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Things to Do in Ottawa

Do you have a layover, overnight, day trip, or an extended stay in Ottawa and the surrounding area? Why not get out and take in some Ottawa activities? We have 24 tour ideas.


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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

2-Hour Ottawa Express City Bike Tour

Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 51.38


Enjoy a leisurely 2-hour bike tour of Ottawa that shows you many of downtown Ottawa's major attractions on its beautiful and safe bicycle paths (95% of tour is on designated safe bike paths). You will breath fresh air and experience much more of Ottawa than you would by walking or taking a bus tour. This tour is ideal for newer or easy-going bicyclists or those traveling with friends, family members and children who want to... Read More

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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

Ottawa Highlights Half-Day Bike Tour

Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 73.76


Discover Ottawa's major attractions, must-see spots and hidden gems on this guided, 3-3.5 hour bike tour which is about 20-24 kilometers (13-15 miles) on 95% safe bicycle paths. Cycle through Rideau Canal and Lansdowne Park, Old Ottawa South neighbourhood, Arboretum, Dow's Lake/Little Italy, War Museum, and much more. The tour includes a stop for lunch or a snack at a local cafe. It's ideal for families,... Read More

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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

Ottawa Spring Tulip Festival Bike Tour

Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 40.61


On this 2-hour bike tour of Ottawa, visit the capital's renown Tulip Festival, a special annual event available from May 12 to 22. Enjoy Commissioners Park, home to the Ottawa's most dazzling festival display. Follow the winding pathways with your local guide through the explosion of color in gardens filled with over 300,000 tulips.

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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

Best of Ottawa Bike Tour

Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 5 hours
Priced From: USD 91.16


Explore Canada's capital city of Ottawa on this guided, 5-hour bike tour which covers about 30-32 kilometers (18-20 miles). Forget the bus. Get on a bicycle and truly experience the beauty and history of Ottawa. See many of the major attractions and hidden gems, while enjoying the natural pathways and waterways of this beautiful city. Enjoy a delicious lunch stop in trendy Little Italy. See the best of the city at... Read More

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City Tours

Cycling the Nation’s Capital

Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 1.5 to 2.5 hrs
Priced From: USD 66.30


<ul><li><strong>Hospitable </strong>and professional guided tour of the Nation's Capital </li><li><strong>No</strong> traffic or delays from the Rideau Canal tour/rental centre</li><li><strong>Light,</strong> easier to pedal Giant models in five sizes expertly fitted. Electric assist... Read More

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City Tours

Sportif tour of East Ontario and West Quebec

Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 3 to 4 hrs
Priced From: USD 106.91


Join our hospitable and professionally guided sportive tour of the National Capital's Gatineau Park while enjoying the freedom from traffic delays as you ride from the Rideau Canal tour/rental centre.   The bikes are light aluminum or carbon road Giant models (105 or Ultegra) offered in five sizes and expertly fitted to suit you.  Ride the 30k loop (100%pathway) or the 50k loop to Champlain Lookout (pathway and... Read More

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Cultural Tours

Canada 150 Plus - Small Group Tour in Ottawa

Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 47.24


Walk through lands that hold thousands of years of history in a country only just recently celebrating its 150th anniversary. Enjoy the views and beloved locales of Ottawa and Gatineau while discovering some of its best hidden secrets. You'll see all the iconic sights and gain insider knowledge, too!

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Day Cruises

Ottawa River Tours

Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 90 minutes
Priced From: USD 22.38


Our Ottawa River tour offers the finest views along the Ottawa River. This 1 1/2 hour tour is the most thorough tour available on the water. Departures from the Hull Marina in Jacques Cartier Park, and the Ottawa Dock at the foot of the Ottawa Locks. Both tours have live bilingual commentaries.

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Day Cruises

Rideau Canal Cruise in Ottawa

Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 90 minutes
Priced From: USD 24.03


The most unique way to discover Ottawa is on board the world's-largest, certified, 100%-electric, passenger vessel. You will sail for 90 minutes on the iconic Rideau Canal and have a novel view of downtown Ottawa! The National Arts Centre, Lansdowne Park, Dow's Lake, and many more scenic views await you! You will discover more with the live bilingual commentary and the free audio guide application. Come to 2 Rideau... Read More

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Day Cruises

Ottawa City Tour by Land and Water

Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 60 minutes
Priced From: USD 30.21


Experience the thrills of Ottawa and Gatineau from both land and water on an amphibious vehicle tour of Canada's capital city. Board an “amphibus” to see Ottawa's picturesque sites, including Parliament Hill (Colline du Parlement), the National Gallery of Canada (Musée des beaux-arts du Canada), ByWard Market (Marché By) and Sparks Street's National War Memorial Monument (Monument... Read More

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Hop-on Hop-off Tours

Ottawa City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Ottawa, Canada
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 31.62


See all the sights of Ottawa on a hop-on, hop-off bus tour of Canada's capital city. You'll learn about the history of the region from your bilingual tour guide and have fabulous views from aboard an open-top double-decker bus, historic turn-of-the-century trolley or air-conditioned, washroom-equipped motor coach.

