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About Seeley's Bay...

Seeley's Bay is a village in Eastern Ontario on the historic Rideau Heritage Route, approximately 25 miles (40 KM) northeast of Kingston and 100 miles (160KM) southwest of Ottawa.

The "Bay" was created around 1832 with the flooding of the Cranberry Marsh during the building of Rideau Canal and it became a regular stop for the steam wheelers as they travelled up and down the canal. The village was named in 1841 after the Seeley family who set up a trading post about 1825.  The native Indians were the only people to frequent his teepee store at this early point in Canal history. All early industries in the village were born out of necessity. Logs were needed for homes and wood needed for heat and furniture. Thousands of cords of wood were shipped out on the Rideau Canal after Seeley’s Bay was established as a port in 1832. The first industry in the community was an ashery. Potash was used for bleaching and making soap. By 1851, a stagecoach traveled through the village three times per week carrying passengers and mail north from Kingston to Perth to Smiths Falls. By 1885, the village was a shipping point for grain, lumber, livestock and wood. By this time, it was also a landing for steamboats traveling the Rideau system.

Easily accessible today by car or boat, travelers continue to visit Seeley’s Bay, enjoying the town and area’s charm and facilities. Seeley’s Bay’s population has been steadily growing in recent years because of its close proximity to Kingston. Vacationers can enjoy a variety of activities and shops in Seeley’s Bay or nearby Kingston and Gananoque.  Seeley’s Bay has a wide variety of cottages, resorts, campgrounds and B&B’s to accommodate the traveler. As with many of the other Rideau Lakes communities, the favoured summer activities are fishing, golfing, water sports, cycling & hiking. All amenities required for these sports are readily available within the Seeley’s Bay area. In winter, snowmobiling, hockey, skating and ice fishing are popular in and around the area.

Seeley's Bay Centennial Book

Click the cover on the left to find out more about the history of Seeley's Bay and District from the booklet that was printed in 1967 to celebrate Canada's 100th birthday!

Annual events in Seeley's Bay include;

Every February, the lively community of Seeley’s Bay hosts “Frost Fest”, a great celebration for all ages. There are activities, and events for all ages to warm their hearts and souls in this friendly village.

Every July 1st, Seeley's Bay celebrates Canada Day with activies all day long, and concluding with live music and a display of  fireworks in the park that is second to none.

For a map of Seeley's Bay and businesses within the village - click here

For a map of the Seeley's Bay area - click here

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Latest News...

Posted: December 15 2021 - UPDATE December 21 2021

Covid-19 Vaccine Clinics - Friday December 17th & Wednesday December 22nd

1:00pm to 4:00pm both days

Open to the public for anyone over 50 years of age.

Please call the clinic (613-387-3120) to arrange an appointment.

December 20: Sorry, we have no more appointment times available. Thank you!!

Posted: November 25 2021

Seeley's Bay Annual Tree Lighting Returns!

Friday November 26 @ 7:00pm

On Bay Street, across from the Legion

Click here for details

Posted: November 10 2021

TLTI Service Disruption Notice - Deans Lane Closure Nov 16 2021

Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands Service Disruption Notice:

Deans Lane Closure - November 16, 2021

Deans Lane is undergoing an emergency culvert replacement.

Road crews will be on site November 15 to prep the area.

The road closure is in effect from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 16.

We kindly ask residents to make alternate arrangements during the road closure on the 15th as thru traffic will not be permitted.

Please note, emergency services will be on standby, should they be required.

Note: This maintenance schedule is contingent upon weather and resources.

Posted: November 3 2021

Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinic - Friday November 5th

The Seeley's Bay Medical Centre is having a drive through flu shot clinic on Friday November 5th from 2-4pm.

Please call the clinic (613-387-3120) to arrange an appointment.

Open to everyone

Update: October 23 2021 1:31PM
(from Leeds 1000 Islands Fire Services Facebook)


Posted: October 22 2021 (from TLTI Website)

On Saturday October 23 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Leeds Fire Department will be conducting their water shuttle certification. The Seeley’s Bay Boat Ramp Area will be a very busy location during that time. Trucks will be shuttling water to the Sweet’s Pit on County Road 32. Trucks will be entering Seeley’s Bay at Main Street and Hwy 15. They will be filling at the dry hydrant and leaving from Bay Street back to the Pit. Trucks will be responding to these locations with their lights on.

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