Canal Park - Operated by Tiverton Canal Company

(pictured above) Hire boats at the Tiverton Wharf

Boat Hire

Tiverton Canal Co offers a range of hire boats available hourly, which include Motor-powered self-drive day boats, Canadian canoes and Rowing boats. The Grand Western Canal supports a rich and vibrant variety of wildlife and interesting things to see. All the hire boats provide a great opportunity for you to get close to nature and explore and canal at your own pace.
"Had a lovely trip down canal on our hired motor boat, the Ducks Ditty was lovely too, great day out for all the family, thank you to all the very friendly staff" - Sarah Moulton

More customer reviews at the bottom of this page.

Boats available for hire include . . .

Self-Drive Motor Day Boats

Step into the driving seat of a motor-powered self-drive day boat with storage* and seating for a maximum of 6 persons*

Canadian Canoes

For the explorer, try hiring a Canadian canoe with maximum seating for 2 persons*

Rowing Boats 

(family friendly)

For a fun family day out, explore the canal by rowing boat with seating for a maximum of 4 persons*

Booking Information

Boats are available from Late May Bank Holiday to September. Self-drive boats can be hired in advance by calling the Ticket Office. We are unable to accept reservations by answer machine or email. 

Rowing boats and Canadian canoes are unavailable for pre-booking



Pictures of our Hire Boats and Other Boats on Tiverton's Canal

Click here to see pictures


Recommendations for: 

Self-Drive Motor Day Boat Hire

Up to 2 or 4 Hr hire.  

1. Ideas:  For longer hires we recommend packing a picnic, (food, drink and ice cream is also available from the Ducks Ditty Cafe Bar before or after your boat trip). Pack a blanket and a couple of small cushions; if you have a dog make sure you have lead and poop bags. Also recommended is packing the sun cream and sun hats, or if the weather is changeable, pack the macs! It's also best to use the toilet facilities in the basin before leaving on your boat journey.

2. Time:  Make sure you leave plenty of time to hire the day boat, as you will need time to read and agree to our conditions of hire and fill out the paperwork. You will also need time for a staff member to take your "skipper" over the introduction and handover (usually about 10-15 minutes). You will also need a little time at the end of your hire to allow our staff to check the boat over before deposit return (in accordance with the terms and conditions of hire) all of this dose take Time . . .

3. How long should we hire the day boat for ? 
A hire of  upto 2 Hrs is a great way to experience the canal, however, our customers tell us that a hire of upto 4 Hrs will give you time to stop along the canal for your picnic.  Subject to availability Self Drive Day Boats may be reserved for 12 noon for a 2 or 4 hrs hire. Telephone reservations only.


Please read: Hire Boats Charges Deposit and Information PDF and age Restriction PDF (below). Any questions please don't hesitate to ring Jacquie at our office on 01884 253345.

What Our Customers Say about  Self-Drive Day Boat Hire . . .


Sarah Knight reviewed Tiverton Canal Co – 5 star
1 June 2016We had a lovely 4 hrs hiring out a power boat along the canal at Tiverton. We prebooked and the boat was all ready for us, we were instructed well and enjoyed a fun afternoon, nice to see our 2 boys 16 and 10 yrs enjoying themselves. Great family day and the time flew by.
Clare Thacker reviewed Tiverton Canal Co – 5 star
7 June 2016We pre booked a small motor boat for 4 hours today. All of the team were helpful, informative and extremely welcoming. The route along the canal was peaceful and easy to navigate. The boat was simple to use. Great value for money, would definitely recommend. Thanks again for a wonderful day out.



