Canada 150 'Paddle Down the Tay' this weekend

The Friends of the Tay Watershed Association are holding a Canada 150 event - 'Paddle Down the Tay' - on Saturday September 16th.


The guided visit starts at 10:00am, at Perth's Last Duel Park, and will tour 10 kms. of the Tay to Beveridge Locks.  Along the way, paddlers will:

  • be introduced to local flora and fauna by Shaun Thompson, retired biologist with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources; over 40 species of birds have been documented here over the years (
  • visit historic sites, including the Last Fatal Duel in Canada, and Lock Five of the 1834 Tay Canal
  • take a brief stop at RVCA's Perth Wildlife Reserve dock and Tay Marsh viewpoint
  • be introduced to one of the most diverse streams in the region
  • optionally, join the International Coastal Cleanup Day; cleaning up our waterways and oceans ( ). Note, individual participation in the cleanup on this tour is optional (materials supplied).  
  • enjoy refreshments and a get-together at Beveridge Bay, after locking through Upper and Lower Beveridge Locks.

Transportation will be available, back to Perth to pick up vehicles (please advise if need ed). There is no cost for this trip (and no charge for the locks, thanks to Parks Canada’s Canada 150 Program). 

Please confirm by e-mail or telephone – at:    
Telephone:  (613) 264 0094 or 267 2079
The Friends of the Tay Watershed Association                                                   

‘We all live downstream …. !’

Watershed Discovery Day - August 19th in Perth

To Members and Friends, of Friends of the Tay Watershed

Join the Friends of the Tay Watershed with your water questions - whether on floods, drought, wetlands or programs for the care of watershed resources - at the 17th Annual Watershed Discovery Day, Saturday, August 19, at Perth's Farmers' Market, Crystal Palace, from 8:00 to 1:00.  Something of interest for the whole family; with interactive displays on the state of our watershed, with experts from Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, Town of Perth,  Watersheds Canada, Rideau Environmental Action League and Lanark Stewardship Council.  For the children, Story Hour at 11:00, book table and draw, see the water critters, and interact with the Fish Pond and Wetland display.  (More at

Renew your membership, there or online, for 2017/18, and be eligible for the draw of two gift certificates to Maximilian's restaurant.  

Asking for lake users input!

Important research is underway on Big Rideau Lake by Dr. Steven Cooke's team at Carleton University. Those of you who attended the BRLA AGM last month will remember the fascinating presentation Dr. Cooke made to us about this work - looking at the black bass (largemouth and smallmouth) populations, and their health and movement throughout the lake as affected by the seasonal changes and fishing tournament activities.

Dr. Cooke's lab is now conducting a social science survey to characterize and understand stakeholder perceptions of the black bass population and black bass management in Big Rideau Lake. They are seeking input from lake users, and we encourage all BRLA members to participate.

Please take the time to fill out this short survey (takes 10 min) and feel free to share with your fellow lake users!

Manotick Classic Boat Show in Westport Saturday August 12th

The Manotick Classic Boat Club's annual show which will be at the Westport docks on August 12th. If you have an old boat and/or an interesting boat, you are invited to participate in this year's show. The deadline for registration is July 31st. Susan Moir at is the contact for registrations and Chris Lucas at is the person to contact if you have questions regarding the show.

Check the club's website and Facebook page for pictures and stories. 

See the links below for notices:

Registration Package (Updated)

Boat Museum Photos

Tackling the issue of boat wakes

Big Rideau Lake cottagers and residents will likely be interested in the initiative of a nearby township in Eastern Ontario, which is petitioning the federal government to introduce new temporary rules restricting boaters' wakes along the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Last week, the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands passed a motion calling for wakes to be restricted to 15 inches — or approximately 38 centimetres — within 300 metres of the shoreline.

Wakes have been causing significant damage to properties along the seaway this year, as heavy spring rainfall has meant the water level is about 75 centimetres higher than normal, said Jeff Lackie, the councillor who introduced the motion.

To read a recent CBC article about this initiative, click here.

Mississippi-Rideau Staff to Meet with Local Land and Business Owners

Media Release: "The Mississippi-Rideau Drinking Water Source Protection (MRDWSP) staff will be meeting with land and business owners this summer in the communities of Almonte, Kemptville, Merrickville, Montague, Smiths Falls and Westport who may be using chemicals that could pose a risk to the municipal drinking water systems.

