We couldn’t think of anything more wonderful than spending a weekend exploring a new area with friends and family. Here is a list of all the fun adventures that await you on your next road trip to the Rideau Heritage Route.
Did you know that the Rideau Heritage Route holds the trophy for the oldest canal still being operated in all of North America? It is no wonder that while visitors and locals alike travel along the canals shores they find a richness of history and nature that keeps them returning. With many museums and blockhouses, a fort, a mill and many quaint villages, you cannot resist being charmed by this unique piece of Canadian history.
Take a day to get one with nature in its most frosted form. Grab some skis or snowshoes and choose one of four stunning trails that are perfectly groomed to be slid across gracefully. Choose from four incredible trails; Murphy’s Point Provincial Park, Foley Mountain Conservation, Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation and the Cataraqui Trail. Choose your trail based on experience as you can ski for anywhere from 4 to over 120 kilometers!
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If you are someone who loves to search for the most unique and rare art, then you have to plan a trip through the artistic haven offered along the Rideau Heritage Route. Even if you just enjoy the adrenaline that happens when you enter a new boutique shop to find rare goodies. Explore and meet local artists and shop owners and find the next statement piece for your living room.
Head over to Seeley’s Bay for a sweet treat at Ridgway Confections on any Friday, Saturday or Sunday between 11am and 5pm. Choose from gourmet chocolate bars, brittles, barks and boxed chocolate collections before you continue on your travels through the Rideau Heritage Route.
Located at the century-old Historic Washburn Grist Mill, this heritage site has been transformed into a multi-faceted tourist spot that you won’t want to miss. Find yourself whisked away by Randal Doner’s Stainless Steel Sculptures that depict life-size figures from musicians to athletes and then find something for yourself from Darlene Doner’s Serling & Stone Jewelry collection.
Drive over to Merrickville to experience one of North America’s leading glass art institutions. Family owned and run, the Gray’s are in the business in creating and selling awe-inspiring glass art with a creative twist. Watch demonstrations, learn about the innovation and talent that goes into glass art and order your very own piece at this incredible glass blowing gallery.
Just five short minutes from Westport, Kilborn’s provides a unique shopping adventure for every age. Find everything you can imagine with a local touch from fashion to shoes to art. Get a true respect of the local culture in the stunning displays and homey atmosphere as you explore the three buildings in this modest department store.
Skating is always an awesome winter activity, and Skate the Lake Portland takes it to the next level. Keep an eye out for 2019 dates, and tell the kids to bring their friends for this awesome two-day event! Kids can learn to curl, skate on the ice and watch fireworks while the adults enjoy the warming areas and food concessions before and after taking part in the world-class speed skating race!
Be sure to dress for the weather before you make your way to Beverley Lake Park to take a stroll through over 100,000 festive lights magically placed to help you find your festive spirit! Take a wagon ride tour from the fairgrounds to the park, or simply park and walk at your own pace and take in the twinkling lights. Keep an ear out for Christmas carols being sung, and be sure to tell the little ones to bring their Santa letters as he will be coming to town to find out who is naughty and who is nice!