Our Story

The best way to see the National Capital region since 1936!

Paul Duhamel, founder of Paul’s Boat Lines Limited started renting out canoes and rowboats at Hog’s Back in 1932.  He founded this boat line in 1936 and began with guided tours on the Rideau River.  The Rideau Canal tours started in 1949 and Ottawa River tours started in 1952.

Our 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.

The Paula D is ideal for an excursion. You have the opportunity to see the beautiful landscape of Ottawa, and relax and enjoy a nice cold beverage on the large upper deck. In addition, on the lower deck, our passengers will find our canteen and our bar (with permission to sell alcohol). The cruise offers a spectacular view of the city and allows you to see the river as it was used long ago: as a highway to transport resources. You will also see the natural beauty of the region that captured the imagination of the first European explorer Samuel de Champlain.

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Fully licensed bar
and canteen on-board

Certificate of Excellence