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Rideau Lakes Real Estate
Rideau Lakes is a township in eastern Ontario covering a large area around the Lower Rideau, Big Rideau, and Upper Rideau Lakes. The Rideau Lakes area includes many smaller communities like Delta, Elgin, Portland, and Newboro.
The larger town of Smiths Falls sits just beyond Rideau Lakes at its northeastern edge, on the banks of the Rideau River. At the western edge of Upper Rideau Lake is the community of Westport. Although surrounded on all sides by Rideau Lakes township, Westport is an independent municipality.
Smaller villages within Rideau Lakes are:
- Plum Hollow
Central Rideau Lakes is accessible from Kingston to the southwest in around 40 minutes. Ottawa is approximately an hour away to the northeast.
Apart from the main chain of lakes, connected by the Rideau River, the Rideau Lakes area is home to hundreds of smaller lakes, tributaries, and watersheds making it a prime destination for lakeside recreation and living.
Residential real estate in the Rideau Lakes area includes lake cottages, medium-sized single family homes, and empty lots for building a custom home of your own.
Around the many lakes in Rideau Lakes, homes often include docks of their own. Some will even have a boathouse or boatlift, useful for the winter months. View Homes For Sale In Rideau Lakes.
The typical style for these homes is traditional, with a wood frame and siding design. Large decks, cozy attic spaces, and open interiors are common.
There are also many resort-style communities and developments offering attached homes and condos. These are great for those who plan on visiting for part of the year, or those looking for a convenient income property the rest of the year.
Land is also available on the Rideau Lakes market, including farms, empty lots for development, and even a number of private islands.
When buying a home in Rideau Lakes, you should consider the kind of proximity you’re looking for to water. Lakeside or waterfront ownership entails a number of concerns, including being open to the sights and sounds of a potentially busy waterway. There’s also the added maintenance associated with a dock and shoreline of your own.
Waterfront property along the Rideau Waterway means that everything will be closer together - both your neighbours across the water, and any passersby on the water itself.
Things To Do In Rideau Lakes, ON
Falling within Southeast Ontario’s Cottage Country, Rideau Lakes offers all of the same attractions, beauty, and activities that make the cottage lifestyle so attractive to so many.
There’s boating, fishing, hiking, swimming, and general outdoor relaxation of the summer months. And, in the winter, there’s snowmobiling, ice-fishing, cross-country skiing, and skating.
The International Big Rideau Lake Speed Skating Marathon is a popular annual event held on Big Rideau Lake.
There are also a number of historic sights to see in Rideau Lakes, including:
- The Stone Arch Dam at Jones Falls
- Rideau Waterway
- The Old Stone Mill in Delta
Each one of the towns and communities in Rideau Lakes offers something different, from shopping to fishing, to boating, dining, and more. With over 500 kilometers of shoreline to explore, you’re bound to find some adventure or the home of your dreams.
Golfers can also enjoy the Rideau Lakes Golf & Country Club. Dating back to 1964, this 9-hole course is great for all skill levels.
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