HIGH FALLS An easy canoe ride from Riverside's waterfront is the impressive High Falls on the Skootamatta River. This beautiful and remote spot is adjacent to a remarkable natural lagoon, and is a must see for anyone visiting the park. Quick tip: Portage on the right side.
BELLEVILLE [60/100] Located on the Bay of Quinte, Belleville is conveniently located on Hwy. 401, and definitely worth a visit. An award-winning Community in Bloom, there are floral displays throughout the City’s park system, thousands of roses in Corby Park, and an autumn extravaganza of Chrysanthemums in Riverside Park. Visitors will also find the city convenient to the Bay of Quinte region with its beaches, museums, bird migrations, racing facilities, factory outlets, numerous golf courses and First Nations attractions. Good shopping, great restaurants, quaint neighbourhoods.
BROCKVILLE [100/160] is a pretty little city offering close-up views of Seaway shipping from 30 city island-parks and boasts America's oldest railway tunnel (running under the city).
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY [Picton 90/150] Described as "Canada's very own Cape Cod", Prince Edward County offers many micro-wineries and wine-tours, sand dunes and sandy beaches, touristy villages and Lake Ontario views. Lake-on-the-Mountain, Black Creek, Waupoos, Sandbanks Provincial Park suggested. Also, Kingston via Glenora Ferry (may be short waits during touristy times).
RIDEAU WATERWAY [by car; 55/90-100/160] A World Heritage Site and for a brief time North America's largest engineering project, this beautiful 125 mile lake-canal system consists of 23 lock stations with 45 locks connecting Kingston and Ottawa. Highly recommended is Jones Falls for a picnic / day trip where you can see North America's oldest arched dam. Cameras are a must!
LAKESHORE [45/75-70/115] Old Highway #2 along the north shore of Lake Ontario between Brighton and Port Hope is an interesting drive offering everything from fresh fruit to dusty antiques. For an extra treat, start your tour at Carrying Place and the old Portage Road - the oldest road in Ontario (follow Wooler Road south of Hwy 401).
HASTINGS HIGHLANDS North of Hwy 7 - Madoc on Hwy 62. Ghost towns (sites but few ruins - Old Hastings Road to Beaver Creek Bridge and Millbrook is interesting but not for the faint-hearted). Bancroft is also interesting as the 'mineral capital of Canada' (rock festival mid summer) also has look-out (Eagles' Nest) and nearby Egan Chute (rapids/park). Maynooth, farther north, is on the way to Algonquin Park (another 1/2 hour) and home to Wildewood B&B.
WARKWORTH [48/78] A charming village with a large gay population, Warkworth has a vital cultural life of live theatre and music and is home to many accomplished artists and artisans. The village features the historic Town Hall, now the Centre for the Arts. Warkworth hosts many significant special events which attracts thousands of tourists, including the annual Maple Syrup Festival in March, Perfect Pie Contest, Warkworth Lilac Festival, the summer Rodeo, the Rural Ramble, the Fall Fair, one of Eastern Ontario's Largest Truck Shows, the Warkworth Truck Show. There's also house and garden tours and the famous Long Lunch in August.
ONE STOP BUTCHER SHOP [37 St Lawrence W. Madoc (613) 473-0508] Excellent small town Butcher Shop in downtown Madoc. Great quality, good prices, friendly service.
KELLY'S RESTAURANT [RR#3 (7986 Hwy 37) Tweed (613) 478-2113 GPS: 44.51636, -77.32499] Good country cooking in a quaint and friendly atmosphere. Kelley's offers everything from homemade burgers & soups to seafood dishes. Fully licensed.
BY THE WAY, A TWEED CAFE [301 Victoria St. Tweed (613) 478-6336] As well as selling fresh roasted coffee by the cup or by the bag, high quality chocolate and other Fair Trade products, By the Way offers delicious home-made soups and meals, Montreal-style bagels, fresh baked goodies and free WI-FI every day. Friendly, funky and casual atmosphere.
THE FOOD COMPANY [347 Victoria St. N. Tweed (613) 478-3373] A bulk food store with a difference! Natural & bulk foods, vitamins & gifts. www.thefoodcompany.ca
RIVERHOUSE [1340 Head Rd. Cloyne (613) 336-1106 Antiques and More! firstname.lastname@example.org
CARL COX RV [4091 D Old Hwy 2, Belleville (One mile east of Belleville) (613) 966-6475, 1-800-463-9200] RV Sales & Service www.carlcoxrv.com
THE DOUGH BOX BAKERY [17 Durham St. Madoc (613) 473-9004] Wonderful small town bakery.
QUINN'S OF TWEED FINE ART GALLERY [345 Victoria St. N. Tweed (613) 478-0000] Contemporary & Historical Paintings, Artisan work and Exceptional Canadian Made Gifts. www.quinnsoftweed.ca
Riverside Campground is located in the heart of the Land O' Lakes region of eastern Ontario. We are an easy drive to Lake Ontario & Prince Edward County, which has been described as "Canada's very own Cape Cod". The area is one of the most beautiful regions in the province. Land O' Lakes is truly accessible wilderness!
Riverside is a quick drive from the towns of Tweed and Madoc, and we are only a two hour drive east of Toronto and two hours west of Ottawa via highway 7. U.S. visitors can easily get to us by taking l-81 to the Thousand Islands Bridge border crossing and driving two hours or so west.
In addition, Greyhound has 2-3 daily runs from Toronto and Ottawa. The 'Actinolite' bus stop is about a twenty minute walk from Riverside Campground, but we do offer free pick up service from the bus stop as well.
There's lots to see and do while visiting the area. Riverside is fortunate to be located right on the Skootamatta River - affectionately know as "The Skoot" by locals. The river's name is thought to come from Ojibwa words meaning "burnt shoreline". This is a fantastic river for canoeing and kayaking - a day out on The Skoot is a must. You can even launch your boat right from the campground!
Although far from a comprehensive list, below are some of the attactions & businesses we think might be of interest to our guests:
76 Things To Do In Tweed (pdf)
TOP DAY TRIPS [with approx. miles/KM's]
TORONTO [140/230] The largest city in Canada; all the usual big city stuff -and more: stand on a glass floor 1,000 feet above the ground, tour a castle, be a part of Canada's biggest street party in late June - Gay Pride !
OTTAWA [100-160] The National Capital - gothic Parliament Buildings, park like settings, museums of nature, civilization, science, money, aviation, war and more.
KINGSTON [55/90] Historic old fort town, briefly the Capital of Canada. Lots of specialty museums, touristy stuff, Old Fort Henry. Giant windmills, military college, University and penetentiaries.
PETERBOROUGH [60/100] Home of a hundred year old hydraulic lift lock and museum. Also a canoe museum, park-zoo and picturesque Trent University.
THE 1,000 ISLANDS [Gananoque-70/110] Well over a thousand islands in the St. Lawrence River; boat tours, castle tours (passports required), great restaurants.