Travel the Rideau Canal in Canada with a Le Boat Luxury Houseboat

Staycations in Canada

Enjoy the perfect home away from home with our staycation ideas for unforgettable houseboat holidays in Canada.

A boatcation on the Rideau Canal is the perfect home away from home. You get that holiday feeling, whilst relaxing along our very own UNESCO world heritage waterway from Ottawa to Kingston. So if you don’t fancy leaving the country for your next holiday, a Rideau Canal staycation can be just what you need to get away from it all. Whether you choose a weekend break or a full boating holiday, we’ve got it covered with Staycation.

Staycations are easy

Staycations are easy

No passport required! Save the hassle of traveling out of country by taking your holiday in Canada. Boating is a lot of fun and is the most relaxing way of getting about. The Rideau is a world-class destination and with so much to discover on the waterway, there's every reason to make this year's holiday a staycation. 

Explore this world-famous UNESCO waterway

Cruising through the locks on the Rideau Canal with Le Boat

You’ll be surprised how much a Rideau staycation has to offer. The waterway provides you with an ever-changing playground and you'll discover a new location to explore every day. Whatever your expectations of a staycation, we think you'll be pleasantly surprised by how much fun can be had right here on your doorstep. 

Take each day as it comes

Friends drinking wine on the Le Boat in Canada

The beauty of a staycation is that you can take every day as it comes. Either plan a full itinerary or wake up each morning and discuss what to do that day. A boatcation is the perfect way to enjoy a slower pace of life and take in all the sights along the way. You'll be spoilt for choice when choosing what to do each day. 

Victoria Day Long Weekend

Children and dog swimming in the Rideau on their Le Boat vacation

Celebrate Victoria Day on the Rideau Canal and enjoy blissful water relaxation. Le Boat’s season on the canal opens on May 17, so you can be the first to sleep in one of their luxury cruisers in 2019. Cruise to Canada’s prettiest village, charming Merrickville, for the perfect choice for Victoria Day. Merrickville hosts an annual tulip festival and in May the tulips will be in full bloom! Rent a bike from Le Boat and explore the beauty of the village and countryside.

Canada Day

A Le Boat on the Rideau Canal in Canada's capital city, Ottawa

Mark Canada’s birthday in a spectacular way by cruising yourself to the heart of downtown Ottawa. Canada's capital holds the biggest Canada Day party in the country! Experiencing it from your own private Le Boat steps from Parliament Hill is a unique and special experience. Or for a quieter adventure, travel from Smiths Falls to the heritage town of Perth. You'll explore boutique stores, delicious edibles (including two breweries and a distillery), and a chocolaterie. Perth celebrates Canada Day at Conlon Farm with live music and a firework display with a small town community feel.

August Civic Holiday

What will you discover on your staycation

The weather is still beautiful on the canal in August! Travel from Le Boat’s North American headquarters in Smiths Falls to Beveridge’s Locks and spend a short break in a relaxed holiday featuring some of the best wildlife viewing on the Rideau between Smiths Falls and Perth. Don’t miss visiting 4 Degrees Brewing in Smiths Falls and sample craft brews with a historical twist. Plan to visit the Rideau Canal Visitor Centre before or after your trip and find out all about Canada’s history and the construction of one of the greatest engineering feats in Canadian history.

Labour Day Weekend

Jones Falls Rideau Canal

Labour Day Weekend is known for its historically perfect weather in Canada, and the Rideau Canal will be filled with boaters during this long break. Extend your long weekend by a day or two and make the most of the holiday! Enjoy five nights on the Rideau Canal traveling from Le Boat’s satellite base at Seeley’s Bay to Smiths Falls, a one-way trip. This trip includes roughly 17 hours of cruising, and takes you through the scenic Jones Falls, Chaffey’s Lockstation, Newboro, and Westport. Explore boutique shops, restaurants, or a winery right in the heart of Westport, a village that’s often considered one of the cutest in Canada.  

Ottawa to Kingston- so much to discover.

Kingston Ontario with Le Boat

Of course, if you have more time you can also book a longer break with Le Boat, and enjoy seven, ten, or fourteen-day holidays on the Rideau to see all the sights in one fantastic water-based adventure. Travel from Smiths Falls to the historic fort town of Kingston, or explore Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, at your leisure. Moor your boat along the canal right in downtown Ottawa and experience the city from a brand-new perspective.

Whether you’re looking for a three-day, four-day, or longer getaway, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from with Le Boat. Spend some time touring world-famous cities, and spend your days and nights on the water, relaxing from the privacy of your own private yacht


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