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Take The Scenic Route

The historic Rideau Canal winds its way through the charming countryside from the shores of Lake Ontario in Kingston toward Canada’s capital on the Ottawa River. Quaint, heritage villages welcome with warm shops and delicious country fare.  This UNESCO World Heritage site is a great place to explore, no matter what season we’re in. centuries.

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Marvel At The History
Marvel At The History
Artesian Haven
Artesian Haven
Fall In Love With Hiking Along The Rideau
Fall In Love With Hiking Along The Rideau
A Latte Cafés
A Latte Cafés
Small Town Charm
Small Town Charm

The Historic Charm

The oldest settlement along the canal is Burritt’s Rapids, which is now a haven for nature-lovers and heritage enthusiasts. The small hamlet with roots dating back to the 1790s, once bustled with the construction of the Rideau Canal. Mostly located on an island – discover the Tip to Tip trailwhich runs the length of the island along the Rideau River and allows visitors to see the historic Burritt’s Rapids locks station.

Bundle up and explore villages in North Grenville through the Walking Tours of North Grenville. Get up close to local history and learn about architecturally significant buildings, culture, and interesting tidbits about each community!

Be sure to pop over to the Old Stone Mill National Historic Site, for tours of this authentic working grist mill.

Artesian Haven

Along the Rideau Canal – in quaint towns and villages, many artisans have set up their studios and galleries. Explore and find a unique treasure, meet the artists and enjoy a fun day.

Down the road in Merrickville, art is hot through the colder months! The Grotto Artworks sees 13 Merrickville artists pool their diverse talent in a legendary showcase. Located in a 1860s stone building, The Grotto offers beautiful local crafts including pewter, pottery, jewellery, wood turnings, carvings, glass, letterpress prints and more! Down the street, Anarchy Gallery is bursting with incredible styles and original apparel while featuring Angelina Wrona’s internationally acclaimed paintings.

Most of the artists are open year-round, by chance or appointment, to give art lovers a peek into their creative world.

Hiking Along The Rideau

Winter in Kemptville is a busy time with several trails usable for winter when they’re used by the local snowmobile clubs. Look for two new paths soon to be launched, Discovery and Sugar Bush Trails.

The Cataraqui Trail is known as Eastern Ontario’s path to history and nature. Situated on a former C.N. rail line, the trail’s most scenic sections are known to be starting at Chaffey’s Lock and running west. The trail even crosses an old train bridge high above the water with exceptional views. The peacefulness of the water below, the snow, and fresh air make for a beautiful spot for cross country skiing.

Blaze your trail and explore with snowshoeing and cross-country skiing at Foley Mountain in Westport. Both are exciting ways to see the countryside and have a workout at the same time! Foley Mountain is known for its hands-on educational programs, as well as the scenic lookout from Spy Rock.

A Latte Cafés

Get cozy with intimate cafes along the Rideau that give you all the feels.

Hot chocolate and specialty coffees are on tap at Brewed Awakenings featuring a full lunch, brekkie menu, and treats like cinnamon buns, scones and more! Get ready for your mouth to water walking into the Crusty Baker in Kemptville. This artisan bakery specializes in rustic, European-inspired loaves of bread and sweets.

In Merrickville, Nana B’s puts its spin on traditional; offering handmade products using the very best ingredients. Nana B’s makes artisan bread, handcrafted daily in the European style, plus a variety of other specialty slices of bread, rolls, and buns. The sweets menu is ever-changing and includes cookies, doughnuts, tarts, and cheesecakes. The bakery itself has an open concept, encouraging visitors to chat.

Small Town Charm

If the creativity and passion along the Rideau are too much for one day, there are cozy places to spend the night! Rally your friends and make it a girl’s weekend, invite your S.O. for a relaxed mini-vacay or book yourself some quiet time – you deserve it!

The Opinicon at Chaffey’s Lock has several annual events throughout the winter, featuring stays with specialized meals planned and wine pairings.

In Kemptville, there’s the Rob Thompson Hotel, featuring deluxe, luxury suites that are perfect for indulging yourself.

Furnace Falls Farm is an old farmhouse that was beautifully restored from the inside out. All the charms of old wood panelling, floors, artwork and even the furniture give the impression one hopes to experience when looking to spend a night in a rural B&B.

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