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Ottawa: Sightseeing River Cruise

1. Ottawa: Sightseeing River Cruise

Discover the natural beauty of the region that captured the imagination of the first European explorer Samuel de Champlain. Climb aboard the 'Paula D' for a 1.5-hour sightseeing cruise on the Ottawa River. This must-do experience offers an entertaining glimpse of the region's rich history and leaves you with plenty of time to enjoy the rest of your stay. For your convenience, there are two departure docks, one located in Gatineau and another in Ottawa. Once boarded, sit back and relax as you cruise down the river. Enjoy spectacular views of the city and learn about the river's past life as a watery highway for transporting resources with your guide's engaging and informative commentary in both English and French. During your cruise, you'll have the opportunity to see the Parliament Buildings, the Rideau Canal Locks, and the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau from the river. You'll also be able to spot some sights that are only visible from the water or from Gatineau. While you're taking in the sights, savor a nice cold beverage (at your own expense) on the large open-air upper deck. Alternatively, escape the elements and visit the closed-in lower deck to take advantage of the on-board canteen with a bar.

Ottawa: 1-Hour Bilingual Guided Tour by Amphibious Bus

2. Ottawa: 1-Hour Bilingual Guided Tour by Amphibious Bus

Climb aboard a unique vehicle that can travel on land and water and discover the historical attractions of Ottawa and the Ottawa River from different perspectives. Spend 40 minutes on land and 20 minutes on the water. Admire landmark monuments and attractions such as Lake Dow, Landsdowne Park and Byward Market. Get a magnificent view of the city as you cruise along the river aboard the amphibious vehicle. See all the important sights of Ottawa and the city of Gatineau, located just across the water. Avail of an activity that is both fun and educational for the entire family, and ideal for those who are short of time but want to see it all.

Ottawa: Rideau Canal Cruise

3. Ottawa: Rideau Canal Cruise

Discover the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Rideau Canal aboard a brand-new electric vessel. Admire top attractions like the Canadian Museum of Nature, Château Laurier, Dow’s Lake, and the National Arts Centre from this iconic waterway. The cruise departs from the heart of downtown Ottawa. Step aboard North America’s largest 100% electric passenger vessel, the only one of its kind. Your experienced and friendly crew will answer your questions and ensure your safety. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the view as your live guide shares entertaining insights into the region, its history, and rich cultural heritage. Discover the Rideau Canal from the Chateau Laurier to Dow's Lake. Learn about 30 different sites that have marked the history of Ottawa including the Trans-Canada Highway, Canadian Museum of Nature, Canal Ritz, Lansdowne Park, Bank Street Bridge, Dow’s Lake, Commissioners Park, Dominion Arboretum, and many more.

Ottawa: Ottawa River Tour by Hawaiian Palapa Hut

4. Ottawa: Ottawa River Tour by Hawaiian Palapa Hut

Take a relaxing tour up and down the Ottawa River on a Hawaiian-style palapa hut in a boat trip like no other. Just head to one of the embarkment sites, climb aboard and get the party started. The activity provider's captains are all small vessel certified and licensed. Enjoy fancy drinks and snacks as the tiki bar takes you along the river, offering stunning views of the shoreline. Whether it’s just hanging out with friends for a fun time, spending some relaxing time with your family, taking a romantic cruise, or a group excursion, this tour is one of the most unique ways to get out on the water. Cruise the time away sipping drinks, and listening to or singing karaoke to your favorite tropical tunes.

Ottawa: Afternoon, Sunset, or Night Yacht Tour with 1 Drink

5. Ottawa: Afternoon, Sunset, or Night Yacht Tour with 1 Drink

Cruise along the Ottawa River for a mellow tour aboard a classic yacht. Meet some new people or opt for an intimate experience by booking all 12 spaces. Relax in the breezy open-air deck to see landmarks such as the Chateau Laurier, the Rideau Canal Locks, the Parliament Buildings, and Rideau Falls. Meet the captain and first mate of the modest Everly or the more spacious Dolce Far Niente and get a quick safety briefing before setting sail. You can also grab dry bags for your electronics. These yachts are proudly maintained by a Canadian-owned tour company that’s accredited by Transport Canada. Kick back and take in the sights and sounds of Ottawa’s busy riverside at your ideal time of day with options in the afternoon, at sunset, or by night. Enjoy non-alcoholic beverages served on-board, or bring your own alcoholic option which staff will be happy to serve to you.

