Delighting Visitors for Generations: The Restoration of The Opinicon

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 19:00 to 20:00


In response to the Ottawa Public Health COVID-19 guidelines, Heritage Ottawa has cancelled the April lecture. We will announce a rescheduled date soon. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support.


Built in the late 1870s on the shore of the lake of the same name in the village of Chaffey’s Lock, The Opinicon’s prime location on the Rideau Waterway attracted locals and tourists alike for over 100 years. A popular resort for fishermen and families who would stay for weeks at a time, it also attracted boaters and cottagers who stopped by for a dining room meal or an ice cream cone. Over time, it fell into disrepair eventually closing in 2012. Fiona McKean will share the fascinating journey of of its re-emergence as a sought after destination.

The lecture is free and there is no need to pre-register.


SPEAKER: Fiona McKean is a social entrepreneur, manager and former civil servant with a background in project management. She is the owner and operator of The Opinicon, a historic resort in the Rideau Lakes north of Kingston, which is part of the Rideau Canal UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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