Rideau King Tours


Due to the Corona Virus, the Rideau King Tour Boat, will not be operating for the 2020 season. We would like to thank all of our loyal patrons over the past years and hope we can be of service to you again in the near future.

Sincerely, all of the Rideau King staff.

The Rideau King, a fifty foot steel tour boat sails Monday through Thursday every week from it's home port of Merrickville, Ontario on the historical Rideau Canal. Constructed in the early 1800's the Rideau Canal has served Canadians as a military, commercial and vacation thoroughfare for almost 200 years. Recently designated a World Heritage Site, the Rideau Canal has become a favorite tourist attraction in the Ottawa Valley. It stretches from Kingston to Ottawa and has 45 locks all in picturesque rural and urban settings. Take one of our daily tours and discover one of the most scenic waterways in North America. For more information on the Rideau Canal, visit the Rideau-Info site.

Aylings Boatyard, Merrickville, Ontario owns and operates The Rideau King - Aylings provides Cruiser Rentals, Moorage, Gasoline, Diesel and Ice at your Service

Click this link to visit - Aylings Boatyard

Tour Boat Schedule

  • The Rideau King moored at Aylings Marina, departs Merrickville at 0900 and sails north toward the village of Burritts Rapids passing through Clowes and Nicholsons locks along the way. Once through the lock at Burritts Rapids we continue north on the Rideau River past Kemptville, Kars and Manotic on the way to the Long Island lock. Passing through the Long Island lock we continue up river through Black Rapids lock ending the voyage at the Hogs Back lock in the late afternoon. Ground transportation will be waiting to return you to Merrickville.
  • A reverse of Monday's voyage we cast off from Hogs Back Park at 0900 heading south toward Manotick passing through the locks at Black Rapids and Long Island. The river stretch runs past the villages of Manotick, Kars and Kemptville. Once through the lock at Burritts Rapids we will continue south through the Nicholsons and Clowes locks ending the voyage in Merrickville at Aylings Marina where ground transportation will be waiting to return you to the Hogs Back lock.
  • Wednesday's voyage begins by the lock in the town of Merrickville and departs at 0900 heading west toward Smiths Falls passing through the Kilmarnock, Edmonds, Old Slys locks along the way. Once through the lock at Smiths Falls and Poonamalie, the canal continues towards Westport through Lower Rideau Lake and Big Rideau Lake, the Narrows lock and Upper Rideau Lake. Ground transportation will be waiting at Westport to return you to Merrickville.
  • A reverse of Wednesdays voyage the tour starts at 0900 at the public docks in Westport across the street from the Cove Inn and heads towards Smiths Falls, through Upper Rideau Lake, the Narrows lock, Big Rideau Lake and the Poonamalie lock. Continuing through the locks at Smiths Falls, the Old Slys, Edmonds and Kilmarnock, the voyage ends at the lock in Merrickville where ground transportation will be waiting to return you to Westport.
  • Private Tours, Your Special Event, Your Wedding or Corporate Meeting or Celebration. We can accomodate any occasion. Please call for special rates and arrangements.
Monday, July 1st is the first daily tour for the 2019 season. Call now to make a reservation

$89.95 per person, $60 for children under 12 - HST extra
50 passenger capacity - Call: 1-613-269-9342

The main cabin of the Rideau King is set up with tables and chairs, windows with a panoramic view. The upper deck is partially covered by canopy with open bench seating, 2 washrooms on board.

Light lunch included on board
Refreshments and Snacks Available On Board
Licensed for Beer and Wine - Served On Board

Private Coach return to boarding location


- A Special Gift for the Impossible to Buy For -

Gift Certificates for cruises aboard the Rideau King are a great way to thank that special friend, business associate or family member or to celebrate an anniversary or birthday, promotion or other special event.

Please call our office for further details.

Don't miss out - Order your Gift Certificate today - Call 1-613-269-9342
Contact us by phone anytime between 9am and 6pm EDT.


Our mailing address is:
Rideau King Tours
P.O. Box 201
Merrickville, Ontario
Canada K0G 1N0



Special Charters

We Can Accomodate
Your Special Day
Adult Birthday Parties
Weddings - Anniversaries
Corporate Events
We can arrange to have
your special event
catered by the
Main Street Restarurant

LLBO Licensed

Licensed for
Beer and Wine

Served On-Board

The Great Waterway


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