11 places to rent kayaks and canoes in Ottawa so you can paddle through summer

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If your mind is racing when you think of summer, it’s time to plan your next paddle. There are tons of lakes and rivers around Ottawa where you can find boat rentals if you don’t have your own.

Here are eleven places you can rent kayaks and canoes in Ottawa when you’re ready for an aquatic adventure. Get ready to escape into nature or enjoy an urban stroll around town, we’ve got you covered.

Dows Lake

Price: $25+ per hour for a one-person kayak, $12 for each additional hour and miscellaneous for other boats

When: Open now for the May-October season

Address: 1001 Queen Elizabeth Driveway Ottawa, ON

Why you need to go: You can paddle right downtown with Dows Lake Lodge rentals. They have single and tandem kayaks, canoes, paddle boards and pedal boats so you can get out on the Rideau Canal and soak up the city sun.

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Leamy Lake

Price: $17.50+ per hour

When: Season opening to be determined

Address: 100 Atawe Street, Gatineau, QC

Why you need to go: There are canoe and kayak rentals at Center de plein air du Lac-Leamy, about 10 minutes from downtown Ottawa. You can enjoy an urban paddle with a mix of city and park views. They recommend booking in advance.

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Gatineau Park

Price: $23.25+ for 1.5 hours, $33.50+ for 3 hours

When: Open from May 13 for the season

Address: Lac La Pêche & Lac Philippe, Gatineau Park, QC

Why you need to go: Gatineau Park has three boat ramps where you can go on the lake, Meech Lake, Philippe Lake and La Pêche Lake, but the latter two also offer rentals . You can find canoes, kayaks and rowboats on both lakes, as well as tandem kayak and paddle board rentals at Lac Philippe.

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Downtown Gatineau

Kayaking on the Ottawa River near Parliament Hill and Château Laurier.

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Price: Starting at $18 for the first hour, $11+ for additional hours

When: Open from May 27, 2022, for the season

Address: Jacques-Cartier Park, 160 Laurier Street, Gatineau, QC

Why you need to go: Escape Tours and Rentals just opened a new place to rent kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards last year, and you can float right past Parliament Hill. You’ll surround yourself with downtown views as you paddle the Ottawa River.

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Gatineau River

Price: From $35+ per hour

When: Open now for the 2022 season

Address: 721 Chem. Riverside, Wakefield, QC

Why you need to go: You can rent kayaks, canoes and paddleboards from Wakefield Expeditions in this quaint town. You will paddle along the Gatineau River and can float under the iconic red-covered bridge. They also have Whale Mega SUPs that fit six people!

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Petrie Island

Price: From $25+ per hour

When: Open now for the 2022 season

Address: 1009 Trim Road, Orleans, ON K4A 3P4

Why you need to go: You can spend a day at the beach on Ottawa’s Petrie Island and add boat rentals from Oziles Marina to your day of fun. You can paddle under the trees and head towards the mouth of the Ottawa River.

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Ottawa Valley

Price: $55+ per day (prices may change this season)

When: Open now for the 2022 season, call ahead to reserve a rental

Address: 4245 ON-17, Kinburn, ON

Why you need to go: For those planning an epic adventure, you can rent canoes and kayaks for a full day or even a few weeks from Ottawa Valley Canoe and Kayak. They have a list of suggested paddle spots including Lake St. Peter Provincial Park, Foy Provincial Park, Mississippi River and others.

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River Tay

Price: Rental rates on site

When: Open now for the 2022 season

Address: 21 Craig Street, Perth, Ontario

Why you need to go: You can escape to small town Perth that feels like a mini trip to Europe, and paddle along the River Tay during your visit. Perth Major Outfitters offers over 100 canoes, kayaks and paddleboards for hire.

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Rideau River

Price: $30 for the first hour, $50 for two

When: Open now for the 2022 season

Address: 286 Riverview Lane rr#1, Kemptville, ON

Why you need to go: You can venture into the town of Kemptville and rent a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard from Drifters Outdoors Canoe & Kayak Rentals to cruise along the Rideau River.

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Eco Odyssey

Price: $40+ per person

When: Open now for the 2022 season

Address: 52 Chem. des Sources, Wakefield, QC

Why you should go: You can enhance your paddling experience by choosing your adventure level and navigating through a water maze. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife as you paddle through a swamp in the sun or moonlight.

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Calabogie Lake

Price: $33 per day

When: Opening date for summer events to be determined

Address: 30 Barrett Chute Road, Calabogie, ON

Why you need to go: You can add a paddling adventure to a stay at Calabogie Peaks Resort, or get a day pass and enjoy on-site activities. They have canoes, kayaks and paddle boards that you can take for a paddle and a hangout spot on their beach afterwards.

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