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Ottawa River Historic Sightseeing Cruise

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  • Sail the Ottawa River on a sightseeing cruise
  • See the top sites in Ottawa from the water
  • Listen to live, onboard commentary in English and French
  • Fun for the entire family
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Ottawa River Historic Sightseeing Cruise
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See Ottawa from the water on this 75-minute sightseeing cruise. Climb aboard the Empress of Ottawa and see Parliament Hill, the official residence of the Prime Minister of Canada (24 Sussex), the Canadian Museum of History, the US ambassador's official residence and much more. Enjoy a narrated account of the sites in English and French from an open-air sundeck or from one of two enclosed decks.
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C'mon aboard the premier sightseeing vessel, the Empress of Ottawa, and capture unique and spectacular views of some of the city's attractions such as the Parliament Buildings, Canadian Museum of History (formerly Canadian Museum of Civilization), Rideau Falls, and the Prime Minister's residence. With these landmarks as your backdrop, this 75-minute cruise is the ideal way to tour the Ottawa River.
Feel free to roam about the two enclosed decks and the third open-air deck to find the ideal spot aboard. The cruise offers full live commentary in English and French, as well as pre-recorded historical commentary in English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Korean, and Mandarin.
The Empress of Ottawa has daily departures from two locations to best serve you: Jacques Cartier Park Wharf in Gatineau (Hull Sector) and at the base of the Rideau Canal locks below the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa. Boarding starts 10 minutes prior to departure.
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Everything was fine. But staff wasn't there at the bridge to get me information about sightseeing schedules but afterwards I found out that they were on the other side of the bridge.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Dior P
Reviewed January 15, 2019

Just long enough to fill the morning, a tour from the grand Ottawa river of many of the famous places in the city. Bilingual guide was charming and informative. She was happy when I asked a couple questions in French, but responded to my sons...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank Chip P
Reviewed October 15, 2018

The boat trip is a great way to see Ottawa from a different perspective. From the back-side of Parliament Hill, to the U. S. Embassy and the Prime Minister's home and a beautiful waterfall. The loading spot is conveniently located at the bottom of Parliament...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Robert C
Reviewed September 23, 2018

We had a lovely evening cruise on the Ottawa River with Capital Cruises. Enjoyed a warm welcome and interesting conversation about Ottawa with the ticket collector while waiting for departure, and an informative and entertaining talk by the guide on board. I would definitely recommend...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank HistorybuffCA
Reviewed September 22, 2018

Spectacular little boat trip. Highly recommend doing. We had a lovely sunny day. Well organised. There are lots of shops around and places to grab a meal or drink afterwards.

Date of experience: September 2018
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