Dorothy's Lodge

25 Iron Bridge Lane, Elgin Ontario Canada, Chaffey's Lock, K0G 1E0, Canada
  based on 7 reviews
  •   31
  •   10
  •   6
  • SQF 2,200
  •  wifi
  •  A/C
  •  Parking


** Due to Covid 19, we are limiting the size of the groups to a max of 25***

Dorothy's Lodge is a wonderful property in the heart of the Rideau Lakes that can accommodate groups up to 31 people! This property features docking for 3 boats, great swimming, great fishing, and exploring.   

It is located, within walking distance to the Cataraqui Trail (great place for biking and hiking), convenience store with beer/liquor, etc, Opinicon Lodge Restaurant, historic Chaffey's Lock and the Lockmaster's Museum, Cedars Art Studio, and Boat rentals at Brown's The Opinicon Resort is only a 5 minute walk from this property for a great dinner, drinks in the pub, or for the best Ice-cream anywhere! Motorboats, pontoon boats, kayaks, Canoe, and bikes can also be rented within walking distance! By boat:you have access to six lakes without locking through. Also the town of Newboro accessible by boat where there is fine dining and great Shopping.     

The dock has a beach swimming area and a 30x20 foot dock with great swimming and lots of room to lounge. The fishing is great from the main dock where you can catch your fill of sun-fish and rock-bass, and if you are lucky a large-mouth bass or two. 

This property is unlike any other available on the Rideau, a great place for family reunions, fishing derbies etc..

There are four cottages with a lawn between them with a fire pit and room to throw frisbees, footballs etc. 

Each cabin has A/C, electric heat, Coffee maker, water dispenser, Bell fibre TV via Amazon fire stick

Cabin info:


-Sleeps 12, two full baths (one with a tub and one stand-up shower)

-Full kitchen with fridge stove, deep freezer, microwave and dishwasher

-Dining table for 12-14 people

Cabin #1:

-Sleeps 4 (1 queen bed and one trundle-bed with two single mattresses

-One full bathroom with stand-up shower

-kitchenette  with bar-fridge

Cabin #2

-One bedroom, Sleeps 6 (one queen bed and two trundle beds with 4 single mattresses)

-Full bathroom with tub/shower combo

-Kitchenette with full fridge, sink and microwave

Cabin #3:

-One bedroom with loft, Sleeps 9 (queen bed in bedroom, two double beds and a single bed in the loft and a trundle bed with two single mattresses in the living room)

-two full baths, both with stand-up showers

On the property:

-Laundry Facility

-High Speed, unlimited Wi-Fi

-Fish cleaning station


-Public boat launch

-Picnic tables


-Covered BBQ station with Large BBQ, sink, bar fridge, dishware, BBQ tools, prep area

Dock amenities:

-1 Canoe 

-2 SUPs (stand-up paddle boards)

-1 Kayak

-Private beach area

-3 boat slips

-Life jackets

-Towel hanging area

-Sand toys

-3 shade umbrellas

-Adirondack chairs

Please note that Dorothy's now has new owners. It is still the same management company, but there have been some changes to the property such as the main lodge is now occupied by the owners of the property. The owners will be there during your stay, but will respect your privacy and will be available if there are any problems or questions.  The other 4 buildings can sleep up to 31 people. 

There are several golf courses in the area, the Chaffey’s Lock Hall is a one minute walk and can be rented for meetings for up to 85 people. Catering also available.

Dorothy’s Lodge is located conveniently at the halfway point between Toronto and Montreal, 40 minutes from the Canada/USA border, only one hour and 10 minutes from Ottawa, making it an excellent place for extended families to congregate.

Please note that we rent only the whole property out to one group/booking at a time.

The Rideau Canal is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and was rated #2 as an exceptional historic site destination by National Geographic. 

The Rideau Lakes Region is a great place to explore. You can take advantage of the great fishing, boating, swimming, water-skiing, or lock through the historic canal system to the other attached lakes and towns. In the surrounding towns and cities there are also lots of activities, and events to participate in including, golf, historic tours, boat tours, shopping restaurants, parties, and lots more!

Check-out the YouTube Videos of this property!


6 Bathroom, 10 Bedroom, 1 Dining-Room, 1 Kitchen, 2 Living room

  • Sleeping
    6 Double bed, 7 Queen bed, 5 Single bed
  • Cooking
    Blender, Child's high chair, Coffee machine, Cooking utensils, Dishwasher, Grill, Kitchen stove, Microwave, Oven, Refrigerator, Spices, Toaster, Water cooler, Keurig coffee maker
  • Heating/Cooling
    Air conditioning, Ceiling fans, Central heating
  • Outside
    Boat Dock, Kayak, Canoe
  • Entertainment
    DVD-Player, Wireless Broadband Internet, Stereo system, TV (Cable)
  • Sanitary
    Hair dryer, Shower
  • Laundry
    Iron & Board
  • Miscellaneous
    Carbon Monoxide Detector, Fire Extinguisher, First aid kit, Smoke Detector
  • 6 Bathroom, 10 Bedroom, 1 Dining-Room, 1 Kitchen, 2 Living room
  • Parking
    Parking Included
  • Outside
    Gas BBQ, canoe, kayak, Swimmable lakefront
Children welcome, Suitable for events,Credit cards accepted, Accessible 24/7
Check in:
4:00 PM
Check out:
10:00 AM

25 Iron Bridge Lane, Elgin Ontario Canada , Chaffey's Lock, K0G 1E0, Canada

based on 7 reviews
William (New Jersey)
Canada vacation

First time At Dorothy’s lodge for our group of 30 people! We had so much fun, the accommodations Were stellar, and the fishing was great! The owners were kind and generous. Definitely coming back next year!

