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Old 11-18-2023, 05:45 PM   #1
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rideau canal recommendation, charter , or boat swap

I would like to send time cruising on the Rideau Canal in Ontario, next summer. Does anyone have recommendations on a charterer (this is for two very experienced boaters). or a good route? I already read some things from LeBoat for cruises between Smiths Falls and Kingston.

If anyone with a boat on the canal would like to swap boats for a few weeks: I have a very nice 34ft sloop on SF Bay. I could include the house!!

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Old 11-18-2023, 06:11 PM   #2
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Mr. rp. I VERY highly recommend spending time on the Rideau system! As far as I'm aware, Le Boat is the only charter company on the system that has a number of options and it's based in Smith's Falls. One can cruise the whole system (Kingston to Ottawa) but you'll have to cover the same ground twice unless the company offers a pick up in Kingston.

I'm sure you've seen this:

Aylings Boatyard has 3 boats but I think they're pretty old.
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Old 11-19-2023, 04:24 AM   #3
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I can only highly agree with RTF's recommendation.

I did this trip with my Dad on his boat back in the 70's. It was one of the most memorable trips I've ever taken. I still have clear memories of it even today.
Autumn might be a nice time to consider. You will avoid crowds and the foliage in that area and the Thousand Islands can is stunning.
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Old 11-19-2023, 07:52 AM   #4
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I strongly agree with the above comments. The Rideau is a wonderful cruising ground.
We have done the complete Kingston to Ottawa once but Kingston to the Rideau lakes section (about half way) about 10X. If you have any specific questions or want more detail PM me.
My TF photo to the left is on the Rideau in our favorite Mortons Bay... agreat place to spend a day swimming, evening at anchor, etc
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Old 11-19-2023, 03:45 PM   #5
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These folks might have some info

I just is their middle name.
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