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Ottawa Boat Cruise - Rideau Canal Cruise provided by Paul's Boat Lines

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Ottawa Boat Cruise - Rideau Canal Cruise

Ottawa Boat Cruise - Rideau Canal Cruise
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Tour snapshot
Sail past many top Ottawa attractions on this Rideau Canal Cruise
Duration:
1h 30m
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
30
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
About
Rideau Canal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the perfect place to get great views of Ottawa’s top monuments. With this tour, save time studying a map, and enjoy stress-free sightseeing adventure with live commentary along the way. Glide along the Rideau Canal, and admire views of city attractions, including Chateau Laurier, the Canadian Museum of Nature, and the National Arts Center.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Available languages
German, Chinese, Russian, Korean, Japanese, English, Italian, French, Spanish
Highlights
  • Learn as you travel through live on-board commentary
  • Choose from multiple departure times throughout the day
  • Access fantastic photo opportunities of canal-side sites of interest
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, Chinese, Russian, Korean, Japanese, English, Italian, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Highlights
  • Learn as you travel through live on-board commentary
  • Choose from multiple departure times throughout the day
  • Access fantastic photo opportunities of canal-side sites of interest
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 60236P2
Important information
Inclusions
  • Guide
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Entry/Admission - Rideau Canal Cruises
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
1h 30m
Departure details
  • 2 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON K1N 8X5, Canada Departures are on the National Art Center side of the canal We are located behind the National Art Center (1 Elgin Street). Right beside the 1 Elgin St Cafe. Directions: Below the Plaza Bridge (Rideau Street Bridge)
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Audio guide available for download in Chinese (simplified), English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please note- there is no rescheduling
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
Inclusions
  • Guide
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Entry/Admission - Rideau Canal Cruises
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
  • 2 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON K1N 8X5, Canada Departures are on the National Art Center side of the canal We are located behind the National Art Center (1 Elgin Street). Right beside the 1 Elgin St Cafe. Directions: Below the Plaza Bridge (Rideau Street Bridge)
Duration
1h 30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Audio guide available for download in Chinese (simplified), English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please note- there is no rescheduling
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    2 Rideau St
    2 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON K1N 8X5, Canada
    Departures are on the National Art Center side of the canal We are located behind the National Art Center (1 Elgin Street). Right beside the 1 Elgin St Cafe. Directions: Below the Plaza Bridge (Rideau Street Bridge)
    See address & details
  • 1
    Rideau Canal Cruises
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    See details
    Pass by
    Canadian Museum of Nature
    National Arts Centre
  • 2
    Rideau Canal National Historic Site
    Stop: 90 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Lansdowne Park
    Dows Lake Pavilion
    Ottawa City hall
    Shaw Centre
    Ottawa Locks
    University of Ottawa
    TD Place
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
Popular mentions

4.0
199 reviews
Excellent
119
Very good
40
Average
11
Poor
11
Terrible
18

Paul C
1 contribution
Family
We were late for our first cruise and thought we missed it but Alex came through and was very accommodating and let us go through on the next boat.

Had a great time!
Written August 16, 2022
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M.Messier
9 contributions
This tour was pleasant and entertaining! You will learn the history of the canal and it’s surrounding with a dynamic and entertaining guide.
Written August 16, 2022
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Stewart B
2 contributions
Boat ride was super relaxing. Terry, our guide, was extremely informative with a wonderful sense of humor. Great way to learn about both the history of the Canal and Ottawa. Excellent value.
Written August 14, 2022
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Ru
1 contribution
Solo
The tour guide was very funny and made the information seem more interesting. Drinks were available to purchase on the boat. You’ll want to get a seat facing the front of the boat
Written August 14, 2022
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Kristen C
9 contributions
This tour was on a quiet, clean, electric powered boat on the Rideau canal. On a sunny warm day it was a really pleasant ride. That could be enough for many folks. But the tour guide, Brennan, was informative and hilarious and really made the tour for us.

Should you take this tour? Honestly, I’d call and find out who the guide will be. You can figure out from these reviews who is worth touring with.

Plan to locate the departure area about 30 minutes ahead of departure so that you can show your ticket and get a good spot in line, which will get you your choice of seats. You’ll want to sit on the right hand side of the boat (the side you board on) because most of the tour focuses on sights on that side.

