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Enjoy affordable luxury on a Le Boat vacation

Floating cottage offers the quintessential Canadian experience

Le Boat

Did you know you can enjoy an unforgettable boating holiday this summer – no previous experience or boating license required? Le Boat Canada, headquartered in Smiths Falls, now has a base in Ottawa. Both locations are perfect starting points to explore the historic Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

With an expanded fleet of 32 boats and over 50 years of experience on European waterways, Le Boat is ideal for everything from short escapes to epic expeditions.

Lisa Mclean, Le Boat Canada’s marketing manager, notes that guests love how effortless it is to cruise on the Rideau’s beautiful lakes, rivers and canals.

“Our pet-friendly boats allow you to take in all the natural beauty and quaint towns that make the Rideau waterway so special,” she explains. “Many people say our brand-new cabin cruisers offer an experience very similar to renting an RV, with the joy of exploring a region on the water instead of on land.”

Le Boat interior
Horizon kitchen and saloon

With five different models to choose from, featuring two to five bedrooms, all with private ensuites, Le Boat is perfect for a girls’ getaway, guys’ fishing trip, multigenerational family holiday or romantic escape. Each boat comes with a fully equipped kitchen plus all linens and a helpful packing list is provided.

In addition, Le Boat’s conscientious staff provide all the necessary training in your orientation session, ensuring you feel comfortable and competent before you cast off from the dock.

Five things that make a Le Boat holiday unforgettable: 

The diverse landscape

The stunning scenery you enjoy from your boat is appealing in every season. Watch turtles basking, paddle with loons, then pass by quaint old cottages and lavish estates on the shores and islands. 

Land-based adventures

Check out the numerous conservation areas dotting the shores of the waterway including the Cataraqui Trail, the Tip to Tail Trail at Burritts Rapids, Colonel By Island and Foley Mountain.

Local food and drink

From fine dining in Ottawa and Kingston to the welcoming local cafes, brewpubs, wineries, bakeries and restaurants in the towns and villages along the way, there are so many great tastes to discover. 

Concierge service enroute

You’ll pass effortlessly through locks operated by the friendliest lockstaff in the world. The Parks Canada Lockmasters are wonderful ambassadors and are always ready to answer your questions and offer advice for the perfect day.

Hands on historical experiences

Canada’s history comes alive at Old Fort Henry in Kingston, The Blacksmith at Jones Falls, the Blockhouse in Merrickville, Watson’s Mill in Manotick, The Museum of History in Gatineau and the Lockmaster Museum at Chaffey’s Lock, to name just a few spots along the route. 

Le Boat
Tay River, near Perth, Ontario, Canada

Quick facts for planning your trip:

When can I cruise? 

Le Boat follows the Parks Canada schedule:

Opening day: May 19, 2023

Closing day: October 8, 2023 

Note that lockstation hours vary throughout the boating season.

Available routes:

  • Depart from either Smiths Falls or Ottawa
  • Plan a one-way adventure or return to your starting point
  • Itineraries are fully customizable and flexible


Costs start at about $2,500/week during low season, based on a boat that can sleep up to 5 people. Prices vary depending upon duration and boat size and are comparable to a cottage rental or multi-night luxury hotel stay.

For more information be sure to visit and check out their detailed Rideau Waterway guide: