No cottage? No boat? No problem! There are plenty of options in and around Ottawa to create a memorable experience on the water, while enjoying the glory days of the season.
Rent a variety of boats—from large pontoon-style vessels to smaller fishing craft—at Dunrobin's Port of Call Marina. All boats are equipped with the necessary safety equipment for a great day on the Ottawa River, from Fitzroy Harbour to Britannia Beach.
AYE AYE CAPTAIN!
If you’re looking to set sail without going too far, Ottawa Private Yacht Rental offers just that. Explore the region’s vast waterways to your heart’s content and view the city from the water, or dinghy over to an island, visit Petrie Island, or cruise the Ottawa River. Choose a half-day or full-day cruise, a weekend cruise or longer, to explore the Rideau Canal, the Ottawa River, or 1000 Islands. You’ll discover various forms of wildlife along the way and visit unspoiled swimming beaches.
Ottawa Private Yacht Rental provides training, so you’ll be able to learn the ropes (and what to do with them when anchoring) about cruising, docking, passing through the locks, fishing, and more. Privateyachttours.com
JOIN THE CLUB
At Cascades Club, you can enjoy an affordable, year-long family membership with access to paddle-boarding, canoeing and kayaking. You can also play soccer on the spacious grounds, go swimming, play squash and more.
Cascades Club also has several camp options for children aged 6–16. These include a classic summer camp for younger kids with an emphasis on paddling and swimming; a Sprint Canoe Kayak Paddling camp, and a Spring Development Program for older kids, geared towards more experienced paddlers. Campers have the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of canoes and kayaks while having fun, and families enjoy access to the club’s boats during the summer months even while kids are at camp. Cascadesclub.ca
IN THE HEART OF THE CITY
Dows Lake is a popular destination for tourists visiting the nation’s capital and locals alike—it’s the place to be in the summertime. Beautiful pathways for walking and biking, plus great dining options add to the biggest attraction of all, which is the water of course.
Dows Lake Marina offers pedal boats, canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards for rent. Located on the Rideau Canal between the Bronson Street bridge and Hartwells Locks, the marina offers great options for those wanting to get out on the water, and provides docking space as well. No swimming allowed, so be sure not to fall off the paddle board!
Mooney’s Bay, one of Ottawa’s four supervised beaches, is a much-loved summer spot in Ottawa. It’s the perfect place to gather for outdoor fun: playing volleyball in the sand; swimming in the water; enjoying the new play structure; picnicking; canoeing; kayaking and paddle boarding. The Rideau Canoe Club, located across from Mooney's Bay, offers canoes and kayaks, or you can join a dragon boat team. Summer camps are also available for children.
For a totally unique experience on the water, check out Pirate Adventures at Mooney’s Bay. This fun interactive pirate-theatre cruise takes place in a real pirate ship. It’s a blast for children, especially for hosting birthday parties, or adults looking to get away for some fun. Your adventure includes costumes, face-painting, treasure maps, treasure, and sword fighting, so it’s sure to be a memorable adventure.
One of the most popular summer attractions in Ottawa is to experience an Ottawa Boat Cruise. Ottawa Boat Cruise has been in operation since 1936, and passengers can choose from a variety of Rideau Canal and Ottawa River cruise options, to have the best views of the National Capital Region. They set sail from both the Hull Marina and the Ottawa Dock.