We look forward to welcoming you ‘home’ in the impressive and beautiful heritage John Draffin House standing on 2.5 acres of landscaped grounds, just steps away from Newboro Lake on the Rideau Canal Waterway. This unique space was built in 1865 by the prosperous Irish merchant John Draffin and since beautifully renovated to have all modern amenities yet still retaining its historic Italianate charm. The house provides a fine atmosphere to enjoy a well-deserved break from the city, a romantic getaway, or to host a family reunion, a retreat, a corporate event, and more!
Daffodil Acres invites you to enjoy the serenity and peacefulness of country living and to unwind, re-energize, and reconnect with yourself by sampling a little bit of everything it has to offer:
- Savouring the comforts of spacious and well-appointed rooms;
- Enjoying delicious French-inspired continental breakfasts prepared with fresh and local ingredients, including a wide variety of fruits of the ‘New World’;
- Relaxing your mind and body with the healing powers of practices rooted in the Native American healing traditions; and
- Exploring the numerous attractions of the beautiful Rideau Lakes region!
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THE RIDEAU CANAL AND CHAMPLAIN
The Rideau Canal flows between Ottawa and Kingston in Southern Ontario. These two cities are easily accessible by car and bus from Toronto (260km to Kingston) and Montreal (200km from Ottawa).
The Canal itself is accessible by car, on foot or by boat. The busy season extends from the spring to the fall. While the locks themselves are closed for the winter, you can do still skate, cross-country ski, snowshoe or ice-fishing on the Canal.
To learn more on the Rideau Canal, visit the Parks Canada website.
Take the Scenic Drive
The Rideau Heritage Route follows the historic Rideau Canal and winds its way through the bucolic countryside, from the shores of Lake Ontario in Kingston to the nation’s capital on the Ottawa River. Navigate on the Canal alongside historic and picturesque villages and cross historic locks and lakes on the only UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Ontario: the Rideau Canal.
Take the wheel and discover a variety of golf courses, stores, galleries and rustic cabins. The Rideau Heritage Route, with its locks and lakes, is a wonder from start to finish.
The Rideau River
The Rideau River flows northward from the Rideau Lakes in Eastern Ontario to the Ottawa River in Ottawa. The River traverses flat agricultural lands underlain by limestone, which was once an ancient seabed. The soils are rich, and the land gently rolling. The river spills into the Ottawa River over a dramatic limestone ledge in a wall of white spray, inspiring explorer Samuel de Champlain, the first European to see it, to name it rideau, meaning “curtain” in French. (Source : Maxwell W. Finkelstein, Canadian Encyclopedia, 2014)
The Rideau (pronounced “Reed-O”) is many things to many people. It is a superb area for recreation, it’s a wonderful part of our Canadian heritage and it is a celebration of nature.
To answer the initial question, What’s a Rideau?, the word rideau is French for curtain, the appearance of the falls where the Rideau meets the Ottawa River, to Samuel de Champlain who travelled up the Ottawa River in 1613. The name Rivière du Rideau first appeared on maps in about 1700.(Source: Friends of the Rideau)
discover South eastern Ontario and plan you trip on the rideau canal!