Westport is located at the west end of Upper Rideau Lake, at the head of the navigable Rideau Canal system. A public wharf on a man-made island has dock space for up to 30 vessels. Fees are charged according to the going rates along the Rideau System.
The harbour also has a picnic area, barbecues, and sewage pumpout facilities.
Fisherman can try their luck in Upper Rideau Lake, Westport Lake, Sand Lake, and several other nearby lakes. Fishing is particularly good here because of the fish-rearing ponds set up by the provincial government 45 years ago. Perch, smallmouth bass, pickeral and pike populate the waters. ** Please note that you are not permitted to fish in the pond.
Harbour and Village Info: 613-273-2191
Visitor Welcome Centre & Chamber of Commerce: 613-273-2929 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rideau Canal Waterway: 613-283-5170 or 800-230-0016
Westport Airfield: 613-273-3290
Rideau Trail Hiking Association: 613-545-0823
It’s just a short walk from the harbor to the downtown core with its variety of unique shops displaying art-works, crafts, jewelery, clothing and furnishings. Accomodation is plentiful, with numerous cottages, lodges, tent and trailer parks and campgrounds. Westport has its own public beach and there’s one at Sand Lake, just west of the village, too. For a thrilling view of the entire basin, take the walk to the peak of Spy Rock. Or you might want to try a guided tour of Foley Mountain Park, the highest conservation area in the Rideau Valley, featuring a variety of wildlife in 600 acres of woods and fields, and a sandy beach. The 300 km Rideau Trail, linking Kingston to Ottawa, passes through the conservation area.