Not as well-known as the popular Muskoka and Haliburton regions, this area of tranquil lakes, stunning provincial parks, and delightful towns is a hidden gem.
Situated in a picturesque area along the Rideau Canal, with over 90 acres of parkland, Smiths Falls is a beautiful town with plenty to see and do. There’s fishing, hiking, tennis, swimming, boating, birdwatching, ball diamonds, lawn bowling, basketball, darts, hockey, squash, bowling, billiards, shopping, and good dining.
Perth is a modern community with old-world charm; and offers a wealth of Canadian history, architecture, and culture. The streets are lined with heritage homes and shops nestled in a picturesque setting along the Tay River. Perth is an outstanding year-round destination, the four seasons providing diverse beauty, with plenty of recreational activities for visitors of all ages.
Known as “The Heart of Rideau Lakes”, Westport is found at the west end of Upper Rideau Lake on the historic Rideau Canal waterway between Kingston and Ottawa. The view of Westport from Spy Rock, atop Foley Mountain, is truly a spectactular view. And while you are there, explore the rest of Foley Mountain Conservation Area (800 acres) with its scenic lookouts, nature trails, beaver ponds and picnic areas.
Prince Edward County is a unique island community and a place of tranquility, creativity, hospitality and fun! Renowned for its sailing, fishing and giant sand dunes, The County also offers live theatre, artists studios and galleries, unique regional cuisine and a flourishing wine region.
Kingston is located on Lake Ontario at the mouth of the St. Lawrence River. It is the final city in the voyage from Ottawa, via the Rideau Canal system (Kingston Mills Locks). Kingston is home to Queen’s University, Royal Military College, Old Fort Henry, The Kingston Penitentiary, The K-Rock Centre, the Grand Theatre, Bellevue House (home to Sir John A. MacDonald), the Cataraqui Cemetery (Sir John A. MacDonald’s burial site), the International Hockey Hall of Fame, Wolfe Island and a number of cultural and community events. During the summer months, Old Fort Henry offers Sunset Ceremonies featuring 19th Century Soldiers. Kingston’s downtown is located directly on the harbour front of Lake Ontario. The historical downtown features beautiful heritage limestone buildings, shops, restaurants and pubs for everyone to enjoy.
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Bon Echo Provincial Park is a provincial park in South Central Ontario north of Kaladar, Ontario, approximately 6 km north of Cloyne. Bon Echo features several lakes, including part of Mazinaw Lake, the second-deepest lake in Ontario