This work is being done by MRDWSP staff on behalf of the local municipalities as they strive to meet the requirements of the Ontario’s Clean Water Act. The locally produced and supported Source Water Protection Plan sets out ways to ensure long-term protection of municipal drinking water supplies. Drinking Water Protection Zones are outlined in the Mississippi-Rideau Source Protection Plan and are areas where the drinking water source is more vulnerable and as a result has special protection. 

Certain activities that take place within these zones can pose a risk to the municipal drinking water supply. Chemicals known as dense non-aqueous phase liquids (DNAPLs) are heavier than water, meaning that they sink and do not dissolve in water. These chemicals are harmful to human health and are very difficult and expensive to clean up. DNAPLs may be present in dry cleaning chemicals, paints, paint strippers, degreasing and cleaning agents, lubricants and adhesives. If these chemicals are present, Mississippi-Rideau Staff will work with land and business owners to ensure that proper practices are established and recognized so that current activities do not pose a threat to the drinking water source. 

MRDWSP staff will also endeavour to meet with municipal councils prior to starting their work in each of the six communities to outline provincial requirements and the value of these outreach projects to the long-term protection of local drinking water resources.

The Mississippi-Rideau Source Protection Region is made up of the Mississippi Valley and Rideau Valley watersheds. The Source Protection Committee and staff are supported by the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority and Rideau Valley Conservation Authority.

For more information about Mississippi-Rideau Source Water Protection and Drinking Water Protection Zones visit"

More information:   

Kaitlin Brady, Resource Technician, Mississippi-Rideau Source Protection Region,  613-692-3571 or 1-800-267-3504 ext. 115,

Le Boat granted license to Operate on Rideau Canal in 2018

Parks Canada News Release

"Parks Canada manages one of the finest and most extensive systems of protected natural and cultural heritage areas in the world. 

Parks Canada announced today that European inland waterway boating company, Le Boat, has been granted a licence to operate along the Rideau Canal National Historic Site beginning in the 2018 navigation season. 

Representatives from Le Boat and Parks Canada signed the agreement today at the Rideau Canal headquarters and discussed plans for the upcoming launch of this new, unique visitor experience on the Rideau Canal. 

Le Boat offers high-end, self-hire cabin cruiser boats equipped with a modern kitchen and sleeping quarters with en-suite bathrooms for multi-day cruising experiences. Le Boat will be bringing 16 such boats in 2018 with a goal of at least 32 boats in the next 5 years. Self-hire boating is popular in Europe and it is expected that offering a similar experience on the Rideau Canal will result in an increase in visitors to Ontario. 

Parks Canada is committed to the protection, conservation and presentation of the Rideau Canal. The Agency actively works with businesses, municipal governments and interested stakeholders along the Rideau to develop new and innovative programs and services to allow more Canadians, including youth and newcomers, to experience the outdoors and learn about our environment and history. 

Parks Canada is encouraging visitors to plan their trips and discover new and exciting destinations, like the Rideau Canal, by consulting Parks Canada’s website or downloading the NEW Parks Canada Mobile App, for a list of hidden gems and other unique and memorable ways to celebrate Canada 150. 


“As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, our government is committed to providing visitors with high-quality and meaningful visitor experiences at Canada’s most treasured places. Initiatives such as self-hire canal boat operations will encourage economic development and support job creation along the Rideau Canal as well as create further opportunities for visitors who do not own boats to experience the history and beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage Site from the water. I look forward to seeing Le Boat operations next season.” 

The Honourable Catherine McKenna 
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and minister responsible for Parks Canada 

“We are extremely excited about establishing our footprint in North America, and especially pleased to be launching our new venture in the beautiful province of Ontario, Canada. The picturesque Rideau Canal is a vacationer’s dream and the place to be next summer. With endless land and water activities along the route from fishing, paddle boating, canoeing to hiking, biking and bird-watching, this will be an experience our customers will never forget.” 

