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  • Gold Trusted Service Award
    Gold Trusted Service Award
    Awarded by Feefo, which independently collects reviews from our customers, the award recognizes businesses that consistently deliver a world-class customer experience.
  • badge rosette
    Boating expertise since 1969
    With over 50 years of experience and expertise, we're passionate about providing unbeatable vacations on the water.
  • Boussole
    18 amazing destinations
    Our extensive network of bases across 9 countries means you can enjoy a return-trip or choose from a wide selection of one-way routes.
  • Bateau
    World’s largest fleet
    We have more river and canal boats available than any other operator, available to hire between April and October. Our wide range of boats sleeps between 2-12 people.
  • Bouée
    No boat license required
    That's right! You can rent and captain your own boat for a short break (3 nights minimum), a week or longer. We'll show you everything you need to know before you set off.
  • Gold Trusted Service Award
    Gold Trusted Service Award
    Awarded by Feefo, which independently collects reviews from our customers, the award recognizes businesses that consistently deliver a world-class customer experience.
  • badge rosette
    Boating expertise since 1969
    With over 50 years of experience and expertise, we're passionate about providing unbeatable vacations on the water.
  • Boussole
    18 amazing destinations
    Our extensive network of bases across 9 countries means you can enjoy a return-trip or choose from a wide selection of one-way routes.
  • Bateau
    World’s largest fleet
    We have more river and canal boats available than any other operator, available to hire between April and October. Our wide range of boats sleeps between 2-12 people.
  • Bouée
    No boat license required
    That's right! You can rent and captain your own boat for a short break (3 nights minimum), a week or longer. We'll show you everything you need to know before you set off.

Boating holidays in Canada: Rideau Canal vs Trent-Severn

Noma Mathembisa
March 7, 2024

Canada is a boater's paradise, offering diverse landscapes paired with unique experiences. If you have been looking for the best places to visit in Canada, look no further. Whether you’re looking for a nature escape or a vibrant cultural experience, the Rideau Canal and the Trent-Severn Waterway present two distinct boating holiday experiences. Which Canadian holiday will captivate you? 

Hire a self-drive boat from our various boat hire options to cruise these majestic waterways.  

Explore the diverse lakes in Ontario with Le Boat, where nature and culture converge to create a uniquely Canadian holiday experience. Journey along the Rideau Canal, venturing through Ottawa's countryside, Ontario's Highlands' historic villages, and Kingston's stunning Great Waterway. Or go on a distinctive Canadian escape with access to the newly introduced Trent-Severn Waterway. Each region offers its own unique beauty, ensuring a memorable Canadian holiday.  

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Rideau Canal

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An extraordinary journey through Southeastern Ontario's stunning landscapes and charming towns with a boating holiday on the UNESCO World Heritage Rideau Canal. Cruise your own luxury self-drive boat along the 202km-long waterway, from the iconic Ottawa to Kingston, and explore one of North America's oldest continuously operated canal systems.  

 

 

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Trent Severn Waterway

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An enchanting voyage through Central Ontario's history-filled paradise, exploring the Trent-Severn Waterway and the gorgeous Kawartha Lakes. Stretching 386 kilometers, this waterway evokes natural beauty, promising an unforgettable experience for those who venture along its serene path. Begin your journey at our Peterborough base, nestled along the Otonabee River just outside of town, and let the region's history and the tranquility of its towns and cities unfold before you. 

 

 

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Uncover diverse locations along your journey

Rideau Canal     

  • Ottawa Downtown - Canada's Capital  

Discover the heart of Canada's capital, with iconic landmarks and vibrant culture along the canal. 

  • Merrickville - Ontario's Prettiest Town 

Explore the charming Merrickville, known for its arts community, great shopping, and dog-friendly community.  

  • Westport Harbour - A scenic retreat 

Escape to Westport Harbour for wineries, breweries, shopping, and a serene waterfront. 

 

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Trent Severn Waterway 

  • Love Sick Lake - Island Oasis  

 Lock 30 on Lovesick Island is a unique, popular overnight stop amidst natural beauty. 

  • Bobcaygeon - Trent Severn hub  

Bobcaygeon, at the heart of the Trent Severn Waterway, offers shopping, dining, sandy beaches, and a vibrant boating community.  

  • Peterborough Lift Lock and Waterfront - Entertainment and Tranquility  

The world's largest Lift Lock in Peterborough, with waterfront concerts, shopping, and options for an overnight stay at the Holiday Inn or the public harbour/lock station.      

 

                       

Rideau Canal vs. Trent Severn Waterway

 Rideau Canal Trent - Severn 

Landscapes 

Find yourself immersed in the tranquility of winding Canadian lakes and waterways, surrounded by lush forests and scenic vistas. The Rideau Canal is renowned for its peaceful and unspoiled beauty, making it a haven for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.  Offering a diverse landscape characterized by a combination of expansive lakes in Canada, charming rivers, and serene canals. Its beauty lies in the contrast between pristine wilderness and vibrant waterfront communities. The breathtaking landscapes provide an excellent backdrop for various water-based activities.  

Attractions 

Explore historic towns, visit charming shops, and marvel at the locks and canals. Adventure seekers can enjoy kayaking, hiking, and fishing, while history buffs can delve into the region's rich past. Enjoy water sports, fishing, and exploring interesting towns on your boating holiday. Soak up the area's rich history by visiting historic sites, museums, and vibrant towns. The region offers a blend of outdoor and cultural attractions.

Atmosphere 

Calming aura and serenity - the ideal destination for those seeking a slower-paced, nature-centric experience. The canal exudes a sense of peacefulness, and the small towns that dot its path are known for their friendly and welcoming ambiance. The atmosphere along the Trent Severn Waterway is vibrant and lively. It's a destination for those who enjoy a mix of recreational activities and cultural experiences. The waterfront communities bustle with events and festivals, creating an energetic atmosphere that resonates with visitors.  

 

Pick your adventure

 

The Rideau Canal radiates with its scenic waters, gorgeous forests, and historic charm, which is ideal for nature enthusiasts. On the other hand, the Trent Severn Waterway is lively with vibrant communities, diverse landscapes, and an energetic atmosphere, perfect for recreation and culture. Whichever route you choose, it will be a memorable Canadian adventure.  

Start your Canadian adventure today!