Galley Guys Cruise the Rideau Canal with Le Boat

Le Boat at Newboro


Jan 10, 2018

Leaving the lock at PoonamalieIn the April issue of Canadian Yachting magazine, look for the return of the Galley Guys as they cruise the Rideau Canal aboard a new Le Boat. These are purpose built charter cruisers that feature a huge flying bridge with a barbecue and a dining table for great get-togethers overlooking the water. Our Le Boat was a three stateroom model and each had a private en suite head, there was a comfortable dinette in the salon and a very well-equipped galley too.

Many of the locks are just as they were built a century ago and the friendly Parks Canada staff physically crank open the huge timber gates for you to lock through.

What better way to enjoy the memorable scenery on Canada’s historic Rideau Canal than from a Le Boat.

Le Boat at NewboroThe Galley Guys, Greg Nicoll, John Armstrong, Robin Ball and Andy Adams picked our Le Boat yacht up at Newboro, did a check-through and driving demonstration with the Le Boat base manager then, set out for an enjoyable cruise to Westport. The docks at Westport were delightful and located right in town where we could easily walk to the many shops and restaurants.

We picked up our spacious Le Boat at scenic Newboro lock to begin our cruise back to Smith’s Falls.

The trip took us through Rideau Ferry, to an overnight at the lock at Beveridges, through scenic Poonamalie and eventually to Smith’s Falls. The area is quite interesting and other boaters were very friendly, waving to us as we gently cruised along in our Le Boat.

Arriving at WestportThe mooring at Westport was both lovely and right in town where we could walk to the shops and restaurants.

Read the whole article in the April issue of Canadian Yachting magazine. We are betting our story will inspire you to plan a Rideau Canal trip this summer!


Below: From Westport, we took the free shuttle to Scheuermann’s Vineyard and Winery for a delicious dinner and to sample their wines.


Galley Guys at Scheuermann’s

Toast with Coffee

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