Le Boat, Europe’s largest self-drive boating company, is poised to become a global brand with the launch of the company’s first North American base of operations in 2018, serving Ontario’s historic Rideau Canal. The Rideau Canal which opened in 1832 is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a Canadian National Historic Site as well as a Canadian Heritage river. The site, 202KM (125 miles) with 47 locks is also the oldest continuously operating canal in North America. The company, which has significant experience in launching new destinations, bases and fleet, will be investing $16 million Canadian in Le Boat base infrastructure that includes the length of the canal from Ottawa to Kingston. It will open in the picturesque town of Smiths Falls, “Heart of the Rideau Canal,” with a fleet of 16 state-of-the-art Horizon cruisers, which are specially designed to meet Ontario maritime and Le Boat customer requirements.