Get Ready to Explore the Rideau in North Grenville

With the warmer weather here, people are itching to get on the water. Being situated on the Rideau River, North Grenville is the perfect spot to enjoy this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here are a few ways you can have fun on the water. 

Note: please use precautions, practice physical distancing, and follow provincial and local health authority guidelines.

Enjoy the views of the Kemptville Creek and Rideau River by taking a hike on one of our waterfront trails. Some favourites are: Turtle Trail in Ferguson Forest, Tip-To-Tip trail which starts at the lock station, the Waterfront Trail that connects to Old Town Kemptville, and the Libby Island Trail.
Kemptville Creek

Nearby beaches allow you to kick-back and relax. Rideau River Provincial Park is open and many of their recreational activities are available including walking, hiking, biking, fishing, portaging, boating, and birdwatching. Check out our blog on how to spend the ultimate weekend at the park.

At Baxter Conservation Area the beach and trails are open from dawn until dusk.

The Henry Street Beach in Burritts Rapids is also open. This serene spot is small, so be sure to ensure there is enough space for physical distancing. 

Paddling the Kemptville Creek or along the Rideau is a fun yet tranquil experience. See where you can portage here. Need equipment? Check out Drifters Outdoors Canoe and Kayak Rentals to get hooked up.

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North Grenville has re-opened local boat launches. Check out our local launches here. Locks on the Rideau are currently closed, but did you know that North Grenville is the start of the longest lock-free stretch of the entire historic Rideau Canal Waterway? Known as The Long Reach it extends 40kms from the lock at Burritts Rapids to the locks at Long Island, just north of Manotick. The tranquil beauty of this stretch of waterway belies its close proximity to Ottawa.  Pirate Cove Marina also has everything to meet your boating needs, including a great place to dock overnight with full amenities including a pool and park space!

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Visitor Information

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    Municipality of North Grenville

    285 County Road #44, PO Box 130
    Kemptville, ON
    K0G 1J0


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