Facing Waves on FOX Sports TV travels down the Rideau Canal in Ontario, Canada

Cruising and Paddling the UNESCO Rideau Canal

Watch Le Boat on "Facing Waves with Ken Whiting" on FOX SPORTS in January 2021. Join host Ken Whiting, his wife Nicole, and their daughter enjoy many different experiences on the UNESCO designated Rideau waterway in Ontario, Canada. Check you local listings for the episode which will feature the captivating trip along the UNESCO World Heritage Rideau Canal in Ontario, Canada, aboard one of Le Boat’s premier Horizon vessels.

Check your local listings for air time in your region. Facing Waves us an exciting and inspiring TV series that follows top paddlers as they explore the people, places, and adventures of the world's top paddling destinations. 


 Facing Waves / Paddle Tales TV episode - Cruising the Rideau Canal

Watch these vingettes of the trip


The Rideau Experience

Le Boat Houseboat rental on the Rideau Canal in Ontario, CanadaKen enjoys his adventure with Le Boat and he takes full advantage of this pristine waterways and paddles the Tay Canal, goes fishing on Big Rideau Lake and cruises into south on the Rideau Canal to Seeley's Bay .

Cruise just like Ken Whiting and enjoy a cruise on the Rideau Canal starting in Smiths Falls.

Here is a overview of where Ken cruised, but  you can explore this waterway in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your vacation

Along the way, Ken experienced: 

  • Smiths Falls for beautiful parks and downtown shopping and dining.
  • Smiths Falls to Beveridge's Locks a pretty cruise and a great place to overnight.
  • Paddle up the Tay Canal to the Heritage Town of Perth. Ontario for great shopping, dining and even miniputt!
  • A stop at Rideau Ferry - stock up on provisions, get some Canadian chip truck fries or dine at CC's
  • Cruise the Big Rideau lake through the Narrows lockstation for great swimming and fishing spots
  • Village of Wesport for many artisan shops and a craft winery with wood-fired dining
  • Newboro lockstation for a quiet overnight in nature.
  • Chaffey's Lockstation where you'll find the famous Opinicon resort and walking/biking trails
  • Jones' Falls on of the most spectacularly picturesque flght of locks on the Rideau system

Download the Rideau Canal Regional Guide

Fishing on Big Rideau Lake

Fishing on the RideauThe entire length of the Rideau Canal boasts world-class fishing, with plenty of peaceful inlets and expansive lakes for any angler to enjoy.

Famous for its pike, walleye and bass fishing, every day can mean a good catch when you cast your line into Canada’s iconic Rideau Waterway, where these and many other species of fish abound, just waiting to be hooked. (The Rideau is well-stocked with species that include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, lake trout, yellow perch, black crappie, muskellunge, and walleye, among others.)

While finding the best local fishing spots can be a challenge when you’re in a new area, you can read our blog to find out the best fishing spot on the Rideau Canal as recommended by local guides and avid anglers.  

Kayaking and Fishing on a misty morning on the Rideau with Le Boat

Go For A Paddle. Kayak The Tay Canal Into The Town of Perth, Ontario

Paddling the Rideau CanalExpansive lakes and crystal clear waters make Canada the perfect playground for water sports aficionados.

Whether it is the gently paddling on a kayak, a fun afternoon on a stand up paddle board, traditional Canadian canoe, or exploring the waterway on your own, private, luxury Horizon.

Canada's UNESCO World Heritage Rideau Lakes has something for everyone and offers offers 202km of pristine waterways, winding rivers,  wide open lakes and historical canals -all waiting for you to come explore.

Facing Waves airs on Fox Sports nationwide on January 2nd 2021 (check your local listings).

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