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Ottawa River Historic Sightseeing Cruise

  • Sail the Ottawa River on a sightseeing cruise
  • See the top sites in Ottawa from the water
  • Listen to live, onboard commentary in English and French
Ottawa River Historic Sightseeing Cruise
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Ottawa River Historic Sightseeing Cruise
See Ottawa from the water on this 75-minute sightseeing cruise. Climb aboard the Empress of Ottawa and see Parliament Hill, the official residence of the Prime Minister of Canada (24 Sussex), the Canadian Museum of History, the US ambassador's official residence and much more. Enjoy a narrated account of the sites in English and French from an open-air sundeck or from one of two enclosed decks.
What to Expect
C'mon aboard the premier sightseeing vessel, the Empress of Ottawa, and capture unique and spectacular views of some of the city's attractions such as the Parliament Buildings, Canadian Museum of History (formerly Canadian Museum of Civilization), Rideau Falls, and the Prime Minister's residence. With these landmarks as your backdrop, this 75-minute cruise is the ideal way to tour the Ottawa River.

Feel free to roam about the two enclosed decks and the third open-air deck to find the ideal spot aboard. The cruise offers full live commentary in English and French, as well as pre-recorded historical commentary in English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Korean, and Mandarin.

The Empress of Ottawa has daily departures from two locations to best serve you: Jacques Cartier Park Wharf in Gatineau (Hull Sector) and at the base of the Rideau Canal locks below the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa. Boarding starts 10 minutes prior to departure.
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Reviewed 27 June 2018
Incredible view, incredible people, amazing time.

Our experience on the Ottawa river will be unforgettable thanks to capital cruise. Thank you to all the amazing staff for making us feel right at home. If you are in Ottawa this 100% needs to make your itinerary. You will be speechless at how...More

4  Thank Mariane H
Reviewed 16 June 2018 via mobile
Fantastic experience.

This is a great experience. The boat is beautiful and the crew are fun, friendly and knowledgeable. Ann, the tour guide, was amazing. She has so much knowledge about the area and I learned many interesting facts. It was fun to be on the water...More

Thank Steven G
Reviewed 5 June 2018
Terrific tour from the water.

We enjoyed seeing Ottawa from the water and learning some history from that perspective. Of course good weather is important. Only problem was finding where to go and also you should note that the Ottawa dock has a 10 minute downhill walk which means at...More

1  Thank dawnsrosen
Reviewed 14 September 2017
Flexible staff, informative tour

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

1  Thank NC608
Reviewed 18 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
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