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 Maximize your time in Ottawa and Gatineau with a one-hour sightseeing tour by land and water in an amphibious vehicle! Aboard the outrageous ‘amphibus,’ pass main city attractions like Parliament Hill, the National Gallery of Canada, the National War Memorial Monument and more. When cruising along the street gets dry, plunge into the Ottawa River to see the city from a different angle. Fun for the whole family!


  • One-hour land and water tour of Ottawa and Gatineau
  • Wind through the streets of Canada’s capital, passing national landmarks like Parliament Hill and the Canadian Museum of Civilization
  • Spy lovely bridges and riverside sites as you float down the Ottawa River
  • Hear fascinating history and facts about the area from a bilingual guide
  • Experience the unique ‘amphibus,’ a hybrid land and water vehicle

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

Ramon C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great! We enjoyed.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016


Anne-Marie S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

What a fabulous experience!! Great way to get to know the city by land and see before exploring the bits you want to see on foot. Great service great commentary...a must for first time visitors

Evgenii A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

highly recommended!

Ravindra J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

A most excellent tour and well worth every cent. Bruno, the tour guide, explained all the sights with perfect timing, seamlessly switching from English to French and also interspersing his commentary with some humorous asides. The amphi-bus itself was very comfortable, with no extraneous engine noise and very stable in the water, with no uncomfortable roll. The 'Wow' moment, no doubt, was when the bus entered the water. Fortunately, the weather turned out to be perfect, resulting in crisp photos. Strongly recommended for all those who don't have the time to spare and wish to see the major sights in Ottawa in just over an hour.

Osmany B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015


Shawna H

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.

Theresa B

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

ben Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

my tour was awesome

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