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Ottawa Boat Cruise - Paul's Boat Line

Ottawa, Canada
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From US$35,55

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  • 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


See the sights in Canada’s Capital from the Ottawa River during this narrated tour onboard the Paula D. Look out at Canada’s Parliament Buildings from the river and snap photos of the spectacular city views. Marvel at the mix of natural beauty and modern, urban development while enjoying refreshments or cocktails from the boat’s canteen.
  • Sightseeing river cruise along the Ottawa River
  • Views of Ottawa landmarks and natural beauty
  • Narrated by a tour guide in French and English
  • Snack, drinks, and alcoholic beverages available from the boat’s canteen

What's Included

  • Bilingual commentaries
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Hotel pick up & drop-off

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What To Expect

Paul's Boat Lines

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

National Gallery of Canada (Pass By)

Nepean Point (Pass By)

Canadian Museum of History (Pass By)

Supreme Court of Canada (Pass By)

Parliament Hill and Buildings (Pass By)

Royal Canadian Mint (Pass By)

Rideau Falls (Pass By)

Prime Minister's Official Residence (Pass By)

Rockcliffe Park Pavillion (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please note- there is no rescheduling
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 80 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Great view of the river. Would recommend for a hour and a half trip. Tour guide was great. Excellent amenities.


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Ottawa must do!
Steve_S, May 2023
The crew was very courteous and the boat was very clean and well maintained. The lady giving the tour narration (I forgot her name!) was funny and knowledgeable. She followed up the tour by visiting as many guests as possible to ensure she could address any additional questions. Ottawa is a beautiful city with amazing architecture and this tour is a great way to get an overview of the city from the Ottawa River.
There is no way for the...
Heather_L, May 2023
There is no way for the crew to know who gets in the preferred line once their tickets are checked and people who didn’t pay extra go in preferred line. Hull, Quebec is loaded before Ontario so they get the best seats upstairs plus they are dropped off 1st and that takes time off your cruise. Not impressed but the crew are great.
Sokhoeun_C, May 2023
Our tour guide Elody was knowledgeable and interactive with the people. It was a pleasant and relaxing cruise
Good for afternoon trip
Joseph_B, May 2023
Great view of the river. Would recommend for a hour and a half trip. Tour guide was great. Excellent amenities.
We didn’t receive the...
Federico_V, May 2023
We didn’t receive the guide in the chosen language, at booking I selected Spanish for 4 passengers —————————————————————
JANET_W, Oct 2022
II had booked the Rideau Canal cruise, but the night before we left home, I received an email that it was reason. I was very disappointed, so decided to take the Paula D cruise once we were in Ottawa. It was advertised as 1 1/2 hours long. It was half and hour late, and then later spent about 10 minutes dropping people off & picking people up at Hull, so I guess if you added that all together it would maybe have been 1 1/2 hours. It was a sunny calm day, so it the ride itself was nice.
Rilee_r, Sept 2022
Had a great cruise and the guide was very knowledgeable. Unfortunately the colours had not piped yet
Great tour. Coupe use minor modifications as described above
Omar_A, Sept 2022
I was visiting Ottawa for the weekend and enjoyed the tour. It was a bit cold but the tour guide was great. I would recommend the safety instructions the guide gave should be done before the boat sail. As the boat sail nothing would be missed in explaining what is seen during the first ten minutes that are now spent explaining the safety tips which do not have to be done while the boat is moving. Other than that all is well
Nice, no-frills tour.
David_N, Sept 2022
Very nice and informative tour. Pascal did an amazing job switching between English and French. The boat was a little shabby and the “snack bar/bar” could have used a bit a stronger presence (more edible options/tidier appearance) but overall I had an enjoyable trip.
Good trip bad preparation
Mark_R, Aug 2022
The trip itself was good but there was confusion getting there. The spot on the map is not the spot where the boat is, and there’s very limited signage. The address for where we had to go was buried in a lot of advertisements and notices, and we couldn’t even find it until we actually saw the ticket itself. We had to guess where to find the boat. Even when we got there, it was more or less deserted with no one there to see what was going on. But was 10 minutes late so it left us wondering if we were at the wrong place after all.
Not totally satisfied
Charles_G, Aug 2022
It would've been more enjoyable having an English-only tour guide. Also more time was given to speaking French than speaking English. Also the man who anchored the boat should not have gruffly yelled at us to move from our seat.
Relax but dull
Vinh_T, Aug 2022
A bit shorter than expected. The ride is a bit dull due to the scenes, not the tour guide narrative. If you have no other plans. Do this
Great experience - the...
Soleil_E, Aug 2022
Great experience - the Crew was amazing. Beautiful scenery, great history about places. I will do it again and recommend it to my friend and family
Fun for the whole family
Jennifer_S, Aug 2022
The views were fantastic, the fact that you can get up and they provide time for photos was also a plus. Was great for the whole family. Great Canadian history here in Ottawa.
the vue, but not long...
Melvin_T, Aug 2022
the vue, but not long enough, what about a good boat trip plus one night stay on an island;) thank you
Not recommended
Lamis_A, Aug 2022
Not worth the time and money - a very short ride that is very slow with little historical information given other than pointing at some buildings and the Rideau falls.
Beautiful but more stories would add value
Catherine_B, Aug 2022
It was a beautiful cruise and my partner, who was new to the city, found it a great introduction to some landmarks. However, I marked it down to 3 stars because I really would have liked more background, history and stories about Ottawa and the landmarks. There was a half hour of the return trip with no narration at all which I thought was a real missed opportunity.
Awful guide"s narration
Anthony_M, Aug 2022
Guide"s narration was awful. She just ran throug. Bilingual addition made it difficult to follow. May prerecorded explanation as they do it in the 1000 island tour in Kingston would be better The add says the the ride would take 90 min but the actual ride was just about an honour. It took the ride three times before in the past 15 years. This trip did not cover certain location eg the church associated with lady abadin
The tourist Guide was...
Cyrilo_B, Aug 2022
The tourist Guide was really amazing doing everything to entertain her audience. Her introductions to the different scenic sites were perfect.
Roya_G, Aug 2022
Very disappointed.too many people on the boat We couldn't see properly not worth most of customers standing


Product code: 60236P1

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