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Ottawa City Tour by Land and Water

Ottawa City Tour by Land and Water
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Tour snapshot
Guide provides an entertaining history of Canada’s capital
Duration:
1h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
24
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    1h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    24
  • Near public transportation
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Travel across Ottawa’s land and water on this "amphibus" tour. Learn about the history and architecture of Canada’s capital with a guide, who points out landmarks you might have missed on your own. After a tour of the charming streets, descend on the amphibious vehicle into the Ottawa River for a rare view of the cityscape. Choose from multiple departure times to best suit your schedule.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, French
Highlights
  • Amphibus tour: See the cityscape and National Gallery from the Ottawa River
  • Visit monuments and landmarks often missed by visitors
  • Choose from several departure times throughout the day
What to expect
The tour begins just steps away from Parliament Hill. Climb aboard a convertible land-to-water amphibious and settle in for a tour of Ottawa and Gatineau. Listen to entertaining live commentary as you pass famous landmarks including the Canadian Parliament, the National Gallery, and the Prime Minister’s residence. The on-board guide ensures you see unmarked and lesser-known points of interest that visitors often miss. Once you’ve explored the city streets, the amphibious descends into the Ottawa River. From the water, enjoy rare panoramic views of the cityscape. Pass the capital’s three iconic bridges as the guide provides the historical background you won’t find in the guidebooks. After the bus makes its way out of the water, take a scenic ride over the Rideau Canal and end the tour back at Parliament Hill.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, French
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Amphibus tour: See the cityscape and National Gallery from the Ottawa River
  • Visit monuments and landmarks often missed by visitors
  • Choose from several departure times throughout the day
What to expect
The tour begins just steps away from Parliament Hill. Climb aboard a convertible land-to-water amphibious and settle in for a tour of Ottawa and Gatineau. Listen to entertaining live commentary as you pass famous landmarks including the Canadian Parliament, the National Gallery, and the Prime Minister’s residence. The on-board guide ensures you see unmarked and lesser-known points of interest that visitors often miss. Once you’ve explored the city streets, the amphibious descends into the Ottawa River. From the water, enjoy rare panoramic views of the cityscape. Pass the capital’s three iconic bridges as the guide provides the historical background you won’t find in the guidebooks. After the bus makes its way out of the water, take a scenic ride over the Rideau Canal and end the tour back at Parliament Hill.
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Call the number below and use the product code: 6178DIVE
Important information
Inclusions
  • Amphibus tour
  • Bilingual guide
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drink
Duration
1h
Departure details
  • 44 Sparks St., Ottawa, ON K1P 5A5, Canada Our kiosk is across the street from the Parliament Hill on the corner of Elgin and Wellington Street Please be at the starting point 10 minutes before departure
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travellers
Inclusions
  • Amphibus tour
  • Bilingual guide
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drink
Departure details
  • 44 Sparks St., Ottawa, ON K1P 5A5, Canada Our kiosk is across the street from the Parliament Hill on the corner of Elgin and Wellington Street Please be at the starting point 10 minutes before departure
Duration
1h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    44 Sparks St.
    44 Sparks St., Ottawa, ON K1P 5A5, Canada
    Our kiosk is across the street from the Parliament Hill on the corner of Elgin and Wellington Street Please be at the starting point 10 minutes before departure
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Rideau Canal National Historic Site
    National Gallery of Canada
    ByWard Market
    Parliament Hill and Buildings
    Major's Hill Park
    Notre Dame Basilica
    Gatineau Park
    National War Memorial
  • 1
    Lady Dive Tours
    Stop: 5 minutes
    Beginning and end of tour.
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    Pass by
    Gatineau City Hall
  • You'll return to the starting point
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4.0
222 reviews
Excellent
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Very good
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Average
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Poor
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Terrible
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Canadian Mum
Calgary, Canada1,936 contributions
Aug. 2014 • Friends
I'm always on the lookout for a way to get a snapshot of a new city and this was a unique and fun way to do it. Purchased tickets online, which I would recommend, as there is a savings. Don't worry if you don't have printer access, as you still have to give your name at the kiosk on Elgin and Spark Street to get a receipt, which in turn is used to gain entrance on Lady Dive. Our tour gal was young and effervescent. Loved the personal stories she shared of her growing up in Ottawa. She certainly new her history and was well adept at answering the pepper of questions given to her by the guests. The length of time was perfect. My only wish was to have seen where the PM lived. All in all, money well spent.
Written August 23, 2014
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Holiday_traveller940
Brisbane, Australia68 contributions
Sep. 2019
The tour was for a full hour and covered most of the main sites in Ottawa and having the water tour was the extra bonus. It is always worth seeing a city from the water and Ottawa was worth it as well.
Written September 15, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Roccy D
Hamburg, Germany22 contributions
Fun tour with all the important highlights of Ottawa! Catie was a great guide who absolutely knew her facts, helped out all the passengers with some nice photos and who was easy to listen to.
The only improvement point would be to ideally drive a bit slower as the info felt rushed at times when traffic was running smoothly. Therefore our tour also took less than 1 hour instead of the expected 1hour -1.5 hours.
Written September 2, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Monica O
Beverly Hills, CA18 contributions
Jul. 2018 • Family
I purchased tickets for me and my five-year-old son the day before we intended to take the land/water tour. The next day we arrived 30 minutes early, which the site claims is necessary. It was 96 degrees outside. We waited in the heat and the bus was a few minutes late. We were dying from the heat since we had been waiting outside with no shade. When the bus arrived, there were just a few windows cracked--it appeared that most of the windows would not open. My son and I boarded the bus and the heat was sweltering, probably over 100 in the non-ventilated bus. I asked if there was any A/C and I was told no. My son looked like he was going to be sick from the heat. He started to cry and his face was as red as a tomato. There was no way we could continue in the heat without ending up in the hospital, and so we disembarked. They would not give us even a partial refund.

