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Westport’s walking country roads…

Stay active during the spring/summer months. Join us for a free outdoor walking program!

Meet at Lockwood Park – 31 Spring Street
Please wear appropriate footwear and bring a water bottle
Rain or Shine – excluding extreme weather conditions



Date :

October 4,6,11, 13 and 18, 2017 from 9 am to 5 pm


Event location :

Westport, ON


Contact :

Emily Beelen
Phone contact: 613-272-2799 Ext.256

Art camp by Westport Arts Council

10-14 yr old multi media art camp with Carolyn Schaub. 25$ per person 9:30 – 2:30pm at St Paul’s Anglican Church Hall Westport, Ontario.


Date :
Monday, August 21, 2017


Event location :
Westport, ON


Contact :

For more info, please contact
Phone contact: (613) 2723 8788

2017/18 Line-up for BLUES ON THE RIDEAU @ THE COVE INN announced!



Choose The Blues Productions is pleased to announce the Line-Up for the 2017/18 Season of Blues On The Rideau at The Cove Inn in Westport Ontario – our 13th year! – and in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday it’s a great one – all Canadian bands plus an American guest – Tas Cru.

BOTR @ The Cove has come to be recognized as one of the premier Blues Series in the country featuring some of Canada’s best artists (Juno and/or Maple Blues Award, Western Canadian Music Award and Quebec Lys Blues Award winners/nominees) – as well as a few American Special Guests. The shows take place in the friendly, intimate setting of this 140 year old classic country inn in one of the most beautiful villages in eastern Ontario – Westport – located on the shores of Upper Rideau Lake on the world famous Rideau Waterway only a 1.5 hour drive from Ottawa, 45 minutes from Kingston, 2.5 hours from Syracuse, 3 hours from Toronto and Montreal.

The Cove Country Inn
2 Bedford St.  Westport, Ontario  K0G 1X0

This years Series features 10 shows in total – one a month from September through May (December excluded) including two 2 Night Stands – Jack de Keyzer in January and David Rotundo in May. All shows take place from 7-11 pm. The ticket price remains the same (for the fourth year in a row) – $65 (plus HST). That includes a delicious full course buffet dinner, door prizes, and dancing.

Proceeds from each show goes to support different local charities. To date over $64K has been raised for the Westport community with the goal of another $5K this season.

The always delicious Cove buffet

Enjoying their meal

Every BOTR show is a Fundraiser for a local charity

Cove audiences love to dance!

Standing ovations are the norm at BOTR shows

DAVID ROTUNDO BAND on a previous visit May 2014 with Cove Manager/bass player superb Seamus Cowan stepping in for a song. Davis is back this year for a 2 Night Stand May 11 & 12 and hes also doing an ACOUSTIC LUNCH w. Seamus on the Saturday so youll want to reserve for that too!

The artists love to play at BOTR – heres the ANGEL FORREST BAND from March 2016

– Angel is back to open the Series this year Sept 22


September 22 – ANGEL FORREST BAND (Montreal)

October 27 – BLACKBURN (Toronto)

November 24 – TAS CRU w. WICKED GRIN (NY State/Ottawa)

January 19 & 20* – JACK DE KEYZER BAND (Toronto) * 2 Night Stand



March 16 – SEAN PINCHIN BAND (Kitchener)

April 20 – BOOGIE PATROL (Edmonton)

May 11/12* – DAVID ROTUNDO BAND (Toronto/Mexico) * 2 Night Stand

FULL DETAILS on this years Series including ARTISTSS BIOS, LINKS TO THEIR WEBSITES and YOU TUBE videos  – as well as all THE CHARITIES being supported  can be found at – Click on 2017/18 Season

You can also download this year’s poster there.

More info on THE COVE INN can be found at

DINNER & SHOW is only $65 pp (plus HST)

ADVANCE RESERVATIONS are required and can be made at The Cove, by phone

1-888-COVEINN or 613-273-3636 or by email

ACCOMMODATION is available at The Cove and nearby B&B’s and theres a motel in town but book ahead. All the beds in town usually sell out on BOTR nights. 

Blues On The Rideau is produced by Choose The Blues Productions

in co-operation with The Cove Inn

Sponsored by: Perth Brewery , Jacob’s Creek Wines , DAWG FM Ottawa , LAKE 88 Perth and the Ottawa Blues Society

July + August Events @ The Cove!

