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Travel across Ottawa’s land and water on this "amphibus" tour. Learn about the history and architecture of Canada’s capital with a guide, who points out landmarks you might have missed on your own. After a tour of the charming streets, descend on the amphibious vehicle into the Ottawa River for a rare view of the cityscape. Choose from multiple departure times to best suit your schedule.
  • Guide provides an entertaining history of Canada’s capital
  • Amphibus tour: See the cityscape and National Gallery from the Ottawa River
  • Visit monuments and landmarks often missed by visitors
  • Choose from several departure times throughout the day
What to Expect
The tour begins just steps away from Parliament Hill. Climb aboard a convertible land-to-water amphibious and settle in for a tour of Ottawa and Gatineau. Listen to entertaining live commentary as you pass famous landmarks including the Canadian Parliament, the National Gallery, and the Prime Minister’s residence. The on-board guide ensures you see unmarked and lesser-known points of interest that visitors often miss. Once you’ve explored the city streets, the amphibious descends into the Ottawa River. From the water, enjoy rare panoramic views of the cityscape. Pass the capital’s three iconic bridges as the guide provides the historical background you won’t find in the guidebooks. After the bus makes its way out of the water, take a scenic ride over the Rideau Canal and end the tour back at Parliament Hill.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Amphibus tour
  • Bilingual guide
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drink
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 48 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Rafael wrote a review Oct 2019
Hamburg, Germany64 contributions2 helpful votes
We were visiting the city for the first time. And this bus tour through the city gives you a very good idea of the history of the city. But most importantly it helps you so much to get an overview of the city. This way you can decide easily what you want to visit on your own.
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Date of experience: May 2019
Rachael T wrote a review Sep 2019
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Lovely trip around town and into the river. Great sites to see. Very enjoyable for all ages :) My son is 11 and enjoyed all the sites and it was just so beautiful.
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Date of experience: September 2019
Oliver1962 wrote a review Sep 2019
New Westminster, Canada116 contributions34 helpful votes
Non stop ear splitting chatter, in two languages. Utterly distracts from the sites. Should have taken an uncurated bus pass instead.
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AndoKelso wrote a review Sep 2019
Kelso, United Kingdom124 contributions54 helpful votes
A thoroughly informative 90 minute tour of the city, we would not see if left to our own devices. Marcel was engaging and good at his job. One to undertake.
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Holiday_traveller940 wrote a review Sep 2019
Brisbane, Australia68 contributions30 helpful votes
The tour was for a full hour and covered most of the main sites in Ottawa and having the water tour was the extra bonus. It is always worth seeing a city from the water and Ottawa was worth it as well.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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