A Family Innovation
Ottawa Boat Cruise was founded when Jean Taillefer decided to convert one of his ferryboats into a cruise boat on the Ottawa River for family and friends. When the word started to spread and more and more people got interested, Mr. Taillefer decided to create a new company and launched his operations from Rockland in the early 1980's.
In order to offer its service to a wider clientele, Jean moved the operations to the Quai des artistes in Hull (now Gatineau) where it has been successfully operating ever since. His son Robert took over in 1997 to not only ensure the survival of the legacy, but grow Ottawa Boat Cruise into the recreational tourism business that attracts the largest amount of tourists to the Ottawa-Gatineau region.