Cruising is one of the most popular ways to experience the Rideau Canal National Historic Site. Nothing beats sunny days and starry nights with friends and family aboard a spacious floating cottage on a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As the captain of your own ship, wind your way along the canal, savouring the spectacular landscapes and lively community culture you discover at every turn. In the evening, moor your vessel overnight at any of the historic Parks Canada's lockstations from Kingston to the Nation's Capital.


About Le Boat

  • Licensed local operator
  • No previous boating experience required; training provided
  • Fully-equipped onboard amenities
  • Sleeps groups of 4 - 10 people
  • No minimum or maximum length of stay required

Le Boat came to Canada in 2018 after more than 50 years of offering houseboat vacations in over 8 different countries across Europe. Since then, their fleet of premier Horizon vessels has grown more popular with every season. They offer visitors with no previous boating experience a unique opportunity to connect with life on the water in exciting new ways. For boat owners, they provide a hassle-free alternative to their own vessel, with added space for larger groups.

On the Rideau Canal National Historic site, a private place to relax and play is never all that far away.
What to expect aboard your cruiser

Le Boat cruisers are safe and easy to drive, and they meet all government regulations. They are also completely bumpered for safety and have a capped speed of 10 km/h.

What's included*
  • A boat-handling demonstration prior to departure
  • A fully equipped kitchen
  • Towels and linen for all passengers
  • Technical support throughout your rental
  • On-board maps and visitor information
  • Passage through Parks Canada locks
  • Overnight mooring permits for Parks Canada locks

*Offer subject to change. Please check operator's website for exact details.

Contact
Le Boat Canadian Headquarters

Location: 1 Jasper Ave, Smiths Falls, ON

Phone number: 1-800-734-5491

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Additional information
Pets

Dogs are welcome on-board your Le Boat cruiser, but are subject to Parks Canada Visitor Guidelines on the Rideau Canal National Historic Site.

Paddling

Canoes and/or kayaks may be brought onto your vessel during your journey. Rent from any of the several local outfitters along the canal, or bring your own. Plan a quiet day trip throughout stunning lakes and rivers, exploring remote shoreline and observing wildlife in its natural habitat.

Camping

Tent camping on shore is permitted at most lockstations on a first-come, first served basis. Camping is free to visitors on Le Boat vessels. Bring your own gear and let your kids spend the night on shore with a campfire under the stars. No gear? No problem! Learn more about Parks Canada's Equipped Camping program available at select lockstations.


Other houseboating options

Licensed private rental companies exist in various communities along the Rideau Canal. Check local listings.