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Ottawa: Sightseeing River Cruise

Product ID: 333766
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See Ottawa's famous landmarks and enjoy entertaining commentary in both English and French on a must-do sightseeing river cruise. Learn fun facts from your bilingual and knowledgable guide, and choose whether to begin your cruise in Ottawa or Gatineau.
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Mobile ticketing
Duration 1.5 hours
Starting times 10:30 AM, 12:15 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:30 PM
Ticket confirmation within 48 hours
Once purchased, you’ll receive booking confirmation from the tour operator.
Live tour guide
English, French
English, French
Wheelchair accessible

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  • Admire unforgettable views as you learn about Ottawa's rich history
  • Benefit from the entertaining and informative insights of your guide
  • See some of Canada's most majestic icons that are only visible from the water
Full description
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.
  • 1.5-hour sightseeing cruise
  • Guide
  • Live bilingual commentary
  • Local taxes
What’s Not Included
  • Food or drinks
  • Gratuities

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Meeting point

The Ottawa Deck is located at the foot of the Ottawa Locks, between Parliament Hill and the Chateau Laurier Hotel. Please arrive 20 minutes before departure and have your GetYourGuide voucher ready to show to the crew.

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Important information
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• A downloadable tour app offers information in 9 other languages

From US$ 24.73 per person

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Product ID: 333766