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Ottawa: Sightseeing River Cruise

Activity provider: Ottawa Boat Cruise

Ottawa: Sightseeing River Cruise

Activity provider: Ottawa Boat Cruise
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From US$ 27.18 per person

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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Duration 1.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French
Wheelchair accessible


  • 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
  • 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 Hull Marina is located in Jacques Cartier Park, adjacent to the Canadian Museum of History and the Alexandra bridge. Please arrive 20 minutes before departure and have your GetYourGuide voucher ready to show to the crew.

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Know before you go

  • A downloadable tour app offers information in 9 other languages
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 296 reviews

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My husband and I brought our granddaughter (and her sisters and mother) for her Leaving Ceremony from school since there were no celebrations happening because of COVID. We thought a lovely boat cruise would be fun! This was a super way to bring a family for a lovely evening activity rather than sitting in a restaurant!

July 13, 2021

Excellent, organized tour of the Ottawa River. Our friendly guide, Katherine, was very knowledgeable and combined humorous stories with factual information. The tour stopped briefly on the way back in Gatineau to pick up other passengers. The two unisex washrooms on the boat were very clean and distancing measures regarding seating were in place. The snack and beverage bar had an adequate variety of options at a reasonable price.

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September 20, 2020

How lucky we were me and my husband! the only ones on the boat for the hike with the magnificent guide Catherine who explained us so well and made us laugh at times! We could never have planned such a beautiful ride! Catherine is super smiling and lively a perfect guide! Thanks to her again for this memorable moment!

September 10, 2020

Product ID: 333766