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Take The Scenic Route

The UNESCO-designated Rideau Canal stretches from Lake Ontario in Kingston to the Ottawa River following the Cataraqui and Rideau Rivers. It is 202 kilometres long, of which about 19 kilometres is man-made (locks and canal cuts), the rest are natural waters. There are 45 locks with 23 lock stations along the main route of the Rideau. The canal winds its way through historic sites, charming villages, quaint attractions and spectacular recreation areas, offering visitors a variety of world-class arts, heritage and recreation experiences.

  • 3.5 hrs from
    Toronto
  • 1 hr from
    Ottawa
  • 2.5 hrs from
    Montreal
Get Active Outdoors In Westport
Get Active Outdoors In Westport
One Of Ontario’s Marvels
One Of Ontario’s Marvels
A Paddlers Paradise
A Paddlers Paradise
Golf Along The Rideau
Golf Along The Rideau
Small Town Charm
Small Town Charm

Get Active Outdoors In Westport

It’s the season to break free of those winter shackles and head outside with lust for sunshine and greenery. Start the day playing a round at the Evergreen Golf Course in late spring where there’s a two for one spring special on green fees. Then head up to Foley Mountain Conservation Area to have a picnic lunch. Enjoy hiking trails and spectacular look outs over the water and the Village of Westport. See beaver hard at work in the pond or even dip your toes in Upper Rideau Lake at the natural swimming area. The day is yours!

One Of Ontario’s Marvels

One of the highlights along the Rideau Canal is the Lockstations. These are managed by Parks Canada and are a UNESCO World Heritage site and a National Historic Site of Canada. These fascinating locks are a series of advanced engineered structures that were designed to create a slack water system for naval trade and military supply. The Rideau is the oldest continuously operated canal system in North America.

It is a delight to stretch your legs and explore each station as you boat through. Visit the on-site exhibits, hike the self-guided trails and have a conversation with Parks Canada staff about the unique stories of each lockstation. Bring your camera while you explore the locks to capture this unforgettable experience while you connect with our nation’s history. Lockstations also offer great picnic opportunities.

A Paddlers Paradise

Golf Along The Rideau

Combine golf and history on the Rideau. Renting a cottage or houseboat along the 200 km recognized Rideau Canal system lets you try a different golf course every day of your golf getaway. Golf retreats give aficionados the excuse they need to mix sun and sand traps.

Most courses along the corridor offer power carts and fully equipped clubhouses offering a wide variety of services such as pro-shops, beverage cart service, lessons and full-service dining. Finding a course along here is a click away.

Small Town Charm

Merrickville is renowned for its boutiques, which are filled with one-of-a-kind items made by local artisans. Their unique talents are on display at studios where craftsmen demonstrate their trade as well as sell their wares. You can buy the creations made before your eyes.  The village streets are lined with shops carrying such things as locally-made products, art of all kinds, antiques, collector’s items, speciality foods, and more.

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