About Smiths Falls

Smiths Falls is our base on the Rideau Canal. Its central location gives you fantastic choices for your cruising route; either head North to Merrickville, 6hrs from Smiths Falls and voted Canada’s prettiest village in 2017, or head south to the Big Lakes this region is so famous for. Lively Perth, with its famous brewery, is 4.5hrs from our base and a week’s cruise will get you as far as Seeley’s bay and back. You’ll need at least 10 to 14 nights to visit Ottawa or Kingston on your boat.

What you get on the base


Wifi (available in base building)


Extras & options for your cruise

The following extras are available to prebook or purchase locally at this base. A reduced fee will apply to items that are prebooked. Please see 'Holiday Extras' for more details about each extra. Restrictions apply.


Practical Extras

  • Early check-in & late check-out
  • Boat cleaning
  • Parking - (see 'Travel info' tab)
  • Eco cleaning pack
  • L.E.D. lantern
  • Top-deck cushions
  • Grocery packs

Fun Extras

  • Bike hire
  • Special occasion gift baskets
  • Gas barbecues
  • Stand-up paddleboards
  • Kayaks

Payment Means

Please note that payment of fuel, deposit & any extras booked and paid locally are required in the local currency of the base. Our bases accept Visa & Mastercard, but not American Express.


Best Western Colonel By Inn : 88 Lombard St, +1 613-284-0001

Katmor's B&B: 26 Willow Ln, +1 613-402-1029

Best Inn Motel: 241 Lombard St, +1 613-284-0464

Roger's Motel: 178 Lombard St, +1 613-283-5200


C'est Tout Bakery: 14 Beckwith St South, 1 613-284-0774

Chuckles Jack - Indian and Canadian: 23 Russell St East, (613) 205-1400

Harvest Social: 7 Russell St West, (613) 283-0438

Pickled Pig: 1 Chambers St, (613) 283-7707

My Place Restaurant: 2 Main St West, (613) 284-4696

The Roosteraunt : 60 Lombard St, +1 613-283-7151

Bakers Fries : 44 Chambers St., +1 613 485-2260



Andress' Your Independent Grocer – 25 Ferrara Dr, Mon-Sat : 7am – 9pm, Sun : 7am – 6pm https://www.yourindependentgrocer.ca

Modern Thymes Natural Foods - 11 Russell St E, Mon-Thur: 9am-5:30pm, Fri: 9am-6pm, Sat:9am-5pm http://www.modernthymes.com/

Garden Market - 115 William St W, Mon-Tue & Sat: 8am-6pm, Wed: 8am-7pm, ThurFri: 8am-9pm, Sun: 8am-5:30pm https://www.gardenmarketsmithsfalls.com/

Walmart - 114 Lombard St, Mon-Sun 7am to 10pm https://www.walmart.ca/en/smithsfalls/5811

Giant Tiger - 29 Chambers Street, Mon-Fri : 8am – 9pm, Sat: 8am-6pm, Sun : 9am – 6pm

Valley Custom Cutting: 1-613-205-1111 Tues-Fri 10-6 Sat 10-5 Sun 11-4

Food Basics - 275 Brockville St, Mon-Sat : 8am – 9pm, Sun: 8am – 5pm



Fishing Licence : Canadian Tire, 10 Ferrara Drive, Highway 15, + 1 613-283-3906



  • Conservation (catch & release): seasonal price $17
  • Sport: (keep the fish): seasonal price $30, Daily rate $13

Tourist Info

Parks Canada Rideau Canal Visitors' Centre, 34 Beckwith Street South, + 1 888 773-8888

Town of Smiths Falls Visitors' Centre: Beckwith St North https://www.smithsfalls.ca/ + 1 888 983 4124

Medical Facilities

Perth & Smiths Falls District Hospital 60 Cornelia St W, Smiths Falls +1 613 283-2330

Opening hours

Mon - Sun 9am - 5:30pm


Le Boat, Smiths Falls
1 Jasper Avenue
Smiths Falls, ON K7A-4B5


+1 (0) 343 881 8800

Travel to Smiths Falls

To book a taxi to or from the base you can contact the number below.


