The character of this community was built on its reputation across North America as a mecca for recreational fishing in summer. Seasonally, stay in your choice of historic Stirling Lodge, The Poplar’s Resort, Newboro Bed and Breakfast, Lakeland Cottage’s Lock Master House or Parks Canada’s Canalman’s Cottage. Nearby retail opportunities include Newboro Soap Company, Norris’s Live Bait & Tackle and Hunting Centre and Little Rideau Farm where World Champion Maple Syrup brings people from far and wide. Be sure to order in advance from The Pie Bar for incredible baked goodness or book an art class with Stone Manor Studios. Located in the historic 1850’s courthouse/townhall, you will find the Newboro branch of the Rideau Lakes Public library offering visitor information, public washrooms and free wifi.
Pick up your Picnic
- Jac’s Chip Wagon (seasonal)
- Stop for lunch at the Rideau Lakes Golf & Country Club
- Stagecoach Inn Restaurant
- Stirling Lodge (seasonal)
- Make advance reservations to dine in at Poplar’s Resort (seasonal)
- Kilborn’s on the Rideau
- Newboro Soap Company
- Old World Country Antiques & Doucet Farm
- Little Rideau Farm (nearby)
- Norris Live Bait & Tackle and Hunting Centre (nearby)
- Self-guided Cycling Routes of Newboro
- Self-guided Heritage Walking Tour of Newboro
- Pattison’s Paddles (seasonal SUP and paddle boat rentals)
- Norris Outdoors Boat Rentals
- Pickleball at Newboro Memorial Park
Points of Interest
Effie Tett Place - On Drummond Street in Newboro, you will find a heritage plaque and two pictorial storyboards; “Historic Newboro” and “Newboro: A Centre for Sportfishing” that tell the history of the village. A small white pavilion is dedicated to Effie Tett for her contribution to the community.
Ontario Heritage Trust Plaque: The Founding of Newboro – At Effie Tett Place commemorating the origin of this village as a crossroads and commerce. War Memorials stand at this site.
Royal Sappers & Miners Cemetery - Located on County Road 42 west of the famous Rideau Canal at Newboro.
Ontario Heritage Trust Plaque: The Royal Sappers and Miners - A provincial plaque at The Cemetery of the Royal Sappers and Miners is found appropriately on the west side of the famous Rideau Canal at Newboro. It commemorates the two companies of the British Army’s construction corps, the Royal Sappers and Miners, who were raised to work on the Rideau Canal. They built locks and military structures particularly in Bytown (Ottawa) and here at the Isthmus. This Newboro cut demanded that they hew and blast through an outcrop of Canadian Shield granite, a formidable obstacle to linking the Rideau and the Cataraqui Systems.
St. Mary’s Anglican Church is the oldest operating church in Rideau Lakes and features a remarkable stained-glass window.
New! Stone Manor Studios - Create, connect, and reset with art classes and art retreats in an unforgettable setting. Stone Manor Studios is located on the grounds of an 1860s stone manor house in the heart of Rideau Lakes. The renovated carriage house has been repurposed as an exclusive art studio for creatives. People gather to learn from experts in their fields, engage in meaningful conversations about art, and are provided with an experience that will inspire, refresh, and enrich the creative heart and mind.
- Gibson Island Vacation Home
- Grass Point Lodge B & B
- Lakeland Cottages
- Mon O’Kel Cottages
- Newboro House B & B
- Newboro Canalman's Cottage
- Poplar’s Resort
- Stirling Lodge
- Turtle Hill Cottages
- Upper Narrows Retreat
- Canada Day Parade (July 1)
- Rideau Lakes Studio Tour (Canada Day Weekend)
Did you Know?
- The building adjacent (to Kilborn’s) known as The Stagecoach Inn Restaurant, is the original 1832 residence of Col. John Kilborn. Historically, the village endured devastating fires, through which many of Newboro’s original buildings survived.
Watch the documentary about the fascinating story of The Rideau Canal and the Big Breakthrough
Learn more at rideaulakes.ca/Newboro