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Hop-on Hop-off Tours

Ottawa: Hop-On Hop-Off Guided City Tour Day Ticket

Ottawa, Canada
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 25.51


The best way to see the sights of Canadas capital area is on a hop-on hop-off guided tour. On this bilingual bus tour of Ottawa you can hop on and off to visit sites that interest you as many times as you like throughout the validity of your ticket.

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Horseback Riding

Horseback Trail Ride and Lesson

Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 95.30


This “Learn to Horseback Ride” experience is ideal for beginners, novice riders and adventure seekers looking to create a special vacation memory while enjoying the thrill and unique feeling of horsemanship and being around horses. Your 2-hour experience offers a complete horse education from grooming and ground work to a lesson in the ring with an experienced trainer, topped off with a guided horseback ride on... Read More

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Horseback Riding

Mini Slicker 2-Day Horseback Riding Vacation

Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 2 days
Priced From: USD 495.58


Escape to nature with a 2 day horseback riding adventure package includes accommodations and meals, resorts passes, trail guides and horses. You will experience what it is like to pack up your horse, hit the trail and camp under the stars alongside the Ottawa River. This is a wonderful experience for couples, groups or families and can be combined with a rafting trip into a week vacation of Ottawa River outdoor... Read More

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Horseback Riding

Small Group Sunset Dinner Ride On Horseback

Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 161.60


This day ride combines a two and a half, small group, guided horseback ride and dinner at the resort restaurant Rafters. Great for couples, groups and families seeking a fun adventure experience and great food and hospitality!

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Horseback Riding

Couples Escape On Horseback

Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 3 days
Priced From: USD 244.48


<strong>Spending Quality Time Together</strong>This vacation, which is designed for couples, is a 2 day, 2 night horseback riding adventure and relaxing getaway to the beautiful Ottawa Valley.Only one hour West of Ottawa, this vacation experience will build memories to last a lifetime. You will be horseback riding in the pristine Ottawa Valley countryside, camping... Read More

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Market Tours

By Ward Market Tasting Experience

Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 67.96


Walk through the streets of the By Ward Market and stop at the step of 9 establishments where the house's specialty will be served to you as you learn about the city's rich history. This experience starts under the National Art Gallery's giant spider statue and leads you through the historic ByWard Market. Also know as the 'International Tour' because of the diversity of authentic food offered, it offers you a taste of the... Read More

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Multi-day Tours

3-Day Horseback Riding Vacation in Ottawa Valley

Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 3 days
Priced From: USD 743.37


Escape to nature with a 3 day, 2 night horseback riding adventure package with meals included. You will experience what it is like to pack up your horse, hit the trail for a couple of days and camp under the stars alongside the Ottawa River. This is a wonderful experience for couples, groups or families and can be combined with a rafting trip into a week vacation of Ottawa River outdoor adventures.

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Multi-day Tours

3-Day Algonquin Park Canoe Trip

Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 3 days
Priced From: USD 449.50


Three day guided wilderness canoe trip in Algonquin Park. Paddle your own canoe, swim in pristine lakes, cook over a campfire, and sleep in tents deep in the forest. Small group sizes ensure you get a real wilderness experience, with a chance to see moose, deer, bears, or even wolves. Your experienced guide will teach you all the camping skills you need, and provide all the required camping equipment. All meals are included.

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Multi-day Tours

4-Day Algonquin Park Canoe Trip

Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 4 days
Priced From: USD 589.98


A 4-day wilderness canoe trip in world famous Algonquin Park, Ontario. Paddle your own canoe, cook around a camp fire, and sleep under the stars. No experience necessary, and all meals and equipment are included.

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River & Harbor Cruises

Ottawa: 1-Hour Lady Dive Splash Tour

Ottawa, Canada
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 25.12


Its a boat, its a bus, its the Lady Dive Splash Tour! Get ready for an hour of fun on this unique, informative tour of Canadas capital on board the only amphibus tour in the city. Travel over land and in the water through Ottawa and Gati

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White Water Rafting

Ultimate Adventure Whitewater Rafting Ottawa River

Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 197.05


Experience a thrilling ride down the famous Rocher Fendu rapids in Ottawa on this guided, 4-hour, whitewater rafting adventure. Board a 6-person sport raft and brave Class II to Class V rapids with a professional guide leading the way. Rafting equipment and a barbecue lunch along the riverside is included in this authentic and amazing river-rafting trip.

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Airport & Ground Transfers

Private Arrival Transfer: Ottawa/Macdonald-Cartier International Airport to Hotel

Ottawa, Canada
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 23.44


Skip the stress and confusion of finding a taxi upon arrival at the Ottawa/Macdonald-Cartier International Airport. Instead, book this private airport transfer service and enjoy convenient, reliable, comfortable private transportation from the airport to your hotel in Ottawa.

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Airport & Ground Transfers

Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Ottawa/Macdonald-Cartier International Airport

Ottawa, Canada
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 23.44


Avoid the stress of waiting for taxis or shuttle transfers and instead ensure peace of mind with this convenient private transfer from your hotel to the Ottawa/Macdonald-Cartier International Airport. This airport transportation service operates from your Ottawa accommodations. Reach the airport... Read More

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