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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.

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Ontario Waterways

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OUR CRUISES

Rideau
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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Kawartha
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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Quinte
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
 

August 12, 2022

The Kawartha Voyageur departed Kingston this morning to cruise the Thousand Islands of the St. Lawrence River.  Tomorrow, we cruise west via the Bay of Quinte to Trenton which is the gateway to the Trent-Severn Waterway. For the last half of August we will be cruising the beautiful lakes, rivers and historic locks between Peterborough and Big Chute. We will return again to cruise the World Heritage Rideau Canal in September.  While most of our cruises for the remainder of the season are fully booked, we currently have one cabin available on our September 20 cruise from Kingston to Ottawa and one cabin available on our September 30 cruise from Kingston to Peterborough.  There is a wait list for each cruise date that is fully booked. There is no obligation to place your name on as many cruise dates as you like.

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 and Transport Canada currently requires all passengers and crew on overnight voyages to be fully vaccinated.  In this regard, we will only be accepting reservations for our 2022 season from fully vaccinated persons. Proof of your second shot will need to be submitted to our office by regular mail or email when making your reservation.  Given that "booster shots" are now considered necessary to maintain an adequate level of protection, proof of your booster shot will also need to be submitted to our office at least two weeks prior to sailing.  Please refer to our current COVID-19 protocols under GENERAL INFO in the main menu at the top of this page.  Last year, we installed HEPA filters, UV lights in the air ducts and a large HRV to increase the air exchange rate. The enhanced indoor air quality combined with the vaccination of all passengers and crew served everyone well.  At the present time, masks are not mandatory inside the ship, on deck or on our chartered bus.  However, as indicated in our GENERAL INFO, the Ontario government encourages the use of masks whenever social distancing is difficult to maintain so please feel welcome to use a mask if you so choose.

The US/CDN exchange rate continues to be very favourable for our friends from the United States. The present cost of our 2023 cruises including tax is $US 2,218. (subject to change according to the exchange rate when your final balance is paid).

You may view our 2023 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 is 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”.