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Rideau Canal Cruise

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Ottawa, Canada
Rideau Canal Cruise
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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 9 more

Overview

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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1 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K1P, Canada
  • 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.

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

  • 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.
Q:
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
See all safety measures taken by Rideau Canal Cruise.
Q:
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.
Q:
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.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Rideau Canal Cruise?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 95 travelers.

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

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192 Reviews

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Improved directions needed
Nicolas_B
, Jul 2021
The cruise itself was great, but Viator needs to do a better job of giving directions on how to get to the boat. The signage at the Canal is not good. Also the receipt did not show the name of the boat which would have prevented us from an unnecessary 20 minute march to the wrong boat.
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star-4
Great!
Monique_J
, Jul 2021
The most memorable part of the experience was how the history of the canal was explained. Also, the boat ride was fun and relaxing, and was a good length. The tour guide was fun and knowledgeable. However, the place was hard to find. Better directions on the website (eg, where to go from Elgin Street, head to the flags, down the stairs, etc), need to be given. Finally found it after nearly an hour of searching.
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star-5
Great relaxing informative experience
Sarah_P
, Jul 2021
This was a lovely relaxing experience even in our case in the pouring rain! The guides were great and funny, a brilliant view of Ottawa down the canal and comfortable and dry seating. Bonus was the great music throughout.
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star-5
Great experience!
Nicolas_F
, Jul 2021
Beautiful way to see the canal for first timers like us. The guide was great, he gives interesting facts and he’s very funny as well.
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nice experience
Shahnawaz
, Jul 2021
Excellent activity and the tour guide Brandon was hilarious Recommended for all age groups Learned a lot about the canal
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Awesome
Julia_S
, Jul 2021
Awesome tour guide. My hubby giggled the entire time. Beautiful wonderful experience. Highly recommended. Wish it was longer!!!
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star-5
Definitely recommend!
Christine_M
, Jul 2021
It was awesome to learn more about Ottawa but the best part of the cruise was definitely Brenan our tour guide! He is very knowledgeable but even more hilarious! I will likely do this again!!!
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Family afternoon
alex_m
, Jul 2021
Our tour guide Brendan provided a comical and information narration throughout the tour. It was a beautiful and relaxing way to enjoy the canal
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star-4
Lovely trip!
Cailin_W
, Jul 2021
We had a great time. The Tour Guide was very energetic and knowledgeable. Very cool to see the sights from the river.
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star-5
Canal ride a must do!
Michelle_T
, Jul 2021
Lovely way to spend a sunny afternoon....on an electric boat (bateau mouche?)on the Rideau Canal. Loved the commentary in english and french - interesting facts, tidbits and a little shtick! At 1.5 hours, just long enough. Great music too!
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