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Ottawa: Hop On Hop Off Winter Tour by Vintage Bus

1. Ottawa: Hop On Hop Off Winter Tour by Vintage Bus

Step into a cozy, vintage bus on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of Ottawa and Gatineau. Listen as a live guide provides fascinating context about the sights you pass along the way. Take in Ottawa’s historic scenery in the national capital area like the Rideau Canal. Hop aboard a bus that looks like an old-fashioned red trolley. Take a seat on a wooden bench and travel through Ottawa and Gatineau in this well-preserved piece of nostalgia. See as much of the city as you can in a short period of time. Experience Ottawa from the local perspective with a live guide on board. This unique multilingual tour of Canada’s capital lets you appreciate Ottawa’s historic scenery from every possible angle. Pass by sites like the Rideau Canal which connects the city to Lake Ontario and the Saint Lawrence River. Cruise by the lush Confederation Park and take in the Modern architecture of the Canadian War Museum. View where the money is printed as you pass the Royal Canadian Mint.

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 Arboretum, and many more.

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What people are saying about Rideau Canal

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4.5 / 5

based on 222 reviews

A pleasant and relaxing boat ride on the canal with an engaging tour guide. The ride back was optimal for getting up and taking pictures. And it was fun waving to any passerbys

Amazing tour. Very informative. Good to have it if your are going to a short trip to Ottawa as it it icludes the main places around the city.

Very entertaining and quite informative! Brendan is so funny!

very pleasant, good weather and explanations from the guide.

Superb visit with luc/José who made us discover the city