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
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
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
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.)
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
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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