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Two New Booking Plans at Hotel Kenney

In this our 140th year of operation, Hotel Kenney will hold fast to offering a traditional full American Plan visit with no minimum stay. That plan provides a per person commitment on our part and yours to three meals a day included in the room rate, with the usual all-inclusive menus of meat, poultry or fish and soup, salad, dessert and coffee or tea. However, by popular demand, we will also continue two alternative plans featuring fixed room rates and optional a la carte menus. The first is room for one or two overnight guests without meals. And secondly, a modified plan to include both breakfast and dinner, but excluding lunch. These options are intended to accommodate those seeking savings on abbreviated as well as extended stays, and those wishing to get around the area in search of alternative culinary adventures. Kingston, only 40 minutes away, offers a wide variety of dining experiences which we are always pleased to help you assess (even though we know we are going to be hard to beat!). Rate cards will be available in April and if you have already booked, your booked rate is guaranteed. However, you will also have the option to […]

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Why the Rideau Waterway? Why Hotel Kenney?

This post is a revised issue of a past newsletter. It is being mailed out to you, our loyal guests, of yore as a reminder, as well as to any “political refugees” heading our way in search of peace of mind and quiet beauty. New guests deserve to understand what’s in store for them. The fact that among the many wonderful guests to Jones Falls, there have been those from the White House, Hollywood, Buckingham Palace; guests from as far away as Great Britain, Australia, China, New Zealand, British Columbia, Herzegovina, Italy, Germany, and many more, would suggest something special. A princess has honeymooned here and another visited just long enough to proclaim this the most beautiful place in all of Canada. A Minister of Culture from an amazingly beautiful Asian nation has seconded the princess, and National Geographic has endorsed this United Nations World Heritage Site as the second most important place to visit in the world. We have a guest book, renewed six years ago, that is filled with wonderful thank-you’s and compliments. But, and I know because I had the unusual good fortune to have been there: Mt. Fuji at dawn, sunset in the Indian Ocean, afternoon tea […]

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Americans Ponder a Move to Canada, Come Visit First

Americans Ponder a Move to Canada, Come Visit First

As usual at a time of crisis, Canada is coming to the side of southern best friend U.S.A., as reported front page in Monday’s USA TODAY Americans are flocking to a Cape Breton web site (“Cape Breton if Donald Trump wins“) inviting those threatening to leave home in the event of Trump’s becoming President in the upcoming U.S. elections. The candidate for election in November has become so controversial that over 650,000 citizens have applied for information about Cape Breton and environs, as well as immigration details. Forbes magazine also writes that Google searches for “How to Move to Canada” rose 350%.

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Hotel Kenney to Host Canadian Wildlife Federation – “Capital to Capitol”

The Rideau Roundtable, in collaboration with Hotel Kenney, are proud to host the Canadian Wildlife Federation in an important discussion regarding clean and healthy river systems. The evening event features Max Finkelstein, a renowned Canadian explorer and canoeist, who traveled from Ottawa to Washington D.C. in the fall of 2012. About the Presentation

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Hotel Kenney Dates for the 2013 Season

We’re pleased to announce our dates for the 2013 season. We will open for the season on May 10, 2013 and will close on October 21st. We look forward to seeing you this season!

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The Guides are Back!

Good news, our fishing guides are back and once open in early May you’ll be able to make arrangements for guides and shore dinners. Just check with the folks at the front desk or at any time directly with our guides.  Here’s their contact information: Bob Burtch (613) 382-3660 Dave Sly (613) 359-1062

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Jones Falls – World Heritage Site

One of twenty-four lock stations on the Rideau Canal, Jones Falls has a series of four entirely hand-operated locks. Constructed between 1826 and 1832, the canal which stretches from Kingston at the mouth of the St. Lawrence to Ottawa is today listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site following its 2007 committee meeting in New Zealand. Opened in 1832, the system was considered one of the wonders of 19th century North America. That opening 178 years ago was celebrated at Jones Falls by thousands who came to enjoy the natural beauty of the area and the hospitality of Parks Canada, including food and refreshments courtesy of the Parks. Acknowledged during the festivities were the extraordinary sacrifices of labour during construction, when over a thousand workers died from the hardships of what was then wilderness. In celebrating Canada’s newest World Heritage site, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization describes that site as “the best preserved slackwater canal in North America and the only canal from the great canal-building era that still operates along its original route and with most of its original structures intact. This engineering marvel and the fortifications built at Kingston to protect it illustrate a globally important stage in human history – the clash for control of the northern half of this continent.” The Rideau Canal and its corridor were named in 2008 by National […]

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Welsh Rarebit for Breakfast – We Promise!

In our first newsletter last year prior to opening for the season, we talked all about the hand-off of four generations of Kenneys. It was all about Kenneys and Folts’ and assorted personal credentials. That’s now behind us. The road travelled last summer was smooth and seamless. The transition, excepting personalities, was barely noticeable. No rocky or dramatic moments. The only major exception being the frantic search for a family of character and heart to adopt two orphaned kittens abandoned near the Boathouse. But guests Mike and Lynn Kingsmill stepped up to the plate and provided the pair a fantastic home, complete with fun toys and much love. The transition is complete, but as predicted in our first newsletter, the lives of guests, guides and staff, long past, still linger nostalgically in the air of this grand old lady of hospitality where change is hard to measure, even detect. Unless, of course, some time in the past you might just have noticed, in between a wee dram of Canadian whisky and going out with your fishing party, that the bath in Inn #6 had some overlooked mould. Because you are friends, you perhaps discreetly reported the embarrassment, and today, it is different. That attention to detail grows in all of the buildings, along with fresh paint, paneling, rugs, refinished floors, new linens, bed and laundry (we still line […]

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Hotel Kenney Welcomes Karen McCann

We are thrilled to announce the addition of the talented Karen McCann to our team as co-general manager. She will join Andy Brown, who is in his 32nd year.  A native of neighboring Seeleys Bay, Karen came home in 2004 after 25 years in non-profit and program management in the Yukon. She also has extensive professional gardening experience! We are privileged to have them both as we embark on this new era at Hotel Kenney.

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Address:

59 Kenney Road
Jones Falls, Elgin Ontario
K0G1E0, Canada

Phone:

613-359-5500

Toll Free:

866-KENNEYS