Rideau Lakes is a township located within Leeds and Grenville United Counties in Eastern Ontario, Canada. The township was incorporated on 1 January 1998 by amalgamating the former townships of North Crosby, South Crosby, Bastard, South Burgess and South Elmsley with the village of Newboro.[2]

Rideau Lakes
Township of Rideau Lakes
Municipal office
Municipal office
Location of Rideau Lakes
Rideau Lakes is located in United Counties of Leeds and Grenville
Rideau Lakes
Rideau Lakes
Rideau Lakes is located in Southern Ontario
Rideau Lakes
Rideau Lakes
Coordinates: 44°40′N 76°13′W / 44.667°N 76.217°W / 44.667; -76.217
Country Canada
Province Ontario
CountyLeeds and Grenville
Incorporated1 January 1998
 • MayorArie Hoogenboom
 • Federal ridingLeeds—Grenville—Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes
 • Prov. ridingLeeds—Grenville—Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes
 • Land729.09 km2 (281.50 sq mi)
 • Total10,207
 • Density14.0/km2 (36/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Postal Code
Area code(s)613, 343

Rideau Lakes lies in the northwest corner of Leeds and Grenville, and is geographically the largest municipality in the county.

Farming, tourism, and service industries form the backbone of the local economy. The many tourist attractions in Rideau Lakes, including historic trails, the stone arch dam at Jones Falls, and the Rideau Canal, are also an important part of the township's economy.

Rideau Lakes has 500 km (310 mi) of shoreline, excluding the Rideau Waterway. The waterway itself traverses the township, from the towering granite cliffs near Chaffeys Lock to the more gentle and pastoral areas of the Lower Rideau Lake.[3]



Rideau Lakes contains many villages and hamlets, including Chaffeys Lock, Chantry, Crosby, Daytown, Delta, Elgin, Forfar, Freeland, Harlem, Jones Falls, Lombardy, Morton, Newboro, Newboyne, Philipsville, Plum Hollow, Portland, Rideau Ferry, and Scotch Point. The township administrative offices are located in the hamlet of Chantry.

The independent village of Westport is entirely surrounded by Rideau Lakes, but is not part of the township.

The town of Smiths Falls is mostly located in Lanark County, while parts of the southern areas of the town is in the township of Rideau Lakes in the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville.



A plaque was erected by the Ontario Heritage Foundation commemorating the founding of Newboro with the building of the Rideau Canal in 1826–32. Benjamin Tett settled here in 1833. He opened a store and later a post office. The community served as a major construction camp during the building of the Rideau Canal. Newboro was a trade centre for the region's lumbering industry and agriculture. The economic development of the community was enabled by the shipment of iron ore from local mines via the Rideau canal to smelters in Pittsburgh and Cleveland during the latter part of the 19th century.[4] The Village of Newboro was incorporated in 1876.

Chaffey's Lock


A plaque was erected by the Ontario Heritage Foundation commemorating the founding of Chaffey's Lock by Benjamin and Samuel Chaffey, who established mills here in 1820. Samuel Chaffey settling here shortly thereafter. The site included a distillery and saw, grist, carding, and fulling mills by 1827. The mills were flooded by the building of the Rideau Canal. A plaque was erected by the Chaffey's Lock and Area Heritage Society commemorating the founders, early builders, and all who have been part of the Chaffey's Lock community. Plaques have been erected by individuals and families on the Memory Wall, at Chaffey's Lock Cemetery.

The Queen's University Biological Station is located just southwest of Chaffey's Lock.

Trout island is a double island on the Rideau lakes; it became famous for its great trout fishing. There are three cottages on the island.

Tourism and attractions


The Rideau Trail, a 300-km footpath from Kingston to Ottawa, passes through the township. The highest point on the trail is located in the Foley Mountain Conservation Area, which is located within the township. The Cataraqui Trail, a rail trail on a former Canadian National right-of-way, goes through the township, passing near Portland, Elgin, and Chaffey's Lock. The Old Stone Mill National Historic Site is located within the village of Delta.



In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Rideau Lakes had a population of 10,883 living in 4,696 of its 6,781 total private dwellings, a change of 5.4% from its 2016 population of 10,326. With a land area of 711.81 km2 (274.83 sq mi), it had a population density of 15.3/km2 (39.6/sq mi) in 2021.[5]

Canada census – Rideau Lakes community profile
Population10,883 (+5.4% from 2016)10,207 (-1.4% from 2006)
Land area711.81 km2 (274.83 sq mi)729.09 km2 (281.50 sq mi)
Population density15.3/km2 (40/sq mi)14.0/km2 (36/sq mi)
Median age55.6 (M: 55.2, F: 55.6)
Private dwellings4,695 (total)  6258 (total) 
Median household income
References: 2021[6] 2011[7] earlier[8][9]

Population trend:[10]

  • Population in 2011: 10,207
  • Population in 2006: 10,350
  • Population in 2001: 9,687
  • Population in 1996:
    • Bastard and South Burgess Township: 2692
    • Newboro Village: 291
    • North Crosby Township: 1097
    • South Crosby Township: 1910
    • South Elmsley Township: 3574
  • Population in 1991:
    • Bastard and South Burgess Township: 2610
    • Newboro Village: 282
    • North Crosby Township: 968
    • South Crosby Township: 1677
    • South Elmsley Township: 3065

Mother tongue:[11]

  • English as first language: 94.2%
  • French as first language: 2.1%
  • English and French as first language: 0.3%
  • Other as first language: 3.4%

See also



  1. ^ a b "Rideau Lakes census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-02-14.
  2. ^ "Ontario Summary of Municipal Restructuring". Archived from the original on 2021-03-16. Retrieved 2008-04-16.
  3. ^ "Township of Rideau Lakes". Archived from the original on 2019-01-10. Retrieved 2006-08-15.
  4. ^ http://www.heritagefdn.on.ca/userfiles/HTML/nts_1_5888_1.html Ontario Heritage Trust Founding of Newboro
  5. ^ "Population and dwelling counts: Canada, provinces and territories, census divisions and census subdivisions (municipalities), Ontario". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved April 2, 2022.
  6. ^ "2021 Community Profiles". 2021 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 4, 2022. Retrieved 2022-04-27.
  7. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 21, 2019. Retrieved 2012-02-14.
  8. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. August 20, 2019.
  9. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 18, 2021.
  10. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census
  11. ^ Statistics Canada 2006 Census - Rideau Lakes community profile