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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.

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.
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
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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.
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


253 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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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.
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
, Sep 2021
I have travelled to over 23 countries around this globe, have been on multiple tours (including with Viatour), and this tour guide, Brenan, was one of the best that I have ever encountered! He was funny, knowledgeable and kept us engaged. He also alternated between French and English very well. I was impressed! I have referred a lot of people to this tour thus far. The tour itself was relaxing and allowed us to see and hear aspects of Ottawa, including the history and legend regarding the Rideu Canal, which we would not have heard on our own. Thanks for listing this tour! It was great!
River cruise
, Sep 2021
Very pleasant, relaxing river cruise. More explicit directions needed to find the boat. We found it tricky and got there on the nick of time. I would recommend taking it.
, Sep 2021
My husband and I wanted to take my son( his birthday) and his girlfriend in this and we forgot our mask, NONE PROVIDED😡 SO I LOST MONEY AND MY SOM WAS UPSET WHI WAS VISITING FROM BC Your adventure should provide masks!!!! If not free ones which should beeeeee!!!!! At least to BUY IT RUINED MORE THAN HALF THE DAY FOR US
, Sep 2021
This tour had the funniest guide I ever encountered! He spoke both English and French and he could be very easily a professional comedy actor. Was great to see someone with so much passion for what they do. Tour was very informative and was great to learn boat is using electric power which makes it sustainable for the environment.

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