The hidden gem of Westport, Ontario


From atop a nearby lookout, you can get a splendid view of Westport, which is on Highway 10 in Ontario, close to Kingston and the 1000 Islands. (Julia Pelish/Vacay.ca)

Photo by Julia Pelish
Vacay.ca Visuals Editor

WESTPORT, ONTARIO — Travellers are always on the search for hidden gems and tiny Westport is just that. Located in the Rideau Lakes system — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — the village is surrounded by waterways, including a fish sanctuary. You can get a spectacular view of the city and the area from atop Foley Mountain, which is just north of Westport. You can drive up to the mountain and access the trail that leads to Spy Rock. From there, you’ll see Westport, the Westport Pond to the west (on the right in this photo) and Westport Sand Lake. Upper Rideau Lake, one of the larger lakes in the system, is a little farther west.

The Village of Westport was founded in 1904 and became a destination for American tourists from Rochester and upstate New York who sought great fishing and quiet times. The town remains very charming, with The Cove Inn being the main hangout for drinks and fine food. The Wesport Bakery (33 Main Street) also has a reputation for turning out delicious treats and breads.

Westport is one hour north of Kingston, whose Division Street turns into Ontario’s Highway 10 that runs through town. From Toronto, it takes about 3.5 hours to reach the village by car.

This photo was taken from Foley Mountain, a quiet spot with picnic tables and pleasant, easy walking trails.

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