Rideau Canal / The Wedge / Tourism

le boat invitation to all : Christmas starts on the Rideau

Prunella Scales and Timothy West cruise through locks on Rideau Canal

This Monday everyone is invited to kick-off the season with le boat.

Season 9 of ‘Great Canal Journeys,’ a popular television show that airs on Channel 4 across the UK, was filmed here last summer.  It stars Timothy West and Prunella Scales (Fawlty Towers fame) cruising with le boat and exploring the highlights of our beautiful and historic Rideau Canal, from Kingston to Ottawa this 2018.


Le Boat is hosting two free SCREENINGS of “Great Canal Journeys” on the Rideau this Monday, December 10, Station Theatre. Smiths Falls. If you’d care to join them to watch the show, please register below and bring your ticket with you.

There are two screenings, matinee and evening, preceded by social mingling.

To get tickets, register at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/le-boat-invites-you-to-a-screening-to-enjoy-a-journey-on-the-rideau-canal-tickets-52966931518

A donation to the Build a Mountain of Food Campaign would be very appreciated–food or funds.

Boat image going into the lock

le boat cruising on the Rideau Canal, Ontario, Canada


Since filming, le boat has announced that it will add four additional boats (bringing their fleet to 20) and a second base on the Rideau at Seeley’s Bay ready for spring 2019. Cruisers from around the world will have the opportunity to venture on return trips from Smiths Falls, Seeley’s Bay or to enjoy a one-way route between the two bases.


Timothy West is an English film, stage and television actor, with more than fifty years of experience, and has appeared frequently on television, including spells in both Coronation Street as Eric Babbage and Stan Carter in East Enders, For the past five years, the 83 year-old and his wife of 55 years, Fawlty Towers star Prunella Scales, have been exploring the world’s canals for the series Great Canal Journeys.

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