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Built between 1826 and 1832 to offer secure passage for British ships from Montreal, the Rideau Canal—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—is an engineering masterpiece. It extends for 126 miles (202 kilometers) between Ottawa and Kingston. Ottawa’s most visited stretch lures boaters, cyclists, and strollers in summer, and ice skaters in winter.

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Rideau Canal Cruise

Rideau Canal Cruise

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The Rideau Canal links Canada’s capital—Ottawa—with majestic Lake Ontario. On this tour, cruise in comfort along the UNESCO World Heritage–listed waterway and admire sweeping views over top attractions including the Canadian Museum of Nature, Château Laurier, Dow’s Lake, and the National Arts Centre. Along the way, listen as your guide sheds light on centuries of colorful Canadian history.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$28.48
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$28.48

Ottawa City Tour by Land and Water

Ottawa City Tour by Land and Water

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Maximize your time in Ottawa and Gatineau on a whirlwind sightseeing tour by land and water in an amphibious vehicle! Aboard the outrageous "amphibus," pass main city attractions like Parliament Hill, the National Gallery of Canada, the National War Memorial Monument and more. When cruising along the street gets dry, plunge into the Ottawa River to see the city from a different angle. Fun for the whole family!
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$29.94
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$29.94

Original Haunted Walk of Ottawa
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Original Haunted Walk of Ottawa

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Take a spooky stroll through Downtown Ottawa on this guided haunted walking tour. Experience the darker side of Canada’s capital and hear tales of the city's haunted heritage as told by a professional storyteller. Hear the hair-raising stories and see the area’s most haunted sites. It’s a fascinating, spine-tingling adventure.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$22.36
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$22.36

2-Hour Ottawa Express City Bike Tour

2-Hour Ottawa Express City Bike Tour

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This small-group bike tour is perfect for families and those wanting a safe and leisurely way to see Ottawa. Most of the route is on designated bike paths or quaint backroads that take you to some of Ottawa’s cultural and natural highlights. See Rideau Hall, cycle the Rideau Canal path, plus see the War Memorial, Byward Market and more. Stop along the way to learn more about certain locations and get local tips from your guide.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$55.42
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$55.42

Ultimate Ottawa Tour

Ultimate Ottawa Tour

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Take a tour through Ottawa, Canada’s capital city. The city is full of important landmarks, interesting architecture, and fascinating history. Take this tour to discover all the capital holds, including Parliament Hill, a behind the scenes tour of the Royal Canadian Mint, and a river cruise to end your five-six hour tour in a nice relaxing way.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$110.12
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$110.12

Ottawa River Tour

Ottawa River Tour

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See the sights in Canada’s Capital from the Ottawa River during this narrated tour onboard the Paula D. Look out at Canada’s Parliament Buildings from the river and snap photos of the spectacular city views. Marvel at the mix of natural beauty and modern, urban development while enjoying refreshments or cocktails from the boat’s canteen.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$27.73
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Canadian War Museum Admission

Canadian War Museum Admission

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A visit to the Canadian War Museum is your opportunity to learn about the contribution of Canada and its military to many conflicts in Canadian history, and how we commemorate the accomplishments and the loss.  Spend as much time as you need exploring the rare and historically important artifacts, uniforms, vehicles, art, and memorabilia that make up the 3 million pieces in the collections.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$16.64
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Ottawa Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Ottawa Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

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See the best of Ottawa without the stress of public transit and taxis on this hop-on hop-off guided bus tour. With your 1-day pass, hop aboard the double-decker, open-top bus for a panoramic sightseeing excursion. Great for kids and adults, your ticket offers the chance to see over 75 sites at more than a dozen strategically placed stops. Hop off at every stop, or just take in views on the full city loop.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$29.30
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$29.30

Explore Canada Through Ottawa's Eyes with Walking Tours Through The City

Explore Canada Through Ottawa's Eyes with Walking Tours Through The City

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This tour begins at the mouth of the historic Rideau Canal and explores the waterway's role in both early Canada and Bytown, and the unique factors that made Ottawa the first choice for the capital. Then, we cross the Rideau River and stop for a brief moment of reflection at the National War Memorial and the role Canada played in World War I. From there, we wander down the sidewalk gardens and patios of Sparks Street to explore Ottawa's adolescence and troubled growth into a capital. Finally, the tour ends at Parliament Hill where we take in the breathtaking views of the Ottawa River and surrounding cityscape and delve into Canada's slow and careful separation from Britain, the paranoia and icy tensions of the Cold War, and finally, the difficulties of unifying and governing a country with two national languages, dozens of cultural and religious groups, and a geographic size second only to Russia.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$7.12
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$7.12
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Self-Guided Biking in Ottawa-Gatineau

