Update on TRL Official Plan Update Process

The Township of Rideau Lakes is embarking on a major update to its Official Plan. The purpose of the Official Plan is to ensure that future planning and development meets the community’s needs, and regular updates are required under the Planning Act. As part of this update process, there have been a number of public consultation exercises to identify what those needs are, including public meetings and surveys. The next item on this agenda is an Open House on Waterfront Development.

Open House: Waterfront Development

Friday July 12, 2019
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Portland Community Hall
24 Water Street

As part of the Community Consultation Strategy for the Official Plan Update there will be an Open House to discuss Waterfront Development on July 12, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Portland Community Hall at 24 Water Street, Portland, Ontario. This session will include topics such as fish habitat, vegetated shorelines and ensuring the water setback is consistent with the United Counties’ Official Plan. 

Any additional feedback on the Official Plan Update is welcomed at any time during or after the Open House. Please contact staff by phone, email or appointment to provide comments to help staff and Council gain a greater understanding of what you would like to see in the updated Official Plan. 

For more information on the Major Official Plan Update, to submit comments or to add your email to our notification list please contact Brittany Mulhern, Manager of Development Services at bmulhern@twprideaulakes.on.ca or 613-928-2251 ext. 244

The Official Plan Update Community Consultation Strategy can be found online here.

Survey #3: Resilient Communities

Deadline: Thursday, June 13

The Resilient Communities theme was identified by the public as an important topic to review as part of the Official Plan Update. This theme consists of several topics that play a role in the ability of the municipality to manage development to help our communities adapt to environmental, social, and economic changes that present new challenges to the community at large. These topics are climate change, social resiliency, the adaptive reuse of historical buildings, community improvement plans, our ability to rehabilitate contaminated lands, and environmental servicing options. This survey was created to receive public feedback on Discussion Paper #2 - Resilient Communities. A summary of the Discussion Paper can be found here

Complete the survey online here by end of day on Thursday, June 13. 

RVCA - "Water Safety - Bobs and Christie Lakes Slowly Declining in Rideau Valley Watershed"


The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority issues frequent statements about watershed conditions in the Rideau Valley area.

MOST RECENT STATEMENT:  The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) is terminating the Flood Watch that was previously in effect and issuing a High Water Safety message for properties around Bobs Lake and Christie Lake.

Click here to read the full statement.

Check the RVCA website for other updates and information.

May Long Weekend FOCA Elert


Click here to read the most recent newsletter of the Federation of Ontario Cottagers' Associations, which includes a number of articles of interest to Big Rideau Lake cottagers and boaters such as cottage closing tips, end of season updates, lake environment and public policy news.

Poonamalie Lock 32 / Final Phase of Historic Masonry Complete

Parks Canada Update:

The final phase of historic stone masonry repairs at Poonamalie Lock 32 are now finished. The contractor is currently completing landscaping and site restoration to welcome visitors for the 2019 navigation season. 


Since last November, the contractor has completed repairs on all wing walls and approach walls, the monoliths, upper breast wall, gate sill and recess floor, as well as the lock chamber walls. This work included repointing, grouting and stone replacement. As part of this project, the team replaced old concrete repairs, which had been completed 30 to 40 years ago, with heritage stone. This realigned the east wall, which increased its stability, improved its aesthetic, and extended its lifespan.

This project is part of Parks Canada’s unprecedented $3 billion dollar investment over 5 years to support infrastructure work to heritage, visitor, waterway and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada. These historic investments will mitigate health and safety risks, halt the loss of nationally significant built heritage and stimulate the economy in communities across the country.

 A Brief History of Poonamalie Lock 32

The Poonamalie site’s original name was First Rapids, as it is the first lockstation encountered in the descent toward Ottawa on the Rideau system. According to local folklore, the name Poonamalie was derived from a town in India named Poovirundavalli where the British Army stationed a garrison in the early 19th century.  An officer of the Royal Engineers felt the cedar-lined roads at First Rapids were reminiscent of those he had seen while serving in India. 

The channel in this section of the Rideau Canal is nearly 2.5km and bypasses the original rapids in the Rideau River. In addition to the lock, earth dam, and weir, a defensible lock master’s house can also be found at this site. This building was originally built in 1842 and remains in use to this day.

For More Information:

For up-to-date news on infrastructure work along the Rideau Canal, please visit www.pc.gc.ca/rcInfrastructure. For questions regarding this project, please email RideauCanal.info@pc.gc.ca and include “Poonamalie Lock” in the subject line.

Rideau Canal Navigation Season Open


“Parks Canada advises that the Rideau Canal 2019 Navigation Season will begin as scheduled on Friday, May 17, 2019. All lock stations will be open to receive boaters and land-based visitors as of Friday, May 17, at 9 a.m. Visitors are encouraged to always exercise caution around water. This is especially important during any periods of elevated water levels and flows.

For more information about the Rideau Canal, visit www.parkscanada.gc.ca/rideau, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @RideauCanalNHS. For the most current boater specific information, please follow on twitter: @RideauBoatInfo, @RideauInfoNav”

Bursary Available from Friends of the Tay Valley

Do you know a continuing student who could use a little financial support?

The 2019 Water Guardian Bursary is open to a graduating student or an alumnus of a Tay Watershed high school pursuing post-secondary studies in Environmental Science or a related program concerned with the environment and water sustainability. 

Being a bursary as distinct from a scholarship, this opportunity offers the student financial assistance based not on marks, but on a passionate interest in the environment and water sustainability. 

Notices have been posted and application forms made available at each of Smiths Falls Collegiate Institute, Perth and District Collegiate Institute, St. John Catholic High School in Perth and the Granite Ridge Education Centre in Sharbot Lake. Check with the Guidance Councillor. 

Information and an application form are also available at http://www.taywatershed.ca/documents/BURSARY-2019.pdf Applications and supporting letters may be submitted to the appropriate school person for bursaries and scholarships for onward transmittal to The Friends of the Tay Watershed Assn. 

Applications may also be submitted directly to the Friends of the Tay Watershed Assn
by e-mail to friends@taywatershed.ca  , subject “Bursary”
through Canada Post to P.O. Box 2065, 57 Foster St., Perth, K7H 3M9