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About Rideau Canal Cruises
DISCOVER OTTAWA ON BOARD THE QUEEN ELIZABETH DR. NORTH AMERICA’S LARGEST CERTIFIED 100% ELECTRIC PASSENGER BOAT. Our cruises will let you discover the wonderful Rideau Canal, from Dow's lake to the Ottawa River. Be surprised by the richness and historical landmarks that will offer our cruise!
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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.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Terry was a real delight. He was very knowledgeable and charismatic. He switched between speaking both English and French perfectly! I enjoyed the experience very much.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Tanya K
Reviewed October 7, 2019 via mobile

Today we had the pleasure of having Brennan as our guide, as we appreciated the autumn colours in their glory. Brennan provided historical facts about the Rideau canal and embellishments that kept us laughing with his fluency in French and English. Better hurry season ends...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Teresa M
Reviewed September 27, 2019 via mobile

Throughly enjoyed our tour guide Brennan. He was very informative and a great comedian. Truly worth the price of admission.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank msgrant49
Reviewed September 21, 2019 via mobile

Awesome! Brennan is the best tour guide! He was informative, spoke both English and French and told us some amazing facts about the history of the river. He kept us entertained for the entire trip which is very scenic, more so now with the autumn...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank SuperRay
Reviewed September 14, 2019

Very enjoyable way to see the canal and lovely area around . Amber was very informative and it was impressive how quickly she could revert to French and English. As the boats are electric it made for a lovely relaxing experience. My only small niggle...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank bundicus
Reviewed September 14, 2019 via mobile

We enjoyed the Rideau Canal cruise with a 100% electric boat. Although it rained occasionally during the cruise we enjoyed the cruise and the scenery, good opportunities for photographs. We started the cruise at 6:30 p.m. and the view of the sunset on the way...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Ina_31
Reviewed September 11, 2019 via mobile

A relaxed and comfortable 90 minute canal cruise. Admittedly I was a tad bit underwhelmed with the sights compared to what I had seen whilst exploring the city on foot. However, the leisurely trip was made worthwhile by the funny, live commentary. If the sun’s...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank MichelleC656
Reviewed September 8, 2019

This is a pleasant way to spend 90mins on a sunny afternoon, drifting quietly along while listening to a very entertaining young lady give a knowledgeable and informative talk about the canal, the boat, some history, the buildings and different places along the way. The...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank labailey2016
Reviewed September 5, 2019

Our guide was excellent as we progressed along the canal to the lake and back again. The history of the canal was provided and it was obviously very difficult at the time to build it. There is some beautiful scenery and houses along the route....More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Dawn3847
Reviewed September 3, 2019

Maybe I would have enjoyed the cruise more if I had not been seated backwards the entire time- having to turn around etc. would be unnecessary with a slightly different seat configuration. The guide's commentary was filled with lame jokes and delivered by the script...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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July 23, 2019|
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Response from Clemente71 | Reviewed this property |
No, not that I am aware of. Starts near the locks but heads in the other direction.
Vicky D
July 9, 2018|
Response from 973anneh |
Where to park?