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Ottawa Boat Cruise - Paul's Boat Line

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Ages 0-99, max of 80 per group
Duration: 1h 30m
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Live guide: English, French
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  • Bilingual commentaries
  • All Fees and Taxes
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  • Hotel pick up & drop-off


Start:Multiple meeting point options.
  • Option 1
    1 Canal Ln, Ottawa, ON K1P 5P6, Canada
    THE OTTAWA DOCK - 1 Canal Ln, Ottawa Located at the foot of the Ottawa Locks, behind the Chateau Laurier Hotel, passed the Bytown Museum. Please walk along the left side of the Canal Locks. No close parking at this location.
  • Option 2
    160 Rue Laurier, Gatineau, QC J8X 3W1, Canada
    THE HULL MARINA Gatineau, Quebec side of the Ottawa River,  located in Jacques Cartier Park, adjacent to the Canadian Museum of History and the Interprovincial bridge. Please note that the Hull Marina (Gatineau) is accessible to people with reduced mobility. There is paid parking at this location.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Pushchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 60236P1

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Most travellers can participate
    • Please note- there is no rescheduling
    • Only wheelchair accessible on the Hull Marina on Gatineau side
    • Please note - Our tickets our non-refundable.
    • 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 experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 80 travellers

    • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 60236P1

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    • Paul's Boat Lines
      1,028
      Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
      Joined in August 2011
    • ho821
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A fantastic cruise
      The scenic beauty of Ottawa’s waterways combined with the informative and engaging narration made for a perfect outing. Andi, our tour guide, was exceptional. Her knowledge of Ottawa’s history, landmarks, and hidden gems was impressive, and her enthusiasm was infectious. She went above and beyond to ensure everyone had a fantastic time, answering all our questions with a smile and providing interesting anecdotes that brought the city’s history to life. I highly recommend this cruise for anyone looking to explore Ottawa from a unique perspective. Thank you, Andi, for making the trip so memorable!
      Written July 18, 2024
    • boxofs
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Outstanding experience with the canal boat cruise
      Was here on Sunday for a ride with the kids! Everyone was super friendly and helpful. The young man at the booth, I think his name was Jackson, was incredibly helpful and went above and beyond giving us tips and suggestions on how to enjoy our time in Ottawa with young ones. In all the cruise was super clean and very entertaining. Great staff and great sights.
      Written July 16, 2024
    • 179aaaa
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fun ride on the canal, aboard of a fully electric boat.
      Beautiful ride on the canal on an electric, silent boat. The guide shares a great deal of information and there’s a bar on oars where you can buy alcoholic drinks, sodas and snacks. Fun experience, I would recommend everyone to take this ride.
      Written July 15, 2024
    • spiesak
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Relaxing and informative
      Our tour guide was Dawson. He was very knowledgeable and funny. The scenery along the Rideau Canal was very pretty. We learned a lot about Ottowa and the history of the canal.
      Written July 14, 2024
    • MOLAK_2010
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Dull trip energized by the organizers
      The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable in explaining the details and kept us engaged throughout the first half of the journey. Never a dull moment and full of energetic explanations. The journey itself was pretty dull to be honest. Nothing much the organizers can do, as the boat will go only at slow speed and 1.5 hrs felt like eternity to the level that kids felt like sleeping. But if you are looking for a relaxed (very much relaxed) trip for 1.5 hrs in a slow moving silent boat then go for it.
      Written July 11, 2024
    • mariposap839
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Yann & Melodie! :)
      Hello! I went solo on this cruise to explore more of ottawa and experience the views. Yann and Melodie were a fantastic tour team duo. Melodie was very funny and knowledgably with her tour content. Yann the bartender was very sweet and too much fun to talk to! They really added to the great experience :)
      Written July 9, 2024
    • Desmond A
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Exciting. Amazing. Thrilling. Fantastic
      Excited. Excellent. Wonderful weather to ride on the Boat Cruise. The tour guide was amazing in telling us the history of houses. Nice Service.
      Written July 8, 2024
    • carolebN2288VE
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great experience!
      This was a very informative cruise. I learned a lot about the beautiful city of Ottawa! Only complaint is that the signage from parking lot was not evident. Matteo was a super tour guide, John was a great bartender and Ben got us there safe! Thanks!
