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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.

13% HST tax
Cancellation Refund Plan
8% RST tax
Total (CAD) $2,752.00
(for $US pricing please read below)
13% HST tax
Cancellation Refund Plan
8% RST tax
Total (CAD) $2,910.00
(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 the fare and 8% Retail Sales Tax on the 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 September 13, 2023,  the total cost per person of our 2024 cruises including tax is $US 2,208. (subject to change according to when your final balance is paid)

DateCruise TypeRouteNights
May 20 - 26, 2023Rideau Plus 1 KING-OTTKingston to Ottawa (6 nights aboard)...includes Hartwell locks and the flight of 8 locks in downtown Ottawa.6Yes
May 26 - Jun 1, 2023Rideau Plus 2 OTT-KINGOttawa to Kingston (6 nights aboard) providing free time for sightseeing in Ottawa.  (parking in Kingston)6Yes
Jun 1 - 6, 2023Rideau Plus 3 KING-OTTKingston to Ottawa (5 nights aboard) plus 1 overnight stay on June 6 at the Holiday Inn-Kingston Waterfront.5Yes
Jun 6 - 11, 2023Rideau Plus 4 OTT-KINGOttawa to Kingston (5 nights aboard) plus 1 overnight stay on June 11 at the Holiday Inn-Kingston Waterfront.  (parking in Kingston)5Yes
Jul 21 - 26, 2023Rideau Summer KING-OTTKingston to Ottawa5No
Jul 26 - 31, 2023Rideau Summer OTT-KINGOttawa to Kingston   (parking in Kingston)5No
Jul 31 - Aug 5, 2023Rideau Summer KING-OTTKingston to Ottawa5No
Aug 5 - 10, 2023Rideau Summer OTT-KINGOttawa to Kingston   (parking in Kingston)5No
Sep 9 - 14, 2023Rideau Summer KING-OTTKingston to Ottawa5No
Sep 14 - 19, 2023Rideau Summer OTT-KINGOttawa to Kingston    (parking in Kingston)5No
Sep 19 - 24, 2023Rideau Summer KING-OTTKingston to Ottawa5No
Sep 24 - 29, 2023Rideau Autumn OTT-KINGOttawa to Kingston   (parking in Kingston)5No
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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 Voyageur 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 mid-morning 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 with a guide book to direct 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 Hartwell Locks
On our final day, we pass 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. After lunch, passengers board our chartered bus which departs by 2:00 pm and arrives in Kingston before 5 p.m.

We are presently taking reservations for 2024

2025 Reservations will not open until May 15, 2024


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