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Capital Cruises

The Hull Marina | Jacques Cartier Park, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
+1 613-241-8811
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River Cruise

We took this tour with most of our Northeast Canada bust trip. It was just ok. Our on board guide... read more

Reviewed 20 September 2017
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A fun Saturday

We decided to try this cruise as we had family visiting from overseas. My recommendation is to go... read more

Reviewed 14 September 2017
Ottawa, Canada
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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.
  • Excellent46%
  • Very good34%
  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible6%
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
The Hull Marina | Jacques Cartier Park, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
+1 613-241-8811

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Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

We took this tour with most of our Northeast Canada bust trip. It was just ok. Our on board guide gave us nonstop memorized historical information, most of which was just too much. I would have preferred less and more highlights. I also would prefer...More

Thank JohnandPam
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

We decided to try this cruise as we had family visiting from overseas. My recommendation is to go on a sunny day. The history was interesting and the nature beautiful. The kids enjoyed the boat ride. Only negative is that access to the docks is...More

Thank kidtripping
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

Seeing some of the key city sites from the river adds another viewing option after seeing these buildings from street level A small waterfall provides another highlight to the 1 hour tour on the river

Thank Shane n
Reviewed 13 September 2017

We boarded the Capital Cruises tour boat on the Gatineau side of the Ottawa River. We made arrangements with the crew to get off of the boat on the Ottawa side of the river at the Rideau Canal landing so that we could have lunch...More

Thank NC608
Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

I bought my tickets from groupon and was able to get four people on the boat for the price of two if paid on the spot. The person providing the commentary did an excellent job which was the main reason why I enjoyed the 75...More

Thank Toroniee T
Reviewed 27 August 2017

Pleasant sightseeing tour with short interesting explanations in both English and French, prompt departure, friendly staff

Thank Tatiana G
Reviewed 26 August 2017

You get excellent views of Parliament and diplomatic residences from the tour, however the guide had not learnt his script (he simply read it from a piece of paper) and sounded extremely uninterested.

Thank Anon3488
Reviewed 18 August 2017

The major downside of the cruise is that the person providing the commentary was not familiar with the script and did not speak good English.

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Thank Paul B
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

Cruise is just down from Jacques Cartier Park in Gatineau. Limited parking down by the dock. Parking available around the Park. There is a commentator who describes the history and all the buildings on both sides of the river. Best to get on the top...More

Thank 454debbieg
Reviewed 15 August 2017

We had the best weather today for this boat tour. It left and returned on time. It was very smooth sailing down the river. The captain eased very close to the falls. Bilingual commentaries were informative and interesting.We got a good deal with Groupon. Worth...More

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Questions & Answers
21 May 2017|
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.
Thomas B
7 September 2016|
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Response from Andrew W | Property representative |
Yes, Capital Cruises will be operating until the Thanksgiving long weekend. Please check out the website for the schedule.
27 August 2015|
Response from Andrew W | Property representative |
Thanks for your question! Our sightseeing tours are approximately 75 minutes and include 55 minutes of sightseeing. You can find details about our sightseeing tours on our website under the Sightseeing section.