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What to do on the Rideau

Great attractions and offers from our friends on the Rideau Canal

We here at Le Boat have partnered up with some of the fantastic local businesses along the canal to help you plan your holiday and to bring you exclusive offers! How do you redeem these great offers? It's simple, just bring along a copy of our 'Guide to the Rideau Canal' that will be present on each boat to the attraction and claim your discount!* You can download a printable version of this page here.

Ottawa

Ottawa, Canada’s capital, is a dynamic city. A place where you’ll hear English and French spoken in the streets. A place where you’ll experience proud Canadian heritage at impressive national sites. And, a place where you’ll lose yourself in world-class museums and galleries displaying stunning national collections.

C'est Bon cooking

C'est Bon Cooking

Special Offer - $4 discount per ticket 

C'est Bon's expert guides help visitors and residents alike learn about the evolution of Ottawa's food scene through the award-winning restaurants and wonderful ethnic and fine food shops located in the Byward Market. Guests will experience the city "as locals do," by discovering food-related businesses and meeting the chefs, producers and food artisans who are responsible for Ottawa's thriving food scene.

 

  • Guest must purchase the tour in advance on C'est Bon's website
  • Enter promo code LEBOATYOW at time of purchase

 

Visit C'est Bon's website

   

     

Merrickville

Dubbed the ‘Jewel of the Rideau’, it won’t take you long to see why Merrickville has been described as Canada’s most beautiful village.

Nana B's

Nana B’s Bakery

Nana B's offers artisan breads, hand crafted daily in the European style, plus a variety of other specialty breads, rolls, and buns. Their sweets menu is ever-changing and includes a wide variety of cookies, doughnuts, tarts, and cheesecakes. The bakery itself has an open concept, encouraging visitors to chat with "The Nana's" as they work their magic in the kitchen. Their exterior spaces provide places to rest and enjoy the garden...and perhaps a snack...during warmer weather.

 

Visit the Nana B’s Bakery's website

Gray Art Glass

Gray Art Glass

Special Offer - 10% off all Grey Art Glass purchases

Gray Art Glass is a family run glass blowing studio and gallery located in the beautiful artist town of Merrickville. Gray Art Glass creates beautiful hand blown glass pieces, including their signature ‘Witch Balls’, ‘Friendship Balls’, oil lamps and table-wares. There are daily glass blowing demonstrations, which you can view from both inside of the attached gallery and from the sidewalk outside. Free engravings are provided with any purchase, and commissions and architectural installations are also considered. Stop by and support 100% Canadian-made goods!

 

  • Present Rideau Guide to redeem offer

 

Visit Gray Art Glass's website

Merrickville Walking Tour

Walking Tours in Merrickville

Join locals, Anney or Jane, for a walking tour of the beautiful town of Merrickville. Explore Merrickville’s unique artists’ community, its 200-year history and top local foodie spots. You will enjoy meeting local artists, hearing some of the stories, seeing the historic sites, sampling local fare and visiting some of the delightful shops!

 

Visit Walking Tours in Merrickville's website

   

     

Smiths Falls

Located in the spectacular Ontario’s Highlands, Smiths Falls draws its name from the original owner of the land, Thomas Smyth, and the spectacular falls that were diverted here to create the Rideau Canal.

Heritage House Museum, Smiths Falls

Heritage House Museum

Special Offer - Receive 2 for 1 admission

An elegant Victorian dwelling that will allow you to immerse yourself in the life of a wealthy Victorian mill owner and his family. Lose yourself in eight quaintly-decorated period rooms and scenic gardens, as well as enjoying regular exhibitions, art shows, day camps, educational programmes and special events that are held here throughout the year.

 

  • Present Rideau Guide to redeem offer

 

Visit the Heritage House Museum's website

RMEO

Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario

Discover all there is to know about railway heritage at this National Historic Site. Take a ride in a hand car, climb aboard the snowplow, visit the only remaining Dental Car in North America, or stay overnight in a 1940s caboose! New exhibits, events and programs take place all season, including the annual Trainfest, two fun-filled days for the whole family.

 

Visit the RMEO's website

Smiths Falls Golf & Country Club

Smiths Falls Golf & Country Club

Special Offer - Receive one free small bucket of range balls

Golf lovers will be delighted to make a short hop south of Smiths Falls and enjoy a round of golf on the challenging forest-lined course of the Smiths Falls Golf & Country Club – home course of LPGA Champion and local Brooke Henderson!

