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Ottawa: Sightseeing River Cruise

Activity provider: Ottawa Boat Cruise

Ottawa: Sightseeing River Cruise

Activity provider: Ottawa Boat Cruise
Likely to sell out Booked 40 times yesterday

From US$ 32.82 per person

Likely to sell out Booked 40 times yesterday

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

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Important information

Know before you go

  • A downloadable tour app offers information in 9 other languages
  • The Ottawa departure times are 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 2:30 PM, 4:00 PM, 5:30 PM
  • From July to September, there is also an additional 7:30 PM departure
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 452 reviews

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The tour was well organized and very well narrated and featuring a description of the major historical sights viewable from the water. The online booking was relatively seamless but it did take me a couple tries to get the GetYourGuide App up and running. I booked my tour for a 3:30 start in Ottawa but the actual start in Ottawa wasn’t until 30 minutes later. GetYourGuide needs to rectify this. The 3:30 start is from the Gatineau side, not Ottawa.

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August 3, 2022

Would have been "excellent" if it was easier to find where to meet on the gatineau side. An address is given but the flag on the marina has "Paula D" on it and there is no mention of ottawa boat tours anywhere... very confusing. Trying to talk to someone on the phone was impossible and frustrating... once in the boat, everything went well. We had a great time.

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August 1, 2022

This was one of the most amazing river cruise I ever had. It was just a wonderful experience on the Paula D cruise. The guide on the cruise was well knowledge of the history and relevance of the various points of interest. I would do this again. Hopefully next year I will be back.

August 1, 2022

Product ID: 333766