You will also want to be early because they will show you no mercy if you show up after the scheduled departure. A man and a little boy sprinted up to the boat at 12:02 for a 12pm cruise and were denied boarding.

That said, I observed the crew being very thoughtful and accommodating to help a young lady with special needs find an optimal viewing location, so they certainly aren’t heartless, they just run a tight ship -er- electric tour boat. So be on time!
Written August 13, 2022
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KahylaNoosaHeads
Noosa Heads116 contributions
I disliked the fact that we were jammed in very close together no distancing possible. The guide switched between French and English so quickly most of the narration was incomprehensible. The guide also talked very loudly, but this was because of the passengers talking and there were a number of small children so the general level was high anyway. It rained quite heavily during our cruise and the boat is definitely not suited to this kind of weather, floor was very wet and dangerously slippery. It was also very hard to actually see anything due to the design of the boat. Finally the 80’s music at high volume on the return was awful.
Written August 12, 2022
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tentaclejones
Ottawa, Canada41 contributions
Had a great tour with our guide Terry. Fun and informative with a great playlist on the ride back from Dow's Lake.
Written August 7, 2022
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C David H
1 contribution
Gabriella was an excellent tour guide! Her narration was informative and and her sense of humor made the trip very enjoyable.
Written August 5, 2022
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JouJou
1 contribution
Friends
This boat ride was amazing. Even though I’ve lived in Ottawa my whole life I was still able to learn many things and enjoy the scenic ride. Brennan’s storytelling was honestly amazing. He had everyone laughing the whole ride. Oh and Alex was also very nice and welcoming. I would definitely recommend this.
Written August 5, 2022
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Christina B
12 contributions
Couples
Terry was amazing!!! He did a great job of explaining the history of Ottawa and the canal. We had a great time. Definitely recommend.
Written August 4, 2022
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Meldansed
Meldansed
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Fun time boat cruise!
This boat cruise was such an amazing time! Our tour guide Elodie was very knowledgeable and funny! I really recomme
pnear
pnear
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Fails to do double duty as booze cruise and tour
Tries to be a combination information tour and booze cruise, but doesn’t excel at either. For those wanting a tour
309jojoc
309jojoc
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Thank you!😊
It was a wonderful and enriching experience and Elodie was an exceptional guide, thank you for everything
M3533QDjennyc
M3533QDjennyc
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Great time!
Andy was wonderful, and very funny. There were many great views! Had a wonderful time. Would recommend.
stewartt624
stewartt624
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Very disappointed
Very disappointed. Tour supposed to start at 3:30, we got there early (3:00). No signs saying "wait here" so we w
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My name is Lyudmila! Marchuk. I want to say a huge thank you to your employee Cher ran ... for helping us spend a wonder
My name is Lyudmila! Marchuk. I want to say a huge thank you to your employee Cher ran ... for helping us spend a w
nlafrance86
nlafrance86
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Don’t miss a chance to board this boat!
We had the pleasure of boarding the sunset cruise on 31-07-22 and it was an incredible experience from start to fin
markgK681QX
markgK681QX
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Relaxing
Wonderful relaxing way to see some of the sites of Ottawa from the river. The crew was very friendly and the guide
Craig H
Craig H
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Best cruise and an amazing guide
Great river cruise seeing many of the main sites of Ottawa from the river. Our guide Pascale made it very interesti
B460TAaudreyb
B460TAaudreyb
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Amazing
Pascale made our experience unforgettable. Very informative and perfectly bilingual! Will for sure be coming back!
nancysA7902MV
nancysA7902MV
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Ottawa boat cruise
Once we got on boat it was very enjoyable! Our ticket was for 3:30 pm on the Ottawa side and we arrived 20 mins pr
RandyRoss
RandyRoss
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Good cruise.
This was a nice, relaxing cruise down the Ottawa River starting at the entrance to the Rideau Canal (but not going
Swagboi300
Swagboi300
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Epic!
Andy is the best ever!!! They where so funny and cheerful! Everyone loves Andy :) Andy made the Cruze 100% better (
70sheilag
70sheilag
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River cruise
Beautiful day for a cruise. Andy was a great tour guide. Would recommend. Very informative and lots of scenery.
R897JBtracyc
R897JBtracyc
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Excellent Tour
We thoroughly enjoyed the boat cruise! It gave a different view of the main touristy places, without the crowds :)
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