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  • Location:Ottawa, Canada
  • Duration:60 minutes (approx.)

Ottawa City Tour by Land and Water

Experience the thrills of Ottawa and Gatineau from both land and water on an amphibious vehicle tour of Canada’s capital city. Board an “amphibus” to see Ottawa’s picturesque sites, including Parliament Hill (Colline du Parlement), the National Gallery of Canada (Musée des beaux-arts du Canada), ByWard Market (Marché By) and Sparks Street's National War Memorial Monument (Monument commémorative de guere du Canada). To get a comprehensive feel for the area on your one-hour tour, your bilingual guide will share humorous anecdotes as you cross the streets of Ottawa and Gatineau and float atop the waters of Ottawa River.


  • Land and water amphibious tour of Ottawa and Gatineau
  • Enjoy views of the area from the streets of Canada's capital and floating along Ottawa River
  • Listen as a bilingual guide shares anecdotes about Ottawa's history and sights
  • See top national sites such as museums, the seat of Canada's government and historic monuments
  • Your land and water vehicle transforms seamlessly from road ready to sail worthy

What You Can Expect

Ottawa City Tour by Land and Water

See Ottawa by Land and Water

Meet on the banks of the Ottawa River at Parliament Hill to begin your guided adventure through Ottawa and Gatineau. Colloquially known as “The Hill,” Parliament Hill serves as the seat of Canada’s federal government and is one of the city’s most visited attractions. You’ll learn more of these informative and entertaining tidbits after you board the amphibus, where a bilingual guide in French and English offers a full hour of humorous narration about the picturesque sites that dot your tour route. You’ll ride past Mill Street Brewery and the Canadian War Museum before crossing the river on Pont du Portage bridge into Gatineau, home to the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Maurice Richard Statue—the last famous site you’ll hit before you drive right into the river!

The amphibus gently eases into Ottawa River, where you can admire the sites you passed on land from an entirely different perspective. As you are propelled in a loop around the water, catch a glimpse of three of Ottawa’s striking bridges and Major’s Hill Park, home to the National Gallery of Canada and its iconic glass and granite façade. After you complete your nautical adventure, it’s back on land and across one of those bridges to the heart of Ottawa. Ride past other top Ottawa sights such as the prime minister’s residence, the tin-covered steeples of Ottawa’s Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica, and the bustling streets of ByWard Market.

End the scenic journey across the Rideau Canal and back at Parliament Hill, where you bid adieu to your amphibus, newly armed with a greater appreciation for Ottawa’s streets and sights.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Very informative and interesting with bus going in the water. I would recommend if you don't have much time to spend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This tour was out of this world. The only problem was that there was so much noise one could not hear what the tour guide was saying. Maybe the front view windows need to be closed so that the noise from the engine would be less. I personally had no idea what the places were that were mentioned. Will surely do it again

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

fun trip around town. water portion of the tour was most exciting - seeing the city from the river


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

my tour was awesome

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

With the combination of land and water, you are able to appreciate Ottawa to it's fullest

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This tour was amazing!

4 star rating: Recommended October 2015

I hadn't realised Ottawa had so many interesting and historical buildings and to view the Parliament building from the river is impressive

4 star rating: Recommended September 2015

This was great, such a novel idea to go into the water

4 star rating: Recommended September 2015

Very friendly people, but very short tour.

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