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Rideau Canal Cruise

Ottawa, Canada
Rideau Canal Cruise

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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The Rideau Canal links Canada’s capital—Ottawa—with majestic Lake Ontario. On this tour, cruise in comfort along the UNESCO World Heritage–listed waterway and admire sweeping views over top attractions including the Canadian Museum of Nature, Château Laurier, Dow’s Lake, and the National Arts Centre. Along the way, listen as your guide sheds light on centuries of colorful Canadian history.
  • Rideau Canal cruise in Ottawa, with live commentary
  • Cruise along the UNESCO–listed Rideau Canal with your guide
  • Uninterrupted views over canal-side sites of interest including Château Laurier and Dow’s Lake
  • Gain insight into Ottawa’s rich history and heritage
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Departure Point

1 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K1P, Canada

Departures are on the National Art Center side of the canal We are located behind the National Art Center (1 Elgin Street). Right beside the 1 Elgin St Cafe. Directions: Below the Plaza Bridge (Rideau Street Bridge)

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • 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 travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 95 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Ottawa Boat Cruise Inc.
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Rideau Canal Cruise?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Rideau Canal Cruise?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Rideau Canal Cruise.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Rideau Canal Cruise?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Rideau Canal Cruise.

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Traveler Tips

  • "Both packed with info but not a lot of views worth while - for that take a bike - close up easier to see the buildings and their historic details." See review
  • "Hard to find but the entrances are near the Château Laurier" See review


259 Reviews

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Great time!
, Oct 2021
The stories were great! Our guide had a spunky attitude and did a great job. She was awesome! Scenery was beautiful! Just a little chilly
Don't waste your time or money
, Oct 2021
Waste of time. The boat is nice but there is NOTHING to see from the water level except for a few bridges.
What a treat!
, Oct 2021
Delightful hostess and snack mistress. And how can one not love the Rideau. How beautiful in contrast to the city centre of grey.
Nice plan
, Sep 2021
It was a very nice experience. Something quiet and relaxing. The tour was hosted in English and French and the information about the history of the canal and surroundings is very nice. Definitely worthy.
Beautiful but not interesting
, Sep 2021
The cruise was very scenic but rather boring. The lady doing the commentating was reading from a script rather from learned knowledge.
1 traveler found this review helpful
It was not easy finding the place where to wait for the cruise. We met other people along the way also struggling.
, Sep 2021
The person speaking was loud and clear and enjoyable to listen to. Learnt a lot and enjoyed the ride.
Relaxing slow pace boat ride...
, Sep 2021
We took the 6:30 pm time slot and I was happy because the sundown made the views even more pretty. The commentator was well knowledgeable. Very slow pace boat ride. Instructions to find the boat can be confusing. Overall a relaxing experience but if I was able to walk far, walking the along the river would have been more preferable.
Cruising down the canal on a lovely fall day !
, Sep 2021
Beautiful afternoon and very nice to float along the Rideau Canal. It was the first day for the tour guide ..she was a tad nervous ! Very interesting to see the lovely homes facing the canal and enjoyed the bits of facts but nothing memorable to be honest. Very clean boat and we had great seats. Didn't realize the tour lecture was only 45 minutes but pleasant to enjoy the ride back to docking.
Totally worth Going on!
, Sep 2021
Very relaxing and scenic. Our guide did a great job especially being her first day! She was funny and knowledgeable
fun cruise
, Sep 2021
Listening to the tour guide Brennan made the trip more fun. The story of the eel was the most memorable

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