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Ottawa: Rideau Canal Cruise

Activity provider: Ottawa Boat Cruise

Ottawa: Rideau Canal Cruise

Activity provider: Ottawa Boat Cruise
Likely to sell out
Likely to sell out

From US$ 31.50 per person

Discover the Rideau Canal on a relaxed cruise from Dow’s lake to the Ottawa River. Be entertained with live commentary from your guide and admire historical landmarks from a new perspective.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Duration 1.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French
Wheelchair accessible
Private group


  • Explore the great history of the Ottawa aboard a canal cruise
  • See Canada's national capital from a different perspective
  • Benefit from engaging and insightful commentary
Full description
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.
  • 1.5-hour canal cruise
  • Bilingual guide
  • Live commentary in English and French
  • Local taxes
  • Food or drinks
  • Gratuities
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

The cruise departs from behind the National Arts Center on 1 Elgin St, Ottawa, Canada. Please allow sufficient time to arrive at the meeting point 15-minutes prior to departure.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • An audio guide is available for download in Chinese (Simplified), English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 128 reviews

Review summary

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I meant to book the amphibian bus so was disappointed to find out I booked the wrong thing and more because the bus was not available for the rest of our trip. We also couldn’t find the location of the canal tour because the gps took us to the street side but we needed to be behind this city building and didn’t know how to get there. There was nobody to ask for help and the number to call for help, the lady did not know what to tell us but was very kind and waited on the phone while we navigated inside this huge empty building trying to find a way out the back. We did. I was stressed and frustrated when I arrived at the boat but am thankful they didn’t leave without us or not let us on. Everyone was really nice. So once I got on the boat and relaxed from my frustration, it was a great way to spend a bit of our evening. The people running it were very nice. It was interesting to hear about the history of the canal and it was just beautiful and relaxing. I’d recommend it for sure.

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June 7, 2022

Given our unprecedented times of safety and concern, I can easily recommend this cruise as something to do in Ottawa and remain feeling safe. I was impressed by the fact that there were so few others on board which allowed all the passengers to remain socially distant and still enough room to walk about to take photos. We were greeted with sanitizer (which has become the new ‘hello’ for most) and advised of the COVID-19 protocol.

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September 25, 2020

The guide Terry was a blast and he made the boat cruise pleasurable. It was informative and just enough interaction after which we were left to socialize with our party. The only thing is it rain terrible as such the rain flooded the deck and the crew really tried to clean up excess water, the cover were pulled to stop the rain from wetting us. Overall though the experience was great.

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August 30, 2020

Product ID: 327076