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Westport, viewed from Foley Mountain

Westport is a tranquil village of 700 people in the Rideau Lakes at the west end of Upper Rideau Lake, the head of navigation for the Rideau Canal system.


Initial settlement began between 1810 and 1820, with Westport incorporated as an independent municipality in 1904. By 1829, Westport was the site of a saw mill and grist mill; the construction of the Rideau Canal in the mid-1800s contributed to the growth of the village as a local commercial centre. Westport received many Irish immigrants following the Great Famine (1840s through 1860s); St. Edward's Catholic Church, built in 1859 at Concession and Bedford, served as a community centre. A railway ran from Brockville (and the St. Lawrence River) to Westport from 1888 to 1952. A provincial fish sanctuary was established at the Westport Pond in 1957.

Get in[edit]

By motorcar:

  • From Perth (Ontario), head south on County Road 10; this road leads through Westport to Kingston, ending at Queen's University.
  • From Kingston (Ontario), take Perth Road (401 exit 617) north. The 50km/30 mile drive takes the better part of an hour on a winding two-lane road through rural countryside with many small lakes.
  • From Highway 15 and the Rideau Canal, Westport is directly west of Crosby/Newboro on the former Highway 42.

Upper Rideau Lake is north of Newboro lock station on the Rideau Canal; Westport is at the northwest corner of the lake. Westport Harbour's marina has docks for thirty boats, a visitor's centre and a picnic area.

Westport and the Foley Mountain Conservation Area are part of the Rideau Trail, a hiking trail from Kingston to Ottawa.

There is no scheduled bus or rail service in Westport village. The last train ran from Brockville to Westport in 1952. There is a tiny airstrip for private planes, but the closest (limited) passenger services are in Kingston.

Get around[edit]

As of 2010, there was one cab in the village (Celtic Cab, +1 613-767-9257 [1]). It is also possible to dock a small boat at Westport Harbour's marina and then walk to destinations within the village.

Conversely, one can drive to Westport, park in the village and rent a boat to go onto the lakes:

  • Norris Bait and Tackle, #8877 Hwy.42, Westport K0G 1X0, +1 613-273-6462. Hunting, fishing, bait, tackle, guns, boat rentals.
  • Scotty's Cool Breeze, 73 Concession St, Westport K0G 1X0, +1 613-273-7268. Chip wagon, garden centre, bait, tackle, boat rentals.



  • Fishing in the area is good; yellow perch, smallmouth bass, pickerel and northern pike populate the waters.
  • Foley Mountain Conservation Area, 105 Perth Road N, Westport, +1 613-273-3255. 800-acre park atop a granite ridge overlooking Upper Rideau Lake. On Rideau Trail (Kingston to Ottawa) with hiking, swimming, sand beach picnic areas, outdoor educational programmes.
  • Rideau Lakes Golf and Country Club, 326 Sunnyside Rd, Westport K0G 1X0, +1 613-273-2937, toll-free: +1-800-835-0570. Nine-hole golf course on the south shore of Upper Rideau Lake. $20-35/person.
  • West Winds Ranch, 116B Wolfe Lake Road, Westport K0G 1X0, +1 613-273-8188. Horse farm and kids' summer camp; pony ride, farm tours, petting zoo, barn yard games, toys & mazes. $6/person.


  • Blues on the Rideau. Sept-May, 7-11PM, one day a month. Series of live blues performances at the Cove Inn with local performers, each show a fundraiser for a different local cause. $65/person.
  • Santa Claus Parade. end-November.
  • Westport Antique Show and Sale. First weekend in June.
  • Westport Music Festival. mid-August. A single-day festival with live local musicians on three outdoor stages (The Cove, SOHO’s, A Victorian Reflection). The Westport Arts Council operates various events through the year, covering an artistic range from literature to photography, music, cinema, sculpture and pottery.


  • There are various small shops along Church Street and Bedford Street in the heart of the village.
  • Lake Effects, 16 Bedford St., +1 613-273-7799. Hammocks, maps, outdoor mats and furniture.




  • Cove Country Inn, 2 Bedford-on-the-Water, Westport K0G 1X0, +1 613-273-3636, toll-free: +1-888-COVEINN (2683466), fax: +1 613-273-3466. Licensed dining room, waterfront patio, pub/piano lounge, 10-room inn and 6-room 1870s bed and breakfast house ($100-150/night).
  • Nordlaw Lodge, 489 Crozier Road, RR#1 Westport, +1 613-273-2920. Lakefront fishing lodge cottages and villas on Bob's Lake; all meals included. $120-140 per person.
  • Westport Station Motel, 51 Concession St., +1 613-273-3627. Located at the terminus of the former Brockville & Westport Railway; the Diner is housed in the original train station. $85-95/night.
  • Cobblestones at Bolingbroke, RR #3 Maberly K0H 2B0 (12 km north on county road #36, on left just past Farren Lake), +1 613-273-5950, fax: +1 613-273-5977.
  • 1 Water Wood Westport Bed & Breakfast, 44 Concession St (On 42 between Rideau St. & Bedford across from the Vet's office), . Check-in: 3 pm, check-out: 11am. A charming, artsy, airy, large country home operating as a traditional Bed & Breakfast accommodating up to 7 people featuring local food products for delicious breakfasts. Within a short walk from parks, beach, harbour, Scheureman's Winery, Westport Brewery, restaurants and The Cove for live music. CAD $145/rm.


  • Westport Harbour, +1 613-273-8621. 6AM-5:30PM. Visitor’s Centre with wi-fi, 'phones, washrooms, showers, marina, picnic and barbeques, fuel and oil.

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