WRLCC36 Main Street, #2
(corner of Spring and Main Streets)
P.O. Box 157, Westport, On
15, October 2014 - New Fall Hours for Visitor Centre
Fall is here now in full colour, and our visitor centre hours have changed.
Stop by Saturday between 10am and 4pm, Sundays also but these days
are staffed by volunteers, so please be patient. More information here on
the website. Thanks
12, November 2014 - Events at The Cove Inn
Great Cove Inn events coming up!
November 12 and 19 Wings and Tunes - Country Rock 6 - 9pm
November 15, 22 and 29 Head Over Heels - Vocal/Guitar Duo 6 - 9pm
November 14 John Wilberforce - Country Rock 6 - 9pm
November 21 Blues on the Rideau - Fathead 7 - 11pm Buffet and Show $60
November 29 Santa Claus Parade - Henry Norwood 1 - 4pm
13, November 2014 - Ladies Night at Norris'
A great evening's shopping is in store for you at Norris' Hunting and Fishing Centre. From 5 - 8 pm, come on out and wrap your Christmas shopping early. Your favourite outdoors person (well, that's you or your spouse!) will be delighted with your finds here.
Door prizes, discounts, and lots of great prices!
29, November 2014 - Westport Santa Claus Parade
This event is organized by the Westport Lions Club. Contact a member of the Lions club for more information.
04, December 2014 - The Westport Christmas Home Tour
Six Beautiful Westport homes will open their doors on December 4 between 10:00am and 3:00pm for your visiting enjoyment. Come and visit these lovely homes all decked out in their Christmas finery and displaying wonderful items available at many of Westport's businesses. Enjoy light refreshments and meet these superb hostesses: Judith Allen, Debbie Bird, Angela Elster (Stepping Stone), Cathy Hay, Lori Thronton and the Knox Presbyterian Church.
Register at the Westport Town Hall from 9;30 to 10:30am. Tickets $15.00 through Paypal, Murphy's and The Cove in Westport, and The Running Goat in Perth.
Don't Miss It this year!
Welcome to Westport & Rideau Lakes
A warm welcome from the Westport and Rideau Lakes Chamber of Commerce, its members and partners. We work in cooperation with the Village of Westport to operate a Visitors Welcome Centre that provides public washrooms and up to date travel information. The welcome centre is located on Spring Street in Westport, just beside the post office. Now that Fall is here, the building is staffed on Saturdays from 10am to 4pm. With our volunteer staff, we endeavour to be open on Sundays also. Thanks for your patronage!
People slow down and relax when visiting
Westport and Rideau Lakes
Indoors or outdoors put the
Rideau District on your list of things to do!
Photo by Gord Harrington
Looking East-Northeast, with Westport at left
Visitors usually discover the Rideau area by roadway or water although some do get a birds-eye view from the sky. That’s because the Township of Rideau Lakes operates an aerodrome on the west end of the Upper Rideau Lake just outside of the Village of Westport. Owned by the township, the air field is managed by the Rideau Lakes Flying Club; it was registered by Transport Canada in 2001 and is listed in the Canadian Flight supplement as CRL2.
Rideau Lakes Flying Club
This group of high fliers hosts two events each year. The first is a Fly In for chili & a bun held in February. The largest event is the annual breakfast Fly In held the last Saturday in May. This event typically attracts 40 + aircraft when weather permits. The Rideau community is invited to attend and participate in these events. Without their support continued success would not be possible. For more information about the Rideau Lakes Flying Club call Bill Green @ 613-273-5282. Click here for flight supplement data.
Info & photo courtesy Township of Rideau Lakes
A Natural Asset: The Rideau Waterway
The Rideau Canal is one of 36 natural and cultural sites included on the World Heritage List. Those of us who live, work or play in the Westport and Rideau Lakes area know how unique the waterway is. Over 200 kilometres of lakes and rivers joined by manmade canals and locks make their way through a diverse Canadian terrain and unveils an authentic holiday get-away destination. The canal is North America's oldest continuously operating waterway and was built between 1826 and 1832.
Tour the Rideau Canal
The Kingston Whig Standard newspaper prepared a multi-media slideshow in celebration of the Rideau Canal becoming the 14th Canadian location to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can view it here: Whig Standard Article
The Whig Standard news team also took a boat tour all along the Rideau Canal, from Kingston to Ottawa. You can view the tour here: Whig Standard Slide Show
A panoramic view over Westport
from the Spy Rock lookout
Trails to our Natural Heritage
Foley Mountain Conservation Area is one of the region’s gems. The park features 325 hectares (800 acres) of scenic lookouts, nature trails, mature pine forest, beaver ponds all located on near the shoreline of Upper Rideau Lake. Hike, swim, and picnic in summer or cross country ski and snow shoe in winter. The view of Westport from Spy Rock is truly spectacular. Westport and Rideau Lakes is a core for hiking and cycling enthusiasts. The 300 km Rideau Trail linking Kingston and Ottawa passes through Foley Mountain Conservation Area where other trails can also be explored.
There’s also many other Parks and Conservation Areas within easy driving distance that offer hiking opportunities. Cycling is not allowed in most of the parks but the back roads and the new Cataraqui Trail offer cyclists the perfect opportunity to enjoy the country side.
A newly constructed trail allows access for people of
all physical abilities to enjoy the beauty of Foley Mountain.
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