Happy Canada Dayyyyyyyyy!

So, yeah. Canada Day is quite a big one this year. Let’s hope everyone is safe and happy on the party trail!
Enjoy your summer and be sure to stop in for a some R’nR with music, drink and food at The Cove inside or on the patio!
See you soon!

Seamus and all of us at The Cove
Instagram @thecoveinn
Twitter @thecoveinn


Every Wednesday RACK ‘n TUNES/OPEN MIC with SHAWN McCULLOUGH (Country, Westport) 7-10pm

Every Thursday JAZZ NIGHT with SPENCER EVANS TRIO (All Styles of Music!)…

… Jul.13 ILA VANN (Soul Legend), Aug.3 SAVANNAH SHEA (New Soul Diva) 9-11pm
Every Sunday Afternoon HEAD OVER HEELS on the PATIO (Acoustic Folk, Gananoque) 12:30-3:30pm


Sat.Jul.1 HAPPY 150th CANADA! HEAD OVER HEELS (Acoustic Folk, Gananoque) 6-9pm

Mon.Jul.3 RUEBEN DeGROOT “Leaving on a Rocket, Last Show in Ontario!” with guest GREG BALL(Folk/Rock, Kingston) 12:30-3:30pm

Fri.Jul.7 GRANT FULLERTON (Formerly of LIGHTHOUSE, Rock, Toronto) 7-11pm $10

Sat.Jul.8 DAVE BALFOUR (Folk/Rock, Westport) 6-9pm

Fri.Jul.14 YOUNG PETTY STONES (Classic Rock of Eagles, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Rolling Stones from Montreal/Westport) Buffet + Show 7-11pm $50 + HST

Sat.Jul.15 STRUNG OUT TO DRY with Chris Morris and Friends (Folk/Rock, Kingston) 6-9pm

Fri.Jul.21 MONKEYJUNK (Blues/Rock, Ottawa) 7-11pm $60 Buffet & Show

Sat.Jul.22 HEAD OVER HEELS (Folk/Jazz/Blues, Gananoque) 6-9pm

Fri.Jul.28 TAYLOR ANGUS + LOGAN BROWN (Acoustic Soul, Kingston) 6-9pm

Sat.Jul.29 HONEY + RUST (Folk/Rock, Ottawa) 6-9pm


Fri.Aug.4 JOHN WILBERFORCE (Folk/Rock, Kemptville) 6-9pm

Sat.Aug.5 CHRIS MURPHY (Celtic/Folk, Perth Road Village) 7-11pm

Sun.Aug.6 ERIC UREN (Folk/Rock, Kingston) 6-9pm

Fri.Aug.11 HENRY NORWOOD + WADE FOSTER (Country, Perth) 6-9pm

Sat.Aug.12 TONY SILVESTRI (Classic Rock Keyboards, Trenton) 6-9pm

Fri.Aug.18 MUSICwestport Festival Kick Off Party with THE PEPTIDES (Funk/Pop, Ottawa) $50 Buffet + Show

Sat.Aug.19 11th Annual MUSICwestport Outdoor Live Music Festival 9 Bands. 2 Stages. Festival Market.

Fri.Aug.25 LLOYD SPIEGEL (Acoustic Blues Master, Australia!) 7-11pm Buffet + Show $50 + HST

Sat.Aug.26 TAYLOR ANGUS + LOGAN BROWN (Acoustic Soul, Kingston) 5:30-8:30pm

Fri.Sept.1 TOM SAVAGE + SEAMUS COWAN (Folk/Rock) 5:30-8:30pm

Sat.Sept.2 KING of the SWINGERS (Old Time/Dixieland) 5:30-8:30pm

***All Events Subject To Change. Please Call For Reservations***
The Cove Country Inn 1.888.COVE.INN

Milling Demonstration Delta

The 200-year-old mill stones in the Old Stone Mill in Delta will start turning at 1 pm, grinding heritage wheat into flour. Come on out and see how top quality flour is made. Admission is free (donations appreciated).


Date :
Saturday, July 29, 2017


Event location :
Rideau Lakes, ON


Contact :

Westport and Rideau Lakes family fishing week

Fish license-free! Take a friend fishing! Ontario Family Fishing Weekend (OFFW) events make it easy to try fishing in Ontario waters for the first time (or the first time in a long time).

