Pirate Life In Ottawa – Review

| July 9, 2015 | 61 Comments

A Swashbuckling Time with Pirate Life Ottawa 

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 put 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 at Pirate Adventures

A Swashbuckling Time at Pirate Adventures


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.


A Swashbuckling Time at Pirate Adventures


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.


A Swashbuckling Time at Pirate Adventures

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.


A Swashbuckling Time at Pirate Adventures

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.


A Swashbuckling Time at Pirate Adventures



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.


A Swashbuckling Time at Pirate Adventures


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.


A Swashbuckling Time at Pirate Adventures

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!


A Swashbuckling Time at Pirate Adventures

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.


A Swashbuckling Time at Pirate Adventures



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. Leila says:

    I’ve heard of the Pirate Adventures. I’ve always wanted to bring my girls on it.

  2. Chandra says:

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

  3. Sarah says:

    We’ve never been. This looks amazing! !!

  4. KF says:

    Have never been on the ship, but saw it while taking the family to the park and heard good reviews.

  5. cbrazil says:

    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! 🙂

  6. Nicole B says:

    I have heard of it but we have never gone on it yet.

  7. Heather Jackson says:

    I’ve see Pirate Adventures while paddling at Mooney’s Bay.

  8. Nikki says:

    i have heard of it and always wanted to take the kids!

  9. sarah says:

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

  10. Jen says:

    Hi there! Have always anted to take my boys on the pirate adventure. Looks like a lot of fun!

  11. Michelle O'Farrell says:

    We are moving back to ottawa at the end of July! This would be a perfect welcome!

  12. Crystal says:

    Never been, would love to go with my boys

  13. Michelle says:

    I would love to take my boys!

  14. Holly O'Gorman says:

    Yes I have heard of them but never been before.

  15. Shirley says:

    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

  16. Anita law says:

    Have heard of pirate adventures but never been. My 4 year old son would be in pirate heaven. Ahoy!

  17. erin says:

    Thanks for the info! We are thinking of taking the kids this year!! It would be great to win tickets!

  18. Sarah says:

    I’ve just recently heard of it. Would love the opportunity for the family to partake in a pirate adventure!

  19. Julia says:

    Never heard of it. Looks like awesome fun!

  20. Nolie says:

    We went there today. It as awesome! Can’t wait to go again.

  21. Nichole says:

    we’ ve never been, would love to win tickets and tag along my friend and her daughter. Looks like a fun time!

  22. Nichole says:

    we have never been, would love to take our friends to join us! Looks like a great time

  23. Jennah-Lee Milks says:

    It looks like a lot of fun but it’s never been in our budget! Thanks for the chance!

  24. Laura S. says:

    Yes, I’ve definitely heard of Pirate Adventures, have seen the boat on Mooney’s Bay, but have never been.

  25. Melissa Finn says:

    We have heard of it and are dying to go!

  26. Daniela says:

    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!

  27. Julie Dyer says:

    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!

  28. Paul N says:

    I definitely know about it but have yet to go 🙂

  29. Julie Bolduc says:

    I heard about it on Ctv

  30. Dyan says:

    Came across Pirate Adventurs earlier this summer. Would love to go!

  31. Krissy says:

    Never been but my son would love this adventure!!!

  32. Danielle says:

    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 🙂

  33. Milan Kavcak says:

    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

  34. Tracy Pratte says:

    I have heard of it but never been!

  35. melissa fowers says:

    I have drove by it but never knew much about it. My kids would LOVE it

  36. Carly says:

    We have been curious if it would be a neat “stay-cation” idea to do. Thanks for the information and review.

  37. Kim says:

    First time I’ve heard of it. Great idea, totally thinking of bringing the kids!

  38. KD says:

    I heard of it for the first time yesterday while looking for kids activities in Ottawa.

  39. Bo Simms says:

    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.

  40. Allison says:

    I’ve seen it at Mooney’s Bay often but have never been! Would be so fun to try

  41. S. says:

    We’ve never been. Have always wanted to bring the LOs though. I’ve heard it’s a blast!

  42. Life of K says:

    I’ve seen the ship but I’ve never looked in to it. Thanks for the post and the opportunity!

  43. Sarah says:

    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!

  44. Lesia says:

    I have been wanting to take my Son!!!

  45. Kim says:

    We have always wanted to go. Never had the oppotunity to go and would LOVE to.

  46. AH says:

    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 🙂

  47. Sherry F says:

    I’ve heard of it and driven by numerous times. I have wanted to take my kids but always forget.

  48. Darlene Demell says:

    I have never been but my son and grandsons live there and I know they would love to go to this.

  49. Jen says:

    I have heard of Pirate Adventures, but I have never gone. I know my daughters would love this!

  50. Robyn says:

    I have seen the ship from the shore of Mooney’s Bay but have never been on it.

  51. Yamily B. says:

    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 😉

  52. Cassandra says:

    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.

  53. Cynthia Allen says:

    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.

  54. Jennifer says:

    Have never been, but have always wanted to go!!

  55. Sarah De Diego says:

    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

  56. Bonnie says:

    I have never been

  57. Lynn says:

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

  58. Holly says:

    weve never been but we’ve been waiting for my son to be old enough @ 4 years we think he’s ready

  59. Alyson bee says:

    never have been but drive by everyday from work and would love to check it out!

  60. Patricia S says:

    We have never been but have wanted to go for a few years!

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