 

  • Present Rideau Guide to redeem offer

 

Visit Smiths Falls Golf & Country Club's website

Rideau Canal Visitor Information Centre

Rideau Canal Visitor Information Centre

The flagship interpretation centre for the historic Rideau Canal system, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is housed in a 19th-century stone mill and features three floors of interactive exhibits describing the fascinating history of the Rideau Canal, covering everything from its construction in 1826-1831 and its role throughout history. Children’s activities, trip-planning assistance and group tours are also available. Visit the modern hydraulic lock system at the Smiths Falls Combined Locks, and the original three-lift manual system built by Lt. Col. By in 1829.

 

Visit Rideau Canal Visitor Information Centre's website

   

     

Big Rideau Lake

With crystal clear waters, perfect panoramic views and speckled with gorgeous little islands the Big Rideau Lake is one the great wonders of the Rideau. Drop a line and experience some of the best fishing in the region, rent a traditional Canadian canoe and paddle away or simply explore some of the great attractions that line the shores.

CC's on the Rideau

CC's on the Rideau

Special Offer - Receive a half-price starter

CC's on the Rideau in Rideau Ferry is a new world farm to table bistro that focuses on serving delectable meals and bites cooked with the finest locally sourced food. Enjoy a leisurely meal overlooking the beautiful Lower Rideau Lake.

 

  • Present Rideau Guide to redeem offer
  • Minimum of two meals ordered is required to redeem offer

 

Visit CC's on the Rideau's website

Wheeler's Maple

Wheelers Maple

Meet the Wheeler family as they greet you in the pancake house to experience a traditional Canadian maple meal in the beautiful log cabin restaurant. View the largest collection of maple artifacts in the world at the Maple Museum and walk the trails through the sugar maple forest. Wheeler's Maple is a 30-40 minute taxi journey from Perth or Rideau Ferry.

 

Visit Wheelers Maple's website

Coutts Country Flavours

Coutts Country Flavours

Special Offer - Receive a free taste of Coutts maple syrup

A fourth generation farm that produces a wide variety of locally farmed products, home bakery goods and, most importantly, a collection of organic maple syrup! The farm harvests its own maple syrup, using around 5,800 maple syrup taps to produce over 36 different items of produce from four litre bottles of maple syrup to sweets, marinades and mustards. Coutts Country Flavours is 3km from the town of Rideau Ferry.

 

  • Present Rideau Guide to redeem offer

 

Visit Coutts Country Flavours' website

Murphy's Point

Murphys Point Provincial Park

Explore the historic Silver Queen Mica Mine at Murphys Point Provincial Park with an Ontario Parks naturalist. Walk along a forest trail within the 1,239-hectare park to follow the footsteps of the men and women who worked the land to survive during the early years of European settlement in Lanark County. Murphys Point Provincial Park is located on the Northern side of Big Rideau Lake a 15 minute taxi journey from the town of Perth, or accessible from it's own moorings.

 

Visit Murphys Point Provinical Park's website

   

     

Perth

Canada is a paradoxical place, able to combine pristine wilderness with a vibrant local culture. You’ll find a trip to Perth is the perfect way to explore this puzzle.

Top Shelf Distillers

Top Shelf Distillers

Special Offer - Receive a free tasting tour

Take a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world of small-batch spirit production with one of the distillers leading a 20-minute tour, ending with a free spirit tasting. All of the products are available for purchase alongside many other craft products and merchandise. Tours can be reserved for groups or individuals.

 

  • Attend one of our free tours given daily at 14:00 and 16:00 and receive a free gift
  • Present Rideau Guide to redeem offer

 

Visit Top Shelf Distillers Website

Perth Museum

Perth Museum

Special Offer - Receive 10% off in gift shop

Leave the 21st century behind as you enter the world of the 1840s at the elegant Matheson House, home of the award-winning Perth Museum. This popular tourist attraction, located downtown at 11 Gore Street East, is a National Historic Site.

 

  • Present Rideau Guide to redeem offer

 

Visit Perth Museum's website

Classic Theatre Festival

Classic Theatre Festival

Special Offer - Receive 20% off

The Ottawa Valley’s only professional theatre company,  the Classic Theatre Festival feature some of Canada’s top theatre artists, whose work has been seen on the finest professional stages, as well as on TV, in film, and over the radio. Their award-winning artistic team, friendly staff, and accessible box office services combine to provide the perfect summer afternoon or evening’s entertainment experience.

