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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

 

Join us as we travel to Ontario, Canada for a relaxing journey along the Rideau Canal Waterway.  The Rideau (pronounced “Reed-O”) Canal Waterway is a series of lakes, rivers and canals that connects the Ottawa River at Ottawa to Lake Ontario at Kingston.  The waterway is the oldest continuously operated canal in North America.  Come with BnBFinder.com as we take in spectacular views, visit historic sights, stroll through charming and inviting villages then wake up someplace special at some of the most beautiful bed and breakfasts along the way. 

The Rideau Canal Waterway was built by the British between 1826 and 1831 to assist in the defense of Canada, by allowing boats to travel from Montreal to the Great Lakes.  It was officially opened in May 1832 and has been operating since then.  Most of the locks are still operated by hand and use the same mechanisms that were used to operate the locks when it was built.

There are many ways to make your way along the Rideau: by car, bike or even by foot along the Cataraqui Trail, but most travelers choose to tour the waterway by boat.  The locks operate from May to October and boaters should plan to spend at least 5 to 6 days for each way of the trip.Ottawa, Canada’s capitol city and Kingston bookmark the ends of the Rideau Waterway and either city is a great point to start your excursion.

There are many towns and villages nestled along the Rideau.  Westport is a short 45 minutes north of Kingston and a popular stopover for visitors to the area.  It’s a short walk from the harbor to downtown Westport where you’ll find an array of unique shops and eclectic art galleries.  Merrickville, another favorite resting place for boaters, shoppers and history buffs, boasts over 50 shops and restaurants, making it an ideal town to stop for a few hours or a few days.

Feel free to stop here and there, explore new places, meet new people and take in the natural beauty of the region and stay at our featured bed and breakfast inns.

Where to Stay

Rosemount Inn (Kingston, ON) www.bnbfinder.com/rosemountinn
Enjoy a night’s stay, or two, at this exquisite 1850 Tuscany villa located in the heart of downtown Kingston.A Rosemount Inn getaway includes such special touches as warm cider or homemade ice tea with freshly made cookies served every afternoon in the Victorian parlor.The in-house Memory Lane gift shop provides unique items to take back to that special someone.Denaut Mansion Country Inn (Delta, ON) www.bnbfinder.com/denaut
This 156-year-old stone mansion is a romantic boutique inn in the Rideau Lakes 1000 Islands of eastern Ontario.Relax on the verandah, stone patio, or in the beautiful private gardens.The bountiful breakfast served each morning (using only organic ingredients) consists of homemade granola and muesli, yogurt, sweet and savory breads, coffee and teas.Come stay where peacefulness and privacy prevail!

 (Delta, ON) This 156-year-old stone mansion is a romantic boutique inn in the Rideau Lakes 1000 Islands of eastern Ontario.Relax on the verandah, stone patio, or in the beautiful private gardens.The bountiful breakfast served each morning (using only organic ingredients) consists of homemade granola and muesli, yogurt, sweet and savory breads, coffee and teas.Come stay where peacefulness and privacy prevail!

The White House B&B (Elgin, ON) www.bnbfinder.com/whitehouse
You will treasure the quiet and relaxing atmosphere of this quaint setting along the beautiful Rideau Waterway in the village of Chaffey’s Locks. The White House B&B is a charming, turn-of-the-century home, located close to villages, shopping, casual dining, boat and bike rental, horseback riding, and golfing. Local attractions include boating, fishing, hiking and biking along the Cataraqui Trail, art galleries, and just plain ol’ relaxing.

A Rose on Colonel By B&B (Ottawa, ON) www.bnbfinder.com/rosecolonel  
This English cottage is very, very well situated for anyone wanting quick access to Ottawa’s main institutions and attractions. A Rose on Colonel By is minutes from Ottawa University and the airport; and a short walk to Carleton University and Landsdowne Park.Overlooking The Rideau Canal, you will enjoy the personal attention of a B&B with modern amenities such as wireless Internet.

McGee’s Inn (Ottawa, ON) www.bnbfinder.com/mcgees  
McGee’s Inn is a historic bed and breakfast located in downtown Ottawa.This beautiful bed and breakfast is just steps to the Rideau Canal, the ByWard Market, Congress Center, University of Ottawa and Parliament Hill. You will be within walking distance of major tourist attractions, sights, businesses, convention centers and meeting locations. The Armstrong family invites you to enjoy their family style hospitality.

Rideau Canal Waterway Events

  • 2007:  2007 marks the 175th Anniversary of the Rideau Canal Waterway.

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