Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Explore Canada's picturesque Rideau Canal by boat

I have several family members living in the improbably picturesque Canadian city of Kingston, Ontario. Both Kingston and its surrounds are very pretty during the summer months, if a tad chilly in winter.

Le Boat, Europe’s largest operator of self-drive boating vacations, has just begun operations in Ontario, on the historic Rideau Canal.


With no boating experience required, Le Boat has opened up this UNESCO World Heritage-listed destination on a route that takes travellers down a chain of lakes, rivers and canals between Ottawa and Kingston.

There are plenty of land and water activities along the route from fishing, paddle boating, canoeing to hiking, biking and bird-watching.

Le Boat offers two bases for the 2019 cruising season, the main Smith Falls Base located midway between Ottawa and Kingston, and a new base in Seeleys Bay, a village closer to Kingston.

Suggested routes are offered and a full guide to the Rideau Canal is available, however, travellers have complete flexibility with their itinerary and the freedom to cruise as much or as little as they want, just as long as they ensue the boats are returned at the agreed date and time.



Le Boat is a leading self-drive boating rental company, and is celebrating its 50th birthday in 2019. All boats feature fully equipped kitchens, comfortable furnishings, showers and bathrooms.

Le Boat launched in Canada this year with a fleet of 16 state-of-the-art Horizon cruisers, with several more being added to the fleet for next season.

All Horizon Cruisers offer large staterooms and a roomy upper deck with sun-bathing area equipped with open-air dining amenities.

Each en-suite cabin comes with air-cooling and heating system as well as plenty of USB ports accessible for passengers to recharge their portable gadgets.

The 2019 cruising season runs from May 17 to October 14. Seven-night cruises start from $2,215 - which makes for an affordable break on the water. I think I'll add this to my "to do" list next time I'm visiting family.

For more information contact Le Boat on 1800 118 940 or see www.leboat.com.au.

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