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Ottawa River: Historic Sightseeing Cruise

Product ID: 226111
Admire Ottawa's sights from the water on a historic sightseeing cruise aboard the Empress of Ottawa cruise ship. Enjoy live commentary in English and French from the open-air on the sundeck or from an enclosed interior deck.
About this activity
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts


  • Set sail on a historic sightseeing cruise of Ottawa River
  • Enjoy live on board commentary in both English and French
  • See Ottawa's highlights from the water and snap Instagram-worthy photos
  • Admire the scenery from the outdoor sundeck or 2 comfortable interior decks
  • Choose to board and/or disembark at the Ottawa or Gatineau dock
Full description
Set sail on a 75-minute historic sightseeing cruise aboard the 'Empress of Ottawa'. Enjoy incredible views of the city, waterways, and scenic highlights. Benefit from engaging and informative commentary from live guides who speak both English and French.

Choose to embark and disembark at either of 2 convenient downtown docks located on opposite sides of the river. Be greeted warmly by the crew as you step aboard. Settle in and relax as you admire unobstructed views of passing landmarks. Enjoy the scenery from 2 comfortable interior decks or take in the views and the fresh air as you stroll the outdoor sundeck.

Look out for highlights like the Parliament of Canada, Canadian Museum of History, Rideau Falls, the Prime Minister's residence, the Royal Canadian Mint, the National Gallery of Canada, and magnificent riverfront Embassies. Get up close and personal to the Rideau Falls and learn about the legendary characters that helped shape Ottawa and Gatineau. The live commentary is complemented by visuals on interior screens.
  • Ottawa River historic sightseeing cruise
  • Access to 2 interior decks and outdoor sundeck
  • Live commentary in English and French
  • Complimentary headsets with multilingual audio commentary
  • All applicable local taxes and fees
What’s Not Included
  • Food and beverages

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Camera
Not allowed
  • Food and drinks
Know before you go
• You can return and disembark at your initial departure dock or at the dock located on the opposite side of the river; There are 2 docks, one on the Ottawa side of the river and the other on the Gatineau (Quebec) side
• Travelers with mobility issues are encouraged to join the tour at the Gatineau dock for the most convenient access
• Vessels are wheelchair accessible at the level of boarding only, there is no onboard elevator for access to other levels
• Note that some evening summertime departures do not stop at the Gatineau dock
• Consider the tour an 'outdoor activity' and dress appropriately for the weather conditions
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Currently it is not possible to book this product due to its limited availability.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 121 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.5 / 5
  • Organization
    4.5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.2 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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It was very good. My only criticism is that the ramp for wheelchairs was too steep for me to enter on my scooter without assistance. The staff was helpful and were able to lift my scooter on to the ramp. My scooter is very light but someone with a heavier scooter might have a difficult time.

September 17, 2019

Very pleasant when we have the sun and allows us to see all the tourist sites and to better plan the excursions which we wish to make or not. As we embarked in Gatineau Park, we preferred to disembark in Ottawa near the Rideau Canal lock and had the chance to see it open and close.

September 5, 2019

I was in Ottawa with my husband who was there on business. This meant I had a whole two days by myself and this tour was perfect for me. What a wonderful idea and priced right

October 8, 2019

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Capital Cruises

Product ID: 226111