Self-drive boating vacations operator Le Boat will officially begin taking reservations for its first North American destination in Ontario’s Rideau Canal on May 15, 2017 for the 2018 boating season.
Le Boat allows vacationers to discover the natural scenery of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, with the route taking travellers down a chain of lakes, rivers and canals between Ottawa and Kingston.
“The picturesque Rideau Canal is the place to be next summer. With endless land and water activities along the route from fishing, paddle boating, canoeing to hiking, biking and bird-watching, this will be an experience you’ll will never forget,” said Cheryl Brown, managing director, Le Boat.
“We are seeing a lot of interest from our European and U.S. customers with all of them saying they would travel to Ontario for a boating holiday.”
All cruises will start and finish at the Smith Falls base located mid-way between Ottawa and Kingston. Suggested routes are offered, but travelers have complete flexibility with their itinerary and the freedom to cruise as much or as little as they want, ensuring the boats are returned at the agreed date and time.
The new base will launch with a fleet of 16 Horizon cruisers, featuring large staterooms and an upper edck wfith a sunbathing area. Each ensuite cabin comes with air-cooling and heating system, as well as USB ports accessible for passengers to recharge their electronic devices.
Le Boat is looking to expand this fleet to at least 32 cruises in the next five years. A seven-day cruise on a two-cabin horizon boat, sleeping four starts at CA$2,380 (US$1,775) - not including fuel or marina charges to park your boat.