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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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Informative Boat Cruise along Ottawa river

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Torpoint, United Kingdom
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Torpoint, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

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 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

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 

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Battleford, Canada
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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 

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Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

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 

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Ottawa, Canada
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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 

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Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

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! 😀

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New York City, New York
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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.

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Toronto, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

The customer service reps/ambassadors for the boat tour were nice and pleasant. The tour guide was great. The captain was great. but thats where the great stopped. Imagine being on a boat and as it beings to take off from the dock, 3 babies start crying and dont stop. Couple that with toddlers running around up and down both levels... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We wanted to go down the Rideau really but booked this anyway. They were nice enough the guide was a little sarcastic which may have been lost on the non English speaking members of the tour. The views are good but it was too long and I have to say a water taxi may have been a nice quick way... More 

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