 

  • Present Rideau Guide to redeem offer
  • Discount applies only to mainstage show or walking play

 

Visit the Classic Theatre Festival's website

 

Perth Brewery

Perth Brewery

Special Offer - Receive a free tour and tasting

Perth brewery are proudly dedicated to brewing fresh, all natural quality beer from locally sourced ingredients with a focus on approachable taste and drinkability. From thirst quenching lagers, pilsners & ambers to delicious IPAs, stouts and fun seasonals, you will find a beer for everyone.

  

  • Present Rideau Guide to redeem offer
  • By appointment only
  • Must be mentioned on initial reservation

 

Visit Perth Brewery's website

Tay River Reflections

Tay River Reflections

Set on a secluded and private 260 acres of pristine river front in Perth, Ontario, Tay River Reflections Medical Spa is a true sanctuary. Services include Tay River AQUA, an outdoor hot tub facility, Back on Track Physio, a fitness facility, and a full menu of esthetics treatments.

 

Visit Tay River reflections' website

   

     

Westport

Westport is a charming village with a warm welcome. The perfect stop for delving into the charismatic world of friendly small-town Canada.

Cove Country Inn

The Cove Country Inn & Spa

Nestled on the shore of the historic and tranquil Upper Rideau Lake in the quaint Village of Westport, is the family-owned, four season inn for local residents & visitors alike to enjoy great food, comfortable accommodations and the best in live entertainment.

 

Visit The Cove Country Inn & Spa's website

Westport Brewing Company

Westport Brewing Company

A small village craft brewery surrounded by water and anchored in the heart of Westport. The front door is to historical Main Street and the back porch overlooks Westport Harbor on the Upper Rideau Lake. Enjoy the great location, small batch handcrafted beer and locally sourced ingredients. Stop here to taste the latest brews on tap or grab a few to go and enjoy later back on the boat.

 

Visit Westport Brewing's website

   

     

Newboro

fisherman’s paradise and a shopper’s heaven, Newboro is a wonderfully quirky stop on the Rideau Canal.

Kilborn's on the Rideau

Kilborn's on the Rideau

A unique shopping experience located in historic Newboro, Kilborn’s is a short 5 minute drive from the tourist village of Westport. Opening 16 years ago in a modest space in the old village grocery store, Kilborn’s has since grown into an extensive department store consisting of three buildings, two driveways, and many levels. From fashions and footwear to furniture, Kilborn’s has something for everyone.

 

Visit Kilborn's on the Rideau's website

 

 

   

     

Chaffey's Lockstation

Home to the unforgettable Opinicon, Chaffey’s Lockstation is where old world charm meets modern luxury.

The Opinicon

The Opinicon

Stay at the historic Opinicon resort on the banks of Opinicon lake. Private cottages situated in an idylic setting. Fresh and local food is served in the Restaurant, Pub, and Ice Cream Parlour. Explore the lakes in a canoe, kayak or paddleboard, swim in the lake, go fishing or biking, enjoy the warm sunshine, or visit the village of Chaffeys Lock .

 

Visit The Opinicon's website

   

     

Seeley's Bay

Seeley's Bay is a charming town with a great community park with playgrounds, tennis courts and picnic tables. Here you’ll be delighted to discover a little sliver of the region’s history at the Tepee in Centennial Park. This modern day tepee commemorates the original Tepee of ‘Granny Seeley’, who ran a trading post and conducted business with Aboriginals and European settlers during the 1800s.

Wendy's Country Market

Wendy's County Market

​Open year-round, Wendy's County Market offers organic and locally-grown, seasonal produce from over 70 local farmers and artisans: vegetables and fruit; meats, poultry, and fish; dairy, eggs and cheese; a range of prepared foods made with local ingredients; grocery items (including gluten-free); and lots of plants. Wendy's County Market is a 10 minute taxi journey from Seeley's Bay.

