Ottawa Boat Cruise - Rideau Canal Cruise

Ottawa, Canada
90 Minute Rideau Canal Tour in Ottawa with Live Commentary

From USD 35.63

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You will not receive a refund if you cancel.
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


The Rideau Canal links Canada’s capital—Ottawa—with majestic Lake Ontario. On this tour, cruise in comfort along the UNESCO World Heritage–listed waterway and admire sweeping views over top attractions including the Canadian Museum of Nature, Château Laurier, Dow’s Lake, and the National Arts Centre. Along the way, listen as your guide sheds light on centuries of colorful Canadian history.
  • Rideau Canal cruise in Ottawa, with live commentary
  • Cruise along the UNESCO–listed Rideau Canal with your guide
  • Uninterrupted views over canal-side sites of interest including Château Laurier and Dow’s Lake
  • Gain insight into Ottawa’s rich history and heritage
  • The world's-largest, certified, 100%-electric, passenger vessel.

What's Included

  • Guide
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 1 Elgin St
    1 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K1P, Canada

    Departures are on the National Art Center side of the canal We are located behind the National Art Center (1 Elgin Street). Right beside the 1 Elgin St Cafe. Directions: Below the Plaza Bridge (Rideau Street Bridge)

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Rideau Canal Cruises

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Canadian Museum of Nature (Pass By)

National Arts Centre (Pass By)

Rideau Canal National Historic Site

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Lansdowne Park (Pass By)

Dows Lake Pavilion (Pass By)

Ottawa City hall (Pass By)

Shaw Centre (Pass By)

Ottawa Locks (Pass By)

University of Ottawa (Pass By)

TD Place (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Audio guide available for download in Chinese (simplified), English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Please note- there is no rescheduling
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 95 travellers

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 cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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    Featured review
    Our boat crew Anna, Andy and Logan were wonderful!! Very relaxing tour with beautiful scenery and interesting facts!! Highly recommend. Thank you


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    Relax and ride
    Deborah_T, Sept 2023
    Nice to see the city from a different perspective. Relaxing ride, informative and a nice break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Definitely recommend this experience.
    Quiet river boat tour.
    Ben_S, Sept 2023
    We had a wonderful time. The great weather, the lovely canal, a quiet boat, and the good friends I was with of course.
    Family fun
    Brenda_B, Sept 2023
    Wheelchair accessibility to get to boat was terrible. Give yourself lots of time and helpers! The slope going down to boat unable to navigate alone…too steep then stairs ??!!!
    A lovely tour with lots of interesting information
    Mark_A, Sept 2023
    A slow ride down the Rideau Canal with Melody our dynamic guide…lots of really interesting facts! A great way to see the canal and learn more about Canada and capital city.
    Great cruise with gal pals
    Sheila_F, Sept 2023
    We loved the smooth leisurely trip down the Canal. Terry did an excellent job pointing out the sites and sharing interesting info.
    Beautiful views of the...
    John_G, Sept 2023
    Beautiful views of the city via the Rideau Canal cruise. Tour guide was very knowledgeable. Highly recommend this tour.
    Not worth the money
    PAUL_C, Sept 2023
    Nice boat at the bottom of about 50 steps. Paralleled the hop on hop off bus but from the water side for most of the journey. Ticket said English commentary however duel English / French got a bit confusing. Don't like being asked for tips. Might have been better on a warm sunny day?
    Was a great day, weather was perfect and the guide was pleasant.The ride back was calming as well, as w
    Ronald_S, Sept 2023
    Was a great day, weather was perfect and the guide was pleasant.The ride back was calming as well, as we got to enjoy the weather, music and company
    Terry was an excellent...
    Pamela_L, Sept 2023
    Terry was an excellent tour director, very knowledgeable and funny!! Would recommend this tour if you are travelling to Ottawa!
    Educational experience
    Sailwa_K, Sept 2023
    Ben had very sense of humor, and very informative. Hats off. If you want to know about the history this tour is highly recommended.
    None - disappointing...
    Lori_R, Sept 2023
    None - disappointing Double decker bus tour - way better. You should try and hire more mature staff.
    Great ride
    Patrick_P, Sept 2023
    Great ride on Canal Rideau with a cool noiseless electric boat. Melody was a nice guide and Elody a cool bar tender.
    Do it!
    Olivia_C, Sept 2023
    Amazing! This was such a relaxed and fun experience. Pascal is an amazing guide! She said was very funny and engaging and we learned a lot from her.
    A good couple of hours in Ottawa
    Gregory_D, Aug 2023
    Very friendly crew. Clean vessel. Hard to follow the narrative based on English and French being shared back to back. Audience very loud and disrespectful of tour spokesperson trying to share info about Ottawa…
    Susan_M, Aug 2023
    Awesome boat tour. The canal is very smooth. Our tour guide was great and knowledgeable. Very informative. I highly recommend!
    Relaxing informative fun
    Ann_R, Aug 2023
    This was a perfect, relaxing way to spend twilight. Our guide was excellent. While being entertaining never went overboard with the corny. Lots of great history and just a soothing soothing trip. I appreciated the electric boat
    Highly Recommend
    MaryLiu_D, Aug 2023
    Simply perfect from start to finish. We absolutely loved the cruise- perfect length of time, sipped, commentary was interesting, got to see both sides of the canal properties, Dows Lake and really appreciated the kindness of the tour guides and operators. Great experience- highly recommend.
    Teresa_K, Aug 2023
    Very relaxing and informative cruise. The staff are very personable and funny. We had a lovely time.
    A must do while in Ottawa
    Sheila_B, Aug 2023
    A wonderful way to spend the day, nothing better than being on the water. Great, friendly staff as well
    Canal tour
    Thaddeus_K, Aug 2023
    We enjoyed the great scenery along the canal. The guide gave was very informative about the construction of the canal

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