Cheryl Brown, Managing Director of Le Boat 

Quick Facts 

  • Le Boat presently operates in eight European countries. 
  • Le Boat clients tend to be groups and couples aged 55+ and families with children aged 8+.  They are well-travelled and loyal customers (30% repeat visitation) with a large percentage from France, Germany, Switzerland, the UK and the USA. 
  • Le Boat holiday experiences allow renters to be the captains, provided they hold a valid Pleasure Craft Operator Card and complete an orientation course with Le Boat. 
  • Le Boat boats are safe and easy to drive and will meet all government regulations. All boats will be equipped with bow and stern thrusters for manoeuvring into and out of locks. They are also completely bumpered for safety and have a capped speed of 10 km an hour for the Rideau. 
  • Le Boat North American Headquarters and operations will be based in Smiths Falls, Ontario. 
  • The Rideau Canal was designated as a World Heritage site by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee in 2007. 
  • The Rideau Canal is a recreational paradise, attracting visitors from across North America and beyond to travel its 202 km length and explore its historic engineering and military feats at 24 unique lockstations."

Associated Links 

Parks Canada 
Rideau Canal 
Parks Canada mobile app


Marie-Pascale Des Rosiers
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Media Relations
Parks Canada Agency

June Update from Township of Rideau Lakes

Time is flying by as we are into our last week of June.  July is almost here and I hope you are ready to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.  Happy Birthday Canada!!
Portland Transfer Station  
The Site is open Saturday, July 1st from 8am – 11am only. 
Regular hours of operation at the Site are Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8am – 4pm.  Items that are accepted free of charge at the Portland Transfer Station include all recycling materials, electronics, scrap metal, tire (clean & off the rim), leaves/grass clippings/dead flowers.
All waste entering the site is chargeable at a rate of $218/tonne, with a minimum charge of $10.00.  Small amounts of construction material are accepted (e.g. drywall, lumber, shingles, insulation, windows/doors, carpet/flooring, etc). Demolition material is not accepted (if you tear down a house/shed/garage). Bagged waste entering the Site, MUST BE IN CLEARBAGS (dark bags are not accepted). The Site accepts cash, debit, mastercard/visa. Personal cheques are not accepted. Bag tags are not valid at the Portland Transfer Station.
Canada’s 150th Events
For information regarding events taking place in Rideau Lakes for Canada’s 150th, visit the Events page on our website at
Environmental Services Open House
Do you have questions about your curbside collection or the Portland Transfer Station? Come see us at our 4th Open House and find out about your waste and recycling collection services, what materials can be recycled, the landfill site, and other topics related to waste and recycling.  Join us from 4:00pm-7:00pm at the South Elmsley Community Hall on Thursday, July 6, 2017. The hall is located at #441 Hwy 15 in Lombardy.  Staff will be there to answer your questions or to address any concerns you have about waste and recycling in your Township.
Household Hazardous Waste Day – Saturday, July 15th, Lombardy Fair Grounds
The United Counties of Leeds and Grenville is hosting one of their household hazardous waste event in Rideau Lakes this year. The event is being held on Saturday, July 15 from 8:30am-2:00pm at the Lombardy Fair Grounds at 6 Kelly Road, Lombardy.  Mark your calendar or set a reminder, as this is the only opportunity for you to dispose of your household hazardous waste in Rideau Lakes this year.  If you cannot attend this event, go to to view the County poster with other dates & locations in 2017.  This event is free of charge and open to residents in Rideau Lakes and the Village of Westport.  
Hazardous Waste Items include:

  • Batteries (household & car)

  • Paint/Stains/Primers

  • Solvents

  • Used oil/gasoline/diesel (must be in container)

  • Fluorescent light bulbs & tubes

  • Household cleaning products

  • Household detergents, waxes

  • Pharmaceuticals (pills, medicine, NO needles)

  • Pesticides/Fertilizers/Herbicides/Insecticides

  • Propane tanks (1 lb single use only)

  • Propane tanks (20lbs)

  • Swimming pool chemicals

  • Windshield washer fluid

  • Spent fire extinguishers

  • Aerosols

  • And other hazardous products

Sunday Island Service – For Island/Water Access Only Property Owners
In 2008, Sunday Island Service was introduced and a few years later it was extended to all residents. However, in 2017 this Sunday Service is once again only available only to property owners that do not have road access. Any resident who owns property on an island or has strictly water access only will benefit from this weekly service representing your curbside collection. If you live on the mainland and have weekly curbside collection you are not entitled to use the Sunday Service.

