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Capital Cruises

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Capital Cruises and the Empress of Ottawa invite you to cruise the Ottawa River. Daily sightseeing tours with full live commentary, and evening cocktail cruises complete with live music await you.
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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The Hull Marina | Jacques Cartier Park, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed October 15, 2018

The boat trip is a great way to see Ottawa from a different perspective. From the back-side of Parliament Hill, to the U. S. Embassy and the Prime Minister's home and a beautiful waterfall. The loading spot is conveniently located at the bottom of Parliament...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Robert C
Reviewed October 1, 2018

A great way to see a lot of the city while not having to walk a step. The tour is guided and you learn a lot about the Rideau canal, many of the government building, and other special spots along the river. You get a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Randy S
Reviewed September 30, 2018

tour guide well spoken and clear what made trip even more pleasant. In a rather short time a lot of places where shown.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Paul J
Reviewed September 28, 2018 via mobile

Tour has been guided by a guy who was well prepared and could also answer unforeseen questions. Tour lastet about 1 Hour. I would definitely recommend to join this Cruise!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Ehndie
Reviewed September 23, 2018

We had a lovely evening cruise on the Ottawa River with Capital Cruises. Enjoyed a warm welcome and interesting conversation about Ottawa with the ticket collector while waiting for departure, and an informative and entertaining talk by the guide on board. I would definitely recommend...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank HistorybuffCA
Reviewed September 23, 2018

This is a family run business and it was brilliant. Very informative, the guide had a great sense of humor, very comfortable cruise, most relaxing and one of the best ways to see Ottawa from the water. Great value for money.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 22, 2018

Spectacular little boat trip. Highly recommend doing. We had a lovely sunny day. Well organised. There are lots of shops around and places to grab a meal or drink afterwards.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank FrequentFlier813384
Reviewed September 18, 2018 via mobile

Great tour! Andrew was a lovely guide offering interesting insight into the Ottawa river and the many buildings and sights that border it. I would definitely recommend.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Erik Z
Reviewed September 13, 2018 via mobile

I have been on this cruise several times with family, friends and my partner. It is definitely a great way to see many key sites in Ottawa at the same time as learning your local history.

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Reviewed September 4, 2018

I received a cruise for my birthday. I have always wanted to go, but it's one of those things that you only do if you're visiting another city. I suggest going even if you've lived in the Ottawa area your whole life. The ship was...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Terry H
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dpanke
June 4, 2018|
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Response from Andrew W | Property representative |
Thanks for the question. Our evening cruises will start June 30. Check out our website (TripAdvisor won't let us put the url here) and see the pages for Rock the River or Sunday Sunset. Hope he has an excellent birthday!
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75acej
June 1, 2018|
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Response from Andrew W | Property representative |
Thanks for the question. Yes, we operate 7 days a week from Victoria Day until Labour Day. You can find the departure schedule on our website (unfortunately TripAdvisor doesn't let us post the link).
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Harp78
May 21, 2017|
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Response from Andrew W | Property representative |
Hello! At this time the Ottawa dock is flooded. We will resume service at this location once the water levels have returned to normal. In the mean time, a full schedule and cruise information can be found on our website.
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