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Ottawa River Tour

Ottawa, Canada
Ottawa River Tour

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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See the sights in Canada’s Capital from the Ottawa River during this narrated tour onboard the Paula D. Look out at Canada’s Parliament Buildings from the river and snap photos of the spectacular city views. Marvel at the mix of natural beauty and modern, urban development while enjoying refreshments or cocktails from the boat’s canteen.
  • Sightseeing river cruise along the Ottawa River
  • Views of Ottawa landmarks and natural beauty
  • Narrated by a tour guide in French and English
  • Snack, drinks, and alcoholic beverages available from the boat’s canteen
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Departure Point

1 Canal Ln, Ottawa, ON K1P 5P6, Canada

THE OTTAWA DOCK - 1 Canal Ln, Ottawa Located at the foot of the Ottawa Locks, behind the Chateau Laurier Hotel, passed the Bytown Museum. Please walk along the left side of the Canal Locks. No close parking at this location.

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Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

160 Rue Laurier, Gatineau, QC J8X 3W1, Canada

THE HULL MARINA Gatineau, Quebec side of the Ottawa River,  located in Jacques Cartier Park, adjacent to the Canadian Museum of History and the Interprovincial bridge. Please note that the Hull Marina (Gatineau) is accessible to people with reduced mobility. There is paid parking at this location.

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Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 210 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Ottawa Boat Cruise Inc.

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Ottawa River Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Ottawa River Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Ottawa River Tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Ottawa River Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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What is the maximum group size during Ottawa River Tour?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 210 travelers.

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  • "It’s a nice way to view the city from the river and relax at the same time." See review


233 Reviews

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Great trip!
, Sep 2021
First, the weather was fabulous ! Tea' our guide was excellent and everything was well done...thanks
, Sep 2021
Jayce our guide was very enthusiastic and friendly! We took the 5:15 excursion on a lovely warm day in September. It was a perfect way to end the day followed by supper and drinks on the patio at Tavern on the Hill.
Hard to find, otherwise enjoyable
, Sep 2021
Trying to GPS the address provided ran us in circles. If you are unfamiliar with the area I would suggest to search for the Bytown Museum, then continue passed the museum along the left and it takes you to the dock. The guide was fun, although it was hard to hear her at the back.
Fun on the River
, Sep 2021
Tour guide’s anecdotes were amusing and informative Cruise could be longer. Lengthy wait at the Ottawa dock.
Good activity.
, Sep 2021
Good team on the boat. Not that much distance for the duration of the tour but interesting historic faits. The guide was funny and interactive. For the duration and distance the price is a little high.
Lots of fun and informative
, Sep 2021
The guide was fabulous. Informative and funny and entertaining. The scenery along the Ottawa river was lovely. Totally a worthwhile trip.
We were unable to find...
, Sep 2021
We were unable to find the docks..There were no signs anywhere along Parliament...We were using our GPS and it just kept taking us in circles..Finally stop and spoke to a security guard and was told that the docks were on the other side. We then had to find parking 3 blocks south walk back up and by the time we finally got to the docks boat was gone and we missed our cruise..Also there was no there for us to speak to and have been unable to contact anyone regarding a refund or credit....The instructions are very very poor
, Sep 2021
Your guide was great and the your itself showed all the best spots. Was a decent time and very enjoyable.
, Sep 2021
The narrative by the Tour Guide Elodene. She was funny, pleasant and very personable. The booking itself was confusing. The Filipino CSRS are not well informed ( and how could they be, they're in the Phillipines!!!). Boarding location was unclear (Canal Lane versus Hull Marina). Boarding time was unclear (10.30am/11.00am at Canal Lane or 11.00am at Hull)
, Sep 2021
Guide spoke too quick in both English and French. Was hard to follow her stories. Boat stops in Hull as well as Ottawa.

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