Palapa Tours – Inauguration – The only floating Tiki bar in Canada


How cool.

The best way to experience the nations capital

Meet “Kiwi” the pineapple

Take a relaxing trip along the Ottawa River or Wasaga Beach in a Hawaiian-style palapa hut.

The Bahamas has the swimming pigs, Paris has the Eiffel Tower and Ottawa now has its own fleet of floating Palapa Boats”

— Mr. Palapa

OTTAWA, ON, CANADA, March 8, 2022 / — Ottawa Palapa Tours offers a unique floating bar on the water and allows passengers to embark on a tropical paradise on the Ottawa River starting May 1, 2022!

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Places are filling up, reservations can be made at Reservations in Ottawa Where Wasaga Reservations

The summer of 2021 brought several operational challenges amid covid-related provincial closures and delays. Owners Mike Karpishka and Gaby Saucedo managed to set sail at the very end of the season. They have called it a “pilot season” and want operations to start in just a few weeks. They took advantage of the confinement to expand their activities to Wasaga Beach (2 boats) and are actively seeking partnerships across Canada and the United States.

What is a Palapa? “In short, it’s a traditional Mexican shelter covered in palm fronds or branches.” Said Saucedo who was born in Mexico City. The float of their Palapa and are the best way to experience the water, an exclusive custom built 18ft x 18ft octagonal vessel. Passengers will be the envy of the water as they cruise along sipping drinks, listening or singing karaoke to their favorite tropical tunes!

The motor vessels can accommodate up to twelve people (plus two crew members) and are equipped with fully functional toilets, Bluetooth speaker, bar stools, flat screen TV and everything the necessary safety equipment. Guests are welcome to bring their own food and enjoy the smooth ride as the first mate serves a selection of tropical drinks or other beverages. The captains are all small vessels certified and licensed by Transport Canada.

Covid has taken a toll on travel, so our philosophy is: “If you can’t get to a tropical place, we’ll bring you the tropics!” said Karpishka. Many residents of the nation’s capital don’t have a boat, but want to be on the water or just want to try something new. Palapa Tours will scratch that itch.

From $60/p with 6 daily visits (7 Fri/Sat) lasting 90 minutes, a Palapa awaits you. Full charter experiences are also available by the hour or day, as well as specialty cruises. Departure is from the wharf located in Jaques-Cartier Park. Reservation can be made online @ www.Palapa.Tours

Our Palapa are ideal for bachelor and bachelorette parties, family reunions, corporate events, birthdays and more! “Your imagination is our limit,” says Saucedo. “We’ve even booked a few weddings this summer.”

GRAND OPENING (MAY 20): Gaby & Mike cordially invite you to attend their grand opening on Friday, May 20 from 1 to 5 p.m. which will take place at the Panorama Café located at the Museum of Canadian History. Media and special guests are invited to the VIP section and the public is welcome to visit and take a complimentary 20 minute tour on our Palapa boats. Activities will continue with a special inauguration ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Mike and Gaby are also the owners of Touch the Water Inc., a company currently negotiating with the NCC to build new docks at the foot of the east side of the Ottawa Locks.

Stay tuned for more details. Mahalo ⚓️!

Michael Karpishka
Palapa Tours
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