Rideau Ferry

A must-see and traditional stop for boaters along the Rideau Canal, Rideau Ferry offers a superb culinary experience overlooking Big Rideau lake, a pristine beach and swimming area, hiking opportunities along the Rideau Trail, cycling routes, picnic areas, water and hydro for boaters at the marina, public washrooms, a liquor store, beer store and supplies for your travels. Moor overnight and visit a craft shop, attend the local church on Sunday morning and learn the surprising history of Rideau Ferry.


Try our maple syrup and award-winning garlic as you explore Rideau Ferry.



Rideau Ferry Yacht Club Beach in the Township of Drummond North Elmsley is located just off County Road 1 in Rideau Ferry on Yacht Club Road.

Tel: 1-800-267-3504 | 613 267 3504

Rideau Ferry Conservation Area

  • Phone:(613) 692-3571
  • Address:133 Yacht Club Rd., Rideau Ferry

Watch for swans, loons and many ducks, especially in spring. Finches and cardinals too.  Rideau Ferry is home to a substantial duck migration in spring and fall. A variety of birds and waterfowl can be spotted whiel enjoying the picnic along the shore of Lower Rideau Lake. Check out the beach, the village, marina, public dock area and the bridge.

How To Get There:
From Perth, take County Rd. 1 south of town to Rideau Ferry. Look for Conservation Area sign on left within the village. From Smiths Falls, take Hwy. 15 to Lombardy, go west on Rideau Ferry Rd. to village, cross over the bridge and Conservation Area sign is on the right.


Hiking the Rideau Trail

A multipurpose trail connecting Ottawa and Kingston allowing hikers, cross-country skiers and snowshoer’s the opportunity to travel the length of the Rideau Canal. The trail, with a total length of 387 kilometers,is maintained by the Rideau Trail Association and passes through the southern portion of North Elmsley. The Association holds regular hikes for members and guests.


Cycling along Rideau Ferry Road to Perth

Rideau Ferry Road (County Road 1) is equipped with paved shoulders ideal for cycling from Rideau Ferry to Perth. Along the route you will see farm gates to buy local produce, antiques, the famous Millar Brooke farm – home of Olympic Champion equestrian team Big Ben & Ian Millar, and a charming country store with traditional local home baking and meals to take with you.


Picnic Area & Overnight Camping

Take a rest at scenic Beveridges Lock on the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rideau Canal. Parks Canada O’TENTiks provide roofed accommodation sites complete with covered porches and traditional campfire areas.



Rideau Ferry Store

Convenience Store, Bakery, Ice Cream Bar, Specialty Foods, Gas Bar, ATM, The Beer Store and an LCBO Outlet selling wine and spirits.

  • Phone:(613) 264-9147
  • Address:1040 Rideau Ferry Road, Rideau Ferry

Sew Crafty

Family owned and operated store specializing in quilting, fabrics and craft supplies. Now carrying outdoor living products at the Ferry Garden. Also available are coffee, tea, and a selection of desserts at Rideau Lakes Cafe.


Water & Hydro

Rideau Ferry Marine

A full-service marine for boats up to 32 feet.


Church Services

Bethel United Church is located at the intersection of Port Elmsley Road and Rideau Ferry Road. This congregation is part of a rural ministry serving the communities of Rideau Ferry, Port Elmsley, Lombardy and suburbs of Perth Ontario. Families, neighbours, friends and visitors are always welcome. Services take place on Sundays.

  • Phone:(613) 267-1609
  • Address:1500 Rideau Ferry Road, Perth



Rideau Ferry is home to “Rock the Dock” music festival the bi-annual Rideau Ferry Vintage Boat Regatta, an event first started in 1897.  The “Ferry” also hosts several fishing derbies throughout the summer months and hosts the Manotick Classic Boat Show from time to time

  • “Rock the Dock” Annual Waterfront Music Festival
  • Bi-annual Rideau Ferry Yacht Club Boat Regatta in Rideau Ferry
  • Manotick Antique Boat show at the Public Docks in Rideau Ferry
  • Fishing tournaments on Rideau Lake


Township’s History

The Township of Drummond/North Elmsley was created in 1998 by the merging of the Townships of Drummond and North Elmsley.  It is located in central Lanark County and has a population of 7,773.

It is a mostly rural Municipality and is bounded by the Historic Rideau River Waterway to the south and the Mississippi River to the north-west.  It includes the Hamlets of Port Elmsley, Balderson, Innisville and Ferguson’s Falls.  The southern portion of the Municipality features many lakes,rivers and mixed forests while the more western and northern areas feature rolling hills and fertile farmland.  The Township is considered the southern gateway to Lanark County’s “Maple Syrup Trail.”

Township of Drummond/North Elmsley
310 Port Elmsley Road, Perth, ON  K7H 3C7
Tel: 613-267-6500
Website:  http://www.dnetownship.ca/content/history-0


History of Rideau Ferry

  • Cottage Country
  • Historic Dance Hall
  • Rideau Ferry Vintage Boat Regatta


Historic Sites

  • Beveridges Lock


Walking Paths

  • Walk from Rideau Ferry Docks to the Rideau Ferry Beach


Local Wildlife

  • Birds and Animals of Rideau Ferry include Canada Geese, Ducks, Herons, Cardinals, Blue Jays, Chickadees, Black squirrels, Chipmunks.



  • Docking, Restaurant, Hydro, Water, Shops, LCBO
  • Shuttle to Perth with Al’s Country Shuttle
  • Guided Birdwatching walk with Bob Volks at Rideau Ferry Conservation
  • Guided Wildlife Walk and Soundscaping with Chad Clifford at Beveridges Locks
  • Regatta History Tour with Scott Cameron
  • Guided Cycling Tours with Peter Wood
  • Indigenous methods of maple syrup production demonstration by Chad Clifford


Places of Interest

  • Public Docks at Rideau Ferry
  • Maple Syrup Producers; Temple’s Sugarbush in Fergusons’ Falls and Coutt’s Country Flavours in Rideau Ferry
  • Camping on Mississippi Lake; McCreary’s Beach Resort, McCullough’s Landing Campground
  • Camping on Mississippi River; Mal’s Campground
  • Beveridges Lock, 2 yurt-style permannet soft sided tents, called “O’TENTiks”
  • Lanark Archives in Drummond Centre
  • Marinas; Rideau Ferry Marine, John’s Marina and Wills Marina, plus a Private Marina on Poonamalie Road
  • Port Elmsley Drive-In Theatre
  • Tay River Reflections Spa
  • Rideau Ferry Yacht Club Conservation Area public beach (Rideau Valley Conservation Authority)
  • The Amish Store in Balderson
  • Balderson Village Cheese Store
  • Perth Wildlife Reserve on Tay River
  • Millar Brooke Farms  – Home of Olympian Ian Millar and equestrian legend Big Ben
  • Mississippi Lake National Wildlife Area
  • Trails: Trans Canada rail and the Rideau Trail
  • CC’s on the Rideau: full service restaurant with waterfront patio overlooking the Rideau Canal
  • Rideau Ferry Store – Convenience Store essentials, Bakery, Ice Cream Bar, The Beer Store and LCBO selling wine and spirits
  • Sew Crafty quilt shop in Rideau Ferry