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Jones Falls – World Heritage Site

One of twenty-four lock stations on the Rideau Canal, Jones Falls has a series of four entirely hand-operated locks. Constructed between 1826 and 1832, the canal which stretches from Kingston at the mouth of the St. Lawrence to Ottawa is today listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site following its 2007 committee meeting in New Zealand. Opened in 1832, the system was considered one of the wonders of 19th century North America. That opening 178 years ago was celebrated at Jones Falls by thousands who came to enjoy the natural beauty of the area and the hospitality of Parks Canada, including food and refreshments courtesy of the Parks. Acknowledged during the festivities were the extraordinary sacrifices of labour during construction, when over a thousand workers died from the hardships of what was then wilderness. In celebrating Canada’s newest World Heritage site, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization describes that site as “the best preserved slackwater canal in North America and the only canal from the great canal-building era that still operates along its original route and with most of its original structures intact. This engineering marvel and the fortifications built at Kingston to protect it illustrate a globally important stage in human history – the clash for control of the northern half of this continent.” The Rideau Canal and its corridor were named in 2008 by National […]

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Welsh Rarebit for Breakfast – We Promise!

In our first newsletter last year prior to opening for the season, we talked all about the hand-off of four generations of Kenneys. It was all about Kenneys and Folts’ and assorted personal credentials. That’s now behind us. The road travelled last summer was smooth and seamless. The transition, excepting personalities, was barely noticeable. No rocky or dramatic moments. The only major exception being the frantic search for a family of character and heart to adopt two orphaned kittens abandoned near the Boathouse. But guests Mike and Lynn Kingsmill stepped up to the plate and provided the pair a fantastic home, complete with fun toys and much love. The transition is complete, but as predicted in our first newsletter, the lives of guests, guides and staff, long past, still linger nostalgically in the air of this grand old lady of hospitality where change is hard to measure, even detect. Unless, of course, some time in the past you might just have noticed, in between a wee dram of Canadian whisky and going out with your fishing party, that the bath in Inn #6 had some overlooked mould. Because you are friends, you perhaps discreetly reported the embarrassment, and today, it is different. That attention to detail grows in all of the buildings, along with fresh paint, paneling, rugs, refinished floors, new linens, bed and laundry (we still line […]

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Jones Falls, Elgin Ontario
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