Self-Guided Biking in Ottawa-Gatineau

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Choose your own itinerary during this self-guided tour of Ottawa via bicycle. Pedal your way through the city like a local, using the provided map to reach the sites that most interest you. Safe and scenic bike paths keep you away from car traffic and let you see the green areas of the region.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$26.90
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$26.90

Ottawa's Pioneering Days: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

Ottawa's Pioneering Days: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

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Starting where Ottawa began, this self guided audio tour will take you to the very best city viewpoint. Beginning back when there was nothing here but forest, you will see where and hear how Ottawa began and gain a pretty good feeling for the circumstances, events and leaders that shaped the city in its earliest days. Most everything you see as you walk is explained. The tour ends in the most famous market in town, where you will find lots to see and great places to refresh yourself. Take in gorgeous views of the Ottawa River. Find out about the indigenous people who inhabited the area for thousands of years. Learn about the famous locks of Ottawa. Finally end the tour in the bustling Byward Market. Along the way, discover the stories of the pioneering characters who have shaped the captivating history of Ottawa.
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  • 30 to 45 minutes
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$5.20
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Haunted Ottawa Jail Tour

Haunted Ottawa Jail Tour

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Let Ottawa’s supernatural history capture your attention on this ghost walk and tour of the Old Carleton County Jail. Alongside a costumed guide, visit haunted spots such as Canada’s last functioning gallows and Carleton County Jail—now a haunted hostel—and listen to terrifying tales of unlawful hangings, faceless ghosts, and infamous assassinations. Choose from two departure times.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$21.94
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Ottawa Highlights 3.5 Hour Bike Tour

Ottawa Highlights 3.5 Hour Bike Tour

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Experience the beauty and history of Ottawa on a half-day bike tour in and around the city. See the major attractions and must-see sites while enjoying the natural pathways and waterways of Canada’s capital city.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.18
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$79.18

Best of Ottawa Neighbourhoods & Nature Bike Tour

Best of Ottawa Neighbourhoods & Nature Bike Tour

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Experience the beauty and history of Ottawa on a bike tour in and around the city. Explore some of the city's trendiest and most vibrant neighborhoods and get a sense of local life as you travel through Centretown, the Glebe, and Hintonburg among others. On route, see all the major sites while enjoying the natural pathways and waterways of Canada’s capital city, and enjoy a snack as you travel.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$71.26
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Ottawa Spring Tulip Festival Bike Tour

Ottawa Spring Tulip Festival Bike Tour

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The Canadian Tulip Festival celebrates the return of spring, with over a million displays of tulips planted throughout our city in May. Capture spectacular views of the tulips and discover their colorful beauty along with other hidden gems and the history of the city on a bike tour. In addition to the Tulip site at Dow's Lake, you will visit Rideau Canal, Landsdowne Park, the Glebe, Little Italy and much more.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$67.34
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Night on Ottawa Tour

Night on Ottawa Tour

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Ottawa shines at night. Start with a leisurely sunset cruise on the river, passing Ottawa landmarks and giving you lovely views of the sky as it changes color. From there, enjoy a ride through Ottawa, and a wander through the bustling Byward Market. Top it off with the impressive “Northern Lights” show projected on the wall of the Parliament Building.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$102.20
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Ottawa Self-Guided Audio Tour

Ottawa Self-Guided Audio Tour

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Short and highly selective information in the audio commentary for tourist attractions in around Ottawa Highlights of this Self-Guided Audio Tour • It allows you to go as per your own convenience of time, pace and location; skip the content that doesn't interest you, and listen longer to content that does interest you. • Not necessary to download any location tracking apps. Audio guide can be listened online (or) offline. •Available in multiple languages, you can choose the one you’re most comfortable with. • It is one of the best options with lowest price when compared to hiring a tour guide. •If you have any questions about any attractions. No worries, we will answer in your language instantly by message.
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  • 3 to 9 hours
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Ottawa City & Cruise VIP Day Tour
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Ottawa City & Cruise VIP Day Tour

