Kayaking past Parliament Hill on the Ottawa River. Right: Canoeing past Petrie Island Beach.

Kayaking past Parliament Hill on the Ottawa River. Right: Canoeing past Petrie Island Beach.

If hitting the water is where your mind goes when you think of summer, it's time to plan your next paddle. There are tons of lakes and rivers around Ottawa where you'll find boat rentals if you don't have your own.

Here are eleven spots where you can rent kayaks and canoes in Ottawa when you're ready for a water adventure. Get ready to escape into nature or enjoy an urban ride in the city, we practically have it all.

Dow's Lake

Price: $25+ per hour for a one-person kayak, $12 for every extra hour, and various for other boats

When: Open now for the May to October season

Address: 1001 Queen Elizabeth Dr. Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can paddle right in the city centre with rentals from Dow's Lake Pavilion. They have single and tandem kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and pedal boats for you to hit the Rideau Canal and soak up the sun in the city.

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Lac Leamy

Price: $17.50+ per hour

When: Season opening TBA

Address: 100 Rue Atawe, Gatineau, QC

Why You Need To Go: There are canoe and kayak rentals at the Lac-Leamy Outdoor Centre, about 10 minutes from Ottawa's downtown. You can enjoy an urban paddle with a mix of city and park views. They recommend booking ahead of time.

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Gatineau Park

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

When: Open as of May 13 for the season

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

Why You Need To Go: Gatineau Park has three boat launches where you can hit the lake, Meech Lake, Philippe Lake and La Pêche Lake, but the last two also offer rentals. You can find canoes, kayaks and rowboats at both lakes, plus tandem kayaks and paddleboard rentals at Philippe Lake.

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Downtown Gatineau

Kayaking on the Ottawa River by Parliament Hill and Chateau Laurier.

Kayaking on the Ottawa River by Parliament Hill and Chateau Laurier.

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

When: Open as of May 27, 2022, for the season

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

Why You Need To Go: Escape Tours and Rentals just opened up a new spot to rent kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards last year, and you can float right past Parliament Hill. You'll surround yourself with views of downtown as you paddle down the Ottawa River.

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Gatineau River

Price: Starting at $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 Expéditions Wakefield in this quaint town. You'll 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: Starting at $25+ per hour

When: Open now for the 2022 season

Address: 1009 Trim Rd. N., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can spend a beach day on Ottawa's Petrie Island and add boat rentals from Oziles' Marina to your day of fun. You can paddle under trees and make your way out to the opening of the Ottawa River.

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Ottawa Valley

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

When: Open now for the 2022 season, call ahead to book rentals

Address: 4245 ON-17, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: For those who want to plan an epic adventure, you can rent canoes and kayaks for a full day, or even a couple of weeks, from Ottawa Valley Canoe and Kayak. They have a list of suggested paddle spots including Lake St. Peter Provincial Park, Foy Provincial Park, and Mississippi River (and more).

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Tay River

Price: Starting at $45 for 3 hours, and $60 for the full

When: Open now for the 2022 season

Address: 21 Craig St., Perth, ON

Why You Need To 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: Open now for the 2022 season

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

Why You Need To Go: You can adventure 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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Éco Odyssée

Price: $40+ per person

When: Open now for the 2022 season

Address: 52 Chem. des Sources, Wakefield, QC

Why You Need To Go: You can up your paddle experience by choosing your adventure level and navigating a water maze. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife as you paddle through a marsh by sunshine or moonlight.

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Calabogie Lake

Price: $33 per day pass

When: Weekends only in June, and opening 7-days a week starting July 1, 2022

Address: 30 Barrett Chute Rd., Calabogie, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can add a paddling adventure to your staycation if you're at Calabogie Peaks Resort, or get a day pass and take advantage of all of the on-site activities. They have canoes, kayaks and paddleboards that you can take for a paddle and hangout on their beach after.

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Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.

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