The government of Ontario designates several days during which Canadian residents can fish license-free in any water body where fishing is allowed. During all other periods, most Canadian residents between the ages of 18 and 64 years must purchase an OUTDOORS card and a fishing license to legally fish in Ontario.


Date :
Saturday, July 1 to Sunday, July 9, 2017 | 12 am to 11:59 pm


Event location :
Westport / Rideau Lakes, ON


Contact :

Township of Rideau Lakes – July ongoing events

1BINGO every Monday night at the Westport Legion and Thursday night at the Elgin Lions Hall. Doors open at 6:00pm.



BRIDGE every Tuesday at 1:00pm at the Elgin Municipal Complex.  Info 613-359-6192.


3COFFEE DROP-IN: Throughout the Township come and enjoy a bit of social fun! Bring your latest craft project, a deck of cards or just yourself.  Children are welcome.  Donations appreciated.  Every Monday morning from 8am to 10:30am at the Delta United Church – call Pat Philips 613-928-2712; Tuesday mornings in Morton – Morton Mug – contact Linda Gamble 613-387-3799; every Wednesday morning from 10am to Noon at the Newboro Community Hall call Andi 613-272-5335 or Joan 613-272-2393; Thursday mornings at the Portland Community Hall contact Betty James 613-272-2461and every Friday morning at the Elgin Municipal Complex Community Hall from 9:30am – call Linda Carr 613-272-2227.



COMMUNITY BREAKFAST every 4th Tuesday at the Harmony Lodge in Philipsville starting at 8:00am. Sponsored by the Philipsville Masons, everyone is welcome. Contact Ross Hawkins for information 613-359-5833.

COMMUNITY LUNCH first Friday of the month at the Elgin Municipal Complex – soup and sandwiches – contact Linda Carr 613-272-2227 and the 4th Tuesday of every month at the Portland United Church Noon to 1pm call 613-272-2002 for details.


5COMMUNITY SHOPPING BUS sponsored through the Portland Seniors Club leaves for the local shopping mall in Kingston every 2nd Tuesday of the month.  Call Vicki at 613-272-2676 to reserve your seat.  Cost $15.00 return trip.  Not just for seniors!  All ages welcome.



EUCHRE is played Monday afternoons at the South Elmsley Community Hall (Marie Jordan at 613-283-4035), Tuesdays afternoons at the Elgin Municipal Complex Community Room (Doug Summers 613-359-5744), Wednesday evenings at the North Crosby Community Hall (6 hand) (Jim Mulville 613-273-3008), Thursday evenings at the Westport Legion (Trish Purdon 613-273-7017) and at the Delta Legion every Friday at 7pm (Pat Philips 2712).  Forfar Euchre is every Friday at 7:30pm in the hall.


7HAMBURGER FRIDAY every Friday until the end of Sept. 12pm-2pm burger, sausage, hot dogs and fries available every week. Royal Canadian Legion Upper Rideau Branch #542, Westport.



CLOGGING – Join Dorothy at the Newboro Community Hall, 15 Drummond St, every Wednesday evening at 7pm to learn how to enjoy Clogging, a dance form imilar to tap, but uniquely different.  You don’t have to be experienced – all levels are welcome.  It’s free – but donations toward the use of the hall would be appreciated.  Wear soft-soled running shoes and bring your water!  You’ll be busy having fun!



PICKLEBALL Tuesday and Thursday mornings at Shillingston Park in North Crosby.  Equipment is available for beginners to try their hand at the game.  Come for some fun, outdoor play and exercise!  Everyone is welcome.  Call Jan at 613-273-3839 or Don at 613-273-9178.

PICKLEBALL is now in NEWBORO at Lorne Park behind the canteen building on the old tennis courts.  Join us every Monday, Wednesday or Friday morning.  Everyone is welcome.  Call Jan at 613-273-3839 or Don at 613-273-9178.



SPAGHETTI DINNERS 1st Friday of every month at the Portland Legion; 2nd Friday at the Elgin Lions Hall and also combine their very popular Quiz Night with the spaghetti dinner (teams of 6 start the game at 7pm) and the 3rd Friday is at the Westport (North Crosby) Legion.



VIBE: Venturing in Biblical Education, every Wednesday from April 13, 2016 – December 7, 2016.  Elgin United Church 10 am & Portland United Church 7 pm. Contact Rev. Takouhi (613) 272-8977 or

HOGTOWN ALLSTARS blew the doors off The Cove – again!

