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Lunch at Kelly's Landing

Lunch at Kelly's Landing

Unfortunately, for those of us with an interest in earlier times on the Rideau, no steamboats passed.

The June Excursion

Lunch at the Kelly's Landing Restaurant

River Road, Osgoode Township
June 20, 2007

Lunch and Fellowship at Kelly’s Landing, Overlooking the Rideau River

As has become the norm, the June meeting of the Society featured an excursion to a place of historical significance, and involved lunch. This year was no exception. It was a beautiful partly sunny day, only light breezes, and a temperature suitable for eating on the deck over the water.

The food was good, and the conversation excellent. Theresa Kelly and her cousins Lorne and Pauline Kelly joined us for the lunch. Theresa presented the story of Kelly’s Landing (before it became a landmark restaurant) to continue our “Year of the Rideau” programs.

In the heyday of steamboating on the Rideau Canal, Kelly's Landing served the local area for passenger traffic and shipping of goods as needed. Unfortunately, for us, they did not keep the ledgers that would have allowed us to analyse the traffic.

There was also a hotel or inn there for a time.

The  docks at the Landing now serve pleasure boaters with gas and a place to tie up to eat at the restaurant.

The pictures on the left shows some of the RTHS members on the deck and the very nice views of the Rideau River.

While we were at lunch quite a number of boats, large and small, passed in both directions. There is a speed limit in front of the restaurant because of the associated marina. It was interesting that every boat carefully obeyed the speed limit.