When I was in Ottawa, one of the things that was suggested to me was to take a cruise down the Ottawa River. At first, I was wondering if it was worth the time and money to just go down and back up the river, but I am so glad that I did.
First, we purchased our tickets from a little ticket booth and received some vague directions of where to grab the boat. We arrived at the location about 20 min before departure due to the fact that we had no idea where we were going so we figured to allot more time to trying to find the location. Once the boat docked, we climbed aboard and away we went!
The Empress of Ottawa consists of three floors. Inside the boat there are bathrooms, more than enough tables and chairs, AND A FULLY LICENSED BAR. I don’t know about you but that was my selling point. We decided to sit on the top, open-air deck in order to get the best view of everything possible. With a pina colada in hand, the sun in the sky, and the wind in my hair, all-in-all it couldn’t get any better.
BUT IT COULD. Our guide was a young girl who seemed to be so full of information and was able to incorporate some humour into the same spiel that I’m sure she recites multiple times daily. On the tour we passed by the home of the Prime Minister, the embassies of many other countries, museums, and got a glimpse of the Quebec waterfront.
On our way back around, we pulled right up to the Rideau Falls. I mean RIGHT UP. We ran down to the lower deck to get up close and personal with the falls. The cold spray coming off the falls was welcome as it was HOT that day. We rode out the journey back inside the boat at one of the tables as the sun beating down on us on the open-air deck was getting unbearable. Good news is that when you sit on the inside of the boat, you can open the windows to still get a nice breeze.
I would recommend that you go on Capital Cruises the next time you’re in Ottawa. It is another way to learn about the history of Canada while having fun at the same time