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Ottawa: Rideau Canal Cruise

1. 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 Arboretum, and many more.

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What people are saying about Rideau Canal

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 160 reviews

Guide & boat were excellent BUT 70% of my fellow passengers were complete a-holes - they talked so much we could barely hear the guide, even though he set the expectation at the beginning AND 1/2 way through. My ancestors dug that thing & I wanted to learn about it. So please administer Ritalin to every rider, combine masking with built-in gags, OR, if u r just there to talk with your friends & family, CHAT ON THE BENCH BESIDE THE CANAL. STAY OFF THE BOAT OR DO AS YOU WERE ASKED & SHUT YOUR YAP UNTIL THE RIDE BACK. No one cares what the passengers have to say.

The boat is quiet and the tour on the canal is beautiful. The tour guide is amazingly bilingual and upbeat.

Really nice tour. Gabriella did a great job commentating for us. We appreciated her sense of humour!

Very entertaining and quite informative! Brendan is so funny!

very pleasant, good weather and explanations from the guide.