Start to Canal Navigation Season Delayed

High water levels and flows caused by extreme amounts of precipitation have resulted in unsafe boating conditions across both waterways. For safety reasons, Parks Canada has delayed the start of the 2017 navigation season for the Rideau Canal and the Trent Severn Waterway by one week to Friday May 26, 2017.

Until May 26, 2017, the Rideau Canal and the Trent Severn Waterway are closed to all boat traffic and all forms of water-based activities are discouraged. This closure most importantly protect boater safety, and will help to prevent further shoreline erosion and property damage experienced by local residents and businesses. During this week, Parks Canada will continue to diligently make adjustments to water flows in order to restore safe conditions in preparation for the navigation season.

The public are welcome to continue to enjoy the canals' lock stations, which will be fully open to land-based visitors effective May 19, 2017 and lock staff will be on hand to welcome them.

All visitors are encouraged to always exercise caution around water but especially now with the current 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 us on twitter: Rideau Canal: @RideauBoatInfo@RideauInfoNav


Antique Boat Show set for Westport this summer

The41st MCBC Antique Boat Show will be held at Westport on Saturday August 12th, 2017 from 10am to 4pm. Overnight security will be provided on the Friday night preceding the show for those members who choose to arrive early. More details and the registration packages will be available by May 30th.  

Volunteers to help out either before or during the show are always welcome. Please contact Chris Lucas if interested - (613) 623-8407 or watercar822@gmail.com.


Looking for a summer job at the lake?

Recreation Employment Opportunity

The Big Rideau Lake Association is seeking a Camp Counsellor to be part of a youth staff team running a Day Camp programme for kids 4 to 12 years old, at Cow Island on Big Rideau Lake.   The 2017 Day Camp will run for 5 weeks starting July 3rd from 9-12 a.m. Monday to Friday. 

Requirements include:

  • Minimum age – 16 years
  • Competent swimmer  
  • Experience, skill and enthusiasm for working with children of various ages
  • Swimming qualifications preferred: NLS Bronze Medallion qualification (or higher)
  • First Aid and CPR is an asset

Staff will be responsible for:

  • Running the daily programme and assisting with planning
  • Collecting and accounting for registration and tuck shop sales

Camp counsellors will be paid $10.60 per hour for 4 hours shift (8:30-12:30) each day.  An adult camp coordinator will be involved to assist with programme planning and support. 

Applicants are invited to submit a cover letter and resume to recreation@bigrideaulakeassociation.com.


RVCA Launches Strategic Plan

A renewed vision for a thriving watershed will guide the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) during the coming years. The RVCA board of directors unveiled its new strategic plan at its board meeting held March 23. The plan builds upon the Conservation Authority’s past 50 years of success and will guide it towards a sustainable future.

RVCA Chair Lyle Pederson and General Manager Sommer Casgrain-Robertson are excited that the plan, entitled Conserving Our Watershed, Ensuring Our Future, charts a course to 2020. “We’ve worked hard to develop a set of strategies and plans that identify clear priorities for RVCA to undertake that are locally relevant,” said Chair Pederson. “These actions will benefit our local municipalities by protecting and restoring the value of our watershed.”

The RVCA’s renewed vision is for a thriving watershed with clean abundant water, natural shorelines, rich forests and wetlands, diverse habitat and sustainable land use that is valued and protected by all.

Four pillars guide program priorities to accomplish this vision:

  1. Develop and share watershed knowledge that advances decision making and leads to on-the-ground action
  2. Protect, restore and enhance watershed health and safeguard people and property from natural hazards
  3. Increase watershed awareness and appreciation and inspire action in others
  4. Operate a sustainable, well-managed, service-driven organization fueled by engaged employees

“All of our strategic priorities are also underpinned by five core values,” added General Manager Sommer Casgrain-Robertson. “Collaboration, balance, knowledge, integrity and excellence shape all that we do and how we do it as we serve the Rideau watershed and the people who live in it”.

