PBS Travelscope visits the Rideau Canal

Joseph Rosendo's TravelScope on PBS travels down the Rideau Canal


Emmy Award winning PBS TravelScope with Joseph Rosendo has returned for its 11th season.  Host Joseph Rosendo, his wife Julie, and their crew enjoy many different adventure around the world, including a cruise in Canada airing in late September. Check you local listings for the episode which will feature the captivating trip along the UNESCO World Heritage Rideau Canal in Ontario, Canada, aboard one of Le Boat’s premier Horizon vessels. Check your local PBS station listings for air time in your region.

 TravelScope on the Rideau Canal Preview Video

Joseph's Itinerary

Views on the Rideau CanalCruise just like Joseph Rosendo and enjoy a 7-day cruise on the Rideau Canal 

Extend your stay and travel to Ottawa to explore Canada’s capital city  at the start or end of your trip!   

Here is a overview of the trip  Joseph and the Travelscope Team cruised, but  you can explore this area in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your vacation7 Day Cruise on the Rideau Canal – Smiths Falls to Seeley’s Bay, with trip to Merrickville  (one way) 

  • Smiths Falls 
  • Merrickville – then back to Smiths Falls 
  • Smiths Falls to Beveridge's Locks
  • Option to cruise up the ay Canal to the town of Perth 
  • Day stop at Rideau Ferry 
  • Wesport 
  • Newboro 
  • Chaffey's Lockstation  
  • Jones Falls 
  • Seeley's Bay  

Download the Rideau Canal Regional Guide

View the Full Itinerary 


The Journey

TravelScope in Ottawa, Canada

For most Le Boat  travelers, the journey begins in Smiths Falls in the centre of the waterway, where they have the choice to Cruise North to Canada's captial city of Ottawa or South to Kingston, Ontario. For the show’s filming, Joseph and his wife Julie’s cruise adventure began in Ottawa Ontario, where they climbed aboard a Le Boat Horizon Cruiser and personally piloted the luxury vessel along the canal’s watery trail.

“Taking a chartered Le Boat vessel down the Rideau Canal from Ottawa or up from Kingston is a “glamping” experience — a glamorous camping experience," commented Joseph, "Everything’s supplied for you and you can leisurely experience the canal’s natural and cultural riches."

About the Episode

Joseph Rosendo's TravelScope on PBS travels the UNESCO Rideau Canal in Canada

The programme was filmed during Le Boat’s first fall season in Canada and is dedicated to exploring the highlights of the picturesque UNESCO-listed Rideau Canal, Le Boat’s newest destination. Following Joseph’s cruise through idyllic surrounding, the episode explores fascinating cultural, natural and historic sites. 

"Renting a Le Boat is very much like renting a car," says Lisa McLean, Le Boats North American marketing manager, "except you don't need a license or even any past boating experience! We provide you with all of the instruction needed to help you captain your own voyage of discovery and enjoy Canada at your own pace.  We loved hosting Joseph and the team and we really encourage those interested in seeing what the luxury houseboat cruising experience on the Rideau Canal is like to tune in to watch this Travelscope episode."

About the Rideau Canal

Jones Falls in Autumn with a Horizon Cruiser

The Rideau Canal first opened in 1832 and stretching from the Canadian capital of Ottawa to Kingston, on Lake Ontario, the Rideau is the oldest continuously operating canal in North America. The 125-mile engineering marvel connects lakes and rivers, with 47 locks and 24 lock stations taking holidaymakers through the heart of some of Ontario’s most picturesque scenery.

Le Boat in Canada

Le Boat in Canada

Since filming, Le Boat has expanded the Canadian fleet of premier Horizon cruiser to 20 boats and has add a second base on the Rideau at Seeley’s Bay. The addition of this well-located base will give visitors the chance to discover even more of this spectacular waterway.

Travellers now have the choice to start their trip in Smiths Falls or Seeley’s Bay with the option of doing a one-way cruise or returning their boat rental to the base they started.  Suggested itineraries are provided, but travelers can adjust the schedule to match their interest and likes.

Interested in Learning More?

Sharing wine on the Rideau Canal on your Le Boat houseboat rental

If you are new to boating, don’t worry - no previous boating experience or license required. 

  • The Le Boat team teaches you all your need to know to captain the boat yourself!
  • If you can drive a car you can drive these boats (bow and stern thruster make going thru the locks and parking the boats a breeze!)  

Le Boat’s 2020 cruising season on the Rideau starts May 17, 2020 and ends Oct 8, 2020. Choose from a 3 – 4 night short break, 7-10+ night cruise.

Watch Le Boat on TravelScope

Parks Canada Staff with Joseph Rosendo on the Rideau Canal with Le Boat

Be sure to watch Joseph’s Le Boat Rideau Canal adventure from Ottawa to Seeley’s Bay, Ontario.

TravelScope airs on PBS stations nationwide (check your local listings) AND will be streaming on Amazon Prime after November 1, 2019.

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