There is so much to discover in Canada’s capital city, Ottawa and you may naturally get confused on how to go about getting the best of experiences. Using a city tour is your best option and here are some of the most popular tours in Ottawa.
Lady Dive Amphibus/Tour bus
59 Sparks St, Ottawa, ON K1A 0R7
In 1999, the Lady Dive Amphibus started their tour with their unique amphibious vehicle and by 2002, they added their Oak Road and Double Decker buses. They offer bilingual tours on both land and water cruising the beautiful Ottawa River and giving you the opportunity to see important historical landmarks. They are open from April to October on both weekdays and weekends.
Jacques Cartier Wharf, Ottawa, ON
Capital cruises offers amazing opportunity to get spectacular views of the city from the water. They have a historical sightseeing tour that takes you back through time and the history of the National Capital Region. In addition, there are the dinner cruises which involve light music, a tasty buffet dinner on the Ottawa River.
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Gray Line Ottawa Tour Bus
59 Sparks St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5A5
The Gray Line Tours include both land and water packages. On their 1 Day Hop-On, Hop-Off package, you can choose to join from over 12 different stops in the city and explore visits to Parliament Hill, museums, parks and embassies.
Ottawa Biplane Adventures
11 Aviation Pkwy, Ottawa, ON K1K 2X5
Inside the Canadian Museum of Space and Aviation, there is the Ottawa Biplane Adventures where you can get an amazing view of the city sitting in the cockpit of the open Biplane. You can fly over Parliament Hill, Ottawa River, and Gatineau Hills and enjoy aerial views of western Quebec and eastern Ontario farmlands or try the 30-minute Eco Tour.
Ottawa Walking Tours
This is one of the best ways to discover the city through walking. Their Historical Highlights Walking Tour involves a guided 2-hour tour with stops at Parliament Hill, The National War Memorial, Major’s Hill Park and more exciting locations. Their Sussex Drive – Lowertown Walk provides a view to the historic highlights on this route while the Downtown Art Walk takes you through a discovery of local art and artists.
46 1/2 Sparks St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5A8
If you want to explore Ottawa with an edge of the unusual, the Haunted Walks will give you that perfect opportunity. Their Ghost and Gallows Tour is offered all-year-round takes you to the Old Carleton County Jail. Many people have described the jail as one of the most haunted and creepy buildings in North America. If you don’t want the deep end, you can choose the Original Haunted Walk of Ottawa and be led by lantern light through the streets as your guide regales you with ghost stories and leads you to some favourite haunted spots.
Héli-Tremblant Helicopter Tours
Rockcliffe Flying Club, 11 Aviation Pkwy, Ottawa, ON K1K 2X5
See Canada’s Capital Region from the air with a helicopter ride at the Museum. This once-in-a-lifetime experience makes a unique, memorable gift idea (gift certificates available). It’s also a great way to remember any visit to the region.
Escape Bicycle Tours and Rental
65 Sparks St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5A5
For the leisure or recreational cyclist, this is another amazing way to explore the capital city, Ottawa. The Escape Bicycle Tours and Rental operates guided tours via safe routes for cycling. This includes visits to main attractions in the city and some hidden gems areas. You can even stop along the way for a drink at a café and take in the beautiful scenery around you.
Au feel de l’eau – Aqua-Taxi
1 Boulevard du Casino, Gatineau, QC J8Y 6W3
The Aqua-Taxi is in operation from mid-May through mid-October every year. You can have a beautiful guided tour from the Gatineau area to the Ottawa River. In addition, you can bring along your own food and drinks (apart from alcohol which has to ordered on-deck). The boat is pet-friendly and there is also space for wheelchairs, strollers, and bikes.
Opened in 2014, Indigenous Walks is an educative tour to discover and learn more about Indigenous peoples’ cultures in Canada. The tour covers historical landscape, art, culture through the nation’s capital. They follow the downtown route with the basic tour starting at the Canadian Tribute to the Human Rights Monument just outside the Ottawa City Hall.