“‘But…’ my husband hesitated. ‘You don’t have a license.’ My best friend was less diplomatic. Her text message simply read: ‘ARE THEY MAD?’
“None of my nearest and dearest could quite believe someone was going to let me – a ham-fisted, maladroit non-driver, who even managed to fail the cycling proficiency test – pilot a boat. I’ll admit it; I was a little surprised myself. So when I set off down the Rideau Canal on a Canadian boating holiday it was with the sun on my face, my knuckles white on the wheel and a determination to prove everyone wrong.
“A boat trip on the Rideau Canal is the antithesis of ‘tick-box’ travel. Instead of taking just two hours to drive between the two Canadian cities of Ottawa and Kingston, you’ll be signing up to spend at least a week on a boat.” Read more: