The Rideau Canal in northeastern Canada links Canada’s capital Ottawa and the charming city of Kingston via a set of lakes and canals, with quaint towns and interesting sights along the way.

The Rideau Canal, built in the mid-1800’s, is a UNESCO World-Heritage Site, with 47 locks. Construction began in 1826 and took six years to complete the canal through rough wilderness bush, swamps, and rocky terrain. The canal was originally intended as a military supply route between Ottawa and Kingston in the event of an American invasion of Canada. Today, this beautiful waterway attracts pleasure boaters from all over the world, who want to explore the area and experience the joys of canal boating.

People on Le Boat jumping into a lake on the Rideau Canal

You can rent a canal boat from Le Boat North America; they will help you plan your trip, provide maps, lock schedules, and other important information. For those with no previous boating experience or boat license, Le Boat will provide instruction on how to run and maneuver these simple to operate boats. There are many options for overnight moorings along the Rideau – private marinas, township marinas, and Parks Canada moorings.

Evening moorage along the Rideau Canal with Parks Canada picnic gazebo area

If you’re looking forward to a slower, relaxing pace and a taste of Canadian charm, now’s the time to book a Le Boat vacation. In 2022, Le Boat’s Rideau Canal destination will have a fleet of 30 Premier Horizon Cruisers (ranging in size from 2-5 cabins/sleeping up to 12 people). Choose a 3-5-night short break or a 7+ night vacation. Their season opens May 21 and runs until October 11. Le Boat is currently offering up to 20% off Canada and Europe for early-bird bookings confirmed before December 1, 2020. For more information about their Flexible Booking Terms Covid Refund Policy and early booking offers, see the Le Boat website, or contact the Le Boat Sales team at 800-734-5491, or

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