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Our most recommended Ontario River & Harbor Cruises

  • Ottawa: Sightseeing River Cruise

    1. Ottawa: Sightseeing River Cruise

    Discover the natural beauty of the region that captured the imagination of the first European explorer Samuel de Champlain. Climb aboard the 'Paula D' for a 1.5-hour sightseeing cruise on the Ottawa River. This must-do experience offers an entertaining glimpse of the region's rich history and leaves you with plenty of time to enjoy the rest of your stay. For your convenience, there are two departure docks, one located in Gatineau and another in Ottawa. Once boarded, sit back and relax as you cruise down the river. Enjoy spectacular views of the city and learn about the river's past life as a watery highway for transporting resources with your guide's engaging and informative commentary in both English and French. During your cruise, you'll have the opportunity to see the Parliament Buildings, the Rideau Canal Locks, and the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau from the river. You'll also be a...

    It was an excellent way to learn Ottawa and the area. We had a great tour guide, Kat!

  • Toronto: Harbor and Islands Sightseeing Cruise

    2. Toronto: Harbor and Islands Sightseeing Cruise

    This cruise of the Toronto Harbour and islands gives you the chance to enjoy scenic views of the Toronto skyline, learn the history of the area, and explore the Toronto Islands. Your captain will start the tour by taking you to view the Western Harbour before crossing into the lagoons to visit the Toronto Islands. Sites featured on this part of the tour include the historic Hanlan’s Point, the Island Yacht Club, and the woodlands of the Island Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary. The captain and crew will provide an entertaining and informative narration to detail everything you see. During the second half of the tour, return to the Toronto Harbour where the crew will tell you about many of the notable buildings that make up the skyline while you cruise along to find the perfect place to photograph Toronto from the water.

    Saw exactly what I anticipated seeing. The staff were outstanding. The ticket office staff we kind, courteous and helpful. Captain Kat and I hope I’m correct when I say Captain Jack (maybe John). Knowledgeable, courteous and soooo kind. I was travelling with a special needs adult child, he went abouve and beyond making sure needs were accommodated. Would 100% take this cruise again

  • Lewiston USA: 45-Minute Jet-Boat Tour on the Niagara River

    3. Lewiston USA: 45-Minute Jet-Boat Tour on the Niagara River

    Say goodbye to conventional sightseeing as you pile on board an open jet-boat and set off on an adventurous, stimulating tour of the Niagra River. Spend 45 minutes taking in the scenery and learning the history of the river as your professional guide leads you through the rapids. This tour is more than an adventure through the rapids; it is a chance to learn about the history of the Niagara River. Your knowledgeable guide will point out specific historical landmarks, and explain the differences between the American and Canadian sides of the river. Hang on as the boat is navigated through the river to deliver a thrilling ride through the Class 5 rapids. The highlights of this part of the tour include entering Devil’s Hole, where the rapids begin, and experiencing the exhilarating 365-degree jet spin. The Wet Jet boats are designed with an open top to deliver a panoramic view but that m...

    This activity is excellent. I had a lot fun and their are very professional which make you feel safe and you are really in good hands.

  • Niagara Falls, Canada: Niagara River Jet Boat Tour

    4. Niagara Falls, Canada: Niagara River Jet Boat Tour

    Are you looking to spend an exciting afternoon out in nature ? Then this stimulating jet-boat tour of the Niagara River is perfect for you. This tour is more than an adventure through the rapids - it is a chance to learn about the history of the Niagara River. Your knowledgeable guide will point out specific historical landmarks, and explain the differences between the American and Canadian sides of the river. Then, your expert guide will navigate the river to deliver a thrilling ride through the Class 5 rapids. The highlights of this part of the tour include entering Devil’s Hole, where the rapids begin, and experiencing the exhilarating 365° Hamilton Turn! The Wet Jet boats are designed with an open top to deliver a panoramic view but that means you will definitely get wet as you go through the rapids. You will be provided with the necessary gear to make your trip as comfortable as ...

    I attended the domed jetboat tour. I signed up online, an easy process. I received clear instructions on what was expected of me, and directions on how to get to their site. We were lucky, in that we had good weather, which made the experience that much more enjoyable.

  • Ottawa: Rideau Canal Cruise

    5. Ottawa: Rideau Canal Cruise

    Discover the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Rideau Canal aboard a brand-new electric vessel. Admire top attractions like the Canadian Museum of Nature, Château Laurier, Dow’s Lake, and the National Arts Centre from this iconic waterway. The cruise departs from the heart of downtown Ottawa. Step aboard North America’s largest 100% electric passenger vessel, the only one of its kind. Your experienced and friendly crew will answer your questions and ensure your safety. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the view as your live guide shares entertaining insights into the region, its history, and rich cultural heritage. Discover the Rideau Canal from the Chateau Laurier to Dow's Lake. Learn about 30 different sites that have marked the history of Ottawa including the Trans-Canada Highway, Canadian Museum of Nature, Canal Ritz, Lansdowne Park, Bank Street Bridge, Dow’s Lake, Commissioners Park, Dominion...

    A nice gentle way to spend time on the water with an amusing and informative commentary.

  • Ottawa Tiki Tour

    6. Ottawa Tiki Tour

    Take a relaxing tour up and down the Ottawa River on a Hawaiian style Tiki Hut, in a boat trip like no other. Just head to one of the embarkment sites, climb aboard and get the party started. Our captains are all small vessel certified and licensed. Enjoy fancy drinks and snacks as the tiki bar takes you along the river, offering stunning views of the shoreline. Whether it’s just hanging out with friends for a fun time, spending some relaxing time with your family, taking a romantic cruise, or a group excursion, Ottawa Tiki Tours is one of the most unique ways to get out on the water. Cruise the time away sipping drinks, and listening to or singing karaoke to your favourite tropical tunes.

