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Cruise the Rideau

The Rideau Canal is a chain of beautiful lakes, rivers and locks extending 202 km from Kingston, at the east end of Lake Ontario to Ottawa, Canada’s capital city. Completed in 1832 by the British, this historic waterway with its 45 locks and 19 km of canal cuts is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site carefully maintained and operated by Parks Canada. Parks Canada has also designated the Rideau as a Canadian Heritage River.

Cancellation Refund Plan
Total (CAD) $1,996.00
(for $US pricing please read below)


  • All fares per person double occupancy.
  • Single occupancy 75% over regular fare (except cabin #7 single).
  • Total price shown above includes your room, all meals and snacks aboard ship, luggage handling, bus transportation to depart from or return to cruise parking base, free parking, cancellation refund plan, 13% Harmonized Sales Tax on fare and 8% Retail Sales Tax on cancellation refund plan.
  • First meal served is breakfast on morning following embarkment. Snack will be served on boarding night.

CAD/USD Exchange

  • You are welcome to pay the $200. per person deposit in US funds. It will be converted to Canadian dollars at the current exchange rate and your confirmation will show your remaining balance in Canadian dollars.
  • If you would like to pay your final balance in US funds, you must call our office one week before it is due to obtain the figure.
  • The $US continues to be stronger than the $CA. With the $US exchange rate on May 17, 2016,  the current cost of your cruise including tax is $US 1,590. (subject to change according to when your final balance is paid)

DateCruise TypeRouteNights
* May 21st - 27thRideau Plus 1Kingston to Ottawa (6 nights aboard) providing some free time for sightseeing in Ottawa includes the flight of 8 locks.6Yes
* May 27th - June 2ndRideau Plus 2Ottawa to Kingston (6 nights aboard) providing free time for sightseeing in Ottawa.6Yes
* June 2nd - 7thRideau Plus 3Kingston to Ottawa (5 nights aboard) plus 1 overnight stay on June 7 at the Holiday Inn-Kingston Waterfront.5Yes
June 7th - 12thRideau Plus 4Ottawa to Kingston (5 nights aboard) plus 1 overnight stay on June 12 at the Holiday Inn-Kingston Waterfront.5Yes
* July 22nd - 27thRideau SummerKingston to Ottawa5No
* July 27th - August 1stRideau SummerOttawa to Kingston5No
* August 1st - 6thRideau SummerKingston to Ottawa5No
* August 6th - 11thRideau SummerOttawa to Kingston5No
September 10th - 15thRideau SummerKingston to Ottawa  5No
September 15th - 20thRideau SummerOttawa to Kingston5No
September 20th - 25thRideau SummerKingston to Ottawa5No
* September 25th - 30thRideau ColourOttawa to Kingston5No
* An asterisk beside any cruise date means that cruise is fully booked and a wait list is available. There is no obligation to place your name on any wait list. We usually get a couple of cancelations per cruise.
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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.


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