Ottawa
River & Harbor Cruises

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Our most recommended Ottawa River & Harbor Cruises

  • 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: Rideau Canal Cruise

    2. 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 Tiki Tour

    3. Ottawa Tiki Tour

    Take a relaxing tour up and down the Ottawa River on a Hawaiian style Tiki Hut, in a boat trip like no other. Just head to one of the embarkment sites, climb aboard and get the party started. Our captains are all small vessel certified and licensed. Enjoy fancy drinks and snacks as the tiki bar takes you along the river, offering stunning views of the shoreline. Whether it’s just hanging out with friends for a fun time, spending some relaxing time with your family, taking a romantic cruise, or a group excursion, Ottawa Tiki Tours is one of the most unique ways to get out on the water. Cruise the time away sipping drinks, and listening to or singing karaoke to your favourite tropical tunes.

    It was a great experience sightseeing while relaxing on a tiki boat on the Ottawa river. 10/10 would recommend to anyone looking for a unique experience!

  • Ottawa: Small Group Half-Day City Sightseeing Tour

    4. 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

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What people are saying about Ottawa

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 60 reviews

It was a fun experience. The guides were warm,fun and informative. We had a nice conversation with a couple from out of town. The only thing wrong was it was a cloudy day but no one's fault for that. I would recommend it to my friends.

Woww such a wonderful experience !! And what to say about our captain Jakob !! It is a pearl! Incredibly kind! Everyone was super nice and jovial !! A must for a wonderful evening in good company !!

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

The hosts were friendly and wonderful! We had a lot of fun!!

Our guide was friendly and knowlegeble and forthcoming