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Enjoy a comprehensive overview of Ottawa by land and water on this hop-on hop-off bus/trolley and cruise combo tour. The highlights of Canada’s capital city are mapped out for you, and narrated commentary gives you historical insight. Wind around the city aboard an open-top double-decker bus or a trolley. Then, relax during a 75-minute cruise along the Ottawa River or the Rideau Canal — your choice!


  • Ottawa hop-on hop-off tour and cruise
  • See the famous landmarks of Ottawa from both land and sea
  • Hop on and off the open-top double-decker bus or trolley at your own pace
  • Hear narrated commentary providing information about the city’s top attractions
  • Choose from a cruise on either the Ottawa River or Rideau Canal

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What You Can Expect

Ottawa City Hop-on Hop-off Tour and Cruise

Ottawa City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and Cruise

You'll see all the sights on your Ottawa city tour, and learn about the history of the region from your bilingual tour guide. Plus you'll have fabulous views from aboard an open-top double-decker bus or historic trolley. The hop-on, hop-off tour runs in a continuous circle daily, from 10:00am until 3:00pm, officially starting on the corner of Sparks and Elgin Streets.

After your city tour you will have the choice of an Ottawa River Cruise or Rideau Canal Cruise:

  • The 75-minute, fully narrated Ottawa River Cruise provides majestic views of Parliament Hill, Rideau Falls and 24 Sussex Drive, the Prime Minister's residence, which can only be seen from the riverbank.
  • The 75-minute Rideau Canal Cruise along this world-famous artificial canal passes Dow's Lake, Commissioners Park and wonderful examples of Ottawa's world-renowned architecture.

This tour is seasonal, operating from May through to October.

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Customer Reviews

Joseph P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Terrific tour and experience.

Melinda C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Group of six adults and two toddlers went -- very nice tour, bus pickups were prompt and on time and the boat trip on the Ottawa River was very, very lovely. We all enjoyed!

Claire A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

So much to see, great places to visit and loved the river cruise. Ottawa is wonderful

Praveen k

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016


Nataliya T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Nice tour , it is the best you can do when you visit city for the first time.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Fabulous combination of Hop On Hop Off Bus and River Cruise (no hop off recommended unless you swim well)
Lots of landmarks to see at all levels and from different perspectives

Really enjoyed both elements...highly recommended

Add on a free trip around Parliament building too!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Very good way to get around all the main sightseeing places. Lovely well put together itenerary.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

The only hiccup is that we were not picked up at Les Suites Hotel after calling and confirming that we would be by Grey Lines. I called them when we arrived home to put in a complaint, we were in their computer system, but the left hand did not let the right hand know what was going on. We eventually had to take a taxi, because we did not know where the kiosk was. Good bilingual guides, funny, especially the one on the Hop-on Hop-off.

Nicole L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

An excellent way to see the city and visit the attractions.

Wiliiam D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

Most enjoyable tour of Ottawa, with a good mixture of stops for photos and drive-bys. Outstanding driver!

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