Ottawa River

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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 Tiki Tour

    2. 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!

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What people are saying about Ottawa River

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 106 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 !!

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

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

Our guide was friendly and knowlegeble and forthcoming