Boat Tours

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 mid-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.

                                                    2018 SPRING SCHEDULE    Saturdays & Sundays  Starting early June                                                                                                                 2018 SUMMER SCHEDULE  Daily from early June to end of August                                                                                                                2018 FALL SCHEDULE   Daily Sept 9 – Oct 31  (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


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. This site is not recommended for guests with mobility issues as the terrain is steep & uneven.

$60 per person

$45 children 12 years & under                                                                                          SCHEDULE – June 2, 2018 to October 9, 2018 



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                                                                                           SCHEDULE – June 2, 2018 to October 9, 2018


Departure at  6pm  (Boarding begins at 5:45pm)
Return to dock at 7:30pm
Cruise length 90 minutes

$30 per person (Exact departure time may vary depending on predicted sunset)           $20 children 12 years & under                                                                                             SCHEDULE – Daily – June 2, 2018 to October 9, 2018  


Add a Gourmet Picnic to your cruise:

  • Insulated picnic basket & tablecloth
  • Cutlery, plates & condiments
  • Smoked turkey or chicken salad wraps
  • Local Artisan cheese with in season veggie & deli platter
  • Freshly squeezed lemonade or apple cider & desserts
  • 85% of Ingredients locally sourced using farm fresh produce                                     $22 per person


Of Indian Lake, Clear Lake & Newboro Lake 

Daily Departures at 10am, 1pm and 3:30pm (Boarding begins 10 minutes prior)
Cruise length 1.5 hours

$30 per person                                                                                                           $21 children 12 years & under                                                                                           SCHEDULE – Daily (end of September 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. 


Washroom stop


2 HOURS                             



3 HOURS         



4 HOURS      






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, ordering a Gourmet Local Flavours picnic from Rideau Tours or dining at Hotel Kenney for passengers taking the 3 Lock tour to Jones Falls.



Boating on the Rideau

Rideau Tours
Anne-Marie & Luc


1671 Chaffey's Lock Rd


Upgrade your rental or tour with a gourmet picnic or a shuttle. Just ask when you book!