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 Merrickville, 6hrs from Smiths Falls and voted Canada’s prettiest village in 2017, or head south to the Big Lakes this region is so famous for. Lively Perth, with its famous brewery, is 4.5hrs from our base and 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 Ottawa or Kingston on your boat.

From Smiths Falls it is:

  • 17hrs (11 locks) to our base in Seeley's Bay

What you get on the base

Facilities

Wifi

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 'Prepare for your departure' for more details about each extra. Restrictions apply.

 

Practical extras

Early check-in & late check-out

Boat cleaning

Parking (see 'Travel info' tab)

Car transfer (see 'Travel info' tab)

Eco cleaning pack

L.E.D. lantern

Grocery packs

Fun extras

Bike hire

Special occasion gift baskets

Stand-up paddleboards

Kayaks

Opening hours

Mon - Sun 9am - 5:30pm

Address

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

Telephone

+1 (0) 343 881 8800

Travel to Smiths Falls

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

 

Access Taxi, 5 Chamber St. (+1 613-283-1441 or +1 613-283-1212)

The Country Shuttle (+ 1-613-552-0432 | [email protected] | www.thecountryshuttle.com)

Coventry Connections (+1 613-523-1234 | www.coventryconnections.com)

 

Approximate price (4 passengers) from:

 

Ottawa Airport (YOW) CA$240

Kingston CA$360

If you are doing a one-way cruise (i.e. returning your boat to a different base), we can transfer your car from your departure base to your end base.

 

Our staff are insured to drive your vehicle on your behalf. Please bring with you your car registration document and car insurance certificate. Our base teams can transfer hire/lease cars, but you should check with your hire/leasing company first as the terms of your agreement may not permit this. If it is permitted, your hire/leasing company may charge you extra to add a member of our base team as a named driver. We may not know the name of the driver until the week of your departure, so you should check with the hire company to see if they will add an additional ‚un-named‛ driver to the hire agreement. All the cars can be transferred except: cars heavier than 3.5 tonnes, cars pulling trailers or caravans, trucks, bikes, motorbikes, camping cars and red license plates.

 

Car transfers are available for a charge, must be pre-booked before departure and are subject to availability. Please contact the sales team for more information and prices.

By road

Be prepared

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

 

Directions 

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 

By train

Closest train station(s):

Smiths Falls: 2 km

By air

Closest airport(s):

Ottawa: 80 km

Montréal: 245 km

Toronto: 350 km

Arrival at Smiths Falls

When to arrive

Your boat will be ready to depart for 16:00 - 18:00. We recommend that you arrive 60 minutes earlier for check-in and instructions. If you have booked an Early Check-in Service, please arrive at the base ready to depart between 11:00 and 12:00 or from 14:00.

Late arrivals

If you are going to be arriving at the base late, you will need to inform the base directly or our sales team. When you arrive at the base there will be a note on the reception door informing you where your boat is. The boat will be left open for you to stay on board that night. The base staff will do the full briefing the following morning.

Upon arrival

Our base staff look forward to welcoming you to their cruising region and aim to make your arrival and vacation as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

When you arrive our base staff will:

  • Take a deposit to cover the fuel and gas you use during your vacation as well as engine wear and tear. Any extra fuel used will be charged on your return or we will refund the difference for fuel you have not used.
  • Take a refundable collision damage deposit. This will be refunded if you return your boat and its inventory undamaged at the end of your vacation. The amount collected (and thus your liability) can be reduced by purchasing a Collision Damage Waiver in advance. Please contact our sales team for details.
  • Familiarise you with your waterways guide, maps and other helpful documentation provided to help you plan where you want to go and where you’d like to stop.
  • Brief you about your boat, the equipment on board, and the cruising area (places to visit, etc.).
  • Give you a boat handling demonstration on the water with one of our technicians.

Your return

Your boat should be returned and unoccupied by 09:00 on your last cruising day (or by midday if you have booked a Late Check-out).

Local info

Payment Means

Please note that payment of fuel, deposit & any extras booked and paid locally are required in the local currency of the base. Our bases accept Visa & Mastercard, but not American Express. 

 

Hotels

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

 

Restaurants

Fort Hemlock : 32 Beckwith St S, +1 613-283-2000

Café Whim : 7 Russell Street West, + 1 613 283 3008 [email protected]

Noal Pantry: 6 Russell St East, + 1 613-706-2188 My Place : 2 Main St W, +1 613-284-4696

The Roosteraunt : 60 Lombard St, +1 613-283-7151

Matty O'Shea's Pub : 12 Chambers St, +1 613-283-6363

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

Bakers Fries : 44 Chambers St., +1 613 485-2260

 

Shops

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/smithsfalls/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

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

 

Cost:

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

Tourist Info

Parks Canada Rideau Canal Visitors' Centre, 34 Beckwith Street South, + 1 888 773-8888

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