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  • Ottawa: Sightseeing River Cruise

    1. Ottawa: Sightseeing River Cruise

    Discover the natural beauty of the region that captured the imagination of the first European explorer Samuel de Champlain. Climb aboard the 'Paula D' for a 1.5-hour sightseeing cruise on the Ottawa River. This must-do experience offers an entertaining glimpse of the region's rich history and leaves you with plenty of time to enjoy the rest of your stay. For your convenience, there are two departure docks, one located in Gatineau and another in Ottawa. Once boarded, sit back and relax as you cruise down the river. Enjoy spectacular views of the city and learn about the river's past life as a watery highway for transporting resources with your guide's engaging and informative commentary in both English and French. During your cruise, you'll have the opportunity to see the Parliament Buildings, the Rideau Canal Locks, and the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau from the river. You'll also be a...

    It was an excellent way to learn Ottawa and the area. We had a great tour guide, Kat!

  • Ottawa: 1-Hour Bilingual Guided Tour by Amphibious Bus

    2. Ottawa: 1-Hour Bilingual Guided Tour by Amphibious Bus

    Climb aboard a unique vehicle that can travel on land and water and discover the historical attractions of Ottawa and the Ottawa River from different perspectives. Spend 40 minutes on land and 20 minutes on the water. Admire landmark monuments and attractions such as Lake Dow, Landsdowne Park and Byward Market.

    Get a magnificent view of the city as you cruise along the river aboard the amphibious vehicle. See all the important sights of Ottawa and the city of Gatineau, located just across the water. Avail of an activity that is both fun and educational for the entire family, and ideal for those who are short of time but want to see it all.

    Glad we did this! Great way to see our nation's Capital. Very informative and a unique experience!

  • Ottawa: Rideau Canal Cruise

    3. Ottawa: Rideau Canal Cruise

    Discover the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Rideau Canal aboard a brand-new electric vessel. Admire top attractions like the Canadian Museum of Nature, Château Laurier, Dow’s Lake, and the National Arts Centre from this iconic waterway. The cruise departs from the heart of downtown Ottawa. Step aboard North America’s largest 100% electric passenger vessel, the only one of its kind. Your experienced and friendly crew will answer your questions and ensure your safety. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the view as your live guide shares entertaining insights into the region, its history, and rich cultural heritage. Discover the Rideau Canal from the Chateau Laurier to Dow's Lake. Learn about 30 different sites that have marked the history of Ottawa including the Trans-Canada Highway, Canadian Museum of Nature, Canal Ritz, Lansdowne Park, Bank Street Bridge, Dow’s Lake, Commissioners Park, Dominion...

    A nice gentle way to spend time on the water with an amusing and informative commentary.

  • Ottawa: 3.5-Hour Night Tour with River Cruise

    4. Ottawa: 3.5-Hour Night Tour with River Cruise

    Surprises aplenty lie ahead when you choose to spend an evening on the Epic Ottawa Night Tour. Uniquely designed to show you that the nightlife in Canada’s capital city is more than just drinking, dancing and visiting nightclubs, this 3-hour guided tour will have you walking away at the end of the evening with memories – and photos – that will last a lifetime. Navigating the streets of Ottawa by night can be stressful, which is why your tour will begin with a pick-up from a complimentary shuttle. Choose any downtown hotel or prearranged destination and your tour guide will pick you up and take you on your way to the first stop on the tour. While driving you to your first stop – a sunset river cruise – your tour guide will provide you with amazing facts about the city. Feel free to ask your tour guide anything about the city. You will reach the Ottawa riverside in just enough time to set...

    Just so cold in front of the Parliament and we were not prepared to bring warmer clothes or blankets. But honestly it was the only negative remark I can make... Bravo and thank you...

  • Montreal: Private Day Tour to Ottawa

    5. Montreal: Private Day Tour to Ottawa

    Discover the history and culture of Canada's capital city Ottawa, just a 2-hour drive from Montreal.  Get picked up directly from your accommodation and enjoy a scenic drive through the charming Canadian countryside. On arrival in Ottawa, visit Parliament Hill, where you will see the stunning neo-Gothic Parliament Building that overlooks the majestic Ottawa River. Then, wander to ByWard Market, one of Canada's oldest and largest public markets. Next, take a stroll through some of the unique parks of Ottawa. If you’re feeling peckish, get some advice from your guide on the best places for lunch in Ottawa.  In the late afternoon, your driver will take you back to your hotel where you will arrive between 5.00 and 6.00 PM.

    I loved the tour and Chris, the guide, is absolutely wonderful! I definitely recommend this tour to Ottawa.

  • Ottawa: Small Group Half-Day City Sightseeing Tour

    6. Ottawa: Small Group Half-Day City Sightseeing Tour

    Ottawa has so much to see and do that it is hard to pack it all in one day. This tour is a half-day tour that will allow you to visit some of the city’s most popular attractions including various Parliament buildings. After exploring these landmarks, take part in a 1.5-hour river cruise giving you the opportunity to catch a glimpse of over 55 must-see sites throughout the capital city. The day will begin with your tour guide picking you up from your downtown Ottawa hotel. While heading to your first stop on the tour, which is Parliament Hill, your guide will give you your first introduction to the city. They are able to answer questions, provide you with fun facts and point out important landmarks and sites. The adventure will begin once you arrive at the Royal Canadian Mint. On your tour of the headquarters, you will get a behind-the-scenes look at the state-of-the-art facilities. Ther...

    Yes we sure did. It was awesome and our tour guide did a fabulous job showing us sites with regards to the diplomatics, where they lived, their unique license plates, took us to places we not find on our own. Very well done. Great job would highly recommend to other visitors. Tracey Lawrence

  • Ottawa: 4 or 8-Hour Bike Rental with Self-Guided Tour

    7. Ottawa: 4 or 8-Hour Bike Rental with Self-Guided Tour

    Collect your bike from a central location near Parliament Hill any time between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM. You’ll have the choice between a lightweight city bike or electric bike, as well as a helmet, lock, and fully customized map to start your adventure. With hundreds of kilometers of bicycle paths in this city, you can explore and visit all the major attractions while biking on safe paths. This is ideal for those who want to stop and visit various places, like museums and restaurants. You can keep the bike up to 4 hours or for the whole day. If planning to take a full-day ride, make sure you arrive early as all bikes have to be returned by 6:00 PM. A team of professionals will be happy to help you with an itinerary based on what you like to do, and how long you want to be out for. Pedal your way through the city like a local, using the provided map to reach the sites that most interest yo...

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What people are saying about Ottawa

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4.5 / 5

based on 226 reviews

This cruise was so much fun and our guide was excellent! The scenery is spectacular, the history telling and fact sharing made the cruise so interesting. Such a multicultural city! Thank you for providing the opportunity to see this side of such a wonderful city by water.

Glad we did this! Great way to see our nation's Capital. Very informative and a unique experience!

A nice gentle way to spend time on the water with an amusing and informative commentary.

Informative guide - a little difficult to hear at times...but that was mi

Our guide was friendly and knowlegeble and forthcoming