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Rideau Canal Cruise provided by Paul's Boat Lines

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Updated 20-06-15 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Rideau Canal Cruise
This year, we will be opening on July 1st! However, when boarding one of Ottawa Boat Cruises there will be changes implemented to our operations following the Public Health Agency of Canada's recommendations. We look forward to welcoming you aboard this year! Contact us if you have any questions!
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Updated 20-06-15 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Rideau Canal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the perfect place to get great views of Ottawa’s top monuments. With this tour, save time studying a map, and enjoy stress-free sightseeing adventure with live commentary along the way. Glide along the Rideau Canal, and admire views of city attractions, including Chateau Laurier, the Canadian Museum of Nature, and the National Arts Center.
  • You'll start at
    1 Elgin St
    1 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K1P, Canada
    Departures are on the National Art Center side of the canal Address: 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa, ON K1P5W1 Directions: Below the Plaza Bridge (Rideau Street Bridge)
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    Rideau Canal Cruises
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
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    Pass by
    Canadian Museum of Nature
    National Arts Centre
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    Rideau Canal National Historic Site
    Stop: 90 minutes
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    Pass by
    Lansdowne Park
    Dows Lake Pavilion
    Ottawa City hall
    Shaw Centre
    Ottawa Locks
    University of Ottawa
    TD Place
  • Sail past many top Ottawa attractions on this Rideau Canal Cruise
  • Learn as you travel through live on-board commentary
  • Choose from multiple departure times throughout the day
  • Access fantastic photo opportunities of canal-side sites of interest
Important Information
Departure Point
1 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K1P, Canada
1h 30m
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  • Entry/Admission - Rideau Canal Cruises
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • 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
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 95 travellers
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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Theresa wrote a review Oct. 2020
Ontario, Canada2 contributions
The tour guide we had (Brennan), was a very fun guide who provided the information about the tour in a fun and entertaining way. His love for history is very evident and much appreciated during the tour. The other staff present were also very friendly. This is a good activity
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Date of experience: October 2020
tammy wrote a review Sep. 2020
Pickering, Canada5 contributions
Relaxing cruise, even during covid, clean and great social distancing protocols. Commentary was informative and light hearted
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Barbara G wrote a review Sep. 2020
2 contributions
The ticket was unclear. Missed the boat. Ticket not refundable. End of...I would tell people to check their tickets or call someone (which I did, but received no answer). Buyer beware!
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Date of experience: September 2020
Sharel P wrote a review Sep. 2020
Bengaluru, India6 contributions4 helpful votes
It was a great experience. Loved our guide Amber's presentation, I am planning for couple of more trips in Winter and Tulip festival. Thoroughly enjoyed Amber's sense of humor. Thanks to Captain Blaise for a safe ride.
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Date of experience: September 2020
Mary F wrote a review Sep. 2020
Cincinnati, United States9 contributions2 helpful votes
We had Mēlodie as our guide and she was such a delight. She spoke French and English the entire tour and was wonderful with everyone on board. It was a beautiful day for a cruise on the canal. Again, Mēlodie made the cruise very enjoyable!!
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Date of experience: September 2020
About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

By: Paul's Boat Lines
Awesome, I think her name was Kaila she was awesome too. Very knowledgeable, Will do it again for sure
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Debbie K
Wonderful and Informative
Katherine was our guide, and she was wonderful. We got so much interesting information on the tour that made the r
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Memorable afternoon
Catherine did an excellent job guiding us during the tour. She has a contagious enthusiasm and taught us many thing
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Great way to see Ottawa
This was a really fun tour! We got to see a lot of cool stuff from the unique perspective of the water! The staff w
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Ottawa River Family Trip
All of it! it was a super adventure. Melody was our tour guide, she was very good and funny, we all liked her. She
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Beautiful Sights
Beautiful Sights and Mēlodie was extremely informative. She knows all the buildings and will point them out and gi
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Best river tour ever
Enjoyed every minute of the tour, our tour guide Melody was fun, engaging and very informative.Great
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Great and informative tour
I’ve been an Ottawa citizen my whole life, and I must say I learned a lot during this tour! The amazing tour was an
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Interesting perspective on Ottawa-Gatineau
The cruise is pretty good. A couple of things that weren't clear on the company's website but really should be: 1.
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Informative Tour & Great Views!
Terry was an incredible tour guide for our canal tour. He was full of information, humor and positive energy! The t
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Friendliest River Tour Yet
Mine and my friends time on the River Tour was amazing. Audrey and Seana created a great mood that made everyone wi
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Kimberley N
Must see
Best part of the tour was the tour guide, Brennan. He has an amazing sense of humour and his knowledge of the gigan
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Evening Tour
Audrey was a great tour guide, very sweet. I called them to make sure if I was at the right place to board and they
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Ottawa great boat tour
Audrey our toyr guide was very knowledgeable and funny. She kept us entertained all the time. The boat is Covid saf
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Very satisfied guided tour
Great guided bilingual tour. Sandrine was very knowledgeable and energetic. Highly recommended. Bring jackets as it
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Key Details
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Languages Offered: English, Chinese, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish
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