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Fall at Codes Mill, Perth, Rideau Heritage RouteThe Rideau Canal has been connecting communities along the Rideau Heritage Route for almost two centuries. Today, running over 202km (126mi), the canal is considered an engineering masterpiece. The chain of lakes and rivers is joined by manmade canals and locks and winds its way through diverse Canadian terrain including the solid rock of the Canadian Shield, marshland, and pastoral landscapes. It did become an important trade route with communities along its shore thriving due to its existence. In the 1850s, the advent of the railway reduced the amount of commerce on the canal, but steamboats and pleasure craft began to discover its beauty 

 

Delta 

Located between Upper and Lower Beverly Lakes, Delta is home to the Delta Fair in July and the Delta Maple Syrup festival in April.  More...

Drummond North Elmsley Township

The Township of Drummond/North Elmsley is located in central Lanark County.  A mostly rural municipality, it is bounded by the Historic Rideau Waterway to the south and the Mississippi River to the north-west. More…

Elgin

Elgin is located in the heart of corn country just off of Highway 15, the Rideau Heritage Route.  More... 

Kingston

The "Limestone City" is strategically located at the junction of 3 significant bodies of water: the Rideau Canal, the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario.  Canada's first capital, it was once the centre of a vital supply route and ship building industry.  More...

Lyndhurst   

Lyndhurst had its beginnings as the village of Furnace Falls in the 1800's after a vein of iron ore was discovered in the area.  More...

Leeds Thousand Island Township

Located in Eastern Ontario, and situated on Canada’s busiest highway and the St. Lawrence Seaway, TLTI is strategically located half-way between Toronto to the west and Montreal to the east.  Ottawa, Canada’s capital, is just 90 minutes to the northeast. More…

Merrickville

Merrickville, the Jewel of the Rideau, prides itself in its artistic community.  The village boasts over thirty local artist and artisans.  More...

Manotick 

The history of this village, built by the dam along the Rideau River, goes back nearly 150 years.  More...

Newboro

Situated on an isthmus between Newboro and Upper Rideau Lakes, Newboro played an important role in the construction of the Rideau Canal.  More...

North Grenville (Kemptville)

Navigate your boat along the Rideau Heritage Route on the historic Rideau Canal - a UNESCO World Heritage Site or travel by road along the River Road for a scenic tour into North Grenville. More...

Ottawa

Nestled at the junction of three picturesque rivers, Ottawa is considered one of the world's most beautiful capitals.  More...

Portland 

Portland's location on the shores of Big Rideau Lake, the largest lake in the Rideau Waterway, led to it becoming a major boating centre.  More...

Rideau Ferry

Rideau Ferry was first called Oliver's Ferry after John Oliver, a Scottish settler in South Elmsley. He operated the first ferry across the Rideau Lake at this point where the Rideau narrows.  More...

Seeley's Bay 

Seeley's Bay was created around 1832 with the flooding of the Cranberry Marsh during the building of the Rideau Canal.  More...

Smiths Falls 

Smiths Falls is the largest community between Kingston and Ottawa along the Rideau waterway, which runs right through the heart of this bustling town.  More...

South Frontenac Township

Centrally located in the heart of Eastern Ontario, Frontenac is steeped in history. Originally proclaimed on July 16, 1792 as part of the newly-created Midland District, Frontenac was joined by neighbouring Lennox and Addington counties, as one of the original nineteen counties in Upper Canada. The union was formally dissolved on January 1, 1865. More…

 Tay Valley

Set in the southwest corner of Lanark County due west of Perth, Tay Valley Township comprises a community of communities joined by a shared heritage and a love for the rural lifestyle. More...

 Westport 

Westport is nestled in the heartlands of the Rideau Lakes, about 45 minutes north of Kingston at the foot of Foley Mountain.  More...