Towns & Trips
10 minute drive from Lazy Loon Lakehouse
Although the Village of Westport is Ontario’s smallest municipality by land area, it’s the landmark between Kingston and Ottawa for charming boutique shopping, a winery, restaurants, ice cream stores and a picturesque harbour. The downtown core has been preserved, making the village a must-see Ontario heritage destination. It’s the perfect destination for coffee and shopping, brunch and shopping, lunch and shopping or even shopping and dinner.
Since the village lies along the Rideau Canal at the west end of Big Rideau Lake, boating on these waters makes a wonderful day trip. Fishing in the Westport area is plentiful because of the fish-rearing ponds managed by the provincial government. Yellow perch, smallmouth bass, pickerel, and Northern pike populate the waters. If planes are more your thing, just outside Westport is the aerodrome which is managed by the Rideau Lakes Flying Club.
30 minute drive from Lazy Loon Lakehouse
Well known across Ontario as one of the most picturesque towns in the province, Perth is a true landmark not to be missed. It’s been a destination ever since 1893 when a 22,000 pound cheese known as the ‘Mammoth Cheese’ was produced in Perth to be exhibited a world exposition to promote Canadian cheese around the world.
Browse galleries and boutiques and enjoy elegant dinners by award-winning chefs including Chopped Canada winner Nick Valiquette at the Stone Cellar restaurant. If burgers are more your style, the Rocky River Café is known for huge hamberburgers and one of a kind sweet onion rings with a side of maple syrup.
30 minute drive from Lazy Loon Lakehouse
Chaffey’s Lock is a beautiful spot to unwind and enjoy the beauty of the lock, the one lane swing bridge, the old grist mill, the Marion Dunn Heritage Trail, the Trans-Canada Trail and the Lockmaster’s House Museum. It’s a perfect place for a picnic and a walk along the canal.
15 minute drive from Lazy Loon Lakehouse
A small community, Newboro is adjacent to the Newboro lockstation of the Rideau Canal. It’s a quick trip to enjoy an ice-cream, lunch or dinner or even for fishing near the lock or Newboro Lake. In winter, Newboro hosts both a winter carnival and the famous Rideau Lakes Cup Dog Sled Races.
25 minute drive from Lazy Loon Lakehouse
Portland lies along Highway 15 and is situated in Bastard Township on the southeast side of Big Rideau Lake. Portland was first settled in the early 19th century and the original seven houses in Portland, informally known as “The Landing”, were a transfer point for passengers travelling from Brockville and continuing by barge to Perth.
An international speed skating tournament called Skate the Lake is held each winter on Big Rideau Lake. It’s a rare sight to see a Zamboni creating a race track on a lake. There are races for everyone, but it also attracts international competition.
50 minute drive from Lazy Loon Lakehouse
Looking for a drive-in movie theatre (just North of the 401 on Division Rd/#10 Highway) or a great restaurant or a museum? Nick-named the “Limestone City” for its grand 19th-century buildings, including the lakeside Kingston City Hall, Kingston is the closest large city.
Situated on Lake Ontario at the mouth of the Cataraqui and St. Lawrence rivers this city is filled with signature experiences. From trolley tours, culinary adventures, farmer markets and a revitalized waterfront, Kingston makes a busy day trip that could last from early in the morning to late at night. The helpful tourism office is in the heart of the waterfront tourism locale.
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