Group  |  stayed in 8/2019

Georgina Luscombe (Elgin On)
Fourth Summer in a row!!!

We had another amazing week at Dorothy’s Lodge. We are a group of friends made up of 21 adults and 21 kids. The the past four years we have been making some amazing memories and are already looking forward to next year. So much space for everyone to be comfortable. We spend most of our time on the dock watching the kids swimming, fishing or kayaking. It really is a little piece of heaven.

Family with young children  |  stayed in 8/2019

Diane Taylor and Nigel Sutton (Kingston ont)
Fam jam

We seem to have developed a wonderful tradition of a week at Dorothy’s. Our family is a combined family due to a second marriage. Dorothy’s provide the perfect location to bring all our children and grandchildren together. They come from California, Toronto and Kingston. Other family members come from New York State and BC. Grandchildren range in age from 22 years to 7 weeks this last trip, a total of 13 children in all. Dorothy’s s is perfect to accommodate every one comfortably. The beach is great for little ones, bigger boys love the fishing, the gardens are a delight with room for soccer, slip and slides or bean bag toss. We used the fire pit for morning coffee or evenings with toasted marshmallows. Kayaking/ canoeing are wonderful in this peaceful location . Wildlife spotted this year were families of geese with signets, loons, deer, beavers, herons and chipmunks. Fish were abundant both Bass and Pickerel with reports from other fishermen of trout. We sat 14 adults one night for supper with no problems. The kitchen is well equipped and the whole property very clean and functional. We look forward to next years visit with real pleasure.

Family with young children  |  stayed in 6/2019

Sandra Dwyer
Always amazing

We love Dorothy’s Lodge!! Couldn’t ask for a better spot for our annual Family Reunion. Lots of memories made there and hopefully many more to come. A+++

Group  |  stayed in 6/2019

DayTrip321319 (USA)
Perfect for our family reunion!

We really could not have found a more suitable place for our family reunion (21 people; 5 families with a total of 8 kids) than Dorothy's lodge. The 4 cottages and the main lodge gave us more than enough room to spread out and give each other space, while the main lodge was large enough for us all. The commercial grade kitchen made cooking and clean up much easier. Close proximity to the locks, the hiking trail, and a great playground for the kids made it an ideal location. The dock was large enough for us all. We loved the history of the place, and the main lodge has been fixed up very well. The cottages were not up to the same level, but more than adequate for our needs. Some things to be aware of: The waterway in front of the lodge is busy since it is the access to the locks. Fine for swimming; just keep an eye on the kids so they don't stray out too far. A boat launch that is well used is right beside the dock. Not a big issue; just keep eyes on the kids. In order to fully enjoy the experience, I highly recommend having a boat to see the lake better. If you prefer to canoe / kayak, they are provided by the lodge. Otherwise, seriously consider bringing a boat. Thanks guys, for a truly great time with our family!

Not specified  |  stayed in 8/2017

sarahpI9547IB (Canada)
Made our wedding a dream come true

I wish we could give this place 10 stars. We rented out this lodge early September for our wedding. It can accomodate 45 people which turned out to make our wedding experience much more intimate than bigger weddings. Definitely a big plus for us. We have been coming to this area for a couple of years. The location was amazing for the most romantic setting.on the.dock. it could hold our guests with room to spare. Chaffeys locks is gorgeous. After group photos at the lodge, we took a short walk to the locks to have some more photos done. The lodge itself is very clean and the beds.comfortable. The commercial stove and dishwasher made cooking and clean up easy. They had everything we needed to make our stay comfortable for our guests. The fire pit was used every night. The community hall (about a min walk down the road) was the perfect space for our reception. Anymore than 45 people, and it would have been cramped. Convenient store and LCBO were within a very short walking distance as well. Not to mention restaurants, ice cream parlour at nearby resort. It was the most special weekend made perfect by the excellent location, clean and adequate facilities and great owners. We wouldn't have changed a thing and would highly recommend this place.

Not specified  |  stayed in 7/2017

International_Dude Clayton, Delaware (USA)
As good as it gets!

We have rented different properties from Rideau Lakes Cottages for a few years now. Dorothy's is as good as it gets. Plenty of space to spread out. Plenty of amenities like AC and wifi. Decent location to some local businesses. Just look at the pictures and videos. Dorothy's does not dissapoint. I can say this one thing which is not and was not a drawback for us. With a local boat launch, the lock just up the way and a private road leading to some other cottages further up, Dorothy's isn't completely private and secluded like some other options. However no other place has offers what Dorothy's has. Looking forward to returning.

Family with young children  |  stayed in 7/2017

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