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Township of Rideau Lakes
An Experience to Remember

Township of Rideau Lakes - a World Heritage Destination

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.

Old Stone Mill in Delta

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.

The Golfing is Great
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.

Boat Leaving Davis Lock
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.

Coming Events

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
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Summer Fall Winter
Summer Spring/Fall Winter

Rideau Canal Photo Tour Videos

Photo Tour VideosThe 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:

Tours on your Smartphone: These tours plus our cycling tours are available as a free MyTOURS App for any iOS, Android or Windows Phone device. For links to the app see: or do a search for "Rideau" in your app store. Once downloaded to your device the tours can be used offline.

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

Outdoor Activities

Cycling: we've got several detailed cycling tours - see the Cycling Tours Page

Paddling: our many lakes provide a great paddling (canoe/kayak), see the Paddling Page

Hiking: there are several trails that run through the township, see the Trails Page.

Local Accommodations

For a listing of local accommodations see the Rideau Lakes Business Directory

Our Harbours

For information about Newboro Harbour and Portland Harbour, see the Harbours Page.

Our Aerodrome

If you are flying in by small plane, we have aerodrome with a 3,000 foot runway. Have a look at the Aerodrome Page.

More Visitor Information

Tourism information on the region can be obtained from:
Westport & Rideau Lakes Chamber of Commerce
Box 157, Westport, Ontario K0G 1X0
Tel & Fax: 613-273-2929
and the Rideau Heritage Route Tourism Association

And for even more information, follow some of the tourism links on the Links Page.

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Township of Rideau Lakes, 1439 County Road 8, Delta, ON, K0E 1G0
Tel: 613-928-2251 or 1-800-928-2250 - Fax: 613-928-3097

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