Camping in 2020

  • Starting September 4th, 2020, camping at some sites on the Rideau Canal has been made available at the Lockmaster’s discretion.

  • This includes camping for cyclists and hikers, as well as camping for boaters (paddlers and vessels under power)

  • Camping for organized groups (eg. Scouts, paddle groups) can be reserved on a case by case basis, by calling 613-283-5170 x278.

  • Unfortunately, due to measures taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Rideau Canal will be unable to offer “car camping”, or experiences reserved through Parks Canada’s online reservation system, such as oTENTiks, for the remainder of the 2020 Navigation Season

  • Situated along the banks of the historic Beveridges Lockstation and the gateway to the Tay Canal, the Lockmaster's House is your chance to experience an overnight vacation like no other. Here you are surrounded by sprawling green lawns and forest, adjacent a bustling boating and paddling corridor that brings friendly visitors and fellow travelers through the locks every day. This restored accommodation has everything you need to stay the night on your way through, or plan a week-long family getaway.

    Location

    The Lockmaster's House is located adjacent to Beveridges Lower Lockstation (Lock 33) situated on the Tay Canal adjacent to Big Rideau Lake. It is a 15-minute drive to the historic village of Perth and a short scenic drive away from the village of Westport.

    • 1h 15 minutes from Highway 401 Kingston
    • 1 hour from downtown Ottawa
    Address

    155 Beveridges Lock Rd
    Drummond/North Elmsley, ON

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    What to expect

    The Lockmaster’s House at Beveridges is a beautiful private home that fronts directly onto the quiet Tay Canal. Inside you will find a fully updated historic home, with all the amenities of a modern vacation rental. The fully equipped kitchen includes a cozy banquette for early morning coffee or late night games. The large dining room has seating for six and custom stemware and china for elegant celebrations. There are two completely renovated washrooms, one featuring a large soaker tub and glass-enclosed shower. From the outside wraparound deck, watch the boats lock up and down, while cooking a nice meal on the barbecue. The place comes stocked with unique board games and some good local literature, making the whole experiencing comfy and memorable.

    Inside the house
    • 3 bedrooms;
      (2 Queen and 2 Twin beds)
    • Luxurious bathrooms
    • Large dining room table
    • Elegant living room w/ fireplace
    • Modern kitchen appliances
    • Laundry facilities
    On the property
    • Large private deck with ample seating
    • Propane BBQ and propane
    • Private driveway and parking
    • Canoe
    • Fire pit and chairs
    • Historic lockstation

    Book your stay

    Reservations for the Lockmaster's House are managed by Rideau Lakes Cottages. For more information regarding reservations, rates and availability, visit their website.


    Things to do nearby
    Visit the Village of Perth

    A short 15-minute drive from Beveridges lockstation takes you to the historic Village of Perth. There you will find beautiful historic homes, an active main street with numerous fine dining options, casual waterfront patios on the Tay Basin, Stewart Park, and a long season of festivals and musical events on offer.

    Paddling

    Your canoe awaits you for gentle paddling up the Tay Canal or more adventurous travel on Big Rideau Lake. Grab your life jackets and paddles from the convenient storage shed attached to the house and experience an afternoon or early morning paddle on the water. Take a day trip to the beach at Murphy’s Point Provincial Park or paddle the quiet Tay Canal to explore the wildlife and natural shoreline at your leisure./p>

    Picnicking

    A number of picnic tables are scattered about the lockstation grounds if you feel like sharing a lunch with some new friends or simply watching the boats go through the locks. Use your fully-serviced kitchen in the house to prepare some snacks, then take them down to the lockstation just a short walk away from your front steps.

    See a Drive-in movie

    2 minutes away by car from the Beveridges lockstation you will find the historic Port Elmsley Drive-In which has been offering an outdoor movie experience since 1953. Pack up the kids and grab some snacks before taking a very short drive to the quaint outdoor theatre. For more information visit: portelmsleydrivein.com