Located a short drive from downtown Ottawa, the Township of Rideau Lakes is a rural community that includes a number of villages and hamlets, each with its own identity.
Each community within Rideau Lakes has something to offer. Portland is the gateway to Big Rideau Lake. Newboro is considered a haven for anglers. Local residents and visitors agree Chaffey's Lock offers water access in one of the region's most tranquil settings. Delta boasts the Old Stone Mill, a National Historic Site of Canada built in 1810. Elgin is considered the township centre for shopping. Smaller villages and hamlets are Chantry, Crosby, Forfar, Lombardy, Morton, Plum Hollow and Philipsville.