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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.

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.

Every Thanksgiving Weekend,  "Scarecrow Showdown", village-wide competition provides a great show of scarecrows and other amazing straw creations

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Latest News...

Posted September 8 2016

Residents and boaters please take note... Renegade Bass Tour will host their second Seeley's Bay bass tournament of the year on Saturday September 10th and Sunday September 11th. Here are the details;

Name: 2016 Classic XXI
Date: Sept 10 & 11, 2016
Launch: Seeley's Bay town launch
Boat Check-in: 5:15 am to 6:45 am
Take-Off: 7:00 am
Saturday Weigh-in: 4:00 pm
Sunday Weigh-in: 3:00 pm

Posted August 5 2016

There will be an information session regarding Ward Restructuring on Monday August 8 from 6-8 p.m. at the Seeley’s Bay Community Hall. If you can’t attend the meeting, you may complete the survey online at

Posted June 11 2016

Join Seeley's Bay in our celebration of Canada's 146th birthday! Many Canada Day events are planned throughout July 1st, including a parade at 4:00pm and an amazing fireworks display at dusk.

For more information, please go to the Seeley's Bay Canada Day website at  for details.

** Important** - Posted June 5 2016

Recently the computer of a resident in the Seeley's Bay area was hit by "ransomware". In case you haven't heard of it, ransomware is a type of malware that can be covertly installed on a computer without knowledge or intention of the user.  It restricts access to the infected computer system in some way, and demands that the user pay a ransom to the malware operators to remove the restriction. In the Seeley's Bay case, all picture and document files were encrypted (locked) and instructions were left in various file types on the computer as to how the owner could purchase software that would decrypt (unlock) the affected files.The ransom amounted to over $700, and if not paid within 5 days the ransom doubled. It is recommended that you not pay the ransom. There is no guarantee that the files will be decrypted even if you pay. However, if the files are extremely important to you, and you choose to pay the ransom, it must be paid in Bitcoin, which is a digital currency. 

What To Do

1) BE CAREFUL! Ransomware can get onto your computer in various ways:

        Visiting unsafe, suspicious, or fake websites.

        Opening emails and email attachments from people you don’t know, or that you
        weren’t expecting.

        Clicking on malicious or bad links in emails, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media         posts, instant messenger chats, like Skype.Install

    It is not geographical in nature, i.e. it can go anywhere the internet goes!

2) Install security software and make sure it is kept up to date.

3) Back up your files to an external drive, usb stick or even in the cloud. Ransomware will affect all drives that are attached to or installed in your computer, so once your files are backed up, disconnect the drive from your computer.

4) Using a "Standard" user account in Windows may help prevent the installation of the ransomware. If you are logged in as a Standard user, you'll know something is wrong because you will be prompted for the Adminstrator password if someone is trying to install new software on your computer. Simply cancel that screen and nothing will be installed.

* Please Note: Some ransomware does not require this authentication and could be installed anyway.

5) Keep Windows up to date with all the latest security updates.

6) Mac computers can also be infected but so far, not to the same degree.

** Please keep in mind that nothing will make your computer 100% secure but these measures will decrease the chances of your computer becoming infected. **

If you have questions, please contact your computer technician.

You may contact me via email at, or phone at 613-387-4048.

Posted May 14 2016

Seeley's Bay's Red Canoefest is returning June 4th 2016! Click here for details.

Posted March 1 2016

Issue 25
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

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