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WestportCanada

This small but friendly lakeside town is a popular destination for keen anglers, hikers and swimmers. 

This sleepy township of Westport on the western bank of Upper Rideau Lake attracts visitors looking for a quiet escape from nearby Ottawa and farther afield. Westport is the perfect spot to spend an afternoon with your fishing rod in hand, to explore the surrounding woods or to shop at the specialty stores that line the town’s main street. Swim from the sandy shore of the lake in summer or enjoy a home-cooked meal in a cozy restaurant in winter. With nearly two centuries of history, Westport offers plenty to discover.

The earliest European settlers arrived in the area in the first two decades of the 19th century, when the settlement was known as Head of the Lake. Its strategic position helped the town grow and it was officially incorporated in 1904. Westport operated as a trade center, with goods being delivered by rail and on barges on the Rideau Canal. While the train no longer runs to Westport, it was this line that brought the first tourism to the region.

Today the area’s natural beauty and sparse population attract people looking for a refuge from the nearby cities. Spend a day exploring the small town center to discover a selection of specialty stores selling local produce, hand-made items and souvenirs. Find a seat at a restaurant for some small-town hospitality. Sample fish caught from the lakes and canal.

Rent a boat or sign up for a fishing charter from the Westport wharf. The small wharf is a great place to meet locals returning from a day on the lake. Venture into the surrounding region to hike along the Rideau Trail. The 186-mile (300-kilometer) path goes through the Foley Mountain Conservation Area and offers stunning views across Westport.

Westport is located between Ottawa and Toronto and can be reached by bus from either city or by car via Canada’s network of highways. Find accommodation in the town center.

Top Hotels in Westport

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Victorian luxury suites
The Victorian luxury suites
3.5 out of 5
16 Church St, Westport, ON
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
$157
per night
Mar 31 - Apr 1

Situated in Westport, this bed & breakfast is within a 5-minute walk of Upper Rideau Lake and Westport Community Arena. Big Rideau Lake and Burridge Lake are ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (9 reviews)
Modern Luxurious Room in Heritage Home

"Beautiful room in heritage home. Bathroom was luxurious and bed very comfortable. Everything is new and very clean. Loved the kitchenette with fridge and microwave. Appreciated the coffee, fresh fruit, bagels and muffins for breakfast. Westport is a pretty little place with great shopping, food and ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2019

The Victorian luxury suites
The Cove Country Inn & Spa
The Cove Country Inn & Spa
3.5 out of 5
2 Bedford Street, Corner of Bedford and Main Streets, Westport, ON
$85
per night
Mar 31 - Apr 1

Situated in Westport, this beach inn is within a 10-minute walk of Upper Rideau Lake and Westport Community Arena. Big Rideau Lake and Burridge Lake are also ...

4.2/5Excellent! (53 reviews)

"Quiet. Music at night, needs a full length mirror in room. Breakfast just ok."…"

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2019

The Cove Country Inn & Spa
Best Western Plus Perth Parkside Inn & Spa
Best Western Plus Perth Parkside Inn & Spa
3.5 out of 5
82 Peter Street, Perth, ON

Situated in a shopping district, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Perth Museum, Studio Theatre Perth, and Stewart Park. St. James Anglican Church ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (299 reviews)

"Great location, close to shops and restaurants. Very clean."…"

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2020

Best Western Plus Perth Parkside Inn & Spa

Popular things to do in Westport

Frontenac Provincial Park
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Frontenac Provincial Park

4.5/5(9 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Frontenac Provincial Park, a lovely green space in Frontenac. Wander the marina or discover the area's waterfalls.

Sharbot Lake Provincial Park
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Sharbot Lake Provincial Park

Explore the great outdoors at Sharbot Lake Provincial Park, a lovely green space in Sharbot Lake.

Big Rideau Lake
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Big Rideau Lake

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Big Rideau Lake during your travels in Rideau Lakes. Discover the waterfalls while you're in the area.

Kilborn's on the Rideau
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Kilborn's on the Rideau

Enjoy an outing to Kilborn's on the Rideau during your stay in Newboro. Amble around the area's lakeside or visit its zoo.

Perth Museum
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Perth Museum

See what life was like for early European settlers as you explore this meticulously restored house that is now a museum.

Upper Rideau Lake
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Upper Rideau Lake

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Upper Rideau Lake during your travels in Rideau Lakes. Discover the waterfalls while you're in the area.

Top activities in Westport

Private Boldt Castle Helicopter Tour
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Private Boldt Castle Helicopter Tour

$155
Per adult
Private 1000 Islands Helicopter Tour
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Private 1000 Islands Helicopter Tour

$94
Per adult

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