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Paul's Boat Lines

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Address: The Hull Marina, Ottawa, Ontario K2E 7K3, Canada
Phone Number: (613) 225-6781
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An excellent way to see the city of Ottawa

We had a few hours to spare after arriving in Ottawa so decided to take the river boat cruise. We were so glad we did,as not only did it provide excellent views of the city,but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 24, 2015
Mary B
Brisbane, Australia

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Brisbane, Australia
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

We had a few hours to spare after arriving in Ottawa so decided to take the river boat cruise. We were so glad we did,as not only did it provide excellent views of the city,but also we learnt so much from the very good commentary from Rochelle. I would recommend this as a very good way to see this beautiful... More 

Thank Mary B
St Andrews
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120 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

We went near the end of the season so there was only about 15 of us on the boat. The boat was clean the staff was very friendly and was very informative. It was a nice cruise to see the cities from the water.

Thank Barry B
Torpoint, United Kingdom
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137 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 via mobile

This was an amusing and informative river boat cruise with great views of the Parliament Buildings, Rideau Canal Locks and the Rideau Falls from the Rideau river. This is a basic river boat cruise with basic plastic stackable seating, better suited to a school assembly hall! However, the energetic Bi-lingual Narrator was the star of the show. His non-stop narration... More 

Thank 4CornishTravellers
Toronto, Canada
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60 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

I took the evening (sunset) cruise of the Ottawa River. It lasts for 90 minutes. The narration was very informative in both English and French. The stop at the Rideau Falls was refreshingly damp from spray on a hot summer evening, but you might want to wear a wind breaker on cooler nights. There are enough plastic lawn chairs on... More 

Thank MonkeyQueenToronto
Battleford, Canada
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247 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

The street sales representatives promote their attraction as being 90 minutes long which, they say, is so much longer and better than the competition. We bought the pitch and wish we hadn't. The trip is French-English bilingual which was terribly boring for the three unilingual English speaking members of our group. We suspect it was equally boring for other unilingual... More 

Thank Reklaw252
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I just returned from a 3 day stay in Ottawa. We elected to start out first day by taking the 90 minute boat tour of the Ottawa River with Paul's Boat Tours. It was a wise decision, as the tour not only provided an excellent orientation to the city of Ottawa, the Ottawa River and Gatineau, but... More 

1 Thank miamifloridanative
Ottawa, Canada
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67 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

A great way to see Ottawa is from the Ottawa River and Paul's Boat Lines provides a good platform for doing so. The boat is big enough to feel stable and safe, yet small enough to provide personalized service and crew interaction. The commentary is in English and French, but audio is also provided in other languages (we had two... More 

Edmonton, Canada
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25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This little trip was okay. The cheap plastic garden chairs were not very comfortable however. The young lady who was provided the commentary insulted people more than once telling people that their talking was distracting her and making it difficult to concentrate. The boat line should be clear about where folks should sit if they have restless children or have... More 

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North Bay, Canada
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55 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 via mobile

My daughter and I decided to take this tour while visiting Ottawa to see the University...SO glad we did. If you decide to do the tour, do the sunset tour...it is breathtaking and you will get amazing pictures. The guides are friendly and very knowledgeable. It's definitely worth the money...highly recommended! 😀

1 Thank Kimberly B
New York City, New York
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130 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

One of my favorite experiences in Ottawa. The guide and staff were great. The views were awesome. Take the evening cruise, it really is beautiful.

3 Thank high_society_hobo

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