Vacation on the Rideau Waterway

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When it is hot and humid in Atlanta, consider heading “North of the Border” to southeastern Ontario, Canada for a cool down and a fun vacation on the Rideau Canal Waterway. The waterway consists of a series of beautiful lakes and rivers connected by canals between Ottawa (the capital of the province) and Kingston (which sits on the northeast shore of Lake Ontario).

Today’s travel post takes us to our friends’ cottage near Chaffey’s Lock (midway on the Waterway) as our “headquarters” for exploring the many lakes and locks in the Rideau Chain. From command central, we can choose to “go cruisin’ the locks”, go fishing, look for wildlife, have a swim/ski or just relax.

In Canada, it’s not a cabin or a lake house; it’s a “cottage”. If you Google cottage rentals on the Rideau you will find numerous options for cottage rentals such as Rideau Lakes Vacations. For a more complete choice of accommodations, including inns and B&B’s, check out this great website Rideau Heritage Route.

You can choose different types of watercraft that can be rented anywhere along the Waterway. We’ll take a canoe out for a quiet paddle where we might see loons, ospreys and great blue herons.  A small fishing boat will take us to where the bass, pike and walleye prowl the waters. Renting a more substantial wood boat or cruiser provides more comfort as you “cruise the locks”, an adventure in itself where you meet boaters from all over North America as each lock will raise or lower the water level to match the next lake in the chain.

For a relaxing summer getaway where the temperatures are pleasantly cooler, make plans to try “lock cruising” on the Rideau Waterway. Contact me with any questions at

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