Coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts
  • Camping for boaters (paddlers and vessels under power) at most lockstations on the Rideau Canal

  • Camping space is allocated by the Lockmaster on a first-come, first-served basis and capacity at the station are at the discretion of the Lockmaster. Please note that when determining capacity, the Lockmaster must consider the requirement for appropriate social distancing.

  • Drive-up camping and camping for cyclists and hikers at lockstations will not be available until further notice

  • Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 mitigations, the Rideau Canal will be unable to offer oTENTiks or reservable camping for the remainder of the 2020 Navigation Season.

  • Group camping at Rideau Canal lockstations is still suspended and will is subject to approval though visitor services on a case by case basis. Contact 613-283-5170 x278

Visit the Rideau Canal COVID-19 page for updates on park facilities and services.

Starting June 1, 2020

Starting June 1st 2020, the Rideau Canal National Historic Site will offer limited visitor access and basic services along the entire system.

Visitors will be able to access the following services and facilities:

  • lockage, boat launches, access points and mooring areas;
  • day-use areas, including green spaces, picnic areas, and parking lots;
  • day-use trails, including some cycling access on designated trails and pathways;
  • lockstation grounds; and
  • public toilets where enhanced cleaning protocols will be implemented
  • camping (For boaters, paddlers and vessels under power only)
Visiting the Rideau Canal National Historic Site will be different than it has been in the past. Visitors are asked to plan ahead by checking the Rideau Canal National Historic website before they travel.

Live like a lockmaster in this beautifully restored accommodation where historic construction meets modern comfort. From your own defensible stone house overlooking the picturesque Sand Lake, watch the boats come through as you lounge on your private deck. At the water's edge below, toast hot dogs on a cozy fire or take the canoe out for a paddle. You will be awed by the tasteful décor inside this vintage home, and with unlimited access to your own dock and the manicured grounds around the lockstation, there are plenty of ways to enjoy a vacation with your friends and family.

Getting here

The Lockmaster's House is located adjacent to Davis lockstation (Lock 38) situated on high land between Opinicon Lake and Sand Lake. It is a short scenic drive away from the villages of Elgin and Westport.

  • 45 minutes from Highway 401 Kingston
  • 1.5 hours from downtown Ottawa

1822 Davis Lock Rd
Elgin, ON

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What to expect

The Lockmaster’s House at Davis is a beautiful private home that sits atop a hill above the lockstation grounds, surrounded by trees and water. Inside you will find a blend of old and new, with thoughtful modern spaces built in harmony with the existing frame of the original house. Historical artwork adorns the walls, while the kitchen boasts upscale appliances and the bathroom is a sanctuary of relaxation. From the outside deck you can watch boats arrive on Sand Lake below, 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 cottage
  • 2 bedrooms; 1 pull-out couch
  • Luxurious clawfoot bath tub
  • Large dining room table
  • Modern kitchen appliances
  • Laundry facilities
  • Original stone walls
On the property
  • Large private deck
  • Propane BBQ and propane
  • Private driveway
  • Private dock w/ canoe
  • Fire pit and picnic table
  • Historic lockstation
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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

Your own private dock and canoe awaits you at the foot of the hill below the Lockmaster’s House. Grab your life jackets and paddles from the house on your way out the door then head down for an afternoon or early morning paddle on the water. A shorter trip out onto Sand Lake lets you explore the shoreline at your leisure, or plan a full day trip up Opinicon Lake to Chaffeys Lock and the lockmasters museum.


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.

Visit Chaffeys Lock

10 minutes away by car from the Davis lockstation you will find the historic Chaffeys Lock. Here you can visit a museum bearing history of the Rideau Canal as well as a popular nearby resort offering live music and dining. Don’t forget to bring your camera to shoot photos of the many interesting sights, like the one-lane swing bridge on your way in.

Visit Jones Falls

A short 15-minute drive South of Davis lockstation takes you to the historic Jones Falls lockstation where you will find a sprawling grounds scattered about with different historic sights and activities. Visit the blacksmith shop and hear the hammering of the forge, or explore Sweeney House and get a sense of life in the 1800s.