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Ottawa Boat Cruise - Rideau Canal Cruise

Ottawa, Canada
Ottawa Boat Cruise - Rideau Canal Cruise

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The Rideau Canal links Canada’s capital—Ottawa—with majestic Lake Ontario. On this tour, cruise in comfort along the UNESCO World Heritage–listed waterway and admire sweeping views over top attractions including the Canadian Museum of Nature, Château Laurier, Dow’s Lake, and the National Arts Centre. Along the way, listen as your guide sheds light on centuries of colorful Canadian history.
  • Rideau Canal cruise in Ottawa, with live commentary
  • Cruise along the UNESCO–listed Rideau Canal with your guide
  • Uninterrupted views over canal-side sites of interest including Château Laurier and Dow’s Lake
  • Gain insight into Ottawa’s rich history and heritage
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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)

This activity will end right where it started.
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Ottawa Boat Cruise Inc.
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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What is the policy on sanitization during Ottawa Boat Cruise - Rideau Canal Cruise?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Ottawa Boat Cruise - Rideau Canal Cruise?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Ottawa Boat Cruise - Rideau Canal Cruise.

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  • "Both packed with info but not a lot of views worth while - for that take a bike - close up easier to see the buildings and their historic details." See review
  • "Hard to find but the entrances are near the Château Laurier" See review

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Engaging Storyteller
, Aug 2022
The Tour guide was awesome; he knows the area quite well, is a good communicator, understands different cultures, has a very positive attitude and willingness to teach others. He actually made our trip memorable. Thank you so very much :)
A nice time on the Rideau Canal
, Aug 2022
The cruise was informative and relaxing on a hot summer day. We enjoyed the guide’s stories of the history of Rideau Canal and early days of Ottawa.
Tried it once
, Aug 2022
We are glad we tried this cruise. There were a few things that made it an uncomfortable trip. It was a very hot day and the seats in the sun were hot enough to burn your skin. There was no way to escape the sun if you are on that side of the boat. The tour guide was great. He was knowledgeable and humorous. However you could not hear him very well over the people talking on the trip. He asked the people very politely to bring the volume down but it was still difficult to hear much of what he was saying. Overall it was nice to say that we tried it but we would most likely not go again.
Amazing, informative, fun, and relaxing
, Aug 2022
I loved the fact that I was able to learn some history of the canal and it’s surroundings. A big plus was that the sun was setting when we took our tour and pictures where amazing. The only down side was that the tour took a bit longer then was advised and we ended up missing another reservation. But it was totally worth it. Most relaxing part of our trip.
Very entertaining
, Aug 2022
The host was very entertaining. He was a great story teller, and even though we live in Ottawa we learned a number of interesting things about the Rideau Canal that we had not heard before.
Great start to a great day
, Jul 2022
Enjoyable morning trip…our guide was fun and informative. Highly recommend for a true view of a beautiful city.
Brennan was a great tour guide. Knowledgeable about canal, Ottawa and Canadian history & humorous too!
, Jul 2022
Loved tour guide's tall tale about the giant eel in Dow's Lake -- as did my 13-tear old grandson! Also his mock annoyance at the pedestrians and runners along the canal paths. HIs explanation of canal history, etc. were pitched at exactly the right level for a mixed-aged audience.
I will be going again !
, Jul 2022
What a relaxing way to see some beautiful scenery. The guy talking during the trip had great info for tourists.
Excellent experience
, Jul 2022
Learning the history of the canal was excellent. Tour guide was awesome and funny. An enjoyable experience.
, Jul 2022
The guide Brendan was very informative and funny. My daughter, who is 9, was bored but my husband and I enjoyed the history lesson of the building of the Rideau Canal.
Dont buy online
, Jul 2022
I bought a couples of online ticket for my wife , my kid and me . Went to the adresse they gave me .... wrong side of the canal that was not cool but its not over !! After running like hell to get there on time we've been tell that the boat is at full capacity and we cant go in .... Somehow the online système been selling to much admission ...
Great experience!
, Jul 2022
Loved the story about the giant eel! But generally it seemed the guide spoke more French than English.
Does not cover any of the any of the Ottawa highlights next to the canal ...
, Jul 2022
The best thing about the cruise was the 'story telling' of Brandon, our tour guide. He has skills to be a stand-up comedian. The cruise itself did not display any of the Ottawa highlights next to the canal we were hoping to see. And, getting to the boarding spot was a trial in itself because of construction and the tour not providing a heads-up call/e-mail/information.
Excellent Guide
, Jul 2022
The tour guide was genuine, passionate, accurate, bilingual, and attuned to the audience’s needs. He should be commended for taking on the lion share of customer retention and putting a positive image of the tour company.
Great tour guide
, Jul 2022
We had a food tour guide. He made everyone laugh. He was great. Made the cruise enjoyable during the hot day.
Home Town Tourists
, Jul 2022
A bitter sweet visit to a city we lived in many years ago. Love the Rideau Canal Tour. An all electric craft is in keeping with current ecological and environmental goals. Great historical information on Colonel By and the Canal. Have skated on it in winter. An exceptional bilingual guide in Terry. A wonderful experience. Thank you very much.
It was a nice experience,...
, Jul 2022
It was a nice experience, but it was very noisy that we couldn't really hear the tour guide. The tour guide was humorous, but he spoke really fast. Other than that, it was a experience worth trying.
, Jul 2022
The gentleman giving the history of the canal was amazing and very good in both languages… I would recommend them 😁
Well Worth the Tour!
, Jul 2022
A beautiful and relaxing way to see the Rideau canal, and learn about its history and some of the history of Ottawa. Brennan, the guide, was extremely informative and made the tour entertaining.
Really nice place enjoy...
, Jul 2022
Really nice place enjoy everything my kid and wife really had fun the staff was really professional and friendly

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