Pirates. My family loves them! They having pretend sword fights, trying to find illusive buried treasure, and saying “Arrrrrrrrr!” while they do it all. The one of the aspects of pirate life we have yet to experience is getting to sail the open seas to put all of our “pirate skill sets” into play. We were asked to review our pirate practice into play by going an adventure with the crew at Pirate Life In Ottawa, and we could not wait to set sail!
A Swashbuckling Time with Pirate Life Ottawa
Pirate Life In Ottawa is an interactive pirate-theatre cruise that takes place on a pirate ship on Mooney’s Bay. Everyone joining in on the action get to take part by dressing up in pirate garb and helping the pirates on the ship on their journey. There are trips that are spoken in either English or French, so you can sail in the preferred language of your choice.
After checking in, we were able to take in the beauty of the area in one of the “pirate-themed” party tents to get out of the sun until the action began. It was nice just hang out and look around to see what we were about to ship out.
It was dress-up time! Two members of our Pirate Life In Ottawa crew, welcomed us to the day’s adventure! We were then each given a pirate name so we would become fierce pirates. Besides being a pirate, there are options to become a pirate mermaid or a pirate princess. Out of all of my family members, our little guy looked the most like a pirate.
Once we were all sporting our pirate gear, it was time to hit the high seas of Mooney’s Bay! We were directed towards our sailing vessel. It was such a gorgeous ship and it was fun to board. My kids were both excited and a bit intimidated at the size of the ship, but once on board, they liked it a lot.
As we took our seats, we were introduced to the final Pirate Life member of our crew, the Captain. I was pleasantly surprised to see that we were going to be sailing with an all-woman crew! She looked imposing, yet fun, too. As we started our pirate adventure, Cutlass Kate, Pearl and The Captain told us about the treasure we were going find and the story behind the treasure.
The crew was really interactive with us new members of the ship. They made sure that each of the younger members became involved in some aspect of our journey, from asking the kids questions; to having them help get rid of evil Pirate Pete, a pirate who was trying to stop us from finding the treasure, to learning pirate song and dances.
One of the best parts with Pirate Life In Ottawa had to be the pirate fight between Pearl and Pirate Pete. It was fun to see a pirate sword fight, then to see them switch to a, um, less traditional form of combat.
At the end of our journey, we found the “X” that marked the post where our treasure was hidden. We hauled it on board and opened it the chest to find it full of gold coins and other treasure the younger members of the crew would enjoy!
Once back on shore, we then ventured in to the gift shop where we were finding our own piece of treasure to take home.
We had an amazing time aboard the Grey Ghost as part of the crew during our time at Pirate Life In Ottawa. We got to dress-up as pirates, sail along the Rideau River on a pirate ship, and be a part of a pirate story that had action, mystery and comedy. My family really enjoyed this experience, and my kids are constantly asking to go on their next adventure.
For more information about Pirate Life In Ottawa, you can visit their website.
Disclaimer: I received a complementary trip for my family at Pirate Life in Ottawa in order to write this review. All opinion expressed in this review are my own.
I’ve heard of the Pirate Adventures. I’ve always wanted to bring my girls on it.
Have heard about this….always wanted to take the kids on this pirate adventure but have not had a chance to yet!
We’ve never been. This looks amazing! !!
Have never been on the ship, but saw it while taking the family to the park and heard good reviews.
We have pased along the Pirate Adventures park many times as it is part of our bike route, but I thought my kids were too young at the time to go. Now that they are older 3-5, I think this would be a great opportunity to try it out! This is also an excellant place for birthday parties, alass my kids were born in winter! 🙂
I have heard of it but we have never gone on it yet.
I’ve see Pirate Adventures while paddling at Mooney’s Bay.
i have heard of it and always wanted to take the kids!
I have heard about pirate adventures and we have seen the boat in the water but have never gone. My kids would love it! 🙂
Hi there! Have always anted to take my boys on the pirate adventure. Looks like a lot of fun!
We are moving back to ottawa at the end of July! This would be a perfect welcome!
