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Ottawa: Best of Ottawa Small Group Tour with River Cruise

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66 reviews

Activity provider:See Sight Tours Canada
Water activity

Ottawa: Best of Ottawa Small Group Tour with River Cruise

Activity provider:See Sight Tours Canada
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From US$ 94.79 per person

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Imagine being able to see all the major must-see attractions in Ottawa on a single day. On this 4-hour, guided land and river tour of Canada’s capital city, you will be immersed in the culture and beauty of Ottawa.

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pickup and drop-off available from any hotel in downtown Ottawa. The local tour operator will contact you to advise your exact pickup details.
Small group
Limited to 6 participants


  • Visit Parliament Hill and explore the grounds of the Canadian Parliament building
  • Benefit from a guide who can recommend things to do and tell interesting facts
  • Cruise down the Rideau Canal and see some of the city's most popular sites
Full description

Enjoy a half-day tour to visit some of Ottawa's most popular attractions including various Parliament buildings. After exploring these landmarks, take part in a canal cruise and catch a glimpse of must-see sites throughout the capital city. Start the day with pickup 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.

On your tour of the Parliament headquarters, 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.  Finish the day with a relaxing 1.5-hour river cruise that will have you leisurely floating down Rideau Canal (seasonal availability from mid-May to mid-October). After your memorable experience, your tour guide will take you back to your downtown Ottawa hotel.

  • Pickup and drop-off from hotels in the downtown Ottawa area
  • Narrated driving tour of the city
  • Minivan transportation
  • Walking tour of Parliament grounds
  • Cruise
  • Gratuities

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Complimentary pickup will be available within the downtown Ottawa area. If you are staying outside the Downtown area, contact the activity provider for a meeting location and they will be happy to assist
  • The canal cruise is seasonal and runs from June until September (weather dependent). In the offseason, the river cruise will be replaced by the Canadian Museum of History, formerly the Museum of Civilization
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 66 reviews

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This was a very informative and fun tour. Jason, our guide, was knowledgeable in many aspects of Canadian history and current events. Was great about answering questions ( we had a lot) and kept the walking pace easy as we are an older couple. The boat ride was nice and relaxing but Jason was the best part. We learned so much from him. He was excellent.

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October 6, 2022

Loved that we travelled in a mini van as it allowed us to easily travel around Ottawa. Also, a smaller vehicle made the experience much more intimate and converse easily with our guide. There were opportunities to get out at Rideau Canal locks, Parliament Hill and the War Memorial. We drove past many of Ottawa’s historic sites and notable buildings, Jason our guide, provided lots of commentary and information. Being in a smaller vehicle allowed us to drive around the neighbourhood where all the ambassadors live, large tour buses are not allowed in there. This was an unexpected but amazing part of the tour. The Rideau Canal tour was also excellent and very enjoyable as welll.

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October 3, 2022

Perfect tour, walking, riding in a very clean van, canal cruise and an amazing tour guide. Andrew was very professional, very knowledgeable and most importantly very warm and helpful. It was almost a private tour since we were only 6. Highly recommended.

September 25, 2022

Product ID: 149987