Le Boat, the largest boat rental company in Europe, just opened its first operation in North America on the historic Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Canada. The company, which has 16 bases in eight different countries, hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Kilmarnock Lock Station on the Rideau Canal, with three of their new Horizon Cruisers among the first vessels to transit the lock to start the 2018 boating season.
The Rideau Canal winds 125 miles through picturesque towns, unspoiled lakes and rolling pastoral countryside from Kingston, on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence, up to Ottawa, the capital of Canada. Opened in 1832, it is the oldest continuously operated canal system in North America. The canal has 47 locks, and most are still operated by hand.
Le Boat has a fleet of 16 Horizon Cruisers, all designed to meet Ontario Maritime and Le Boat customer requirements. It recommends itineraries from three to ten nights along the Rideau, although you can design your own timetable. You do not need a license of special training to rent a boat from Le Boat.
“The Rideau Canal is a vacationer’s dream, offering the best of all Le Boat’s European destinations in one place,” said Cheryl Brown, managing director of Le Boat. “It has the elegant beauty and charm of French waterways, the delightful lagoons of Italy, and the dramatic, scenic lakes and rivers of Ireland, Holland and Germany. Most of all, it is a mecca for lovers of nature, with every imaginable water sport such as fishing, paddle-boating, canoeing, swimming, as well as hiking, biking and bird-watching.”