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.
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Boating expertise since 1969
With over 50 years of experience and expertise, we're passionate about providing unbeatable vacations on the water.
Kompas
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.
Boot
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.
Boei
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.
  • rozet badge
    Boating expertise since 1969
    With over 50 years of experience and expertise, we're passionate about providing unbeatable vacations on the water.
  • Kompas
    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.
  • Boot
    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.
  • Boei
    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.
  • rozet badge
    Boating expertise since 1969
    With over 50 years of experience and expertise, we're passionate about providing unbeatable vacations on the water.
  • Kompas
    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.
  • Boot
    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.
  • Boei
    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.

Experience a Pride adventure with Le Boat

Take in the magic of LGBTQ+ vacations with Le Boat as we showcase our diverse offerings along the gorgeous Rideau Canal. Beyond providing scenic waterway journeys, Le Boat offers once in a lifetime boating experiences and vibrant events tailored to the LGBTQ+ community. This approach allows queer travelers to immerse themselves in stunning landscapes within an environment that celebrates diversity and inclusion. 

Crosswalk decorated for Pride in Smiths Falls, Ontario

Rainbow Alliance commitment 

A vacation with Le Boat is not just a vacation; it's an opportunity to create unforgettable memories in a truly welcoming atmosphere. By being part of the Rainbow Alliance, Le Boat reaffirms its dedication to providing a safe and accepting space for LGBTQ+ travelers, ensuring a stress-free, safe space vacation. 

As you navigate the canal, explore the LGBTQ+ friendly shops and restaurants dotted along the way where you can find curious and magical souvenirs to take home from your vacation. Our main base is located in Smiths Falls. Many businesses in the town and its surrounding areas proudly display Pride Flag stickers, indicating their status as safe spaces for the community. In the month of June, many of these businesses go the extra mile by decorating their windows and painting the town rainbow. Don't miss the chance to walk across the new Pride crosswalk on Church Street, Smiths Falls! For a comprehensive list of safe spaces, consult the directory on the Ottawa Tourism Website. 

Pride events along the Rideau Canal:

Pride Parade in Perth

  • Date: June 1;
  • Location: Last Duel Park, Perth

The parade culminates in Last Duel Park, offering a vibrant celebration of the Queer community. It features a lively vendors market and provides an opportunity for connection and learning. Head towards Westport along the Rideau Canal for more exciting events, only a short walk from the dock.

Smiths Falls Pride Fest

  • Date: June 29th
  • Location: Victoria Park, Smiths Falls

Smiths Falls Pride Fest on June 29th at Victoria Park is not just a celebration; it's a vibrant showcase of art, community and being high on life. The event, conveniently located just 30 seconds from the Le Boat Base, offers great entertainment, including live music, drag performances, and cultural showcases. You can also indulge in delicious food from local vendors, and connect with like-minded people. Stay informed about any updates or changes to the event schedule by following Smiths Falls Pride on Facebook.

Ottawa Pride Celebrations

  • Date: August
  • Location: Ottawa

In August, Ottawa is vibrant with multiple Pride events and parades, making it a must-visit destination for LGBTQ+ travelers. The city's Pride celebrations are renowned for their inclusivity and festive spirit, offering a range of activities and experiences for everyone to enjoy. From colorful parades to lively street parties, art exhibitions to film screenings; there's something for every taste and interest. Ottawa Pride's website is your go-to source for the latest updates on event schedules, special guests, and community initiatives, ensuring you don't miss out on any of the excitement.

Le Boat Horizon houseboat decorated for Pride in Smiths Falls on the Rideau Canal

Cruising the Rideau Canal this Pride

Cruising along the Rideau Canal offers LGBTQ+ travelers a unique opportunity to embrace inclusion, celebrate diversity, and explore stunning views in a welcoming and accepting environment. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaways , community connections on the water, or insights into LGBTQ+ history and heritage, the Rideau Canal invites queer travelers to embark on a journey of pride, connection, and discovery along its storied waterways.

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