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Experience the friendly, casual atmosphere of the 45 passenger Kawartha Voyageur riverboat.

Meet new people and relax as our able crew take care of your every need from the minute you arrive to the minute you leave.

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Community, Relaxation, Cleanliness & Value.

Meet new friends on a Canadian river cruise and explore Ontario’s magnificent heritage waterways. We invite you to take time to unwind on our peaceful riverboat as an ever-changing panorama of scenic lakes, rivers and locks slowly pass before your eyes; the perfect backdrop to whatever you choose to do onboard.

We provide hassle-free, peaceful and inspiring cruises on three of Ontario’s finest waterways. Take a look at what we offer and please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have. Enjoy the website and we hope to meet you soon – our crew are waiting to welcome you aboard!

While aboard the Kawartha Voyageur, you will enjoy a comfortable, clean and safe environment as well as a selection of traditional meals, carefully prepared, cooked and served to you by our friendly and polite staff.



Ontario Waterways



The Rideau Canal offers a time capsule of quiet history as it was on completion in 1832. Of the 35 locks we travel through, all but 3 are constructed of hand-cut stone and are manually operated by the lock staff. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007. The granite shores of the Rideau lakes area are particularly beautiful.
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The Kawartha Cruises navigate a 240 km (150 mile) section of the Trent-Severn Waterway to the north-west of Peterborough. These cruises travel the Kawartha Lakes and the Severn River. The Trent-Severn Waterway is one of Canada’s national historic sites and is so magnificent it has been named "one of the finest interconnected systems of navigation in the world"
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The Quinte cruises offer a magnificent combination of our other two cruises. On the southern portion of the Trent-Severn Waterway between Peterborough and Trenton, there are 19 locks including the large flight locks at Healey Falls and Ranney Falls. Traveling through the Bay of Quinte, we reach the incredible beauty of the Thousand Islands in the St. Lawrence River.
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Captain's Notes

September 13, 2023

The Kawartha Voyageur is currently cruising the World Heritage Rideau Canal.  Later in September, we will be exiting the Rideau and following a day in the Thousand Islands, we will be headed back to Trent-Severn Waterway for the fall colours.

Our 2023 cruise season will end with our KAWARTHA FALL SERENITY cruise which runs from October 15-20. The Kawartha Fall Serenity cruise runs from Hastings (at the east end of Rice Lake) to Kirkfield which is just east of Lake Simcoe.  Parking for this cruise is in Peterborough.  You can find the itinerary for this cruise under KAWARTHA in the CRUISES menu at the top of this page.

All of our 2023 cruises are now fully booked but there is an active wait list for each cruise date. Once a given cruise is fully booked, a wait list is established for that particular cruise. There is no obligation to place your name on the wait list for as many cruise dates as you like.  If your name comes up on a given cruise, we will give you a call.  If the date does not suit when we call, we simply call the next person on the list for that particular cruise.  Our wait list is actually quite active as we usually get about 3 cancellations per cruise.

We are currently 30% booked for 2024.

Ontario Waterway Cruises Inc. remains committed to the health, safety, comfort and enjoyment of our passengers and crew aboard the Kawartha Voyageur.   Ontario Waterway Cruises Inc. is subject to federal transportation regulations.

Transport Canada no longer requires all passengers and crew to be "fully vaccinated" against COVID-19.  In this regard, Ontario Waterway Cruises will not be requiring our 2023 passengers to be "fully vaccinated".  We most certainly encourage our passengers to follow the guidance of our Ontario government health authorities who continue to recommend that people maintain their COVID-19 protection by taking the relative "booster shots".   Please refer to our 2023 COVID protocols under GENERAL INFO in the menu at the top of this page.

The US/CDN exchange rate continues to be very favourable for our friends from the United States. The present cost of our 2024 cruises including tax is $US 2,208. (subject to change according to the exchange rate when your final balance is paid).

You may view our 2023 and 2024 cruise schedule and pricing by clicking Cruise Dates on the menu at the top of this page.  For specific information and rates on our Rideau, Quinte or Kawartha cruises, please click CRUISES on the menu above then select one of the three cruise routes.  All cruises in any given year are the same price.

2022 was our 40th season cruising the historic waterways of Ontario.  The Trent-Severn Waterway and the World Heritage Rideau Canal have been operating since 1833.  The Trent-Severn Waterway was not fully open to thru navigation until 1920. Both waterways are part of Canada's National Parks and are open from mid-May to mid-October.

Thank you for your continued interest in our cruises here in Ontario.  Whether it be your first or a return, we look forward to welcoming you aboard the Kawartha Voyageur for a refreshing and memorable voyage.

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Safe Travels Global Protocols Stamp Stamp

As Passengers and Crew aboard the Kawartha Voyageur your comfort, health and safety are our top priority. The “Safe Travels” program allows travellers to recognize tourism businesses around the world, which have adopted a global standard of health and hygiene protocols. We have implemented new policies and procedures as directed by the Provincial Government and Public Health Authority of Canada. Our Safe Travels designation confirms our commitment to you so that you can experience "safe travels”.