With the weather warming up, spring is a wonderful time to explore the villages of Rideau Lakes on foot. Rideau Lakes is rich in history and our local villages showcase the architectural elements of days gone by.
Where to start? We’ve developed five unique walking tours to acquaint you with the village of Rideau Lakes.
The community of Portland was established in 1816 as a stepping off point for settlers intending to make their homestead in the area.
A village surrounding by lakes, Newboro has become a popular vacation destination. Between the historical communities of North and South Crosy, Newboro became independent in 1876 as one of Ontario’s smallest incorporated towns.
Elgin became noticed by early builders of the Rideau Canal in the early 1800s for its wealth of stone suitable for the construction of the locks, and has since flourished into the community it is today.
Chaffeys Lock was a busy connection point between Indian Lake and Opinicon Lake throughout the 1800s with a continuous flow of ships carrying colonists, wood products, and minerals. Shipping declined in the early 1900s but then a new era of tourism began to develop turning Chaffeys Lock into the attraction it is today.
Established as Stevenstown in 1796, the community underwent several name changes until finally it became Delta. Many industries and businesses operated in Delta over the years and have left a mark on the community’s history.
See all the Heritage Walking Tours and download your guides at https://www.rideaulakes.ca/experience/things-to-do/trails-tours/tours