Access Taxi, 5 Chamber St. (+1 613-283-1441 or +1 613-283-1212)

Rideau Lakes Taxi (+1 613-929-6501)

Coventry Connections (+1 613-523-1234 | www.coventryconnections.com)

Relief Transportation (+1 343-364-0177 | https://relieftransportation.business.site/)


Approximate price (4 passengers) from:


  • Ottawa Airport (YOW) CA$240
  • Kingston CA$360

By Road

Be prepared

It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with local road rules and abide by them.


From Ottawa Airport to 1 Jasper Ave., Smiths Falls, ON K7A 4B5: Approx 1h 4min

1000 Airport Parkway Private, Ottawa, ON K1V 9B4

  • Head southwest on Airport Parkway Private toward Air Cargo Private/Airport 3 Ave (400 m)
  • Turn right onto Tracker Private (450 m)
  • Tracker Private turns right and becomes Silver Star Private (94 m)
  • Turn left onto Paul Benoit Driveway (1.8 km)
  • Turn left onto Hunt Club Rd/Ottawa 32 W (10.1 km)
  • Turn right onto Cedarview Rd/Ottawa Regional Rd 23 (signs for ON-416 N/Ottawa) (240 m)
  • Turn left to merge onto ON-416 N toward Ottawa (400 m)


  • Travel on the ON-416 N 1.9 km
  • Use the left 2 lanes to take exit 75A to merge onto Trans-Canada Hwy/ON-417 W toward Kanata Pembroke (14.9 km)
  • Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 145 for Ontario 7 W toward Carleton Place/Toronto (1.7 km)
  • Continue onto Trans-Canada Hwy/ON-7 (20.9 km)
  • Turn left onto ON-15 S (signs for Smiths Falls 26.4 km)
  • Turn right onto Cornelia St W/ON-15 S (signs for County Road 29/County Road 43 -550 m)


  • Turn left onto Elmsley St N/ON-15 S (signs for County Road 29/Regional Road 43 E) This is at a set of traffic lights with the a hockey arena ahead and a hospital to your right. Turn left at these lights onto Elmsley N. (400 m)
  • Slight right onto Beckwith St N/ON-15 S (signs for County Road 29 - 900 m)
  • Travel down Beckwith Street through Smiths Falls until you cross over a bridge with a set of lights. Turn left at the lights onto Jasper Street.
  • Turn left onto Jasper Ave (signs for County Road 17)
  • Take a quick left onto River Street to access Le Boat parking.
  • Destination will be on the left (51 m)


Distance to Smiths Falls • Merrickville: 18km • Perth: 19km • Ottawa: 80km • Kingston: 95km • Montreal: 245km • Toronto: 350km • 1000 Island Bridge to the USA: 60km 

By train

Closest train station(s):

  • Smiths Falls: 2 km

By air

Closest airport(s):

  • Ottawa: 80 km
  • Montréal: 245 km
  • Toronto: 350 km

Arrival at Smiths Falls

When to arrive

Your boat will be ready to depart for 16:00 - 18:00. We recommend that you arrive 60 minutes earlier for check-in and instructions. If you have booked an Early Check-in Service, please arrive at the base ready to depart between 11:00 and 12:00 or from 14:00.

Late arrivals

If you are going to be arriving at the base late, you will need to inform the base directly or our UK/IRE sales team. When you arrive at the base there will be a note on the reception door informing you where your boat is. The boat will be left open for you to stay on board that night. The base staff will do the full briefing the following morning.

Upon arrival

Our base staff look forward to welcoming you to their cruising region and aim to make your arrival and holiday as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

When you arrive our base staff will:

  • Take a deposit to cover the fuel and gas you use during your holiday as well as engine wear and tear. Any extra fuel used will be charged on your return or we will refund the difference for fuel you have not used.
  • Take a refundable collision damage deposit. This will be refunded if you return your boat and its inventory undamaged at the end of your holiday. The amount collected (and thus your liability) can be reduced by purchasing a Collision Damage Waiver in advance. Please contact our sales team for details.
  • Familiarise you with your waterways guide, maps and other helpful documentation provided to help you plan where you want to go and where you’d like to stop.
  • Brief you about your boat, the equipment on board, and the cruising area (places to visit, etc.).
  • Give you a boat handling demonstration on the water with one of our technicians.

Your return

Your boat should be returned and unoccupied by 09:00 on your last cruising day (or by midday if you have booked a Late Check-out).

Local info