Embarkation starts at 8:00 p.m. in Kingston. Free car parking is available. The “Kawartha Voyageur” will remain docked at the Crawford Wharf for the night.
Day 1 Kingston to Jones Falls
Sailing before breakfast, the “Kawartha Voyageuer” enters the Cataraqui River and proceeds upstream to Kingston Mills locks for the first lockage. This is one of the flight locks for which the Rideau is so famous. For the rest of the day we traverse numerous lakes and locks before we reach our overnight docking at one of the most beautiful sites on the canal, Jones Falls.
Day 2 Jones Falls to Poonamalie
This second day passes through the heart of Rideau Lakes. A mid morning stop at Chaffeys Lock lets us visit a lock house museum. We also stop at the historic village of Westport for shopping after lunch. Our picturesque overnight stop is at Poonamalie, a lock named by one of the builders for a romantic memory from India.
Day 3 Poonamalie to Merrickville
This third day we enter the Rideau River and stop in the midmorning at Smiths Falls. Continuing on down the river we pass through Old Sly’s lock, as well as Edmond’s and Kilmarnock. Our overnight stop is at Merrickville, a lovely historic town where a walking tour guides you past the many old homes from the early nineteenth century.
Day 4 Merrickville to Long Island flight locks
A day of tranquil cruising down the river with constantly unfolding vistas of this lovely countryside. We pass through Clowe’s, Nicholson’s and Burritt’s Rapids locks before docking for the night at the Long Island flight locks – another remarkable setting that helped create the fame of the Rideau Canal.
Day 5 Long Island flight locks to Hartwells Locks
Our final day passes by beautiful private homes as we near Ottawa. A stop at Hog’s Back lock to view the cascading falls before entering the man-made channel that leads down past Carleton University to our final docking at Hartwell Locks. Here passengers board our chartered bus for the two hour ride back to their cars at Kingston arriving around 5 p.m.