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    • coleens639
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Family friendly boat cruise
      Our family of four went on the Ekeau Rideau Canal Cruise on Tuesday, July 2. We had purchased tickets for priority boarding so that we could board first to have first dibs on seats. It turns out we didn’t need the priority boarding as the boat was not full at all and there were plenty of seats available. I’m not sure if this is because we attended on a weekday and also the day after the long weekend. Regardless, I’m not sure paying extra for priority boarding is necessary, as you can walk and move around the boat throughout the tour to get pictures. The staff on the boat were great. Terry was our tour guide and he was informative and entertaining. Jonathan was our bartender and he did a great job. Benoit was our boat driver and kept the boat nice and smooth. The cruise was very relaxing and serene. There were some good views along the way, but there was also a lot of trees, houses - in my opinion nothing super breathtaking. My husband and I still enjoyed seeing people in Ottawa living their best lives along the canal and learning about the history of the canal and of Ottawa. Our children (ages 11 and 8) didn’t care much for the history and found the cruise a little long and boring. I would highly recommend this cruise as a nice little relaxing break in your day. For those with mobility issues, there were a lot of stairs to get down from 1 Elgin Street to the canal and then even more stairs to walk up from the canal to street level. I am not aware of other mobility friendly ways to get to and from street level to the canal, but then again I was not looking for it.
      Written July 8, 2024
    • Yarnofoodreviews
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Boat tour on the Ottawa Canal
      The tour was highly informative and everything was stated very clearly. There was no lack of information which is very much appreciated. All staff is of the utmost quality and thus very kind and helpful. The only thing I would note is that the Canadian french is kind of hard to understand for a belgian. The fact that there were people murmuring in between didn't help, nevertheless the tour is an amazing experience and I would recommend it to anyone. Well worth the price. The music taste of the crew is a great bonus. A great thank you to the staff.
      Written July 7, 2024
    • 363garthd
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Highly recommend to all visitors!
      Excellent service! Excellent source of information. Young lady (Pascal maybe) was a great great ambassador for Ottawa.
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    • 523christyb
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      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Canal boat ride
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      Boring and Too Expensive
      Very disappointed in the Boat Cruise down the Rideau Canal. On the way down the canal not much to see, and nothing to see on the way back. Pricing is unreasonable, but the Guide was fully bilingual and pleasant.
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    • 564lukeo
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      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great Cruise of the Rideau Canal
      I did the Rideau Canal Cruise. I believe there are other cruises that this company does as well (it's aka EKEAU) that may be mixed up in these reviews. Overall, the cruise was great! I'm all into it for the scenery and history, so that's what I enjoyed the most. It goes along the Rideau Canal to Dow's Lake, circles around and comes back. The commentary takes place bilingually for that first have down to Dow's Lake. I was able to find the boarding area with no issue, despite other reviews expressing difficulty. One complaint, which prevented me from giving 5 stars, was that the "premium" boarding option wasn't worth the money. All they did was let me board the boat first. I thought there was going to be a section of the boat specifically for the premium fares which would have what they deemed the best views. Considering I got there early, I would have been first on the boat anyway and still would have gotten the seat I got. It depends on your desire, all the embassies and such are on the "right" side of the boat when for the departure part (when there is commentary). Obviously, they're on the left for the trip back, but there is no commentary. Highly recommend this cruise.
      Written July 6, 2024
    • alanmN3979ST
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      John is the man !
      John and Dawson! Are the best they make me want to go on again and again felt like family !! Congratulations Dawson for graduating!!!
      Written July 6, 2024
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    Pamela M
    Toronto, Canada163 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2021
    COVID protocols were non-existent! I suspect this is because this tour serves both QC and ON, and QC has much more lax COVID Protocols at this time.

    The boat was extremely full, no social distancing at all. And in the downstairs cabin you weren't even required to wear your mask unless you were up and walking around. No air flow.

    I felt very unsafe during these times.

    I wouldn't recommend this tour to anyone at this time. It felt as though the owners were too focused on making up for lost time/money than on people's safety. Extremely disappointed all around.

