The wish of most cottagers is to pass on their cottage to the next generation. Most are keenly aware of how special and valuable the cottage experience is, and of how difficult it will be for their children to be able to find and afford a cottage of their own. However, most are not aware of how many obstacles must be overcome to ensure a realistic chance of keeping the cottage in the family.

Some of these obstacles include:

  • Because of changes to the Income Tax Act, many cottages will have to be sold by executors upon the death of the parents simply to pay decades of accumulated capital gains tax liability .
  • A child’s separation or divorce may result in the cottage being sold to satisfy the financial demands of the divorcing in-law.
  • A health crisis such as a stroke or Alzheimer’s Disease causing mental incapacity may result in the government forcing a sale of the cottage.
  • Differences between the children’s incomes and expectations may cause such family friction that the cottage is sold by the children themselves within a few years of inheriting.

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Birth of Upper Rideau Lake

The highest elevation in the Rideau Canal system occurs at Rideau Lake. From there, the Rideau River flows towards Bytown while the Cataraqui River receives its water from lakes and streams that flow towards Kingston. At first, Lieutenant-Colonel John By saw the large lake as a natural reservoir that could be easily tapped at each end, but when labour costs on a nearby stretch of canal began to spiral out of control, he had to look for a way to save time and money. His radical solution was to divide the big lake in two.

A decade after this channel was completed, Thomas Burrowes painted a scene that barely hints of the misery this stretch of canal inflicted on its builders. The banks of the waterway are littered with the rubble that had been removed by pick axe and blasting powder by hundreds of men who were trying to artificially connect two major riversheds.


Narrows Lock cut historicalRocky cut at the Isthmus,to join Rideau Lake and the Waters falling into Lake Ontario, looking South, 1841
Thomas Burrowes fonds
Reference Code: C 1-0-0-0-37
Archives of Ontario, I0002156

When NOT to go walking in the woods – or when to go if you are a hunter

White tailed deer

White tailed deer: Nov 5 to Nov 18,  (Bows only: Dec 3 to Dec 9)



Wild Turkey

Turkeys: Oct 9 to Oct 21, (Bows only: Oct 1 to Oct 31)




Ontario logoOntario hunting regulations summary This annual hunting guide summarizes the rules and regulations for hunting in Ontario. It provides information about hunting licences and fees, as well as up-to-date regulations and seasons for each game species. Upper Rideau Lake is in wildlife management area WMU 67.

Hazard buoys Upper Rideau Lake

hazard buoyURLA Hazard Marking Program.

Since 2001 URLA has set out navigation markers on the Upper Rideau Lake to mark hazards in McNally Bay, off Round Island and on the Little Brothers in Kanes Bay. The buoys are set out as a service to our members and to contribute generally to boater safety on the lake. They complement but do not replace other tools available to the boater: the navigation chart for the lake, the Parks Canada channel markers, and markers placed by other organizations such as Westport to mark the channel into its harbour.

The program is completely run by volunteers who give their time and the use of their boats to sustain the program. At the north end of the lake, George Ingram and Don Rasmussen, joined this year by Dennis Duncan, maintain the Round Island and the Little Brothers buoys.   In the past few years, Peter Newgard with his sons-in-law, Paul Byrne and Marc Robichaud have taken over management of the McNally Bay buoys.

Each year the buoys are set out close to the long weekend of May to coincide with the opening of navigation on the Rideau Canal and taken off around Thanksgiving weekend when the canal closes.  The buoys are set out under a permit from Parks Canada which stipulates that the buoys must conform to Transport Canada’s requirements as outlined in the Private Buoy Regulations.   The setting out and removal of the buoys is reported to the Canadian Coast Guard which issues a “Notship”, a notice to mariners.

This fall ( 2018) two new buoys have been purchased from Go Deep, a Canadian supplier in New Brunswick.  This purchase was enabled by funding received from the Rideau Lakes Environmental Foundation (many thanks to members who have donated to the Foundation) which allows us to replace buoys currently in service and provide potential for expansion if needed.

We regularly inspect the anchor chains, buoy chains and connectors on all the buoys and undertake replacement where necessary.

A network of volunteer “buoy monitors”- persons living full time on the lake who can see the buoys from their properties, has been set up.  The monitors keep an eye on the buoys in their area and notify us should a buoy come off its anchor.

New recruits are always welcome.  Anyone wishing to volunteer, please contact the Upper Rideau Lake Association at mail@urla.ca

URLA Tree Planting Program

74E9F493-F988-43A3-92DF-2B2D3325EE98Select native “bare root” trees and shrubs will be available once again this spring, free to URLA members. Choose from the plants below to help form a natural lakeshore, and contribute to better lake water quality. Naturalized shorelines stop nutrients from leaching into our lake, help prevent soil erosion and can reduce the growth of algae and weeds in the lake.

Trees available this year include Black Willow (prefers “wet feet”/moist conditions), Bur Oak (moist/dry conditions), Chokecherry(moist to dry conditions), Eastern White Cedar (moist conditions), Eastern White Pine (moist/dry), Hard (Sugar) Maple (intermediate to dry conditions), Larch (wet/moist), Red Maple (wet/moist), Red Oak (moist/dry), Silver Maple (wet/intermediate), White Birch (moist/dry), and White Spruce (moist/intermediate).

Shrubs available include Black Elderberry (prefers wet/moist conditions), Gray Dogwood (moist/intermediate), Highbush Cranberry (wet to intermediate), Nannyberry (wet/moist), Pussy Willow (wet/moist), Red Osier Dogwood (wet to intermediate), Sandbar Willow (wet/moist), Sweet Gale (wet to intermediate), Alternate Leaf Dogwood (moist/intermediate), and Serviceberry (moist to dry conditions).

Note: All plants are bare-root and small compared to those purchased commercially. Bare root seedlings should be planted within a day or so of pickup, if at all possible.

Orders: Minimum orders per variety of both trees and shrubs are groups of 10 plants. Orders must be placed by Friday, December 7, 2018 by contacting John McDowell by email at lakeshore.urla@gmail.com, or by telephone at 613-722-5829. Please make sure to include your name, phone number, and email address, when submitting your order.

Pickup: Plants may be picked up between 11 a.m. and noon on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at the North Crosby Municipal Yard on County Road 10.   However if this date is not possible for you please identify who will pick up your order for you.

Some species will sell out, and URLA has a maximum number of trees available. All plants come in bundles of 10 only.

URLA All Candidates Meeting

internet votingThe Upper rideau Lake Association has created a web page and is hosting an All Candidates Meeting on October 6 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the North Crosby Community Centre (875 – 8th Concession Rd) to hear each candidate’s answers to our six questions. Help decide who best represents the interests of residents of the Upper Rideau Lake community. This year you can vote online or by phone so if you are a seasonal resident you will find it easy to help elect a representative who shares your priorities. Click HERE to see who can vote, if you are on the voting list, how to get on the list and how to vote on line or by phone. https://upperrideaulakeassoc.wordpress.com/all-candidates-township-of-rideau-lakes/

E-mail the topics you would like raised and/or possible questions you would like to have posed at urlaallcandidatesmtg@outlook.com.


logo lake networking groupThis document includes the information gathered about local All Candidates Meetings as well as the Candidates Questions that have been provided to date by all lake associations including URLA  Lake Newtorking Group Information re 2018 Municipal Election