Enjoy late summer by getting outside and feasting your eyes on some stunning vistas in Rideau Lakes! Lace up and go hiking in the area and take in the views from these memorable lookouts.
Possibly the most iconic view in Rideau Lakes, Rock Dunder looks over acres of forested lands and waterways - a perfect vantage point to see the stunning colours of the fall season next to the crisp blue waters of the Rideau Canal. Open for hiking from sunrise to sunset until Nov. 15, there are a number of trails at Rock Dunder to try depending on your skill level. The Summit Loop is what takes you to the very top! A pass is required to enter; look on the Rideau Waterway Land Trust for more info on purchasing passes.
Views for days! Foley Mountain Conservation Area overlooks North Crosby and the village of Westport along the beautiful Rideau Canal. There are five fantastic trails of varying difficulty that are clearly marked along the Mountain. Spy Rock on Foley Mountain offers the most sought-after view.
Another unforgettable vantage point of the Rideau Canal is in Chaffeys Lock on the former train bridge, which is now part of the Cataraqui Trail. The historic iron bridge dates back to the early 1900s and is a short walk from the lock, awarding visitors with a picturesque view of the canal below. Get a bird’s eye view of the Rideau Canal as it winds into Chaffeys Lock!
This trail is a real gem, tucked away off of Davis Lock Road. Not only does it include staircases built into the forest floor, but it also showcases a fantastic rocky lookout over a marsh that is a sight to see in fall. This Rideau Waterway Land Trust trail is 2.8 km long, well maintained and easy to walk – look for lake views, species at risk, and more!
Prefer to stay at a lower altitude? Enjoy the Jones Falls Lockstation Walking Tour which takes you through many fascinating sites including the stone arch dam.
No matter the vantage point, hiking in Rideau Lakes is a wonderful way to usher in the new season!