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Ottawa River Historic Sightseeing Cruise

  • 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
Ottawa River Historic Sightseeing Cruise
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Ottawa River Historic Sightseeing Cruise
From US$21.40
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.
What to Expect
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.
Reviews (110)
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Reviewed 15 October 2018
For a Different Perspective of Ottawa

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
Thank Robert C
Reviewed 23 September 2018
Relaxing evening cruise

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 22 September 2018
Niagara Falls Maid of the mIst

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
Thank FrequentFlier813384
Reviewed 14 September 2018 via mobile
Beautiful views

I have been on this cruise several times with family, friends and my partner. It is definitely a great way to see many key sites in Ottawa at the same time as learning your local history.

Thank Jassy D
Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile
Very relaxing way to see Ottawa

This cruise was basic and relaxing. You can buy your tickets on the street right above the entrance to the Rideau Canal locks. To board you need to walk down next to the locks to the bottom. You board right next to the water taxi....More

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