    It was a great experience sightseeing while relaxing on a tiki boat on the Ottawa river. 10/10 would recommend to anyone looking for a unique experience!

  • Niagara Falls, USA: Goat Island & Optional Maid of the Mist

    7. Niagara Falls, USA: Goat Island & Optional Maid of the Mist

    Begin your experience with a 1 or 1.5-hour guided walking tour of Goat Island. Take in views of the Horseshoe Falls and hear about their formation. Walk down to Luna Island for views of the American and Bridal falls as well. Upgrade your experience and see the falls up close on a Maid of the Mist boat tour, heading into the center of the thundering Horseshoe Falls. During the winter, or whenever the Maid of the Mist is not operating, visit the Niagara Adventure Theater instead. Choose a 1 or 1.5-hour tour. For the ultimate upgrade, add a 12-minute helicopter ride over the falls. Admire views of the Rainbow Bridge, American Falls, Bridal Vail Falls, Horseshoe Falls, Goat Island, Niagara River, Queen Victoria Park, Clifton Hill, and the American Observation Tower.

    definitely recommend the guided walking tour and the maid of the mist. our tour guide was very informative and answered all of our questions about the area and everything

  • From Toronto: Niagara Falls Evening Tour With Boat Cruise

    8. From Toronto: Niagara Falls Evening Tour With Boat Cruise

    Benefit from pick-up service from all downtown Toronto or Toronto Pearson Airport hotels, and then journey by climate-controlled mini-coach to Niagara Falls. Listen to an informative commentary about the history of the area and the role of the native people, and discover why the geography makes the Niagara Peninsula so unique. Upon arrival at Niagara Whirlpool, marvel at one of the most violent white water rapids in North America. Then, climb aboard the Hornblower to experience the power, energy and majesty of Niagara Falls up close on the "Voyage to the Falls" boat tour. Be mesmerized by the height of Horseshoe Falls and the volume of water that plunges from its crestline. Travel along the Niagara Parkway to see the power of the Niagara River as it prepares to plunge over the falls. Take in the scenic landscape of Dufferin Islands along the way. Get some free time at Niagara Falls ...

    It is something you will never forget. If you have Fabio as your guide you will have the time of your life.

  • Ottawa: Small Group Half-Day City Sightseeing Tour

    9. Ottawa: Small Group Half-Day City Sightseeing Tour

    Ottawa has so much to see and do that it is hard to pack it all in one day. This tour is a half-day tour that will allow you to visit some of the city’s most popular attractions including various Parliament buildings. After exploring these landmarks, take part in a 1.5-hour river cruise giving you the opportunity to catch a glimpse of over 55 must-see sites throughout the capital city. The day will begin with your tour guide picking you up from your downtown Ottawa hotel. While heading to your first stop on the tour, which is Parliament Hill, your guide will give you your first introduction to the city. They are able to answer questions, provide you with fun facts and point out important landmarks and sites. The adventure will begin once you arrive at the Royal Canadian Mint. On your tour of the headquarters, you will get a behind-the-scenes look at the state-of-the-art facilities. Ther...

    Yes we sure did. It was awesome and our tour guide did a fabulous job showing us sites with regards to the diplomatics, where they lived, their unique license plates, took us to places we not find on our own. Very well done. Great job would highly recommend to other visitors. Tracey Lawrence

  • Niagara Falls, Canada: Gems of Niagara Small Group City Tour

    10. Niagara Falls, Canada: Gems of Niagara Small Group City Tour

    The first stop will be the world-famous Hornblower Niagara cruise "Voyage to the Falls". Guests skip the long line and enjoy priority access to experience this remarkable boat ride.  After the boat tour, visit Journey Behind the Falls. Take a journey deep below and behind the heart of Niagara, and stand in the mist where the mighty Horseshoe Falls tumbles from 13 storeys above!  Next, travel along the magnificent Niagara Parkway to Niagara-on-the-Lake. Spend approximately two hours exploring what many consider to be Canada’s prettiest town.  Enjoy the quaint shops, restaurants, and cafes. ​On the return drive along the Niagara Parkway, there will be stops at the Floral Clock and Whirlpool Rapids before the tour ends at your Niagara Falls hotel or residence.

    We really liked our guide and driver. We had never taken a guided tour before as my husband didn't like the idea (go figure) BUT he has changed his mind completely and has been going on and on about it to our friends! We liked everything!

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What people are saying about Ontario

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,723 reviews

Saw exactly what I anticipated seeing. The staff were outstanding. The ticket office staff we kind, courteous and helpful. Captain Kat and I hope I’m correct when I say Captain Jack (maybe John). Knowledgeable, courteous and soooo kind. I was travelling with a special needs adult child, he went abouve and beyond making sure needs were accommodated. Would 100% take this cruise again

We had such an amazing time celebrating our friends 50th birthday! A big shout out and thank you to Gabby, Mike (aka bat man) and their daughters they were great host! We highly recommend giving this a try!! Thank you again for all laughs.

It was a great experience sightseeing while relaxing on a tiki boat on the Ottawa river. 10/10 would recommend to anyone looking for a unique experience!

Our host Kim and Captain Jerome were fantastic and fun!!! Service was excellent! We will be back again for the recommended romantic night cruise soon!!!

Mike and Gabby were fantastic hosts. We had such a fun time, brilliant concept so book now.