The Tay Canal Short Break - Return Trip: Smith Falls via Beveridge
Allow 3 nights (30km - 8 locks - 6hr30)
Like to live on the wild side? Experience some of the best wildlife viewing on the Rideau with a short break to the Tay Canal!
Waterways: Rideau River, Lower – Rideau Lake, Tay Canal
The Taste of Canada Short Break - Return Trip: Smiths Falls via Perth
Allow 4 nights (46km – 8 locks - 8hr30)
Mix nature with culture on this scenic cruise. Take in the stunning wildlife of the Tay canal, before enjoying the pretty limestone town of Perth.
Waterways: Rideau River, Lower – Rideau Lake, Tay Canal
The Victorian Short Break - Return Trip: Smiths Falls via Merrickville
Allow 4 nights (45km - 16 locks - 12hr30)
Unearth th 'Jewel of the Rideau' with a cruise to Canada's prettiest village.
Waterway: Rideau River
The Southern Rideau Cruise - Return trip: Smiths Falls via Portland and Jones Falls
Allow 7 to 14 nights (123km - 16 locks - 20hr30)
An outdoor enthusiast dream - canoe, fish and hike in the shadow of Canada's spellbinding natural wonders.
Waterways: Rideau Canal, Lower Rideau lake, Big Rideau Lake, Upper Rideau Lake, Newboro Lake, Sand Lake.
The Northern Rideau Cruise - Return Trip: Smiths Falls via Merrickville, Burrit's rapids and Long Island
Allow 7 to 14 nights (146km - 30 locks - 29hrs)
Indulge and enjoy the finer things in life with a cruise up the Northern Rideau.
Waterways: Rideau River.
The Seeleys Cruise - Return Trip: Smiths Falls via Newboro and Seeleys Bay
Allow 7 to 14 nights (69km - 16 locks - 22hrs)
Experience a traditional Canadian welcome with a cruise to Newboro and Seeleys Bay.
Waterways: Rideau Canal, Rideau Lake, Big Rideau Lake, Upper Rideau Lake, Newboro Lake, Sand Lake.
The Fishing Heaven Long Break - Return trip: Smiths Falls via Merrickville, Newboro and Kingston
Allow 14 nights (300km - 30 locks - 52hr30)
The perfect cruise for any budding angler.
Waterways: Rideau Canal, Lower Rideau Lake, Big Rideau Lake, Upper Rideau Lake, Newboro Lake, Sand Lake, Cataraqui River.
The Nature Lovers Long Break - Return trip: Smiths Falls via Merrickville, Long Island and Ottawa
Allow 10 to 14 nights (192km - 40 locks - 39hrs)
Canada is all about natural wonders - take the time to appreciate them in all their glory with a 10 day cruise.
Waterways: Rideau River, Rideau Canal
- Smiths Falls : Located in the Heart of Eastern Ontario on the banks of the historic Rideau Canal, Smiths Falls offers a unique mix of leisure and recreational activities set against a backdrop of history and nature. Smiths Falls has a rich heritage, and today offers museums, theaters, art galleries and outdoor adventures including hiking, biking and fishing.
- Beveridge's Locks : When the Rideau Canal was built, there was no water connection to Perth, so the residents constructed the Tay Canal. This area is known as "Haggart's Ditch" and features some of the best wildlife viewing on the Rideau on the way to Perth.
- Perth : Linked to the Rideau Canal via the Tay Canal, Perth is a beautiful 200 year old town renowned for it's limestone architecture. The town has something for everyone: festivals and events, canoeing, kayaking, cycling, hiking, trail-riding, museums, genealogy, camping, heritage inns, provincial parks, conservation areas, golfing, horse riding, artisans, farmer's markets, great harvest foods, docking facilities, shopping and studio tours. Perth has a wide variety of restaurants and unique boutiques.
- Portland : Portland is a small village located on Big Rideau Lake.There are many things for the landlubber to see and do in the Portland area. There are several unique stores in town, including antiques and collectables. The Cataraqui all-season trail passes just a bit east of town, golf courses are located nearby, one of the local B&Bs offer horseback riding, and cheese lovers will want to visit local cheesemakers and wineries.
