Jason’s Canal Boat Trip – A Pleasurable Experience

It is the age of supersonic jets that can take you from one end of the world to the other in a matter of hours. Even road transport has undergone a sea of change as we now have Bullet trains and fast cars that move at unimaginable speed, unthinkable in the past. However, in this age of trying to move at break-neck speed, the pleasure of a leisurely movement has been lost. One way of moving back in time is to take a boat ride and drift along on a river or a canal enjoying the lovely scenes passing by and living each moment of the ride. Jason’s Canal Boat Trip will allow you to combine wildlife and history by appreciating unique wildlife while going past heritage structures, some of which are more than 200 years old. This modern boat rides will give you the mixed advantage of going back in history as well as enjoying the benefits of latest technological advancements so that when you use a historic transport system to go through locks and over aqueducts, you can get all the comforts that were not known to people who used such systems of transport in the past. There will be no need to rough it out and you can enjoy facilities such as running water, sanitation and heating.

Jason’s Canal Boat Trip is one of the famous boat rides in London that will take you along the Regent’s Canal from Little Venice to the heart of Camden, cruising all the way across North West London. This is a 45 minutes’ trip in a hundred years old canal boat, ‘Jason’, that will offer spectacular views of the North West, particularly of the beautiful townhouses and it will offer glimpses of the industrial heritage of the capital. You will also be able to see the hippy houseboat community in Little Venice and enjoy the thrills of Camden Market. The boat trip starts at Little Venice where Jason is moored and it continues up to the towpath outside Caffe Crema in Camden where the boat will drop you. Along the way, you will be navigating the picturesque route along Regent’s Canal starting from Little Venice, through Regent’s Park, proceeding to Camden Lock and back again. This trip on the 100-year old boat will also provide a live historical commentary and it will last for 45 minutes each way. It has been a regular feature on the canal since 1951.

Timings: During the months of April to November, Jason, the traditional narrow boat departs Jason’s Wharf in Little Venice at 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2pm daily and it departs Camden Lock at 11; 15am, 1:15pm, 3:15pm. It also departs Little Venice at 4:30pm and 5:15pm from Camden on weekends and bank holidays (June – September only). The nearest Underground is Warwick Avenue.

If you are planning to visit London and would like to enjoy this boat trip along with other sightseeing or business activities, it would be convenient to stay at a Hotel near Bayswater Station as you would be located in the heart of central London, close to most places of interest and you can choose a hotel suiting your needs and budget as all categories of accommodations are available.

Underground Stations: The nearest underground stations are Warwick Avenue Tube Station which is just a 2 minutes’ walk away and Royal Oak Tube station which is 5 minutes walk away. The nearest Overground railways stations are Kilburn High Road Underground station which is 21 minutes walk away and Queen’s Park overground station which is 24 minutes walk away. The nearest car parks are Queensway Masterpark which is 5 minutes walk away and Lanark Road NCP which is 9 minutes walk away.

Staying in the park grand London paddington will make your trip to London a most enjoyable experience as you would get luxurious accommodation with the best hotel amenities and state-of-the-art room facilities along with personalised services and close proximity to most attractions of the city and to Little Venice for ease of undertaking this boat trip.

The company organising the Jason’s boat trips has been running it since 1951 but only between Little Venice and Camden Lock. It is best to board it at Little Venice as you will get the advantage of the live commentary. Although you can get a seat even if you turn up at the last moment, it is best to make advance booking through their website. You will then be able to ride this beautifully painted canal boat which is more than a hundred years old. Originally, it was used for transporting cargo, up and down the river, before it was converted to a passenger ferry. You will find the guide at the front who will give information regarding the history of the canal as well as narrate some stories regarding hey days of the canal.

One of the main features of the boat trip is when you float past London Zoo because you will be able to see some exotic birds inside the giant wire-frame Snowdon Aviary. It is also recommended that you arrive early for the trip so that you can have some time for walking around Little Venice which is a beautiful area in London with the best section being the area around Maida Vale. It is also recommended that you walk around the Camden Lock area when you reach the end after finishing the boat trip in order to explore the famous markets, especially Stables Market which is the best one.

Besides the Jason’ Boat trip, there are other cruises available as well such as the TRS river cruise from Big Ben to Greenwich; Boat trip down the Thames with City Cruises; London Duck Tours amphibious adventure; London RIB Voyage roaring down the Thames in a speeding boat; Thames Clippers from Putney to Greenwich; and Daniel Cruise on the river.

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