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* A historic sightseeing cruise aboard the Empress of Ottawa(Availability : May - October 10) * Parliament Hill, a must-see in Canada’s Capital * Rideau Canal - UNESCO World Heritage Site * Rideau Hall – the official residence of both the Canadian monarch and the Governor General of Canada * Chance to Vistit Canadian Museum of History and War Museum IMPORTANT: Starting from September 1st 2021, all travellers of 12 years old and more are required to be fully vaccinated with proof of vaccination from one of the recognized COVID-19 vaccines. So, please make sure to bring vaccine proof (2 vaccines) + an ID
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$118.04
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$118.04

Ottawa River Afternoon Tours (@2PM & 4PM), Private Yacht

Ottawa River Afternoon Tours (@2PM & 4PM), Private Yacht

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No one else in Ottawa offers this kind of tour. This tour is offered every Wed to Sun from May 15 to Oct 15, 2022 at 2 and 4PM. With only 24 spaces (12 per boat) available, we are sure to sell out quickly. We offer complimentary non-alcoholic drinks as well as one alcoholic drink per guest. Alcohol may only be consumed on the Quebec side of river. It is a gentle ride; we take our time to ensure you truly get to enjoy the unbelievable sights our great city has to offer.
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  • Free Cancellation
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$86.35
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Ottawa Self-guided Scavenger Hunt and Walking Tour

Ottawa Self-guided Scavenger Hunt and Walking Tour

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Are you looking for things to do in Ottawa? A walk along the Rideau River is an opportunity to learn about the importance of the city and discover some of its attractions. You will have to solve challenges at each step to discover your next destination. Walk from Rideau Falls Park to Green Island to Rideau Hall and the residence of the Prime Minister of Canada, passing some parks, mansions. You will have fun completing challenges.
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  • 3 hours
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$35.65
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Ottawa River Sunset Tour, Private Yacht

Ottawa River Sunset Tour, Private Yacht

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Our sunset tour is one of a kind! This tour is offered every Wed to Sun evening, from May 15 to October 15, 2022. This is our most popular tour and with only 24 spaces (12 per boat) you can bet it will fill up fast, so don't delay. We offer complimentary non alcoholic beverages as well as one alcoholic beverage per guest, however alcohol may only be consumed when we are on the Quebec side of river. Sit back, dangle your feet over the edge and enjoy the spectacular views our great city has to offer as the dusk-light fills the sky. June 6-July 19, 7:30PM to 9:30PM. July 25-Aug 9, 7:15PM to 9:15PM. Aug 15-Aug 23, 6:45PM to 8:45PM. Aug 29-Sept 13, 6:15PM-8:15PM. Sept 19-Sept 27, 5:30PM-7:30PM.
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  • Free Cancellation
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Private 8-hour Tour to Ottawa from Montreal - Hotel pick up and drop off
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Private 8-hour Tour to Ottawa from Montreal - Hotel pick up and drop off

Make the best of your time in Montreal and visit Ottawa, the capital of Canada, on a full day excursion with us. Explore the city most emblematic sites of Ottawa with a local expert. Your private driver will pick you up at your desired time in Montreal and drive you to Ottawa. Once there, alongside one of our professional tour guides, you will learn the history and visit the main sites of Ottawa during a 2 hour guided city tour. You will of course have free time for lunch in Ottawa before returning. Your tour will end up in your desired place in Montreal. Final itinerary is adjustable to your personal interests
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$846.54
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Ottawa River Catered Lunch Tour (@11AM), Private Yacht

Ottawa River Catered Lunch Tour (@11AM), Private Yacht

This unique tour gives you the opportunity to enjoy a catered lunch on one of our yachts, while taking in the most beautiful sights our city has to offer. We offer complimentary non alcoholic beverages as well as one alcoholic beverage per guest, however alcohol may only be consumed when we are on the Quebec side of river. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a tasty lunch all while basking in the sunshine on one of our yachts.
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  • Free Cancellation
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$110.12
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Ottawa Scavenger Hunt: Ottawa’s Iconic Sights

Ottawa Scavenger Hunt: Ottawa’s Iconic Sights

See Ottawa's highlights while having fun with your family or friends on this scavenger hunt activity. You'll be given a series of puzzles and challenges that you have to figure out by exploring Ottawa. The route will take you past landmarks like Parliament Hill and the Rideau Canal. Whether you're a tourist in Ottawa or a local seeking a fun challenge with friends, this scavenger hunt will be memorable.
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  • 2 hours
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$12.31
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