Le Boat has revealed plans to expand on Ontario's historic Trent Severn Waterway for 2024 and cruises are now on sale for the 2024 boating season. Europe's largest boat rental company has already been operating on the Rideau Canal between Kingston, Ontario, and Ottawa for several years.
It will be launching on the Trent Severn Waterway with a fleet of 8 Luxury Horizon Cruisers ranging in size from 2 bedroom to 4 bedroom. The fleet will be based at Horseshoe Bay Marina in Peterborough.
Pricing starts at CAD $2800 for a week on a Horizon 1 Cruisers that sleeps up to 5 people. Travellers can choose a 3-6 night short break or a 7-10+ night vacation. Guests eat, sleep and live on board Le Boat’s luxury houseboat as they captain the boat themselves and cruise the waterways. No Boat license or prior boating experience is required, the cruise company says, "the experienced Le Boat Base Team will teaches you everything you need to know to Captain the boat yourself."
"Our customers have been asking when we will be offer luxury boat rental vacation on the Trent Severn Waterway and we are excited to give them what they have been waiting for," said Lisa McLean, North American Marketing Manager and Head of Canada Development. "Our Le Boat customers will be in awe at the beautiful Ontario landscapes and pristine waterways as the experience the infamous Lift Locks in Peterborough and cruise Kawartha Lakes Region."
Le Boat predicts that their newest cruising ground will attract new customers from the Greater Toronto area, Quebec, the United States and from its current base of travellers from Germany, France, UK, Ireland, Australia and South Africa.
Until 03SEP, 2023, an Early Booking Offer for 2024 Trent Severn Waterway bookings will allow guests to save to save up to 15% on a 2024 cruise plus take advantage of Le Boat Boat’s Lowest Price Guarantee on all 2024 departures.
The company will offer several suggested cruises route from their Peterborough base with key highlights of what they can see and do along their waterway.
Suggested itineraries would include:
A Cruise north towards Peterborough to Bobcaygeon where guests can:
- Check in at the Le Boat base in Horseshoe Bay Marina and cruise towards Young's Point and experience the Peterborough Lift Lock, a National Historic Site. This 120-year-old lift lock is the highest hydraulic lift lock in North America and stands 19.8 meters high.
- Cruise picturesque lakes and rivers to its lush forests while arriving in the charming town of Lakefield.
- Enjoy the tall pines and granite shores of Stony Lake cruising towards Burleigh Falls.
- Discover the beauty of Kawartha Lakes to Buckhorn, named for the collection of deer antlers which were displayed on the outside walls of the original sawmill in the area.
- Cruise to Bobcaygeon, a charming village situated on the shores of Pigeon Lake. Dock at Bobcaygeon Harbour and explore the town, full of quaint and unique shops, eateries, and lots to see and do.
- Visit the scenic town of Fenelon Falls, known as the “Jewel of the Kawarthas” where visitors find an eclectic mix of antique stores, gift shops, coffee houses and of course Lock 34 – located on its own island.
A second option for Le Boat customers to do a return trip cruising south toward the historical town of Trenton:
- Cruise south along the Otonabee River to Rice Lake, visit the small village of Hastings,
- Cruise to Campbellford. Le Boaters will have time to explore this charming community, visit the iconic Millennium Trail Suspension Bridge or stop for a selfie at the World’s Biggest ‘Toonie’.
- Just after Campbellford, boaters will get a chance to explore some truly beautiful natural scenery of the Trent-Severn Waterway and Parks Canada Oasis pods located between Locks 10 and 9.
- Cruise to Trenton which is set along the Bay of Quinte and marks the entry point to Trent Severn Waterway (TSW) from Lake Ontario and the southern end of our cruising area. Known for its military ties, Trenton is also home to the National Air Force Museum of Canada exhibits over 30 aircraft and dedicated to preserving the history of the Royal Canadian Airforce.
More information on the new Canadian itineraries on the Trent Severn Waterway are available on Le Boat's website.