historic trails and the Rideau Waterway, are an important part of the Township's economy.
The Township is blessed with an abundance of lakes. Rideau Lakes has 840 km (522 miles) of shoreline. The Waterway itself traverses the Township, from the towering granite cliffs at Chaffeys Locks to the more gentle and pastoral areas of the Lower Rideau Lake. The Waterway represents an important link with the past. With island-studded lakes, man-made channels, flowing rivers and pastoral sites along its length, the Waterway offers excellent water for canoeing, sailing, boating and fishing. The pleasure boating that took root and spread along the Waterway over its history created a vacation paradise within Rideau Lakes.
Roads Shoreline Lakes Waterfront Properties
729 square km (281.4 square miles)
521 km (324 miles) 840 km (522 miles) 30 5,257
With a population of 10,207, representing 6,258 households, Rideau Lakes contains many scenic villages and hamlets - Morton, Delta, Elgin, Chaffeys Locks, Jones Falls, Crosby, Newboro, Portland, Philipsville, Lombardy, and Chantry. These, and the surrounding farming and vacation areas, are important parts of the fabric of community life in Rideau Lakes, as are the many volunteers who perform a variety of services within the Township.