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, they 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, Ducks Ditty (tea boat) was lovely too, great day out for all the family, Thankyou to all the very friendly staff" xx  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

For a fun family day out, explore the  Canal by rowing boat with seating for a maximum of 3 persons*

Booking Information

Boats are available from May to 30th Sept. 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 & Other Boats on Tiverton's Canal

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Recommendations for: Self Drive Motor Day Boat 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/after your boat trip) Pack a blanket and a couple of small cushions, if you have a dog make sure you have lead & 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 timeto 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 hand over (Usually about 10 - 15 min) 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)

3. How Long should we Hire the Day Boat for ? 
We are happy to hire for just 1 hour, but for value for money we recommend a minimum of a
2 hour hire, however our customers tell us that a minimum of 3 to 4 hours will give you time to stop along the canal for your picnic. We have also had glowing feedback for our 6 hour hire too, as more and more families are hiring the boats for the day with a picnic for a relaxing day out.


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

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 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!) The rowing boats are extremely stable. Before or after your higher boat session, the Ducks Ditty Cafe Bar is on hand for Food, Drinks and Ice Cream.


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, Address, Security deposit is required a 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 & 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 higher our boats, the final decision is ours.
  • Payment for the period of hire must be made before the commencement of hire. 
  • We accept dayboat bookings for 2+ hours, for the first hire of the day (10am) but we reserve the right to re-let craft if not collected within one 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 3yrs in all Hire Boats

Boat Hire Available

Boat Hire - Ticket Office: 01884 253345.

Boats Available: Only When Shop / Ticket Office is Open.

May, June & Sept: Tuesday to Sunday - 12 noon - 3.30pm  Closed Monday (except Bank Hols)

July & August: Sunday to Friday - 10.30am - 3.30pm.  (except Saturdays) 12 noon - 3.30pm


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

Grand Western Canal MAP   (length of canal 11 1/4 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 2 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 felt more than capable should anything happen. We would definitely come again." Nikki M

>. "My boyfriends 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 accomodating and friendly. I would definitely reccomend taking the time to go to tiverton canal, its well worth a try!Natash JT

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

>.  Hired a motor boat and spent the day pootling along the Tiverton canal. Lodes of great wildlife to see, Moor-hens brooding their young, a parent Swans looking after unhatched eggs, Lotes of fluffy ducklings, stunning Kingfishers and to 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

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