Boat Life On The Rideau Canal With Le Boat

I've always had mixed feelings about cruising, yet the idea of traveling from place to place on a boat with a small group of close people appealed to me. So when I heard of Le Boat, a company that lets you rent luxury houseboats and cruise around the rivers, lakes, and canals of Canada and Europe, I wanted to learn more. Le Boat invited me to experience their self-drive boats (the world's largest fleet) that require no license or experience to drive on a trip along the Rideau Canal in Ottawa. At first, I was nervous about taking the 44-foot houseboat for a week and navigating major waterways. Still, I was surprised about how easy it was. My adventure started at Smiths Falls, with an orientation session with base manager Sandy Crothers. From there, my team and I took off on a super comfy four-cabin boat called The Horizon 4. Over the next four nights, we docked at different towns where we tasted the best food and drinks in the region and explored historical sites along the way.

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My passion for travel was unlocked when I spent some years living across Europe and South America. I've never been one to shy away from a new adventure, be it swimming with pigs in the Bahamas, bird watching in the Galapagos or Heli-Hiking in British Columbia. And while I used to mostly travel solo, I now like to hit the road with my 4-year-old son, 1-year-old-daughter and husband in tow. The best part of travel to me now is getting to see the world through their eyes. Whether they are petting goats during an Oregon farm stay or making their very own pizza in Idaho, their enthusiasm and joy never fails to remind me of why I love travel.

Denver, CO

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