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Pirate Life In Ottawa Review

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!

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A Swashbuckling Time at Pirate Adventures

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.

Dress-up time!

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.

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A young 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.

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Pirate ship

The journey

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.

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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.

Pirates fights

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.

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Pirates fight

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!

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Hidden treasures

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.

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  1. Have heard about this….always wanted to take the kids on this pirate adventure but have not had a chance to yet!

  2. 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! 🙂

  3. I have heard about pirate adventures and we have seen the boat in the water but have never gone. My kids would love it! 🙂

  4. 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

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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 🙂

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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 🙂

  12. 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 😉

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

    Besos, Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

  16. I have heard of this awesome adventure but never been. Would love to take my girls, they are into pirates and would love this!


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