    Overall the information provided was "meh", didn't find it that informative; not much history provided (unlike the Rideau Canal Tour - which did have social distancing, being that it is in Ontario only; and was extremely informative - would recommend that tour to anyone).
    Written August 6, 2021
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    Simon L
    1 contribution
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2021
    Very below average to poor experience. The company has no regard for people's schedules, first boat of the day arrived late and got back to port over 30 min past the scheduled time, which caused us to miss a lunch reservation. The ride itself was just 'meh', the guide was pleasant but just wasn't alot to say / see.

    Also, the fact that they charge for kids starting at age '0' is absurd.

    Save your money, not worth it at all.
    Written August 16, 2021
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    contactjaneh
    Toronto, Canada3 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2021
    I found the enjoyment of this tour really depends on where you sit on the boat. If you sit downstairs, you won’t be able to see or interact with the guide. If you sit at the back, the boat engines are so loud it is hard to hear what the guide is saying through the speakers - locate at the front of the boat. If you sit on the left of the boat, about 90% of the sites presented during the tour are presented on the right, so it’s not easy to see much until the journey home, when the guide stops talking.

    The tour guide asked for a tip, so here are a few to improve the experience for everyone (we all pay the same fee afterall):

    1) Add speakers on the lower floor of the back of the boat
    2) Instead if rushing through your spiel, take your time, and present some of the sites on the way back
    3) Speak up
    Written August 19, 2021
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    Lourdes R
    Toronto, Canada1 contribution
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2022 • Family
    Terrible experience. There was heavy rain &
    thunderstorm on the day of our Boat Tour, Saturday, May 22nd. So the Tour was cancelled. Yet, we were not refunded for the payment we made for 3 adult passengers. I would NOT recommend this Tour to anybody at all. This is a rip off. The Tour Operator should refund our full money back, for this no fault of ours.
    Written May 22, 2022
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    Hello, all refunds for the storm have been refunded. Please contact Julia at julia@ottawaboatcruise.com. Weather is out of our control and our passengers safety is our first priority. We do refund all passengers when we cancel due to weather.
    Written May 29, 2022
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Tyler K
    Ottawa, Canada48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2024 • Family
    I went on this cruise yesterday (May 31), my birthday and was impressed by the knowledge or guide Laura had in explaining every detail of the tour. As a history buff, I was impressed with every detail she got correct. She was fun, funny and engaging. It helped the amount of passengers onboard was tiny, meaning she came up to every group and chatted with us.

    And as an employee of Transport Canada, I was happy with the cruise line's and the tour guide's commitment to safety and following navigation and marine rules and regulations.

    I would go on his tour again and recommend that everyone try this tour if you reside or visit the Ottawa area.

    5 STARS!!!
    Written June 1, 2024
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    Hi Tyler, Thank you for your valuable feedback! We truly appreciate you taking the time to share your positive experience with us. It brings us great joy to know that you enjoyed our service during your recent cruise. We continuously strive to enhance the experience for our guests, and your kind words reaffirm that we're heading in the right direction. As we look forward to serving you again on your next cruise, please don't hesitate to reach out if there's anything specific we can do to elevate your experience even further. Thank you once again for choosing Ottawa Boat Cruise. We can't wait to welcome you back on board! Thank you. Best Regards, Team Ottawa Boat Cruise
    Written June 6, 2024
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    David K
    Fredericksburg, VA35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting and informative tour. The tour narrator, Andie, was a ray of bilingual sunshine on a bleak and rainy day. All the narration was in English and French. Luckily the weather was fairly calm and warm, though passing showers forced us away from the more open parts of the deck seats at times. There were still good views and dry, covered, seating on both decks.

    Get tickets online if possible. There’s a kiosk for both the river tour and the Rideau Canal tour at street level by the war memorial, but it might be closed if you arrive too close to a tour time. The attendant doubles as the ticket taker at the river boat. Tickets could not be purchased on the boat by latecomers, like ourselves.