This strategic plan is just one of several products that guide the ongoing work and conservation efforts of the RVCA. The 2016 RVCA Annual Report, 2017 Budget and Work Plan along with information sheets for each of our member municipalities show the past, present and future of Conservation Authority efforts.

To see the full strategic plan or any of these products, visit our website at www.rvca.ca (under “publications”) or call 1-800-267-3504 to have a copy mailed. 


Honouring Doug Good's Legacy

Doug Good passed away on Friday March 10, 2017, as the result of a tragic accident on Big Rideau Lake. 

Doug's obituary has now been published and his funeral arrangements have been made - http://scotlandfuneralhome.com/book-of-memories/2879963/Good-Doug/obituary.php.

"Doug Good of Portland in his 70th year. Beloved husband of Chris Quattrocchi. Dear father of Frank (Debby) of Osgoode and Lisa at home. Dear brother of Frances (Barry) Ross of Toronto. Fondly remembered by grandchildren, Laena and Mason Good, as well as niece and nephew, Alison and Kevin Ross. Predeceased by his parents, Thelma and Chet Good. 

The family will receive friends at the SCOTLAND FUNERAL HOME, 27 Main Street, Elgin on Sunday from 1-3 and 6-8. Memorial Service in Portland United Church on Monday morning at 11 o'clock. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations made to the Brockville Association of Community Living or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family."

Doug Good was a lifelong and ardent supporter of the Rideau Lakes community. To honour Doug's life and his commitment to the Big Rideau Lake and surrounding community, the BRLA is in the process of creating a Good Family Memorial Reserve Fund. This fund will support our shoal markers program, something very near and dear to Doug's heart; we will provide more details about this fund next week.

We have truly lost a great friend. 


Tragic Loss to Rideau Lakes community

To All BRLA Members and Friends

It is with sadness that we advise you that we lost two BRLA members this weekend, Doug Good and Mike Carty, in a tragic accident on Big Rideau Lake.

Doug and Mike’s passion for and commitment to their lake, community, friends and neighbours is surely a cornerstone of their continuing legacy.

We will follow up to give you final funeral arrangements when they become available.

We have lost two great friends.

Brian Hawkins, President


Westport in Bloom - Tree Sale Beginning Early

Message from "Westport in Bloom":

Hello cottagers! Just in case you’re starting to dream wistfully about spring and ways to make your piece of Heaven even more beautiful, we wanted to let you know that Westport in Bloom’s 11th annual tree sale is in full swing right now. Once again our non-profit volunteer organization is offering about 30 varieties of high-quality shade trees, fruit trees, and flowering trees and shrubs, up to or over 8 feet tall, and all at great prices. Most come with bare roots bagged in plastic, and so are exceptionally easy to carry and plant. As usual, the trees will be delivered in late April, the perfect time for planting. Check out our listings at westportinbloom.com under Trees, and contact jauer@kingston.net to place your order. Every tree you plant increases the beauty and value of your property and contributes to the health of our children’s environment, and every penny we earn is spent making Westport even more beautiful.


Decision on Rideau Lakes Ward and Council Review

At the meeting held on January 3rd, TRL council approved changes to the size of council and the number of wards. These changes are based on the second option presented in the consultant's report. Changes include:

  • Council will be reduced from 10 members to 9. The new council structure will include 8 councillors and a mayor.

  • The number of wards will be reduced from 5 to 4. Newboro will be merged with North Crosby to form a new Ward called "North Crosby-Newboro". There was no action taken to modify any of the other wards.

  • The 8 councillors will continue to be elected by ward with 2 councillors representing each of the 4 wards.

  • The Mayor will continue to be elected at large.

The decision is subject to a 45-day Appeal Period to the Ontario Municipal Board, and will take affect for the 2018 municipal elections.

Full details are available on the Township of Rideau Lakes website.