Historic Sightseeing Tour

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Cruise Duration: approximately 75 minutes.

C'mon aboard Ottawa and Gatineau's 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 Capital Cruises is the ideal way to tour the Ottawa River.

Feel free to roam about our two enclosed decks and the third open-air deck to find your ideal spot aboard.

Ticket PricingIn PersonOnline
Adult$25$23
Senior (65+)$22$20
Student (13-18 or with ID)$22$20
Child (5-12)$15$13
Family (2 adults, 2 children)$65$59
tax included


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Departure Schedule

Please note: The departure schedule is subject to change. Please verify departure times at least 24 hours before departure. No reservations accepted, entry is first come first serve. Boarding starts 10 minutes before departure.

Cruise Amenities

  • Live commentary in English, and French
  • Audio guide in English, French, Spanish, German,
    Japanese, Korean, and Mandarin (Click here to learn more)
  • Free tour map
  • Open air top deck
  • Two covered decks with ample seating
  • Washrooms on the two lower levels
  • Snacks and beverages available for purchase
  • Full service bar

Departure Locations

This cruise has departures from our Gatineau Docks, and our Ottawa Docks.

Gatineau Docks

Located in Jacques Cartier Park at 160 rue Laurier, Gatineau, QC.


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Ottawa Docks

Located at the base of the Rideau Canal Locks between Parliament Hill and the Fairmont Chateau Laurier.


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