About Smiths Falls

Smiths Falls is our base on the central section of the Rideau Canal. Its central location gives you fantastic choices for your cruising route; either head north to pretty Merrickville, 6hrs from Smiths Falls, or cruise right into Canada's capital city, Ottawa, on a 7nt one-way trip. Or head south to the Big Lakes this region is so famous for. A week’s cruise will get you as far as Seeley’s bay and back. You’ll need at least 10 to 14 nights to visit Kingston on your boat.

From Smiths Falls it is:

20 hours (20 locks) to our base in Ottawa

View our Smiths Falls base on Google Maps

What you get on the base


Wifi (available in base building)

Parking (unsecure)*

*We have parking both on-site AND off-site parking at Smiths Falls. We will try to offer an ‘on-site’ space to at least one vehicle per booking, although capacity is limited and this is not always possible. You will not be expected to park offsite, until you have checked-in and unloaded your vehicle(s). It is approximately a 10 minute walk back to our base from our off-site parking facility.

Extras & options for your cruise

The following extras are available to prebook or purchase locally at this base. A reduced fee will apply to items that are prebooked. Please see 'Vacation Extras' for more details about each extra. Restrictions apply.


Practical extras

  • Early check-in & late check-out
  • Boat cleaning
  • Eco cleaning pack
  • L.E.D. lantern
  • Grocery packs
  • Top-deck cushions

Fun extras

  • Bike hire
  • Special occasion gift baskets
  • Stand-up paddleboards
  • Kayaks

Opening hours

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat and Sun: 9am - 5.30pm. Tue and Thu: Closed | If there is no one at the base at a specific time during these hours, the phone number below will be diverted and an alternative number will also be displayed at the base.


Le Boat, Smiths Falls
1 Jasper Avenue
Smiths Falls, ON K7A-4B5


+1 343 881 8800

Travel to Smiths Falls

By train

Closest train station(s):

Smiths Falls: 2 km

By road

Be prepared

It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with local road rules and abide by them.

Car rental

  • Avis Car Rental - Ottawa airport - +1 613-739-3334
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car - Smiths Falls - +1 613-283-3700
  • Budget Car Rental - Kingston - +1 613-546-3231



  • From Ottawa Airport: Head southwest on Airport Parkway Private/Airport Pkwy toward Air Cargo Private/Airport 3 Ave.
  • Make a U-turn at Air Cargo Private/Airport 3 Ave. Continue onto Airport Pkwy/Route 79 N (signs for Thad Johnson Road).
  • Take the Alert Rd exit.
  • Turn left onto Lester Rd. Turn right onto Albion Rd S/Ottawa Regional Rd 25.
  • Turn right onto Leitrim Rd/Ottawa Regional Rd 14.
  • Turn left onto River Rd/Ottawa Regional Rd 19.
  • Turn right onto Vimy Memorial Bridge. Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto Prescott Highway/Prince of Wales Dr/Route 73 S.
  • Turn left onto Fourth Line Rd/N Gower Rd/Route 5.
  • Turn right onto Roger Stevens Dr/Ottawa Regional Rd 6, Continue to follow Roger Stevens Dr. Continue onto Cornelia St E/Route 4, Continue to follow Cornelia St E.
  • Turn left onto Elmsley St N/ON-15 S (signs for County Road 29/Regional Road 43 E). Turn right onto Beckwith St N/ON-15 S.


Distance to Smiths Falls:

Merrickville: 18km

Perth: 19km 

Ottawa: 80km

Kingston: 95km

Montreal: 245km

Toronto: 350km

1000 Island Bridge to the USA: 60km 



Pre-bookable parking onsite (limited spaces)


By air

Closest airport(s):

Ottawa: 80 km

Montréal: 245 km

Toronto: 350 km

To book a taxi to or from the base you can contact the number below.



Approximate price (4 passengers) from:


Ottawa Airport (YOW) CA$240

Kingston CA$360

Arrival at Smiths Falls

For more details about:

  • when to arrive at our bases
  • what to expect when you arrive 
  • how to prepare for check-in
  • what happens on your final day when you return your boat

visit our 'arrivals' page.

Map of Smiths Falls

Map of Smiths Falls

Local info

Payment Means

Please note that your security deposit, engine hours deposit (see compulsory costs) & any extras added at the base and are required to be paid in local currency by card. Our bases accept Visa & Mastercard, but not American Express. 


Best Western Colonel By Inn : 88 Lombard St, +1 613-284-0001

Best Inn Motel: 241 Lombard St, +1 613-284-0464

Roger's Motel: 178 Lombard St, +1 613-283-5200




The Lockmaster's Tap House : 32 Beckwith St S, +1 613-283-7151

Matty O'Shea's Pub : 12 Chambers St, +1 (613) 205-0448

C'est Tout Bakery : 14 Beckwith St South, + 1 613-284-0774

Boomtown Fusion Eatery : 27 Beckwith St N, +1 (613) 283-2283

The Vault Eatery & Pub : 2 Russell St E, +1 (613) 283-7009

Harvest Social: 7 Russell St West, (613) 283-0438

Pickled Pig: 1 Chambers St, (613) 283-7707



Andress' Your Independent Grocer – 25 Ferrara Dr, Mon-Sat : 7am – 9pm, Sun : 7am – 6pm https://www.yourindependentgrocer.ca

Modern Thymes Natural Foods - 11 Russell St E, Mon-Thur: 9am-5:30pm, Fri: 9am-6pm, Sat:9am-5pm http://www.modernthymes.com/

Garden Market - 115 William St W, Mon-Tue & Sat: 8am-6pm, Wed: 8am-7pm, ThurFri: 8am-9pm, Sun: 8am-5:30pm https://www.gardenmarketsmithsfalls.com/

Walmart - 114 Lombard St, Mon-Sun 7am to 10pm https://www.walmart.ca/en/stores-near-me/smiths-falls-supercentre-5811

Giant Tiger - 29 Chambers Street, Mon-Fri : 8am – 9pm, Sat: 8am-6pm, Sun : 9am – 6pm

Valley Custom Cutting: 1-613-205-1111 Tues-Fri 10-6 Sat 10-5 Sun 11-4

Food Basics - 275 Brockville St, Mon-Sat : 8am – 9pm, Sun: 8am – 5pm




Fishing License : Canadian Tire, 10 Ferrara Drive, Highway 15, + 1 613-283-3906



  • Conservation (catch & release): seasonal price $17
  • Sport: (keep the fish): seasonal price $30, Daily rate $13

Tourist Info

Town of Smiths Falls Visitors' Centre:

Beckwith St North
https://www.smithsfalls.ca/ + 1-888-983-4124


Medical Facilities

Perth & Smiths Falls District Hospital 60 Cornelia St W, Smiths Falls +1 613 283-2330


Electric car charging points

Electric cars can be charged at this address : KSI118 CCS / CHAdeMO Fast Charging Station, 118 Lombard St, Smiths Falls, ON K7A 5B8, Canada. (900 meters from the base). 

More details: https://chargehub.com/en/countries/canada/ontario/smiths-falls.html