- Westport : Westport is a charming village. There you will find public docking facilities and a full range of land-based accomodations. The city offers a lot of activities: shops, two golf courses and swimming beaches. Nature lovers will be able to enjoy a hike in Foley Mountain Conservation Area which has spectacular views of the area.
- Chaffeys Lockstation : Chaffey's Lockstation stands on beautiful isthmus of land lying between Indian Lake and Opinico Lake. The Chaffey's Lock and Area Heritage Society was formed in 1980 to oversee the development of the Lockmaster's House Museum and to preserve the heritage of the village and surrounding area.
- Kingston Mills: This is the site of the first mill built on the Rideau, the King’s Mill, built here at Cataraqui Falls in 1784. The site today features a lovely set of three locks, a turning basin, a detached upper lock and the Robert Anglin Visitor’s Centre. Kingston Mills Falls is located on the outlet of Colonel By Lake, an artificial lake created by the damming of the Catraqui River. The falls is just below the dam.
- Kingston: Kingston is located on Lake Ontario at the mouth of the southern end of the Rideau Canal. It's known as the "Limestone City" for its grand 19th-century buildings, including the lakeside Kingston City Hall. The grand house and gardens of the Bellevue House National Historic Site commemorate Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. Fort Henry, built in the 1800s, holds military demonstrations throughout the summer and is the site of a fabulous rooftop restaurant providing a panoramic view of the beautiful historic city and the Saint Lawrence River.
- Jones falls : Jones Falls must be one of the prettiest lockstations along the Canal. The city is home of the "Great Stone Arch Dam". Jones Falls has a flight of 3 lower locks. The turning basin separates the locks from the upper lock. This is the highest lift of any lockstation on the canal.
- Seeley's Bay: This charming village along the Rideau offers a friendly port for pedestrians and a full range of services for all visitors including public laundry rooms, showers, beverages, wine and beer, fresh groceries, local arts and crafts, fish supplies, a variety of facilities and more.”
- Narrows Lockstation : The question you have to ask here is 'why is there a lock in the middle of a lake?' When building the canal cut through, The Isthmus, the watershed divide at Newboro, bedrock was discovered and impeded the process. To continue with the canal it was decided to build a dam and lock here. This created Upper Rideau Lake. An interesting stop here is Murphy’s Point Provincial Park which was created to protect this lock which is one of the four blockhouses built on the Rideau.
- Merrickville : Merrickville is Canada’s prettiest village. The village center consists entirely of picturesque Victorian-era stone houses perched by the waters of the Rideau Canal. Merrickville is home to many local arts and craft shops, museums, restaurants and specialty stores serving some of the best local handmade ice cream or gourmet mustards on the Rideau Canal.
- Burrits Rapid : Tie up at Burrits Rapid's Lock Station, then take a walking tour of the village and experience early Canada through centuries old heritage buildings or walk the "Tip to Tip Trail", a 2 km nature walk.
- Long Island : Long Island Locks is an idyllic location for picnicking, fishing, exploring and boat watching.
Ottawa : Canada’s capital has at its center Parliament Hill, with grand Victorian architecture and museums like the National Gallery of Canada, with noted collections of indigenous and other Canadian art. The park-lined Rideau Canal is filled with boats in the summer. Historic Byward Market and old town is near the canal and offers a wide choice of restaurants, shopping and outdoor entertainment.
- Hurst Marina : Hurst Marina is a great place to dock! It boasts a swimming pool & hot tub with boater's clubhouse, complete kitchen facilities, as well as BBQ's available for your outdoor cookout. Also located here are laundry facilities, free high speed wireless internet, washroom & showers to ensure you have all the comforts for an enjoyable stay.
- Upper Nicholsons : For historians and bird-watchers this is a great place to visit. Upper Nicholsons features one of four remaining Unequal Arm, a center bearing timber swing bridge, on the Rideau. Then just up the road you’ll discover McGuigan’s Cemetery (448 County Road 23, aka Burritts Rapids Road), one of the oldest burying grounds on the Rideau. You will be touched by the poignant headstone of Margaret Davidson, the 2 year old daughter of one of the contractors for Clowes Lock, who died in 1829. Also close by look up and you will find an osprey nest that is usually occupied, located top of a hydro pole specifically erected for the nest.