All rules associated with curbside collection apply for Sundays - Visit our website at or the Township calendar for details. Construction or demolition material and other large items will not be accepted during this Sunday Service. Names and proof of address will be required and recorded during Sunday Island Service.
Please note the time of this Service has also changed. Township trucks will be at locations from 4pm-6pm ONLY until Thanksgiving weekend at the following locations.  You are not permitted to leave your bags before or after the service hours. Illegal dumping is a fineable offence.
Rabies Clinics
The Health Unit holds Rabies Clinic in Rideau Lakes and surrounding areas each year.  The 2017 clinics are - Wednesday, September 13 at the Municipal Office in Chantry from 2:00-6:00pm and Wednesday, September 20 at the Elgin Fire Hall from 2:00-6:00pm.  Visit the Health Unit’s website for more information.
Brush Voucher
Each household is entitled to one free half ton truck load of brush in 2017.  Email Amy at to get your voucher number before you visit the Site. 
Amateur Photo Contest
Back by popular demand! Photos are being accepted until August 31st, for our 2018 calendar!  Would you like to see your photo in the next edition of the Township Information Calendar? If so, submit your amateur photos of Rideau Lakes, (maximum of 4 per person) on a cd or by email (in jpeg format) to  Contact Amy for more information.
Township After Hours Service
Is available for issues that cannot wait until the next business day – call 1-877-798-5725.  Please do not use this number for inquiries about your waste and recycling collection, taxes, to advise that your road needs grading or animal control. This number is for urgent issues such as a tree down, flooded road or washout.
Portland Transfer Station Improvements
Plans are well underway for improvements at the Portland Transfer Station. We hope to begin construction early fall, to avoid interfering with summer traffic. You will see improvements take place throughout the fall and winter to separate the waste and recycling areas, re-locate the weigh scales, improve entrance and exit area to address safety issues and make the site more user friendly. During the improvement phase, please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
Recycle at The Beer Store
Did you know? 
In 2016 there were 1,577,574,979 bottles/containers collected at The Beer Store, as part of their Green take-it-back recycling program. Non-refillable glass is recycled into new bottles or fibreglass insulation; aluminum is recycled into new aluminum cans; PET (plastic) is recycled into plastic lumber and other plastics products; cardboard/boxboard is recycled into new paper products.
Did you also know?
That you can recycle all of your liquor, spirits and beer products at The Beer Store. What does this mean? The Beer Store accepts beer bottle caps, wine corks, mesh sleeves, beer cartons/cases, wine boxes, cans, bottles, paper bags and all other packaging. Any product that was generated from your purchase at the LCBO, The Liquor Store or The Beer Store, can be taken back for recycling at The Beer Store.
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H & S Co-Chair
Township of Rideau Lakes
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Four Winds Brigade

The Four Winds Brigade consists of four brigades of voyageur canoes, following wind and water from the north, south, east and west, converging:

  • at the confluence of waters,
  • on Asinabke—aka Victoria Island,
  • at the foot of Parliament Hill,
  • on Canada’s birth day, July 1, 2017.

Traditionally, voyageur canoes carried a cargo of furs and trade goods. For this voyage, these canoes will carry a different kind of payload—ideas, hopes and dreams. Their mission is to draw attention to the need for everyone, from citizen advocacy to the highest political echelons to the spirit of reconciliation—they want to see a Canada where all cultures can work and live together in peace and harmony and justice, and to also highlight reconciliation with the ecosystems that support us.

For more information, and to follow its progress:

Sunday June 25th - Four Winds Brigade travelling across Big Rideau Lake.

Classic Boat Tour on July 15 - Portland to Rideau Ferry

The Manotick chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society is hosting a boating tour that is planned on July 15 from Portland to Rideau Ferry. The organizer is Graeme Beattie; anyone interested in signing up for this fun event can contact him at or at 613 232 3436. Please give some thought to this event and sign up if you can. Happy Boating from the board of directors of the Manotick chapter!