Cows beside Old Murphy Log Cabin (now Watters' farmhouse) photo by: Ken Watson
The climate of the Township of Rideau Lakes is Temperature Continental (Southern Laurentian) modified by the proximity of the Great Lakes. This gives us T-shirt and shorts summers of 3 - 4 months (mean July temp. 20 to 25 C.) and allows us to enjoy a host of summer recreation and tourist activities like boating and hiking.
Cold (but no need for fur-lined underwear) winters last 3 - 4 months (mean Jan. temp. 0 to –10C.) bringing rest and dormancy to field and forest and a rich diversity of winter recreation such as ice fishing, cross country skiing and snowmobiling.
Spring snow-melt and April showers foster an explosion of trilliums and other wildflowers and local farmers start their planting of hay, corn, barley and soybeans as part of the thriving local mixed and dairy agriculture.
Summer thunderstorms sustain field and forest; then autumn comes with an explosion of colour from the deciduous maple and oak against an ever green of pine and cedar. It was in these mixed forests that Native Canadians once hunted the white-tailed deer and fished the lakes for trout and pike, still found in abundance.