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Swap your wheels for the water and discover the Rideau Canal in Canada on a self-drive canal boat

24 Oct, 2017 5:00am

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The Rideau Canal is the oldest continuously-operated canal system in North America. Photo / Supplied

Explore off the beaten track with Ontario’s Le Boat

Cruise effortlessly on a chain of beautiful lakes, rivers and canals between the capital city of Canada, Ottawa to the enchanting city of Kingston, the gateway to Lake Ontario and the St Lawrence River.

Our Canadian boating holidays are the perfect way to discover the beauty of the Rideau Canal. One of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century, the Rideau Canal is the oldest continuously-operated canal system in North America.

Travelling this attractive waterway, you’ll be able to unwind and take in the spectacular nature, picturesque towns and lively cities of this Unesco World Heritage Site as it winds its way over the 202kms.

For “foodies”, The Rideau Canal region will not disappoint and is easily accessible from Toronto. Spoil yourself at the Perth Brewery, with its first quenching selection of beers where you can try its maple flavoured ale for a true taste of Canada. What is more satisfying than water lapping gently on the lakeshore? Wine gently lapping against the side of a glass maybe?

Experience the satisfaction of both, and pamper yourself with a wine-tasting and tour, followed by a lake view lunch at the Scheuermann Vineyard and Winery in Westport. Sometimes smelly things in life can be sophisticated. So head to the Forfar Cheese Factory, the oldest in Ontario, and sample some delicious local varieties.

Be the judge of this friendly competition between Westport’s Vanilla Beans and Merrickville’s Downtowne Ice Cream Shoppe, and choose who has the best ice cream on the canal. Discover a panoramic view of Kingston from the roof top restaurant of the historic Fort Henry and take in the spectacular architecture of this gorgeous and vibrant city

Le Boat offers modern, fully equipped self-drive boating holidays for all budgets and group sizes in ten different destinations in the UK, Europe and Canada. Best of all, no licence or prior experience is required. So the take helm, captain your very own boat and discover what Ontario has to offer.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Prices start from A$465pp* for a group of eight travelling for seven nights on a premier Horizon 4 (*subject to availability, terms & conditions).

For more information and to order the new 2018 Le Boat brochure visit leboat.com.au, call 0800 449 981 or visit your local travel agent.

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