SUCCESS
OTTAWA YACHT TOURS

OUR STORY

We’re based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, the nation’s capital.

We are the premier & only company offering upscale yacht tours on the Ottawa River. We are a proud & hard-working Canadian locally owned & operated business.

Late summer 2020 — Our story started when friends, looking for something to do outside — everything had been shut down for months due to Covid, reached out and asked if they could come aboard with family. They wanted to escape what was going on, and experience something positive, on a yacht, on the water, under the sun, with music, and each other.

Fall 2020 — Ottawa Yacht Tours (OYT) was born.

Summer 2021 — after months of tremendous hard work to install new equipment, upgrade systems, and obtain a naval engineer’s certification, Ottawa Yacht’s Dolce far niente successfully passed a Transport Canada Marine Safety Inspector’s technical review, and earned the lauded Blue Decal, bearing certificate # 2601659.

We are the first & only yacht tour operator on the Ottawa river to earn this Transport Canada stamp of approval to legally & safely operate a small non-pleasure craft commercially on the Ottawa River.

August 10, 2021 — Our first official, commercial tour took place, and by month’s end, we had 35 sold-out tours with hundreds of passengers.

September 2021 — Ottawa Yacht Tours acquired a second yacht, named  her The Everly, and one became two; a fleet was born.

October 2021 — The Ottawa Tourism Board of Directors voted to accept OYT as a new member, as did the Tourisme Outaouais Board of Directors. OYT also became a member of the Passenger and Commercial Vessel Association.  

October 2021 — We partnered with FareHarbor to deliver a state-of-the-art and robust booking platform across the web so future OYT passengers can easily reserve tours online.

Winter 2022The Everly underwent extensive upgrades and renovations to be fit for commercial tours in summer 2022.

Summer 2022 — The NCC agreed to let OYT use the Port de Plaisance wharf next to Jacque Cartier Park in Gatineau to board and disembark passengers.

LIVING
OTTAWA YACHT TOURS

OUR MISSION

  • More than just a ride on a boat, you'll have an opportunity to embrace a lifestyle. From the very first moment you step on board, you'll experience everything life on the water should be.
  • A place where you can shift your perspective, stretch out in the sun, trail your fingers in the blue, breath in the warmth, unplug, unwind and escape the crowds — where horizons are brighter and sights await you.
  • The sounds of the water, the expanse of the horizon, a front-row seat to another epic sunset, a cool drink in hand, the perfect music to soothe your soul. This is life aboard a beautiful yacht.
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TWO GREAT YACHTS

There’s no doubting the fact that yachting is both glamorous and exclusive. Owning, let alone riding on, a yacht is an experience relatively unmatched in the world; it is - quite simply - exciting.

Professional Crew

We offer all you could imagine and more. Our crews are unfaltering in attention to detail, unrelenting in the bid to become better, and entirely committed to offering the complete service.

Discover new places

Be our nautical tourist and discover yachting in the core of Canada's National Capital Region, on water, in the heart of the city, and be surprised, surrounded by nature.

Amazing TOURS

If you’re searching for some of the most exciting views in Canada's National Capital Region, set your naval compass on one or our spectacular yachts. The city, and the water, are spectacular.

SIGHTS
OTTAWA YACHT TOURS

OUR TOURS

From the water, national historic sights like the Parliament Hill, Chateau Laurier, and Rideau Canal Locks 1-8 combine like works of art to make the most spectacular must-see scenery in the heart of the capital.

  • Daily Tours :: Wed to Sun @ 11AM with lunch, 2PM, 4PM, sunset, and after-dark.
  • VIP Tours :: sunrises with breakfast, holiday long weekend parties, Canada Day or Casino fireworks, and the exciting Ottawa River Run.
  • Private Charters :: any-time-any-day, on holidays, for extended durations, for lunch or dinner, to go anchor, to visit an island, to get beached, for couples, for both yachts. Request a quote.
CONFIDENCE
OTTAWA YACHT TOURS

OUR TEAMS

We are proud to be members of these reputable associations, which allows us to stay abreast of industry news and any changes in regulations implemented by the government.

OTTAWA TOURISM

Member — Oct 2021

TOURISME OUTAOUAIS

Member — Oct 2021

TOURISM industry ASSOCIATION OF ONTARIO

Member — Nov 2021

PASSENGER & COMMERCIAL VESSEL ASSOCIATION 

Member — Nov 2021

VENUE
OTTAWA YACHT TOURS

OUR YACHTS

Sea Ray standards mandate high-quality materials, strict construction protocols and obsessive attention to fit & finishes, guaranteeing the best possible craftsmanship.
PEOPLE
OTTAWA YACHT TOURS

OUR CREW

Our professional crew anticipate requests, and continually look for ways to build on the exceptional 5-star reputation we have come to enjoy. We will take great care of you so you can fully submerse yourself in everything yacht life has to offer.

Sara Toupin

Captain, First Mate

Melanie Donnelly

Co-Owner, Captain, First Mate

Stephane Robinson

Co-Owner, Captain, First Mate

Erik J Lupien

Owner, Captain, First Mate

Jacques Drouin

Captain

Clinton Marquardt

Captain, First Mate

Gen Le Bel

Captain, First Mate

Louis Belanger

Captain

Philip Klaassen

Captain, First Mate

FIRST
OTTAWA YACHT TOURS

YOUR SAFETY

Proudly, we are certified by the Transport Canada small vessel compliance program for passenger safety and security. We've earned the coveted blue decal that certifies we:

  • ensure  our vessels, machinery and equipment comply with regulations;
  • developed procedures for safe operation and for emergencies; and
  • ensure our crew and passengers receive safety training.