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Heritage Spaces and Picnic Places

Take time to savour the best things in life in Rideau Lakes! Take a trip to one or all eight charming historic villages and waterfront communities along the Rideau System. Grab a basket and your bestie to discover authentic picnic areas with waterfront flair.

Make memories waterside this summer in Rideau Lakes, where green spaces provide exceptional spots to picnic. Take in the view along a UNESCO World Heritage Site – The Rideau Canal – preserved by Parks Canada and Rideau Valley Conservation, as well as our many inland lakes preserved by the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority. Download the new 2023 map of Rideau Lakes to learn more about the amazing communities, heritage sites, trails, museums and more!

Celebrate International Picnic Day on June 18 in Rideau Lakes with locally grown and homemade foods, walk heritage routes and marvel at historic architecture, paddle a stream, lounge by the lake, or read a book under the shade of a tree. Parks in Rideau Lakes aren’t just a pit stop – they’re a destination!


Eight Historic Communities to Visit 

Find your next favourite picnic spot or uncover local history with these awesome little Trip Ideas or and try one of the 26 picnic places in and around the intriguing villages and historical communities of Rideau Lakes: 


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Stunning lockstations on the Rideau Canal

Explore history in motion at six scenic lock stations on the Rideau Canal within Rideau Lakes, as well as 10 waterfront parks and 10 inland parks ideal for picnics. Make relaxing by the waterfront part of your summer bucket list in Rideau Lakes!

  • Chaffeys Lock 
  • Davis Lock
  • Jones Falls Lock 
  • Narrows Lock 
  • Newboro Lock 
  • Poonamalie Lock 


Top 10 Scenic Conservation Areas and Waterfront Parks

  • Foley Mountain Conservation Area 
  • Hanna Park, Portland 
  • Lower Beverley Lake Park, Delta 
  • Mill Pond Conservation Area 
  • Portland Community Beach
  • Portland Bay Conservation Area 
  • Rock Dunder 
  • Russell Park, Delta 
  • Sand Lake Park, Elgin
  • Westport Lions Sand Lake Beach

Top 10 Inland Parks

  • Aerodrome Municipal Airfield 
  • Delta and Area Recreation Centre
  • Heritage Park, Elgin 
  • Kin Park, Portland 
  • Newboro Memorial Park
  • Russell Park, Delta 
  • Shillington Park 
  • Stone Mills Park, Delta 
  • Stevens Park, Delta 
  • Van Clief Park, Lombardy 

New in 2023: Delta Waterfront Park 

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Dip your toes or dive right in! For more information on Beaches and Parks in Rideau Lakes, visit the Beaches and Parks page.


Festivals and Events

Get festive in Rideau Lakes! You will find traditional family events,  engaging music festivals, flea markets, agricultural fairs and the best wildlife and sunset photo spots on the Rideau Canal – all set in the beautiful landscapes and villages along the Rideau system.  


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Heritage Walking Tours, Cycling Tours and Paddling Routes  

Whether walking, driving, cycling or paddling, we’ve got a tour that lets you discover the best of the township at your own pace. The Township of Rideau Lakes offers a series of village walking tours, heritage driving tours, cycling routes and paddling journeys. Visit the Trails and Routes page.


Experience Rideau Lakes

Discover more! Things to see and do - by boat, by foot, by paddle or by tire - are only a click away. Have a peek at www.experiencerideaulakes.ca

Follow Rideau Lakes on Facebook to get the latest news and events! There’s no place to summer like Rideau Lakes. 

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