Ottawa Sightseeing Cruises

Photo Credit: Canadian Tourism Commission

Whether you want to explore the Rideau Canal, a chain of beautiful lakes, rivers and locks extending 202 km from Kingston to Ottawa or enjoy the tourist sights of Ottawa from the water, there are quite a few options  available. You can choose from sightseeing cruises to dinner and fireworks cruise to overnight cruises on St Lawerence river.



1. The Rideau King

The Rideau King, a fifty foot steel tour boat sails Monday through Thursday every week from its home port of Merrickville, Ontario on the historic Rideau Canal.

Full day tours: Merrickville to Ottawa /Ottawa to Merrickville; Westport to Merrickville/ Merrickville to Westport; Transportation available to get you back to starting location.

Merrickville to Ottawa: Sails north toward the village of Burritts Rapids passing through Clowes and Nicholsons locks along the way.  North on the Rideau River past Kemptville, Kars and Manotic on the way to the Long Island lock and up river through Black Rapids lock ending the voyage at the Hogs Back lock in the late afternoon. 

Merrickville to Westport: west toward Smiths Falls passing through the Kilmarnock, Edmonds, Old Slys locks along the way. Once through the lock at Smiths Falls and Poonamalie, the canal continues towards Westport through Lower Rideau Lake and Big Rideau Lake, the Narrows lock and Upper Rideau Lake.   Details

Address:Aylings Marina,  Merrickville
Phone: 613-269-9342
Cost: $60 – $89.95/person including light lunch

2. Paul’s Boat Line

Ottawa River cruise offers the finest views along the River. With departures from the Hull Marina in Jacques Cartier Park and the Ottawa Dock, located at the foot of the Ottawa Locks, this 1 1/2 hour tour is the most thorough tour available on the water. Details

Address: 160 Laurier Street, Gatineau and 1 Canal Ln, Ottawa
Phone: 613-225-6781
Cost: $5 – $24

3. Rideau Canal cruises




The Rideau Canal cruises will take you back to 1812 when the plan for the construction of the canal was introduced! Its cruises will let you discover the wonderful Rideau Canal, from Dow’s lake to the Ottawa River. Details

Address: 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa
Phone: 613-317-3919
Cost: $12 – $69

4. Capital Cruises

See Ottawa from a different perspective! View the Parliament Buildings, the Prime Minister’s residence, the Museum of History, the American Ambassador’s residence, and much more while you cruise the historic Ottawa River. It has two departure locations – next to the Canadian Museum of History and also at the base of the Rideau Canal Locks below the Parliament Buildings. Empress of Ottawa can accommodate 300 passengers, has triple deck and is a class above the rest. She is equipped with two bars, an open air upper deck for great sightseeing, washrooms on decks A and B and all the safety equipment to make your cruise with us secure and enjoyable. Details

Address: Departures from Gatineau Docks (Jacques Cartier Park at 160 rue Laurier, Gatineau) and Ottawa Docks ( base of the Rideau Canal Locks between Parliament Hill and the Fairmont Chateau Laurier.)
Phone: 613-241-8811
Cost: $15 – $75

5. Cruise the Rideau – Ontario Waterway Cruises

Guests will be able to explore different sceneries of Rideau Canal, from Kingston to Hartwells which they would be able to experience in a five day on the cruise. Itinerary:  Kingston to Jones Falls,  Jones Falls to Poonamalie, Poonamalie to Merrickville, Merrickville to Long Island flight locks, Long Island flight locks to Hartwells Locks in Ottawa. Here passengers board our chartered bus for the two hour ride back to their cars at Kingston. Details

Phone: 800-561-5767
Address: From Kingston to Ottawa and back
Cost: $2,092.00 per person double occupancy (5 day Cruise)

6. St. Lawrence Cruise Lines Inc. Ottawa

Come and explore the St. Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers for 6 Days and 5 Nights. Board in Ottawa  and disembark in Kingston. Cruising along the Ottawa River you’ll find yourself situated directly between predominantly English-speaking Ontario and French-speaking Quebec, basking in a unique blend of Canada’s founding cultures. Cruising in either direction, you will experience the many faces, stages, and attractions of the St. Lawrence River. Over night ports include Ottawa, Carillon, Lachine, a borough of, Montreal, Upper Canada Village, and Brockville. Details

Phone: 613 549 8091
Address:  Kingston to Ottawa
Cost: $2158 (double occupancy room) & up.

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