 

Visit Wendy's Country Market's website

SHaBean Coffee Roastery

SHaBean Coffee Roastery

SHaBean Coffee Roastery roasts and markets high-end, single-source arabica coffee beans from four continents. They provide retailers with just-roasted coffee and treat coffee like produce - it is best when it is fresh! To get your hand on tasty SHaBean coffee beans add the Le Boat ‘grocery starter pack’ to your Le Boat booking by contacting our boating experts or find SHaBean coffee benas sold at local grocery stores and farmers’ markets.

 

VisitSHaBean Coffee Roastery's website

Furnace Falls Farm

Furnace Falls Farm Retreat

Furnace Falls Farm Retreat is newly renovated farm retreat and working farm with a large eat-in kitchen and gorgeous screened porch. Here an onsite chef provides guests with a chance to dine on first-class farm-fresh cuisine or take part in a hands-on cooking class.

  

  • Shuttle service can be arranged to and from moorings at Jones Falls or Seeley’s Bay
  • Book two days in advance

 

Visit Furnace Falls Farm Retreat's website

Ridgway Confections

​Ridgway Confections

​Ridgway Confections is located in the lovely village of Seeley's Bay (159 Main Street). Seeley's Bay is approximately 35 minutes outside of Kingston just off Hwy 15. We are primarily a wholesaler of fine chocolates but during certain times of the year we open our showroom for you to come visit us. Our showroom is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 5pm. We look forward to seeing you.

 

Visit Ridgway Confections' website

   

     

Kingston

Steeped in history, yet always changing, Kingston is a place where you’ll discover culinary and cultural creators meet. Experience world-class festivals and events, a vibrant culinary scene, a passionate local maker movement and plenty more.

Kingston Food Tours

Kingston Food Tours

Kingston Food Tours is a walking tour of Kingston's hip and historic downtown that blends tastings at our best local restaurants with an insider's perspective on our city's history and culture. Our tours focus on unique shops, restaurants, artisans, and farmers who contribute to Kingston's thriving local food movement. We are a locally owned and operated business with a passion for food, travel and most of all our home city. We can't wait to help you explore and fall in love with Kingston on a fun, educational, and delicious tour!

 

Visit Kingston Food Tour's website

Fort Henry

Fort Henry National Historic Site

Fort Henry National Historic Site is part of a UNESCO World Heritage site and is a 19th-century British military fortress situated on Point Henry between the mouth of Kingston harbour and a second natural harbour at the mouth of the Cataraqui River. It sits high on a natural cliff facing the confluence of the eastern end of Lake Ontario with the beginning of the St. Lawrence River. 

 

Visit Fort Henry's website

Haunted Walks

Haunted Walks of Kingston

Haunted Walk of Kingston is where it all began! Haunted Walks Inc. specializes in creating and sharing extraordinary experiences. They are best known for their award-winning evening walking tours by lantern-light of local ghost stories and darker history. Their tour guides delivery a wide variety of unique walking tours in Kingston, Ottawa and Toronto, Ontario.

 

Visit Haunted Walks of Kingston's website

Kingston Trolley Tours

Kingston Trolley Tours

Kingston Trolley Tours offers tours of historic Kingston, Ontario, aboard four comfortable thirty-two passenger trolleys. The Trolley is the ideal way to enjoy Kingston’s history and attractions. Our GPS-triggered narration system complements your experienced tour guide; together they provide an informative, engaging overview of Kingston’s more than three hundred years of history. The Trolley route covers all of Kingston’s historic old town and downtown shopping district, as far East as Fort Henry and as far West as the Kingston Penitentiary.

 

Visit Kingston Trolley Tours' website

Kingston Pen

Kingston Penitentiary Tours

Visit and explore one of Canada’s oldest and most notorious prisons. Step inside one of the most prolific buildings in Canada to learn what it would have been like to live inside the limestone prison over the mid to late 1900’s. Guided by expert Kingstonians, the tour of Kingston Penitentiary will be an experience unlike anything you could imagine. A must-have on the bucket list for true crime lovers.

 

Visit Kingston Penitentiary Tours' website

   

     

Away from the Canal

Discover even more of Canada and combine your boating adventure with a visit to attractions away from the Canal. Car rental from Smiths Falls gives you easy access to both the Ottawa Valley to the north and 1000 islands to the south, before or after your cruise with Le Boat.

OWL Rafting

OWL Rafting

Special Offer - Save 10%

Experience the thrill of whitewater rafting on the mighty Ottawa River – a Canadian Heritage River! A truly Canadian experience, choose from a variety of rafting excursions with OWL Rafting on the Ottawa River and receive 10% off as you shoot the rapids like a traditional Voyageur!

