Embracing diversity and inclusivity, these accommodations offer a warm welcome to travellers of all identities. From charming bed and breakfasts to chic urban retreats, each establishment on this list is committed to providing a safe and affirming space for Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (or Questioning), Intersex, and other diverse guests. Here are some standout accommodations, ensuring your stay is not only comfortable but also deeply enriching and welcoming in Rideau Lakes and Westport.

Bed and Breakfasts (B&Bs): Charming B&Bs dot the countryside, offering cozy retreats and personalized hospitality amidst scenic landscapes.

  1. NEWBORO HOUSE: Nicki Doria and Mark Boulanger have owned this 1800s home with Second Empire architecture, since 2017. The home features a spiral staircase, rubble-stone foundation, wide baseboards and hardwood flooring. Few structural changes have been made to the original building which offers three bedrooms, and all the conveniences of home. For more information, visit the website, or email newborohouse31@gmail.com or call 613-272-9161.
  2. WATER WOOD EXPERIENCE: Nancy Sendell will curate an unforgettable experience in nature and community by allowing guests to learn about the landscape and letting creativity out for a stroll. Get in touch with your senses as you can experience one of three special accommodation packages at Water Wood Experiences. You can “Get Lost in Nature”, “Spoil Yourself”, or “Explore Your Talents” during your stay. Visit the website, call 647-526-5049, or email nancy@waterwoodexperience.ca for more info. It’s located at 44 Concession St., Westport.
  3. HARLEM STONEGATE BED AND BREAKFAST: This charming 1830s two-story stone farmhouse is an out-of-the-way gem. It provides a relaxing country home to unwind and rejuvenate or check out the natural beauty of the area. New this year is the glamping experience. Not only can you have a beautiful guest room in the home, but you can also take in some fun and luxurious glamping in the maple forest and catch some of the wildlife that live in the wetlands nearby. Visit the website, email info@harlemstonegate.com, or call (613) 272-9110 for more information. The Harlem Stonegate BB is located at 2341 Harlem Rd, Elgin.
  4. INDIAN LAKE BED AND BREAKFAST: David and Lloyd have fulfilled their dream of creating a magical lakeside escape, culminating in this extraordinary Bed & Breakfast experience. Nestled on the renowned Rideau Lakes system, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, their attention to detail and creative passion promises an unparalleled getaway. Immerse yourself in nature’s embrace while luxuriating in the exceptional hospitality of your hosts—a truly unique experience awaits. Email indianlakebnb@gmail.com to book the all-inclusive culinary retreat weekend. Visit the website for more information.

Boutique: Stylish boutiques provide a blend of luxury and inclusivity for discerning travellers.

  1. THE VICTORIAN LUXURY SUITES: This beautiful place offers a luxurious experience in its suites, seamlessly fusing classic charm with modern city flair. Each room welcomes guests with stylish contemporary decor and all the comforts of modern living. It’s a distinctive blend of urban sophistication and country hospitality. Call (613) 273-6273, email stephanie@thevictoriansuites.com or visit the website. The Victorian is located in Westport at 16 Church St., Westport.
  1. THE SHELDON MANOR: Seeking a royal retreat away from the hustle and bustle of city life? Look no further than The Sheldon Manor, the premier vacation rental in eastern Ontario. With a perfect blend of sophistication and excitement, The Sheldon Manor offers an ideal escape for both families and group getaways. The Sheldon Manor, built in 1865, is a luxury vacation rental located in a heritage home on the shores of Big Rideau. You’ll also love their private cocktail classes (fees apply). Visit the website, email directly from the site for more information. The manor is located at 3901 Sheldon Rd. in Portland.

Inn: This quaint inn extends a warm welcome to all guests, fostering a sense of community and belonging.

  1. THE COVE INN: This revered fixture in Westport was erected in 1876 by the Fredenburgh family, owners of the local sash and door mill. By the late 1920s, it underwent a transformation into the Lexena Hotel under the management of Alex and Lena Brown. In 1932, the Roberts family expanded the establishment, introducing the beverage room (now the Bar/Lounge), establishing The Tweedsmuir Hotel as a must-visit spot on the Rideau. Though ownership shifted over the years, the late Dick Ready’s commitment remains noteworthy. In 1988, the Cowans and the Carvers initiated extensive renovations, reverting the inn to its original splendour.  Today, the Inn is a beloved spot for locals and visitors, offering great food, cozy rooms, and top live entertainment. The Cove hosts various music series and events like Wings ‘n Tunes, Blues at The Cove, Jazz Night with Spencer Evans Trio, and more. Nestled by Upper Rideau Lake and Westport Pond, it boasts 12 guest suites, a 200-seat restaurant, and a 100-seat waterside patio. The Cove Inn is located at 2 Bedford St. Westport. Call 613-273-3636 or email thecoveinnwestport@gmail.com.

Resort: Locally owned resort offers modern amenities and easy access to the UNESCO heritage site of the Rideau Canal.

  1. HOTEL KENNEY RIDEAU: Jeff and Core are lovingly restoring this old grand dame on the Rideau Canal in Jones Falls with lots of history and charm. Accommodations can be booked directly on the website. Dining, docking, snack bar (Kenney Jr.), NutFree Gourmet Bakeshop on offer. The Hotel Kenney Rideau is an 1870s classic Canadiana waterside resort rich in history located on the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rideau Canal’s Lock 42. The address is 59 Kenneys Road in Elgin. Call 613-359-5500 or email info@hotelkenneyrideau.com and visit the website.

Whether you’re planning a romantic weekend getaway or a solo adventure, these 2SLGBTQI+ friendly accommodations ensure that South Eastern Ontario is not just a destination, but a welcoming home away from home.