Cruising on the water is a lovely tradition along the Rideau Canal. Capitaine Luc welcomes groups of 3-12 passengers aboard a new pontoon boat. Cruises run mid-May to late October with custom tours also available. Lifejackets and all safety equipment provided as per Transport Canada safety regulations.
Cruises depart the Chaffey’s Lock wharf next to the Parks Canada parking lot. The pontoon has a full sun cover and a full enclosure to protect in case of light rain or wind. We also have cozy blankets to keep you warm on those cooler days.
2019 SPRING SCHEDULE Saturdays & Sundays starting May 18
2019 SUMMER SCHEDULE Daily from late June to early September
2019 FALL SCHEDULE Sept 10 – end of October
(see Fall Colour Cruises below)
Final 3 Lock Tour of the season on Canadian Thanksgiving weekend.
Charters and Private Tours also available. Call Rideau Tours at 613-583-4783 for more details.
Rideau Boat Tours
The 3 LOCK TOUR
Nature & Heritage Discovery of Chaffey’s, Davis Lock & Jones Falls
Departure at 10am (Boarding begins at 9:45am)
Return to dock between 2:30pm & 3pm
Cruise length 4.5 hours (may be a little longer due to time in locks) Includes a 1 hour stop-over at Jones Falls to explore this spectacular lockstation featuring the Stone Arch dam, Blacksmith Shop, Sweeney House Museum and visitor centre. Jones Falls is challenging for guests with mobility issues as the terrain is steep & uneven but the Captain will be pleased to stop for a washroom break at Davis Lock before arriving at Jones Falls to ensure everyone’s comfort. Add a Gourmet Picnic for $22 per person or bring your own picnic on board.
$60 per person
$45 children 12 years & under
2019 SCHEDULE – Daily June 1 to Sept 8 / Fri-Sat-Sun from Sept 9 to Oct 1
The 3 LAKE LOOP
Indian Lake, Clear Lake & Newboro Lake
Departure at 3:30pm (Boarding begins at 3:15pm)
Return to dock at 6pm
Cruise length 2.5 hours with a washroom break at Newboro Lock station.
$40 per person
$30 children 12 years & under
2019 SCHEDULE – June 1 to October 13
EVENING SUNSET CRUISE
Departure at 6:30pm (Boarding begins at 6:15pm)
Return to dock at 8:00pm
Cruise length 90 minutes
(Exact departure time may vary depending on predicted sunset)
$30 per person
$20 children 12 years & under
2019 SCHEDULE – Daily June 1 to October 9
Add a Gourmet Picnic to your cruise for $22 per person:
- Insulated picnic basket, tablecloth & plates
- Smoked turkey, chicken salad or Roast beef sandwiches
- Local Artisan cheese, smoked sausage and in season veggies
- Freshly squeezed lemonade or apple cider (Fall)
- A cookie sweetened with maple syrup
- 85% of Ingredients locally sourced using farm fresh produce
- Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options
FALL COLOUR CRUISES
Of Indian Lake, Clear Lake & Newboro Lake
Daily Departures at 10am, 1pm and 3:30pm (Boarding begins 10 min prior)
Cruise length 1.5 hours
$30 per person
$21 children 12 years & under
2019 SCHEDULE – Daily from September 10 to October 31
The pontoon accommodates up to 12 passengers and is very accessible even for guests with reduced mobility. Your charter includes a personally guided tour with a navigation chart outlining the route the boat will be taking. Charters available June 1 to Oct 31. Call ahead to ensure your date & time. Choose from a 2-hour, 3-hour, 4-hour or 5-hour charter. Charters depart from Chaffey’s Lock but departures from Portland, Westport or Seeley’s Bay can be arranged for an additional $150.
LENGTH OF CHARTER
There is a 25% non-refundable deposit required to secure the charter but you can reschedule if the weather is inclement. We still go out in a light rain/drizzle but we cancel if there are thunderstorms or heavy winds.
Lunch options include bringing your own picnic lunch or ordering a gourmet local flavours picnic from Rideau Tours.
BOAT TOUR MAP
Located at / Situé à Chaffey's Lock
90 minutes from Ottawa | 45 minutes from Kingston
Rentals Open Daily
Season: May 19 - Oct 31
9-am - 6pm
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