 

  • Present Rideau Guide to redeem offer
  • Must be mentioned on initial reservation
  • Transfers can be pre-arranged from several towns along the Rideau.

 

Visit OWL Rafting's website

The Deakins

The Deakins on Mountainview B&B

Special Offer - Receive a free jar of maple jelly

Immerse yourself in the life of a Canadian maple syrup farmer and engage in hands-on activities ending with the production of your own maple syrup. Available between May 1st and November 1st.

 

  • Present Rideau Guide to redeem offer
  • Must be mentioned upon initial reservation.

 

Visit The Deakins on Mountainview B&B's website

Canadian Clock Museum

Canadian Clock Museum

Special Offer - Half price tour

The Canadian Clock museum showcases the heritage of Canada's many clock manufacturers and sellers from the early 1800s up to the present.

 

  • Present The Rideau guide to redeem offer

 

Visit the Canadian Clock Museum's website

Petawawa Heritage Village

Petawawa Heritage Village

Special Offer - Receive one free entrance

The Petawawa Heritage Village, is a celebration of the settlement era and immigrant story of early Canada. Their archives and collections focus on the stories of the German founding families, and stretch back thousands of years to the traditions and teachings of the First Nations people. Come in and connect with times gone by -- for memories that will last a lifetime!

 

  • Present Guide to redeem offer

 

Visit Petawawa Heritage Village's website

Hugli's Blueberry Ranch

Hugli’s Blueberry Ranch

Special Offer - Receive a free 1/4lb of Hugli’s freshly made fudge

Hugli’s Blueberry Ranch & Country Gift Store is an award winning agri-tourism attraction and unique wedding venue in Renfrew Country that is open seasonally from May to Dec 31st. The Hugli family grows high-bush blueberries, pumpkins, ghosts, Christmas trees and family fun!

 

  • Present Rideau Guide to redeem offer

 

Visit Hugli's Blueberry Ranch's website

Upper Canada Village

Upper Canada Village

Guests will be given an Upper Canada Village site map, available in multiple languages, to guide you along your self-guided Discovery Visit. As you navigate through the streets of the Village, you can explore over 40 heritage buildings where you will interact with a variety of costumed historical interpreters. Start your visit with a complimentary visit through the Upper Canada Village Discovery Centre. State-of-the-art interactive exhibits tell fascinating stories about life along the shores of the St. Lawrence River. Then watch an exciting audiovisual show about the national importance of the Battle of Crysler’s Farm and the War of 1812. All the while, interpreters, dressed in period costumes will be eager to demonstrate their roles in 19th century society.

 

Visit Upper Canada Village's website

Skywood Eco Adventure

Skywood Eco Adventure

Bring out your inner adventurer and balance your way across a series of ropes and planks high up in the trees. Skywood Eco Adventure is a collection of low ecological impact aerial adventure activities in the 1000 Islands and within the Frontenac Arch UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

 

Visit Skywood Eco Adventure's website

Niagara Parks

Niagara Parks Adventure Pass

Extend your Le Boat stay and be sure to add visiting Niagara Falls to your bucket list while visiting Ontario.  The Niagara Falls Adventure Pass Classic is your ticket to experience! Whether it’s standing in awe at the base of the world’s most powerful waterfall at Journey Behind the Falls, walking beside class 5 whitewater rapids at White Water Walk or sailing right into the mist aboard Hornblower Niagara Cruises, this is the best way to explore Niagara Falls.

 

Visit the Niagara Parks website

   

     

Download our Rideau Guide

Canada Guide

Looking for something a little more in depth? We've produced a handy PDF guide for the Rideau Canal to give you a detailed breakdown of all the stops and things to do along the waterway.

Download our region guide

*All packages, prices and offers are subject to change without warning.

 

Attractions and restaurants can close without notice. Le Boat is happy to recommend all of the attractions and eating establishments featured on this page. However, they are not owned or managed by Le Boat and, as such,we cannot guarantee the quality of your experience at any particular time. Any free ‘gifts’ offered by third party providers are only applicable to customers purchasing a main course,a set menu or entry/participation with that provider. Individual terms and conditions may apply to offers and all discounts are applied at discretion of provider.