The Township of Rideau Lakes is host to 6 Rideau lockstations and 65 km of the Rideau Canal World Heritage Site. This section is arguably the most scenic section of the Rideau Canal, encompassing the central lakes portion of the canal.
You will find six short (6.5 minutes or less) photo tour videos - each featuring a lockstation and the waters (heading north) between it and the next lockstation. These just provide a small taste of what you will see on your visit, whether by land or water, to the Township of Rideau Lakes.
Click on the start arrow in the middle of any of the videos to start it playing.
Jones Falls Lockstation
This video goes from the locks at Jones Falls, through Sand Lake to Davis Lock. Sights at the Jones Falls Lockstation include the Great Stone Arch Dam, the Blacksmith's Shop and Sweeney house. Sand Lake in this video features loons and kayaking with dogs.
This video goes from the lock Davis through Opinion Lake to Chaffeys Lock. Davis features an all season view of the lock and Opinicon Lake in this video features ospreys, ducks and turtles.
This video goes from Chaffeys Lockstation through Indian, Clear and Newboro lakes before arriving at Newboro Lock. Sights at Chaffeys include a locking through, the swing bridge, the old Chaffey's Mill, and the Lockmaster's House Museum. The lakes include loons, water lilys, frogs and a side trip to Bedford Mills.
This goes from Newboro Lockstation through Upper Rideau Lake to Narrows Lock. Newboro features the locking through of the Kawartha Voyageur and the Newboro Blockhouse. Upper Rideau Lake features Westport and the Foley Mountain Conservation Area beach. Wildlife includes ospreys, a heron and a mink.
This video goes from Narrows Lockstation through Big Rideau (including the Village of Porland) and Lower Rideau lakes (including Rideau Ferry) before arriving at the lock at Poonamalie. Narrows features a locking through, swinging the bridge, the Narrows Blockhouse and Trumpeter Swans. Big and Lower Rideau lakes features fishing, boats, and cottages.
This video goes from Poonamalie Lockstation to Smiths Falls Detached Lock. Poonamalie features views of the lock, lockmaster's house and the dam. A short stop at the Swale (Class 1 wetland) features some of its wildlife. Then we pass under the 1912 Bascule bridge (Schertzer Rolling Lift Railway Bridge) and ends at the Smiths Falls Detached Lock.