Recommendations for:

Rowing Boats & Canadian Canoes

For all hires we recommend packing the sun cream and sun hats, or if the weather is changeable pack the macs! It's also best to use the toilet facilities in the basin before leaving on your boat journey. Finally, in the very rare occasion of an emergency, we recommend taking your mobile phone on the boat. Make sure all your private possessions (including your phone) are insured in case something should happen to them. (Waterproof mobile phone covers are also recommend.) A change of clothes is a good precaution, especially with the Canadian canoes (it is extremely rare for people to get wet, but it's better to be prepared)! Oue "NEW" rowing boats are extremely stable. Before or after your higher boat session, the Ducks Ditty Cafe Bar is on hand for food, with a full Bar for hot & cold drinks and Scoop ice cream.

Our Canadian Canoes.

Our "NEW" Rowing Boats. (family friendly 4 seater rowing boats) 

General Information for All Hire Boats

  • Tiverton Canal Co reserves the right to refuse any hire at any time and will not be held responsible for any losses, however incurred
  • Required: Photo ID, proof of address and a security deposit are required. Proof of age may also be asked for (see Hire Charges PDF below)
  • Prices include: VAT, fuel, training/tuition, use of life jackets, buoyancy aids, oars and paddles
  • Hirers are responsible for any loss or damage
  • Alcohol is not permitted; anyone who appears to be under the influence of drink or drugs will not be able to use or hire our boats; the final decision is ours
  • Payment for the period of hire must be made before the commencement of hire
  • Subject to availability a Self Drive Day Boat may be reserved for 12 noon for a 2 or 4 hrs hire, but we reserve the right to re-let boat if not collected within half an hour of booked time (sorry no answerphone or e-mail reservations)
  • All hires are subject to our standard Terms and Conditions

          Age Restriction & Safety Information PDF

          Hire Boats - Charges Deposit and Information PDF

         *Subject to weight. Also please note due to safety no children under 3 years in all hire boats

Boat Hire Available

Boat Hire - Ticket Office: 01884 253345

Boats Available: From End of May Bank Hol to September. Only when shop/ticket office is Open. Please note all boats to be returned by 4.30pm. 

End of May Bank Holiday & June: Tuesday to Sunday 12 noon - 3.00pm. Closed Mondays (except Bank Hols)

July: Sunday to Friday 10.30am - 3.00 pm except Saturdays 12 noon - 3.00pm. Closed Mondays

August: Sunday to Friday 10.30am - 3.00pm except Saturdays & Mondays 12 noon - 3.00pm

Click Here or on our map to plan your journey. (This can also be printed out from PDF)

Grand Western Canal map (length of canal 11.25 miles)

Related Videos

Video: Motor Day Boats at the Tiverton Wharf

Video: Canadian Canoes on the Grand Western Canal

What Our Customers Say About Our Hire Boats:

>.  'Bittern' is looking forward to many more days cruising the Grand Western this year, it is our 4th year on the canal - Nigel Robinson

>. We cannot fault this lovely attraction. We hired out a boat for two hours and had a lovely time in bright sunshine - two adults and two teenagers - who all equally enjoyed it. The boat was lovely and clean and we had good instruction on what to do if things were to go wrong, so we felt more than capable should anything happen. We would definitely come again - Nikki M

>. My boyfriend's family and myself went on holiday to Devon; we came across Tiverton Canal Company by chance. We hired a boat for two hours, there was a tutorial carried out to ensure the boat would be used correctly and safety and just general information about the boat. I was quite happy to sit back and relax in the sun looking at the passing scenery whilst the men steered the boat. The family that run this company couldn't be more accommodating and friendly. I would definitely recommend taking the time to go to Tiverton Canal, it's well worth a try! - Natash JT

>.  On our recent visit to the canal (16th August) whilst on the boat 'Mole,' we saw three kingfishers. Lovely! How unusual - Maria Percy 

>.  Hired a boat and spent the day pootling along the Tiverton Canal. Loads of great wildlife to see: moorhens brooding their young, parent swans looking after unhatched eggs, loads of fluffy ducklings, stunning kingfishers and too many beautiful blue dragonflies to count. Apparently the canal was breached in the winter of 2012 by storms, but it's definitely open now. Thanks to Elmo and Carlo for driving - Karen Revel-Chion

Please do write to us . . .

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