I understand that there is a "no refund" policy, but when it is 100 degrees outside during a heatwave and you don't offer any cooling or ventilation on your bus, you can't expect small children to be able to ride the bus. Beyond that, the inside of the bus was old and very, very shabby. The price charged is extremely inflated.
Written July 6, 2018
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PatsyCanuck
Ontario, Canada185 contributions
Jul. 2019 • Couples
This was cancelled. We were notified two days before that the attraction was cancelled until the end of August. The Hop on Hp Off was substituted.
Written July 30, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Peebinstein
London, Canada26 contributions
Jul. 2011 • Couples
We bought tickets for the Lady Dive Hop On/Hop Off bus tour in conjunction with the Capital Cruises boat tour on July 2nd, 2011. In total, the cost was $86 for two people; $46 of which was for the bus tour.

While on the tour, we could not stop at the War Museum because the Royals were going to be visiting there later in the day. We could not stop at Rideau Hall because the Royals were staying there. Because it was a Saturday, many of the stops on the itinerary were closed. We did not stop in the park to take a picture, like the itinerary said. Throughout the tour, the bus was driving so fast that you could hardly take a steady, clear picture. Our tour guide was new to her job, and when passengers asked questions about the sights, she had no idea what the answers were.

Initially, we had been so excited to see many stops and take full advantage of the hop on/hop off experience, but by the end of the tour we had gotten on the bus at the beginning and never got off again until it was over - not because we didn't want to, but because we COULDN'T.

While I completely understand that some sights may be closed on certain days, most tourists do not know this. The ticket sellers at Lady Dive completely mislead us, never telling us that any of the stops would be unavailable. When our tour was over, we expressed our concern to the ticket seller (who was also the boss), and her response was "What do you want me to do?!" Long story short, she certainly didn't refund our money, and gave us much attitude instead.

If you want to see the city of Ottawa without ever getting off a bus, take OC Transpo for $2 instead of $23 for Lady Dive.

The boat cruise provided by Capital Cruises, however, was lovely and well worth the $20 tickets.
Written July 6, 2011
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jeff_Frazier
Louisville, KY61 contributions
Jul. 2019 • Family
Pierre switched back and forth, from the English language to French, while giving us a tour of downtown Ottawa. He took a break in the middle of the tour and walked up and down the isle to ask us if we had any questions. Even though he probably gave the same tour many times before, I was impressed that he really tried to sell the jokes that he told. I was very happy with the tour
Written July 2, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Sonia A
1 contribution
Jun. 2018 • Family
The Lady Dive Tour is called Lady "Dive" for a reason. Although the amphibus looks great from the outside, the inside leaves to much to be desired. The inside feels like an old converted yellow school bus without air conditioning or a fan. The ride was bumpy, hot and loud, I felt like I was on Mexican public transport. The windows are small and there is no breeze. The guide was understandable; however, it was very difficult to listen to because the speakers were so loud (or maybe the mic was too close to his mouth). One person had a panic attack while on the tour. If you have any issues with claustrophobia/anxiety this is not the tour for you. Also,the guide made a cheesy joke that I didn't really think was a big deal being from Ottawa, but our out of town guests were kind taken back. The joke poked fun at federal employee's lack of work ethic as we drove through the portage government buildings.
Having said this, out of our party of 8, the kids(ages 4-8) enjoyed the tour. The hop on hop off bus tour is far better. If you need to be on the water, I think it would be better to do a boat tour.
Unfortunately, I expected more from this tour being in the nation's capital.
Written July 1, 2018
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Steve W
Victoria, Canada15 contributions
Aug. 2017 • Couples
I really enjoyed the tour provided by the Lady Dive company. Our overall experience was great and it enabled us to see areas of the city of Ottawa from land and Sea. Our tour guide was excellent and knowledgeable, providing excellent information on many of the areas of town we visited. Our only disappointment was that the ticket booth was not located close to the loading area for the bus, which almost had us miss our designated departure timing. Overall though, we were greatly satisfied with the pricing and the excellent tour.
Written December 27, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

D K
Portsmouth, NH1 contribution
Aug. 2011 • Couples
I've been on bus tours all over the world and I've never been on one this bad. I have never written a Tripadvisor review before, but this was such a horrible experience, I felt other people should know. We took the 90 minute tour (that included a water segment) and it was $70.00 for the two of us. Our hotel had recommended this tour.

First, they ask you to arrive 30 minutes prior to the scheduled tour. After you've stood in line for 15 minutes, they let you board the bus, which is not air conditioned. Next, they have you sit on the bus for 15 minutes in the sweltering heat. After 10 minutes, I told my husband that I wanted to get off and ask for a refund. He said that he would still like to go on the tour.

The first thing that happened, once the tour finally started, is that the police stopped the bus because the bus driver had nearly hit a pedestrian. After several minutes with the police, we were told to move on because the bus was blocking traffic.

Once the tour finally started, the guide was monotonous, and his attempts at humor weren't at all funny. He was boring beyond belief.

When the tour finally came to an end, the guide had the nerve to say that tips were appreciated. My husband says I over tip, but, today, I wouldn't even consider tipping. Most of the other passengers did not either.

Rather than wasting your time and money with Lady Dive, get a map and walk to see the wonderful sites near the kiosk for the bus---you can easily walk to see the Parliament buildings, the Rideau Canal and locks, and the Byward Market. We did this after getting off the bus, and I finally understood why so many people love Ottawa.
Written August 13, 2011
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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