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You Can Ride Tropical Floating Bars Across A River 2 Hours From Montreal & It's Paradise

There are even karaoke nights on board. 🎤

Contributing Writer
Palapa Tours' floating bars.

Palapa Tours' floating bars.

Want to feel like you're on vacation without getting on a plane? Grab some friends and you can be gliding along the Ottawa River on an epic floating tropical bar in no time (by which we mean in around two hours — but it's still a lot shorter than a flight to Hawaii).

From May to October, Palapa Tours offers relaxing trips up and down the Ottawa River in Hawaiian-style huts with room for up to 12 passengers, and they're already taking bookings for this summer.

Once on board, you and your gang can turn into DJs as you blast your favourite tunes using their Bluetooth-capable stereo systems. Or you can opt to dance along to the tour company's playlist.

You can also order alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks as well as snacks from the vessel's first mate, aka your own personal bartender. If you think you might be hungry for something more substantial during the tour, you can pack a picnic lunch since you're allowed to bring your own food to the floating hut.

Each passenger will also receive their own reusable cup as a souvenir. No single-use plastics here!

The 90-minute cruises depart from Hull Marina in Gatineau, on the right side of the wharf in Jacques-Cartier Park, and prices range from $45 to $80 per person, depending on the time and day of the booking and on whether you charter the whole boat or just reserve a few spots. Speaking of bookings, the reservation system is now open so you can reserve your spot asap.

For a funkier atmosphere, there are also special events such as an '80s night, a karaoke night, an open mic night and a country night organized each week.

Palapa Tours

Price: $45 to $80 per person

When: May to October 2022

Address: 160, rue Laurier, Gatineau, QC

Why You Need To Go: Whether you want to relax or party, touring the Ottawa River on a floating tropical boat is the perfect summer activity.

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Before you get going, check out our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.

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