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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: October 15 2018

Voting begins today in a very important election for The Township of Leeds & Thousand Islands. Below is a suggested list of criteria in selecting the Candidates you will vote for.

Also, Lizz Huff (current Councillor who is not running in this election)  has provided some insight
into the record of one of our Mayoral candidates, and links to supporting documents.

Click here to view her Facebook post.

Weighing Candidate Values

Posted: September 29 2018

Great news for The Township of Leeds and Thousand Islands and especially Seeley's Bay! It was announced yesterday that Le Boat, Europe's #1 Boating Vacationing Company, is expanding it's Canadian operation on the historic Rideau Canal beyond Smiths Falls! Beginning in 2019, Le Boat will open a satellite base in beautiful Seeley's Bay! In addition to the "round trip" boat rentals they have offered from Smith Falls in 2018, Le Boat will now offer one-way trips from Smiths Falls to Seeley's Bay or vice versa. This will allow Vacationers from around the world more time to spend with us in Seeley's Bay and to enjoy the sites along the Rideau Canal.

For information about the amazing boating vacations at Le Boat, go to their web site at;

Posted: September 18 2018

Click here for a list of Ward 2 (Seeley's Bay/Lyndhurst) Candidates & Election Information.

Posted: September 12 2018

** October 22nd TLTI Election Information Updates **

Voter Elgibility ***UPDATED***

If you’re a Canadian citizen who is over the age of 18 and are a resident, owner or tenant of property in Ontario, you are eligible to vote in October. If you qualify, you can vote in multiple jurisdictions. The voter lookup page for TLTI has now closed but you can contact the Office of the Clerk directly if you have questions or concerns about being on the voter list.

VANESSA LATIMER: 613-659-2415 ext. 216 Toll Free: 1-866-220-2327

Voting Day ***UPDATED***

On voting day, Monday October 22, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. there will be 3 polling stations:

Lansdowne Community Hall – 1 Jessie St. Lansdowne

TLTI FireStation 4 – 312 Lyndhurst Rd., Lyndhurst

TLTI FireStation 3 – 153 County Rd. 32, Gananoque

For the latest updates on Voter information, go to

Posted: September 11 2018

UPDATE: Road and Ramp Closures - Seeley's Bay Public Dock

Road Closure: Mill and Bay streets (at the harbour) in Seeley’s Bay will be closed on Wednesday, September 12

Ramp Closure: The boat ramp at the harbour in Seeley’s Bay will be closed on Thursday, September 13

Local residents and business owners will have access; other motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes.

Reminder: intermittent delays will continue throughout the month of September.

Read this news update on our website

Posted: September 7 2018

Seeley’s Bay Municipal Harbour
September 4, 2018

Please be advised that there will be a service disruption affecting the boat ramp, docks and road in the area of the Seeley’s Bay Municipal Harbour located at the corner of Mill and Bay streets. Additional notice will be provided if a full closure of the road or facility is required.

This disruption will be periodic, occurring between September 4th and September 26, 2018.

Posted: August 1 2018

The Summer 2018 edition of the Seeley's Bay Newsletter is now available! Click here (Requires Adobe Reader).

In case you missed them, past issues of the Seeley's Bay Newsletter are available - Click here

Posted June 27, 2018 - Celebrate Canada's 151st birthday in Seeley's Bay on Sunday July 1st!  The day is filled with events throughout the village, starting at 8:00am and ending at dusk with our amazing fireworks display!  To view the Seeley's Bay Canada Day website click here.

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