Chris Robinson Travel News: Self-Drive Boats come to the Rideau Canal

Apr 27, 2017

By Chris Robinson

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Le Boat, Europe’s largest self-drive boating company, is poised to launch the company’s first North American base of operations in 2018 on Ontario’s historic Rideau Canal. It will open in the picturesque town of Smiths Falls, “Heart of the Rideau Canal,” with a fleet of 16 specially designed Horizon cruisers.

As captain of your canal boat you live in, and drive, your own personal cruiser. These boats are very easy to operate – you don’t need any license or experience!

The Rideau Canal, which opened in 1832, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a Canadian National Historic Site as well as a Canadian Heritage river. It is 202kms long with 47 locks and is the oldest continuously operating canal in North America.

Booking will begin in spring 2017, with the boating season officially launching in May 2018 and running through October every year. For more information visit

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