Boats Available to Rent
We rent Paluski rotomolded polyethylene canoes. They are stable, roomy, and rugged. For day trips, ask for a 14-footer. It has a keel, and is easy to paddle.
Many of our distance trippers prefer the 16-foot canoe. We have one specially built with a third seat, all others have two. The 16-footer is perfect for long trips between distant points on The Canal, due to its large storage capacity. The sixteen has no keel.
We rent Paluski rotomolded polyethylene kayaks.
The workhorse of the fleet is the Spirit – a 13-footer with an enlarged cockpit, foot stops, a drop-down rudder, deck straps and lots of storage.
The Spirit is a stable, 40-pound boat that is pure fun – responsive, straight-tracking, and colourful. We’ve had hundreds of customers love their Rideau River/Spirit kayaking experience.
However, the Spirit is a day tripper. If you’re doing a longer trip, ex. From Kingston to Ottawa, or planning to paddle for more than a couple days, we advise you to select the Rogue or Swell kayak. These boats have large-volume storage, foot-steering, hatches and bulkheads and Paluski durability.
We have boats for beginners or new paddlers – the Rascal, and for the photographer or fisherman – the Ripple (with a super large cockpit). Whatever your game, we’ve got the boat for you!
New for July, 2011: we’ve added new singles with see-through floors, for poking around on a day or half-day rental. These aren’t fast boats, but they are fun to paddle while looking for fish or marine wildlife.
We have three new tandems, all best-suited for day use. One has a see-through floor. These three have little storage, but they’re popular, and in demand. Our distance tandem is the Wilderness Systems NorthStar. We anticipate adding a second to the fleet this summer.