Battersea is a community in the township of South Frontenac, Ontario, 20 km north of Kingston. Battersea is well known for its fishing and outdoor activities as it is close to Loughborough Lake, Dog Lake and the Rideau Canal Waterway.
Henry Van Luven, a veteran of the War of 1812 Battle of Lundy's Lane, was the founder of the village of Battersea in 1840 when he bought 1,200 acres (4.9 km²) of Crown land at the time of the development of the Rideau Canal. He called it Van Luven's Mills, then Rockland. The post office requested it be renamed to avoid confusion with a similarly named city elsewhere in the province. His first choice was to name it after a section of London, England and that was accepted. He gave 200 acres (0.81 km²) to each of his six sons and lots in the village of Battersea to his daughters. Henry built the stone mill in Battersea.
The large Van Luven family home is on a rise at the entrance to what is now Battersea. In 1912 the home was converted into a fishing lodge, now called the Holiday Manor Northern Lodge.
Get in edit
From elsewhere in the Rideau Canal system (including Smiths Falls), take 15 south and cross the canal near Brewers Mills (any of Burnt Hills Road, CR12 - Sunbury Road or Washburn Road join Hwy 15 to CR 11 - Battersea Road). While the Battersea Road continues north to end at Highway 15, this becomes a winding road and progressively more difficult as one continues north through Frontenac County.
From Westport, take CR 10 - Perth Road south to Inverary, then turn east.
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This is a large rural area with small villages, most or all of which are only reachable by car.
- A total solar eclipse on Monday 8 April 2024 starts at 3:23PM local time and lasts almost two minutes. The chances of a clear sky are 35%. The track of totality is northeast from Mexico and Texas to Ohio, straddling the Canada–New England border through Lakes Erie and Ontario, then across Maine, New Brunswick and Newfoundland.
- The Rideau Canal. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- The 1 Upper Brewers Locks are east of Battersea, on the Cataraqui River south of Cranberry Lake. Parks Canada operates a few "oTENTiks" (platforms with semi-permanent tents) at this location, and launch points for canoes or kayaks.
- 1 Lockmaster's House Museum, 1661 Chaffey's Lock Rd. 9:30AM-5PM (summer only). For generations, the Lockmaster's House was at the centre of Chaffey's Lock, a small community where the old Cataraqui Railway (now a trail) crossed the canal near lock 37. Today, it hosts a small museum that showcases the history of the area.
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- 1 Creekside Bar & Grill, 2261 Wellington St, ☏ . W-F 4-10PM, Sa noon-10PM, Su noon-7PM. Live music on the weekend, homemade pub food (with vegetarian choices), good selection of drafts and beverages, great summer patio.
- 2 The Junction Restaurant, 295 Highway 15, Seeley's Bay (15 km NE at the junction with Highway 32), ☏ . Diner with lots of gluten-free choices.
- 3 The Opinicon, 1697 Chaffey’s Lock Road, ☏ . An historic lodge and residence, now restored as a restaurant and pub, with a cafe serving ice cream.
- 1 Loughborough Inn, 2340 Loughborough View Rd, ☏ , toll-free: , fax: . Lakefront cottages and chalets near marina on Loughborough Lake. Cabins from $250/night, with 3 night minimum.
- 2 Burnt Hills Lakeside Resort, 1109 Burnt Hills Rd (Seeley's Bay), ☏ . Tent and trailer campground on Dog Lake, connected to the Rideau Canal.
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- Westport — a rural village with various stores selling crafts on the main street, as well as motel and bed and breakfast accommodation.
- Kingston — on Lake Ontario, at the end of the Rideau Canal.