Lunch Tour on a Yacht (includes lunch + free 1st drink)

6. Lunch Tour on a Yacht (includes lunch + free 1st drink)

Spend the day on the Ottawa River on this luxurious yacht tour. Whether you're organizing a team-building trip or a getaway with friends, you'll enjoy beautiful panoramic views of Ottawa as you coast down the river. Meet your crew aboard your yacht and start with a safety briefing. Set sail with your fully-licensed captain and crew. Enjoy lunch prepared by some of Ottawa's best culinary artists and served by your crew. Alcohol is not sold on yachts, but you may bring your own bottles to enjoy. Your tour includes one gourmet sandwich with homemade chips. From the open-air deck, take in Ottawa’s riverside landmarks. Admire views of the Chateau Laurier, the Rideau Canal Locks, the Parliament Buildings, and Rideau Falls from the waterway that separates the border between Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec. Choose from the 42' long x 14' wide Everly or the 37.5' long x 11.5' wide Dolce Far Niente yachts. The Everly’s massive bow and spacious cockpit allow you more space to bring the party outside. On the Dolce Far Niente, enjoy the inviting cockpit and cabin, the massive sit-down bow, and the extended swim platform. Lunch options• Prosciutto and ham sandwich with home-made chips (prosciutto, ham, cheddar, olive, sun-dried tomato tapenade, tomatoes, and lettuce)• Gravlax sandwich with homemade chips (cured salmon, brie, beer-marinated red onions, and pesto)• Vegetarian sandwich with homemade chips (halloumi, house pickles, tomatoes, roasted red peppers, avocado, and jalapeno cream)

Sunrise Tour on a Yacht (includes breakfast at Zak's Dinner)

7. Sunrise Tour on a Yacht (includes breakfast at Zak's Dinner)

Board a luxury yacht at dawn, just minutes before the sun rises over Ottawa, Ontario’s stately second city and Canada’s capital. Set off on the calm Ottawa River, enjoying views of iconic buildings and national historic sites lined along the shoreline before heading to ByWard Market for breakfast. Find your spot on the open-air back deck of luxury yacht Dolce Far Niente to watch the morning sun cast its glow on the river, city, and surrounding landscapes. Learn about Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, where the country’s Gothic-style buildings on the river are home of the Parliament of Canada. Gaze at the 1912 Chateau Laurier’s limestone turrets and masonry, which are reminiscent of a French chateau. Then, as you cruise alongside the Rideau Canal, imagine ice skating on this UNESCO World Heritage Site in winter when it becomes the world’s longest skating rink.  Continue taking in the views on this excursion that travels to Rideau Falls, a pair of cascades that rise 36 feet nearby its namesake park, which was established after the Second World War. Look across the expansive Ottawa River to imagine the provincial boundary with Ontario’s neighbor, Quebec.  End your luxury yacht tour on dry land in the city at ByWard Market, a bustling destination with restaurants, cafes, and local vendors. Settle in at Zak’s Diner for a hot breakfast composed of a set menu of dishes such as pancakes, bacon, and omelets, complemented by juices, tea, and coffee. 

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What people are saying about Ottawa

We actually live here in Ottawa and we looking for something to do. A bus that goes in the water sounded like fun and it was so much fun and educational. I didn't realize that so many embassy's were here in Ottawa, and actually leaned so much more about this city. It's a great tour for tourists and people who live here with an hour to spare. You won't regret it.

This was one of the most amazing river cruise I ever had. It was just a wonderful experience on the Paula D cruise. The guide on the cruise was well knowledge of the history and relevance of the various points of interest. I would do this again. Hopefully next year I will be back.

Aside from leaving 10 minutes late, we enjoyed the cruise. The tour guide was hilarious and so entertaining.

Going on the palapa tour was very interesting. We met some very nice people. The ride on the boat was fun.

Interesting trip on the canal with a very entertaining commentry.