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

If you’re out on the water you go to when you think of summer, it’s time to plan your next paddle. There are numerous lakes and rivers around Ottawa where you can rent boats if you don’t have one.

Here are 11 places to rent kayaks and canoes in Ottawa if you’re ready for an aquatic adventure. Get ready to escape into nature or enjoy a city drive in the city, we have it all.

Dow’s Lake

Price: $25+ per hour for a single kayak, $12 for each additional hour and several for other boats

When: Now open for the season from May to October

Address: 1001 Queen Elizabeth Dr. Ottawa, ON

Why you’ve got to go: You can paddle right downtown with Dow’s Lake Pavilion rental properties. They have single and tandem kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and paddle boats that will take you down the Rideau Canal and soak up the city sun.

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Lac Leamy

Price: $17.50+ per hour

When: Season opening TBA

Address: 100 Rue Atawe, Gatineau, QC

Why You Should Go: Canoe and kayak rentals are available at the Lac-Leamy Outdoor Center, about 10 minutes from downtown Ottawa. You can enjoy an urban paddle tour 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 for the season from May 13th

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

Why you should go: Gatineau Park has three boat launches where you can hit 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, and tandem kayak and paddleboard rentals at Philippe Lake.

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Center of Gatineau

Kayak on the Ottawa River at Parliament Hill and Chateau Laurier.

Kayak on the Ottawa River at Parliament Hill and Chateau Laurier.

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

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

Address: Jacques Cartier Park, 160 Laurier St., Gatineau, QC

Why you should go: Escape Tours and Rentals opened a new spot last year for renting kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards, and you can float right past Parliament Hill. You will surround yourself with views of downtown as you paddle down the Ottawa River.

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Gatineau River

Price: from $35+ per hour

When: Now open for the 2022 season

Address: 721 Chem. Riverside, Wakefield, QC

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

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Petrie Island

Price: from $25+ per hour

When: Now open for the 2022 season

Address: 1009 Trim Rd., Orleans, ON K4A 3P4

Why You Should Go: Spend a beach day on Ottawa’s Petrie Island and add boat rentals from Oziles’ Marina to your fun-filled day. You can paddle under trees and make your way to the opening of the Ottawa River.

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Ottawa Valley

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

When: Now open for the 2022 season, call ahead to book rentals

Address: 4245 ON-17, Kinburn, ON

Why You Should 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 paddling spots, including Lake St. Peter Provincial Park, Foy Provincial Park, Mississippi River, and others.

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Tay River

Price: Rental prices on site

When: Now open for the 2022 season

Address: 21 Craig St., Perth, ON

Why you should go: You can escape to the small town of Perth that feels like a mini-trip to Europe, and paddle along the Tay River while you’re visiting. Perth Major Outfitters has over 100 canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards for rent.

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Rideau River

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

When: Now open for the 2022 season

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

Why You Should Go: You can adventure in 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: Now open for the 2022 season

Address: 52 Chem. des Sources, Wakefield, QC

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

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Calabogie Lake

Price: $33 per day pass

When: Opening Date Summer Events TBA

Address: 30 Barrett Chute Rd., Calabogie, ON

Why you should go: You can add a paddling adventure to a stay at Calabogie Peaks Resort, or get a day pass and take advantage of the onsite activities. They have canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards that you can paddle with and then hang out on their beach.

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