Never been, would love to go with my boys
I would love to take my boys!
Yes I have heard of them but never been before.
I’ve heard about this for years and have always wanted to go. My younger brother would love to head out on the seas! args
Have heard of pirate adventures but never been. My 4 year old son would be in pirate heaven. Ahoy!
Thanks for the info! We are thinking of taking the kids this year!! It would be great to win tickets!
I should mention I’ve heard but never been!!
I’ve just recently heard of it. Would love the opportunity for the family to partake in a pirate adventure!
Never heard of it. Looks like awesome fun!
We went there today. It as awesome! Can’t wait to go again.
we’ ve never been, would love to win tickets and tag along my friend and her daughter. Looks like a fun time!
we have never been, would love to take our friends to join us! Looks like a great time
It looks like a lot of fun but it’s never been in our budget! Thanks for the chance!
Yes, I’ve definitely heard of Pirate Adventures, have seen the boat on Mooney’s Bay, but have never been.
We have heard of it and are dying to go!
I have never heard of Pirate Adventures before and just found out about it through this review, thanks for it! My son would love to go, so I am very pleased there’s a chance to win 4 tickets, yes!
We’ve never been, but my 6-year-old is going to a birthday party there this Saturday. I’m sure it’ll be so much fun!
I definitely know about it but have yet to go 🙂
I heard about it on Ctv
Came across Pirate Adventurs earlier this summer. Would love to go!
Never been but my son would love this adventure!!!
I’ve never heard of Pirate Adventures until today. It looks like a fabulous fun time. My son would absolutely love it. We have not been before but would love the opportunity please and thank you 🙂
One of my cousins took his twins to this. I was wondering where it was taken place. Now I know. Never been on a pirate adventure. Don’t mind winning one to take my 4 yo daughter, 2 yo son. Thanks
I have heard of it but never been!
I have drove by it but never knew much about it. My kids would LOVE it
We have been curious if it would be a neat “stay-cation” idea to do. Thanks for the information and review.
First time I’ve heard of it. Great idea, totally thinking of bringing the kids!
I heard of it for the first time yesterday while looking for kids activities in Ottawa.
No, I have not been yet to the Pirate Adventures, but we have heard a lot of wonderful things about it, and would really like to go.
I’ve seen it at Mooney’s Bay often but have never been! Would be so fun to try
We’ve never been. Have always wanted to bring the LOs though. I’ve heard it’s a blast!
I’ve seen the ship but I’ve never looked in to it. Thanks for the post and the opportunity!
I have never been on this ship, but have recommended it to people as I have heard great reviews! Hope to give it a try!! Can’t wait!
I have been wanting to take my Son!!!
We have always wanted to go. Never had the oppotunity to go and would LOVE to.
I have heard of it and have always wanted to try it. This summer, I think my girls are finally old enough to enjoy it 🙂
I’ve heard of it and driven by numerous times. I have wanted to take my kids but always forget.
I have never been but my son and grandsons live there and I know they would love to go to this.
I have heard of Pirate Adventures, but I have never gone. I know my daughters would love this!
I have seen the ship from the shore of Mooney’s Bay but have never been on it.
I’ve seen the boat many times, but I’ve never been able to go. I’d love to bring my daughter to this prayer adventure 😉
I have never been, but Mooney’s Bay has become my kids’ favourite beach to go to because they love catching sight of the pirate ship while swimming! We would love a chance to go.
With a family of boys, we have been on the Pirate Ship before. It was great fun. Now my youngest is entering that pirate phase. I would love to take him.
Have never been, but have always wanted to go!!
I live outside Ottawa but have never heard of them. My two 5-year-olds would love to go! Sounds perfect for birthday parties too.
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I have never been
I have heard of this awesome adventure but never been. Would love to take my girls, they are into pirates and would love this!
weve never been but we’ve been waiting for my son to be old enough @ 4 years we think he’s ready
never have been but drive by everyday from work and would love to check it out!
We have never been but have wanted to go for a few years!