Ottawa River Historic Sightseeing Cruise

Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours in Ottawa

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4.3 out of 5

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Cruise in comfort along the Ottawa River aboard the Empress of Ottawa. Listen to live commentary in English and French as you learn about the sights and history of Canada's Capital. The Empress of Ottawa features an open air sundeck and two enclosed decks so you can find your ideal seat on board.
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.

What’s included

  • Sightseeing river cruise
  • Live commentary on board
  • Local taxes

What’s not included

  • The listed price does not include parking fees
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities


  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Multiple departure times and locations available
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Ideal choice for families
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Recorded commentary by audio headphones