The Township of Rideau Lakes is a wonderful place to get away from it all and relax. We offer something for every taste whether it be boating, shopping, fishing, golfing, hiking, bicycling, antiquing, swimming and much more. Come and visit us, it will be an experience to remember.
Stay at a local B&B, hotel, lodge, cabin, campground or marina. Enjoy a taste of locally made maple syrup, cheese or fresh sweet corn.
Each of our communities has something to offer. Portland, gateway to Big Rideau Lake; Newboro, a haven for anglers; Chaffeys Lock, water access in a tranquil setting; Delta with its heritage homes and historic stone mill; Elgin, service centre for the region; and the quaint rural charm of our smaller villages and hamlets of Chantry, Crosby, Forfar, Lombardy, Morton, Plum Hollow and Philipsville.
Take in one of our festivals; the Delta Maple Syrup festival in April, Elgin Days in July, the Delta Fair in July, Chaffey's Lock Corn roast in August and Thanksgiving celebrations in October at several communities.
We offer a wide variety of recreational opportunities. Golf on the wooded terrain of one of our several golf courses. Enjoy fishing; the southern Rideau Lakes are particularly noted for their excellent bass fishing. Enjoy the water on any of our many lakes. No boat? Not a problem, there are several places where you can rent one. Hike the Rideau or Cataraqui Trails. Bicycle our backroads or trails. Spend a day antiquing at one of our many antique shops. Tour a museum and learn about some of the early history of the region.
Of course no visit to the Township would be complete without a visit to one of the Rideau Canal Waterway lockstations. The Rideau Canal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the only such site in all of Ontario. The locks are operated by hand, just as they were when first opened in 1832. Visit the magnificent stone arch dam at Jones Falls. Take a break at the quiet solitude of Davis Lock. Visit the Locksmaster's House Museum at Chaffeys Lock. See the wonderfully restored blockhouse at Newboro Lock. Ask the locksmaster at Narrows Lock why this lock is strangely located in the middle of a lake. The locks are operated by Parks Canada and are easily accessible by either vehicle or boat.
A listing of events taking place in the township can be found on the Events Page.
A Fall Tribute to The
Township of Rideau Lakes
Section One: The Six Locks
Section Two: The Five Wards
by Maggie Fleming
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All Season Sights in the Township of Rideau Lakes
Click on the photos below to see some snapshots of the Township during various seasons
The Township of Rideau Lakes is host to 6 Rideau lockstations and 65 km of the Rideau Canal World Heritage Site. You can view a series of short photo tour videos of each lockstation and the waters of the Rideau Canal by going to the Rideau Photo Tour Page.
Our Fascinating and Scenic Heritage
Heritage Tours - Self guided tours to explore the heritage and architecture of several of our villages. Have a look at:
Museums - We have several interesting museums that showcase the rich heritage of the township. See the Museums Page for information about the Chaffeys Lockmaster's House Museum, the Delta Fire Hall Museum, the Museum of Industrial Technology in Delta, the Old Stone Mill National Historic Site in Delta and the Rideau District Museum in Wesport.
And you'll discover more of our heritage by visiting the Heritage Section of this website