History the lake

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old-stone-mill-national(1) Old stone mill national historical site Delta ON
Newboro lock 18th century Newborough lock 18th century
19th century canoe.jpg Upper Rideau Lake; from the North side of the Isthmus, 1830
Thomas Burrowes fonds
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Archives of Ontario, I0002153

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The Rideau Canal, opened for navigation in 1832, is the oldest continuously operated canal system in North America. In 1826, Lt. Colonel John By of the Royal Engineers was assigned to create a navigable waterway from Kingston to Ottawa through a wilderness of rough bush, swamps, and rocky terrain. Five years later, in the fall of 1831, one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century was essentially complete. The Rideau Canal is one of North America’s most beautiful navigable waterways, with exquisite stonemasonry admired to this day.  MORE



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Westport heritage tours

In Westport Village visitors will find a wide range of things to see and do. Including walking the historic streets of Westport to discover shops offering everything from antiques and original artwork to unique fashions and jewelry. Take a step back in time with a visit to the captivating Rideau District Museum, or discover the natural beauty of Foley Mountain Conservation Area where you can find a breathtaking view of the entire Village from atop Spy rock.

Walking tour 1.:http://www.frontenacarchbiosphere.ca/explore/fab-trails/hike/heritage-walking-tours/westport-heritage-walking-tour


Newboro Heritage Tour

Newboro hosts one of the four blockhouses built by Colonel John By to protect the Rideau. Whether you come by boat or by car, the lockstation is a nice place to stop, get out, and stretch your legs. Also, check out the Newboro Loon, located in “downtown” Newboro.   http://www.twprideaulakes.on.ca/newborotour/tour-newboro-web.pdf

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Perth Heritage walking tour

Established in 1816, the era when Upper and Lower Canada were
British colonies, Perth was one of three strategic defensive outposts
created along the Rideau Corridor after the War of 1812. Named
after a town and river in Scotland, this small frontier centre, located
in a large wilderness tract, became the social, judicial and
administrative hub for the Scottish and Irish who settled here.


Rideau heritage route

Rideau heritage route

Let our Travel Guide lead you on an adventure along the Rideau Heritage Route. Wind your way through charming communities, historic sites and spectacular recreation areas from Kingston to Ottawa.



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