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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 able to spot some sights that are only visible from the water or from Gatineau. While you're taking in the sights, savor a nice cold beverage (at your own expense) on the large open-air upper deck. Alternatively, escape the elements and visit the closed-in lower deck to take advantage of the on-board canteen with a bar.

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.

Ottawa: 1-Hour Bilingual Guided Tour by Amphibious Bus

3. 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.

Ottawa: Scenic Helicopter Flight

4. Ottawa: Scenic Helicopter Flight

Soar over Ottawa city, the capital of Canada, snap breathtaking photos, and enjoy the view on this picturesque helicopter flight. Gaze out of the panoramic and curved windows and spot the serene Meech Lake and the Champlain. Start at the Rockcliffe airport at the Canadian Space and Aviation Museum. Have a quick safety briefing before boarding your helicopter. See Parliament Hill, the home of the Parliament of Canada, and Rideau Hall, the official residence of the Canadian monarch from above. Take-off in a Robinson R44 aircraft and fly at a cruising speed of 180 km/h. Choose between a 10-minute flight covering 30 KM, a 20-minute flight covering 60 KM, or a 30-minute flight covering 90 KM.

Ottawa: Yacht Tour with Catered Lunch

5. Ottawa: Yacht Tour with Catered Lunch

Spend the day on the Ottawa River on this luxurious yacht tour. Whether you're organizing a team-building trip or a getaway with friends, you'll enjoy beautiful panoramic views of Ottawa as you coast down the river. Meet your crew aboard your yacht and start with a safety briefing. Set sail with your fully-licensed captain and crew. Enjoy lunch prepared by some of Ottawa's best culinary artists and served by your crew. Alcohol is not sold on yachts, but you may bring your own bottles to enjoy. From the open-air deck, take in Ottawa’s riverside landmarks. Admire views of the Chateau Laurier, the Rideau Canal Locks, the Parliament Buildings, and Rideau Falls from the waterway that separates the border between Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec. Choose from the 42' long x 14' wide Everly or the 37.5' long x 11.5' wide Dolce Far Niente yachts. The Everly’s massive bow and spacious cockpit allow you more space to bring the party outside. On the Dolce Far Niente, enjoy the inviting cockpit and cabin, the massive sit-down bow, and the extended swim platform.

Ottawa: River Zipline Adventure

6. Ottawa: River Zipline Adventure

Try out a completely unique activity that demands to be tried at least once. Try the world's only interprovincial zip-line flying across the mighty Ottawa River, separating Canada's capital, Ottawa, from the city of Gatineau. Arrive at the Welcome Desk on the Gatineau side to register and sign the liability waiver. Collect your equipment and head to the launch tower in Ottawa, an 8-minute walk from the Welcome Desk, across the Chaudière Bridge. Climb the steps to the tower and get ready to cross from one province to the other. Soar from Ontario to Quebec in less than a minute at an average speed of 40 km an hour, 120 feet above the water. Enjoy a breathtaking view of the National Capital Region with historic landmarks such as the Parliament of Canada, the historic district of Old Hull, and the Chaudière Falls, classified as a natural monument and national heritage site. Capture the whole experience and keep it as a souvenir for you and your loved ones with the Kool Replay video capture system. Quickly upload the full video of your zip line ride for your social media and watch your friends go wild.

Ottawa: Small Group Half-Day City Sightseeing Tour

7. 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 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. There will be plenty of free time available where you can explore the surrounding buildings, wander the grounds, and capture some amazing photos of the nearby sites.  The day will end with a relaxing hour river cruise (seasonal availability from mid-May to mid-October) that will have you leisurely floating down the Ottawa River. During your enjoyable river cruise, you will be able to view over 55 different sites along the river which include everything from Chateau Laurier Hotel and Rideau Falls to the Parliament Buildings, Supreme Court of Canada and the Prime Minister’s House. After your memorable river cruise, your tour guide will take you back to your downtown Ottawa hotel. Join this tour and feel like a VIP as groups are limited to a maximum of 7 people.

Ottawa: Street Art and City Exploration Game

8. Ottawa: Street Art and City Exploration Game

Get to know Ottawa’s diverse urban art scene through its street and public art. From new to well-known artists – and a few hidden gems – find dancing lions in Chinatown, learn about one of the world’s greatest inventors in Little Italy, and track down a café courtyard with art on every wall. Start the game at the Ottawa Mural. As you solve challenges, directions on your phone take you to the next location and puzzle to solve. It will take you between 1-1.5 hours to complete but you should explore at your own pace: simply pause the game and resume when you want from the location where you paused it. You can play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other before meeting at the final stop of the game, KindComments.

Ottawa: Smartphone City Exploration Game

9. Ottawa: Smartphone City Exploration Game

The city game starts at the Algonquin Land Acknowledgement. It will take you between 1 to 1.5 hours to complete and you can also explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at Tessouat sculpture. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. Ready for an adventure? After your booking you will receive an email with instructions on how to download and play the game on your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. We recommend that each user purchases a ticket for an optimal experience, although several people can share a phone.

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

10. 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 you.

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What people are saying about Ottawa

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 226 reviews

A great hour-long trip for my niece and nephew visiting from out of town. Get to see good parts of the city. The captain and tour guide were great.

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

Chris is such a cool guy. Very well paced and enjoyable time.

A great, informative tour. We learned so much about the city.

Our guide was friendly and knowlegeble and forthcoming