    Though maps may indicate a road going down to the boat dock, it’s closed to traffic for various reasons. It’s a pretty good walk down to the river level from the kiosk, with a drop of close to a hundred feet as it passes alongside the Rideau locks. Kids will enjoy sprinting downhill to the boat, but the parents might find themselves puffing on the way back uphill to the road level after the tour. It was interesting watching pleasure craft being locked up and down to and from the Rideau Canal during the walk to the river level.

    The tour itself lasts about an hour and a half and goes past embassies, government buildings, various sights across the confluence of several rivers and close to the Rideau Falls. Even during showers the cruise was calm and smooth. One can take both tours, time, weather and energy permitting. We just did the river tour and had a good time.
    Written June 6, 2024
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    Dear customer, Thank you for your valuable feedback! We truly appreciate you taking the time to share your positive experience with us. It brings us great joy to know that you enjoyed our service during your recent cruise. We continuously strive to enhance the experience for our guests, and your kind words reaffirm that we're heading in the right direction. As we look forward to serving you again on your next cruise, please don't hesitate to reach out if there's anything specific we can do to elevate your experience even further. Thank you once again for choosing Ottawa Boat Cruise. We can't wait to welcome you back on board! Thank you. Best Regards, Team Ottawa Boat Cruise
    Written June 8, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Stephen C
    Dublin, CA98 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We took the Paul’s boat cruise yesterday. The cruise itself was nice and the tour guide did a great job.
    My only suggestion is the departure time. We booked the 10:30 tour and the ticket and email clearly stated that the departure time was 10:30. We arrived with and waited for half and hour, and was told that the departure time is actually 11:00. It was ok with us, but we have seniors in our group and asking them to stand for 30 mins was not ideal (there were no place to sit).
    Written June 18, 2022
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    Hi Steph, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! We’re so glad to hear that you enjoyed our service. We’re always looking for ways to improve the experience on our cruises, but it’s great to know that we are on the right track. We would love to personally thank you for your suggestion and we will definitely make changes in the same. We are sorry for any inconvenience. Let us know if there is anything else we can do to make your next cruise even better. Regards, Team Ottawa Boat Cruise
    Written June 22, 2022
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    Sagar P
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2021 • Friends
    It was a really great ride. I am so glad that Gabriella was our trip guide. She is just awesome! The way she explained the history about places is just outstanding and she made it real fun with quizzes and cool facts. Thanks a lot Gabriella for sharing the great history about buildings with us. Definitely recommend to take this cruise.
    Written July 26, 2021
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    Mailén L
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My boyfriend and I had the most amazing experience! It was our last date before having to start a very long distance relationship and the views were fantastic!! On top of that our guide Pascale was absolutely amazing! She explained everything so well, my boyfriend kept pointing at buildings saying “I wonder what that is” to me but few moments later Pascale would start giving a beautiful bilingual explanation!
    There’s a bar on the boat and the drinks were good and reasonably priced, the bartender was very sweet as well!
    And when it comes to boat conditions everything was spotless! This is officially my favourite memory of Ottawa. My boyfriend and I loved it and will remember this trip for a long time.
    Thank you so much to the crew everyone was amazing 💕
    Written July 21, 2023
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    Hi Mailén, Thank you for your valuable feedback! We truly appreciate you taking the time to share your positive experience with us. It brings us great joy to know that you enjoyed our service during your recent cruise. We continuously strive to enhance the experience for our guests, and your kind words reaffirm that we're heading in the right direction. As we look forward to serving you again on your next cruise, please don't hesitate to reach out if there's anything specific we can do to elevate your experience even further. Thank you once again for choosing Ottawa Boat Cruise. We can't wait to welcome you back on board! Best regards, Team Ottawa Boat Cruise
    Written October 18, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Daniel_the_Bear
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada12 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2021
    I am very disappointed. The three people in front of us waiting in line to board the boat were not wearing masks and the captain just let them on without asking them to put on a mask. There were signs everywhere saying that masks were mandatory to board. The captain did not challenge them at all. I suspect that once he was paid for the 3 fares, he could not care less. The captain did not give me confidence that he had our safety in mind. The only reason this is not a 1-star rating is because Sandrine, the tour guide, was great.
    Written August 15, 2021
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