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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

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Latest News...

Posted July 26 2017

Parks Canada (Rideau Canal) announces the re-opening of Brass Point Swing Bridge and the Poonamalie and Beveridges lock stations for navigation.  This is in addition to Ottawa, Narrows, and Newboro lock stations which have remained open.
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Posted July 25 2017

Rideau Canal temporary closure due to increased water levels.

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Posted May 17 2017

Come to Seeley's Bay and join in the fun of Red Canoe Fest on Saturday June 3rd!

Kids & Cops - Hosted this year by Just Fishing Show's 'Big' Jim McLaughlin - 2:00pm to 4:00pm @ the Seeley's Bay Municipal Dock

Silent Poker Run starts at 2:00pm @ the Centennial Park Paddling Station

Community BBQ - 4:00pm to 6:00pm @ the Centennial Park Pavillion

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Posted April 21 2017

Gentle Yoga, Wednesdays 10-11am, April 19 - May 24

This is a relaxing yoga class with slow movements, gentle stretching and deep breathing. This class is ideal for older folks, new moms, those recovering from illness or injury, or anyone looking to slow down, stretch and relax.
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Posted January 10 2017

For the first time since 1903, Seeley's Bay will be without a banking facility, effective 6 p.m. on Friday July 14, 2017. TD Canada Trust has announced to its Seeley's Bay Customers that their branch will be "moving" to the TD Canada Trust branch in Gananoque. The Seeley's Bay branch  of TD Canada Trust will close.

For those who are looking for a bank closer to Seeley's Bay, the Bank of Montreal in Elgin is a full service bank, open Monday to Friday.

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