Gold Trusted Service Award
Gold Trusted Service Award
Awarded by Feefo, which independently collects reviews from our customers, the award recognizes businesses that consistently deliver a world-class customer experience.
Rosette
Boating expertise since 1969
With over 50 years of experience and expertise, we're passionate about providing unbeatable vacations on the water.
Compass
18 amazing destinations
Our extensive network of bases across 9 countries means you can enjoy a return-trip or choose from a wide selection of one-way routes.
Boat
World’s largest fleet
We have more river and canal boats available than any other operator, available to hire between April and October. Our wide range of boats sleeps between 2-12 people.
No boat license required
That's right! You can rent and captain your own boat for a short break (3 nights minimum), a week or longer. We'll show you everything you need to know before you set off.
  • Gold Trusted Service Award
    Gold Trusted Service Award
    Awarded by Feefo, which independently collects reviews from our customers, the award recognizes businesses that consistently deliver a world-class customer experience.
  • Rosette
    Boating expertise since 1969
    With over 50 years of experience and expertise, we're passionate about providing unbeatable vacations on the water.
  • Compass
    18 amazing destinations
    Our extensive network of bases across 9 countries means you can enjoy a return-trip or choose from a wide selection of one-way routes.
  • Boat
    World’s largest fleet
    We have more river and canal boats available than any other operator, available to hire between April and October. Our wide range of boats sleeps between 2-12 people.
  • No boat license required
    That's right! You can rent and captain your own boat for a short break (3 nights minimum), a week or longer. We'll show you everything you need to know before you set off.
  • Gold Trusted Service Award
    Gold Trusted Service Award
    Awarded by Feefo, which independently collects reviews from our customers, the award recognizes businesses that consistently deliver a world-class customer experience.
  • Rosette
    Boating expertise since 1969
    With over 50 years of experience and expertise, we're passionate about providing unbeatable vacations on the water.
  • Compass
    18 amazing destinations
    Our extensive network of bases across 9 countries means you can enjoy a return-trip or choose from a wide selection of one-way routes.
  • Boat
    World’s largest fleet
    We have more river and canal boats available than any other operator, available to hire between April and October. Our wide range of boats sleeps between 2-12 people.
  • No boat license required
    That's right! You can rent and captain your own boat for a short break (3 nights minimum), a week or longer. We'll show you everything you need to know before you set off.

Canada Calling: Le Boat Announces Expansion in Canada's Capital, Ottawa

Le Boat is gearing up to launch a new satellite base in Ottawa for the 2023 Season

PRESS RELEASE

Dows Lake Pavilion in Fall

SMITHS FALLS, ON, February 2023 – Le Boat announces plans to expand further into Ottawa for its 2023 season beginning May 19, 2023. The luxury houseboat rental company has long included Ottawa in its boating itineraries since its launch on the UNESCO World Heritage Rideau Canal in 2018. It is now adding Ottawa’s Dows Lake Pavilion as a new satellite base. The new base is in response to demand generated by Le Boat’s guests to include more convenient one-way trips to Ottawa and is expected to bring more international travelers to Ottawa’s downtown.

(Photo Credit: Ottawa Tourism)

 

 

 

 

View of Rideau Canal Locks From Ottawa River

“Today’s announcement reinforces Le Boat’s commitment to the Canadian market and the returning demand from our international guests to more easily connect to the Rideau Canal,” said Lisa McLean, Le Boat Marketing Manager.  

 

The additional base helps position Le Boat for growth and will create new full-time and part-time jobs as it prepares for the return of international customers. Le Boat’s domestic and international guests will benefit from six new itineraries, including convenient one-way trips to Ottawa from its main base in Smiths Falls, Ontario, or vice versa. Ottawa continues to be a favorite destination for boaters of all ages due to its world-class museums, unique attractions, festivals & events, and eclectic shopping & dining experiences.  

(Photo Credit: Ottawa Tourism)

 

 

Rideau Canal in Downtown Ottawa

Le Boat is working in partnership with the Ottawa Tourism, Parks Canada, the National Capital Commission, and the local marina operator to have four dedicated slips and a dedicated Le Boat reception booth at the Dows Lake Pavilion.  

 

"We could not be more thrilled to be welcoming Le Boat to Ottawa for the 2023 season," says Catherine Callary, Vice President, Destination Development at Ottawa Tourism. Working with this global company means additional exposure for our destination in several European markets. As international visitation starts after the pandemic, the popular activity will be an additional draw for visitors to Ottawa. Boaters arriving and departing from Dows Lake will have all of Ottawa's tourism attractions and dining options available to them, benefiting those visitor experiences and Ottawa's visitor economy." 

(Photo Credit: Ottawa Tourism)

 

 

What's New for 2023

Horizon boat from the view of a kayak on the Rideau Canal

For the 2023 Season, Le Boat’s will be accepting delivery of two new Horizon Plus Cruisers (Horizon 1 Plus and Horizon 4 Plus) from Delphia Yachts, bringing their fleet on the Rideau to 32 boats.    

 

Boating season on the Rideau Canal starts on May 19, 2023 (Victoria Day long weekend) and ends on Oct 9, 2023 (Canadian Thanksgiving). Boaters will be able to cruise on the Horizon 1, Horizon 2 Plus, Horizon 3 Plus and Horizon 4 from Le Boat’s new base in Ottawa and will have the option of choosing 3–6-night short break or 7-10-night one-way or round trip cruise options (starting in Ottawa or Smiths Falls). Boat rental pricing starts at just $1170 USD for a four-night cruise or from $2125 USD for a seven-night cruise (quoted on February 23, 2023).      

Rideau Canal Map

About Dow's Lake Pavilion

Woman with Bicycle standing in front of Tulip Garden in Commissioners Park, Dows Lake in Ottawa

Dows Lake is a small, manufactured lake on the Rideau Canal, located two kilometres north of Hog’s Back Falls, located in the heart of Ottawa.  It is an ideal location for people looking to enjoy the UNESCO Word Heritage Rideau Canal and Ottawa’s downtown attractions. Situated at 1001 Queen Elizabeth Drive in Ottawa, the Pavilion is home to an abundance of recreational activities and restaurants with water views and is a busy hub for outdoor enthusiasts. In the spring, it is a focal point for tulip displays during the Canadian Tulip Festival. It hosts both transient and seasonal boaters throughout the summer and early fall due to its large marina that offers fuel, pump outs, laundry, full private washroom facilities and serviced docking facilities.  In the winter months, the Pavilion is best known as the gateway to the world's longest skating rink and the site of events during the Winterlude Festival.  

(Photo Credit: Ottawa Tourism) 

 

 

About Le Boat

Le Boat, a leader in boat rental vacations in Europe, has more than 50 years of experience in the industry. With 950 boats stationed at a network of over 33 different departure bases across eight European countries, Le Boat arrived in Canada in 2018 and now has a local fleet of 32 boats available for rental on Ontario’s UNESCO Rideau Canal. With no previous boating experience or boat license required, Le Boat shows you how to captain your boat at your own pace on a flexible itinerary. Boats range in size from one to five cabins (sleeping up to 12 people), and travelers can choose a 3-6 night short boating break or a 7-10+ night vacation. Le Boat’s luxury boat rentals come with bow and stern thrusters, fully equipped kitchens, fresh linens and bedding, a top sun deck & much more! Le Boat is a proud Rainbow Registered company.

 

To arrange an interview with Cheryl Brown, Managing Director of Le Boat, or to include Le Boat in an upcoming editorial, please contact:

Brent Murphy

tartanbond on behalf of Le Boat

[email protected]

647-632-7038