Canal Park - Operated by Tiverton Canal Company


Boat Hire

Tiverton Canal Co offers a range of hire boats available hourly, which include Rowing Boats and Canadian Canoes, 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.  

Boats available for hire include . . .


Rowing Boats 

Have Fun! seeing the Canal in our New
Rowing Boats for 1, 2, 3 or 4 people . . (Max 4 people). Fun for all the Family!

Canadian Canoes

For the explorer in you, hire a Canadian Canoe, with a faster pace you can also see more of the canal and wildlife. maximum seating for 2 persons*

Rowing or Canoeing . . . . 

We just want you to have FUN! on the

Canal with a day you will remember. :)



Rowing boats and Canadian canoes are unavailable for pre-booking but with 12 x or more Rowing Boats and 7 x Canadian Canoes there are generally boats waiting . . .

"Had a lovely trip down canal on our hire boat, the Ducks Ditty was lovely too, great day out for all the family, thank you to all the very friendly staff" - Sarah Moulton




Grand Western Canal map (length of canal 11.25 miles)


Click on Map to make "BIG" and for Printing. (PDF)

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)! Our "NEW" 2016 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.

General Conditions Information for All Hire Boats

Please Reed Carefully . . .

  1. Tiverton Canal Co reserves the right to refuse any hire at any time and will not be held responsible for any losses, incurred.

  2. 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)

  3. Prices include: use of life jackets and or buoyancy aids, oars and paddles.

  4. Hirers will be fully responsible to pay Tiverton Canal Co for any Loss or Damage to Boats, life Jackets, buoyancy aids, paddles or oars.

  5. Alcohol is Strictly 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 Tiverton Canal Co.

  6. Payment for the period of hire must be made before the commencement of hire.

  7. All hires are subject to our standard Terms and Conditions.

Ps) Please ignore any infomation referring to "Motor Day Boats" or "Self Drive Boats"  as we no longer hire "Motor Boats".

          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 - Ticket Office: 01884 253345

Opening Times

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 HolidayJune: Open: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun. 12 noon - 3.00pm. Closed Mondays except Bank Hols.

July Open: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun. 10.30am - 3.00 pm except Saturdays 12 noon - 3.00pm. Closed Mondays except Bank Hols.

August: Open: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 10.30am - 3.00pm except Saturdays & Mondays 12 noon - 3.00pm.  Closed Mondays except Bank Hols.  
Click Here or on our map to plan your journey. (This can be printed out from PDF)

Related Videos

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

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