Get lost in the beauty of the region and experience relaxation and tranquility.

Overnight excursions aboard one of Ontario’s premier cruising vessels make for one perfect getaway! The intimate setting, quiet waters, and unique perspective make seeing the region by water an unforgettable experience. Pass in the shadows of ships plying the main shipping channel on the St. Lawrence River, take in the Royal Military College, famed Boldt Castle, Fort Henry, Kingston harbour, and Rideau Canal National Historic Site. Whether travelling through the Thousand Islands on the St. Lawrence River or cruising the UNESCO World Heritage Site Rideau Canal, your vacation will surely be memorable and inspiring. Plan an overnight excursion with one of these incredible operators!

Le Boat

Le Boat, a leader in boat rental vacations in Europe, has more than 50 years of experience in the industry. With 900 boats stationed at a network of over 32 different departure bases across 8 European countries, Le Boat arrived in Canada in 2018 and now has a local fleet of 32 boats available for rental on Ontario’s UNESCO Rideau Canal. With no previous boating experience or boat license required, Le Boat shows you how to captain your boat at your own pace on a flexible itinerary. Boats range in size from one to five cabins (sleeping up to 12 people) and travellers can choose a 3-5 night short boating break or a 7-10+ night vacation. All of Le Boat luxury boat rentals come with a fully equipped kitchen, fresh linens, and bedding, top sun deck & much more.

For more information, visit or call 1 800 734-5401

Ontario Waterway Cruises

Cruising with Ontario Waterway Cruises along the Rideau Canal National Historic Site allows plenty of incredible views, access to many towns and villages, and gets you up-close to nature at its best. Their Kawartha Voyageur cruise ship provides a 5-day voyage on the Rideau Canal. All 45 passengers sleep on board in cabins with twin lower berths and private facilities. Past guest have compared an overnight stay to a ‘floating country inn.’ Home-style meals are prepared in the ship galley and overnight mooring stops are often at lockstations, adjacent to parks near picturesque towns, or incredible nature trails.  Due to popularity, bookings must be made well in advance!

Cruise Offerings

5-day voyages on the Rideau Canal from Kingston to Ottawa, with return transportation by highway coach.
Available dates for the Rideau cruise are:
May 20- 26, May 26-June 01, June 1- 6, June 6- 11,
July 21- 26, July 26- 31, July 31- 5, Aug 5- 10
Sept 9- 14, Sept 14- 19, Sept 19 – 24 and Sept 24- 29

5-day Quinte cruises between Kingston and Peterborough include a loop through the 1000 Islands
Available dates for our Quinte cruises are:
May 14- 20, June 11- 16, July 16- 21,
Aug 10- 15, Sept 4- 9, and Sept 29- Oct 4.
For more information, visit or call 1 800 561-5767

St. Lawrence Cruise Lines

In response to the growing demand for North American river cruising, St. Lawrence Cruise Lines has extended its 2023 season and added an additional cruise to accommodate travellers. The Kingston, Ontario small ship cruise operator specializes in 4, 5, 6, 7-night cruises on the St. Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers. The brand new Seaway Discovery Cruise is a 7-night, 8-day cruise that will run from August 19-26, 2023 from Kingston to Montreal and return, and will focus on the historic ports and locks of the St. Lawrence Seaway. St. Lawrence Cruise Lines is now booking for 2023.

Come aboard the M/V Canadian Empress, where you will always find both excellence and value; where quality service, adventure and genuine warmth are sincerely offered and happily experienced. As the rivers’ most experienced overnight cruise operator, their knowledge and understanding of the region, and attention to the details of each journey will ensure full value for your river cruising vacation. Their ship will carry you through the very heart of central Canada’s most beautiful scenery, on routes specifically selected for their stunningly rich gifts of history, natural beauty, and modern vitality. This is your chance to see the real Canada; as unspoiled as when the voyageurs moved up and down its waterways, yet as modern as the St. Lawrence International Seaway with its spectacular locks and man-made canals.

Canadian River Cruises

Upper River Expedition – 4 nights, 5 days
Canada’s Capital Cruise – 5 nights, 6 days
Canadian Connection Cruise – 6 nights, 7 days
Harvest and Colour Cruise – 7 nights, 8 days

For more information visit or call 1 800 267 7868

Take the plunge in South Eastern Ontario and climb aboard an overnight boat cruise to see the region in a different light.