THE HOGTOWN ALLSTARS returned to play BLUES ON THE RIDEAU at THE COVE INN in Westport ON last Friday and blew the doors off the place – again! This was their 4th visit since the Series began and each time they have sold the place out. Friday was no exception. The dance floor was packed all night – in fact dancers spilled out into other parts of the room just to have space. It’s no wonder “The Hoggies” have become such a crowd favourite at BOTR. With 5 members from the legendary DOWNCHILD Blues Band – Chuck Jackson on vocals and harp, Michael Fonfara on keyboards, Pat Carey on sax, Gary Kendall on bass and Mike Fitzpatrick on drums PLUS Teddy Leonard on guitar (formerly Fathead, The Maple Blues Band) these guys represent almost 300 years of Blues playing experience – and it shows. Big band, big time Blues as good as it gets. They will definitely be invited back!

The sumptuouos Cove buffet featured BBQ beef brisket, pan seared Pickerel, Louisiana Gumbo (chicken, shrimp, sausage) plus rice, roast potatoes, veggies, and salads. Lemon squares w. blueberry sauce for dessert.

$620 was raised for The Friends Of Foley Mountain

Some of the comments from the COMMENT CARDS that night:

“Oh wow! Best band ever. Could hardly find a spot on the dance floor! Our first time hearing The Hogtown Allstars and it sure won’t be the last. And the brisket was delicious”
Lita Edwards & Ron Whitehorne (regulars for the past 10 years) Almonte, ON

“The food was superior! I did not expect this quality for a buffet. And the band was FABULOUS!”
Janice Gautreau, Perth (2nd time attending BOTR)

“Great environment, great food, great music. A place where people from around the world meet. Amazing people!”
Velonah Weke, Kingston (2nd visit)

“Great to have super music shows like this here in God’s country!”
Ross Henniger, Chaffeys Lock (2nd visit)

“10 out of 10 for everything. We are moving to Westport because of the wonderful music venue that is The Cove!”
Elaine Bill, Ottawa (6+ times to BOTR)

March 24
All the way from Austin, Texas – DANNY BROOKS w. LIL’ MISS DEBI & THE MEMPHIS BROTHERS
Fabulous Texassippi Soul Blues delivered with power and grace. Danny is a Juno and multiple Maple Blues Award nominee. This is their 4th visit to BOTR over the years and they always deliver a dynamite show.

7-11 pm
Proceeds to the Kick In For Kids Program at Rideau District High School
Advance Reservations required
Don’t wait to the last minute to book – this night will sell out.
CALL THE COVE 613-272-3636 or 1-888-COVEINN and book now!
More info at and


Skate the Lake 2017 is finished and it was a big success!

Skate the Lake 2017

Skate the Lake 2017

Portland, Ontario – The 13th annual speed skating event was held on the Big Rideau Lake January 28th & 29th and it was a weekend filled with fun! Waking up early was well worth it for the ice conditions on the lake were amazing on both days. Participants could take part in the 5K & 10K races on Saturday and 25K & 50K regular marathon skating events on Sunday. Kids had the chance to try out their skating skills in a Kids 5K event on Saturday.

There were plenty activities to keep visitors of all ages active and warm on both days.

After the speed skating races, the viewers could enjoy a warm meal, served in the Portland Community Hall. The Portland Hall Board took care of that by organizing a Ham & Bean Brunch.

For the first time since the race started in 2004, people were able to watch the race from above, as helicopter rides were available on Saturday. There were curling and sleigh rides organized for kids and everyone could take a spin on the ice to music after the final race was finished on Saturday. At dusk, there were even fireworks with an after fireworks sit down dinner at the Portland Hall.

If you were part of the event and captured any amazing photos, send them to and your photo just might get featured on the Portland Outdoors website.

For anyone interested in next year’s event, it will be held January 27th & 28th 2018 and you can already let the organizers know if you have any great ideas or would like to volunteer.

Rideau Thunder | Village of Westport


A weekend for everyone! Motorcycle Show n Shine, Live music with Mo Shooter and Trevor Walsh Group, vendors, awards, food and fun!! FREE! All donations and proceeds go to FOTA.


Date :

Saturday, July 9th, 2016 at 10 a.m


Event location :

Westport Community Centre

Westport Community Arena, 37 Spring Street

Westport, ON, Canada


Contact :

e-mail :

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