Picture an effortless cruise through the beauty of the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a chain of beautiful lakes, rivers and canals that winds 202 kilometres from Ottawa to Kingston via breathtaking natural beauty, quaint towns and vibrant cities. With Le Boat, you choose your itinerary, and there’s no boating knowledge or licence required.
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Experience a little slice of Holland with a Canadian twist at the annual Canadian Tulip Festival in Ottawa. Explore Canada’s prettiest village by immersing yourself in Merrickville’s vibrant artisanal community. Visit the Lockmaster’s House Museum at Chaffeys Lockstation and find out more about this fascinating stretch of waterway, dating back to the 1800s.
Be pampered with a lakeside wine tasting, tour and lunch at the Scheuermann Vineyard and Winery in Westport, listening to water lapping gently on the lakeshore. Test your knowledge of cheeses in Portland. Head to the Forfar Cheese Factory, the oldest in Ontario, to discover why the smelly things in life can sometimes be sophisticated. Discover a panoramic view of Kingston’s spectacular architecture from the rooftop restaurant at historic Fort Henry – the perfect indulgence before heading off to take in the city’s lively nightlife.
Hike rugged paths, cycle spectacular trails, canoe majestic lakes or simply sit still for a moment and enjoy the Rideau’s awe-inspiring natural wonders and wildlife! Get up close with nature at one of the best wildlife viewing spots on the Rideau at the Tay Canal, or seek out an osprey’s nest in McGuigan’s cemetery in Nicholsons. Learn how to fish at Newboro. Whether you are a seasoned angler or relative minnow, you’ll see why this has been a favourite fisherman’s spot for more than 120 years. Climb the spectacular Kingston Crag, or the nation’s highest indoor climbing wall at the brilliant Boiler Room gym in Kingston.
Self-drive cruises start from $494 per person for seven nights on board a Horizon boat sleeping up to eight people in four ensuite cabins.
For more information visit leboat.com.au or call 1800 118 940.