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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 27 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 49.35


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 70.85


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 39.01


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 87.56


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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Bus & Minivan Tours

Ottawa Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 50 minutes
Priced From: USD 30.03


Perfect for first-time visitors, this city tour is a well-rounded introduction to Ottawa's attractions, leaving you with time in the day free to explore the city on your own.

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Comedy

Murder Mystery Ottawa: The Codfather at The Red Lion Theatre

Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 31.83


Check out one of Canada's hottest interactive comedy shows, 'The CodFather', at the Red Lion Saturdays, 8pm in Ottawa's famous Byward Market. Join the Delivisata 'Family' as they mourn the sudden passing of the Don, in this gut-bustingly funny tribute to disorganized crime. Try to solve... Read More

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Day Cruises

Ottawa River Historic Sightseeing Cruise

Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 75 minutes
Priced From: USD 19.90


Cruise in comfort along the Ottawa River aboard the Empress of Ottawa. Listen to live commentary in English and French as you learn about the sights and history of Canada's Capital. The Empress of Ottawa features an open air sundeck and two enclosed decks so you can find your ideal seat on board.

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Day Cruises

Ottawa City Tour by Land and Water

Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 60 minutes
Priced From: USD 28.78


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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Day Tours in Ottawa

Discover the Capital Hop On Hop Off Tour

Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 1 or 3 days
Priced From: USD 33.26


Experience Ottawas original and most comprehensive Hop On Hop Off City Tour aboard either London-style open-top double deckers or turn-of-the-century trolleys.

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Day Tours in Ottawa

Discover the Capital and Take a Cruise

Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 1 day (starts at 10:00)
Priced From: USD 54.05


Experience the nations capital from both land and water!

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Ghost & Vampire Tours

Original Haunted Walk of Ottawa

Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 90 minutes
Priced From: USD 13.33


Experience the 90-minute walking tour of Ottawa that has been captivating visitors and locals alike for more than 20 years. The Original Haunted Walk is led by the best of local storytellers, dramatists, and amateur historians, sharing some of the most hair-raising and spine-chilling real-life ghost stories from the area. Follow along as they lead the way by lantern light to their favorite haunted spots.

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Ghost & Vampire Tours

Great Ghost Family Adventure in Ottawa

Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 75 minutes
Priced From: USD 13.33


Calling all junior ghost investigators! The Great Ghost Family Adventure is an interactive quest that will take you inside Ottawa's spookiest building, the Bytown Museum. Collect clues and investigate while your guide shares some of their favorite stories about the building and surrounding area. Join the investigation team and discover the secrets of Ottawa's oldest building! This 75-minute experience is perfect for... Read More

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Ghost & Vampire Tours

Ottawa Ghosts and the Gallows Old Carleton County Jail Tour

Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 75 minutes
Priced From: USD 15.72


Choose from two departure times to begin your 60 to 75-minute tour experience that takes you inside the old Carleton County Jail, now the HI Ottawa Jail Hostel, one of the most haunted buildings in North America! Is the jail haunted today’ Your guided jail experience will allow you to decide... 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 30.03


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 91.54


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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Multi-day Tours

3-Day Horseback Riding Vacation in Ottawa Valley

Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 3 days
Priced From: USD 714.04


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

2-Night High Adventure Resort Package

Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 2 days
Priced From: USD 280.95


Discover world-class whitewater excitement in the Canadian wilderness on this guided, 2-night Canadian outdoor adventure. With over 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) of pristine water, experience five major rapids on the Ottawa River with lots of action, including body sur’ng, and more. There is also plenty of time to enjoy the magni’cent scenery and learn of the river's history in between rapids.

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Multi-day Tours

3-Day Algonquin Park Canoe Trip

Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 3 days
Priced From: USD 395.79


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 530.72


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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Other Water Sports

Introductory Kiteboarding Lesson

Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 47.76


This introductory kiteboarding package includes roughly 2 hours of instruction on land with one instructor and a small group. During this lesson, you will learn about the equipment required and how to properly use it. You will get to fly a trainer kite and complete a series of exercises that will prepare you for in water training. Your instructor will also set up a control bar simulator to show how the kite is controlled and... Read More

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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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Tours in Ottawa

Hot Air Balloon Tour in Ottawa

Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 254.07


It will be an experience that you will treasure for a lifetime! Your package consists of a spectacular hot air balloon ride followed by a traditional champagne toast. Come touch the sky and enjoy the most picturesque and unforgettable past time imaginable in Ottawa!

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White Water Rafting

High Adventure Rafting on the Ottawa River

Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 146.20


Experience an authentic Canadian white-water rafting experience on the legendary Roche Fendu rapids of the Ottawa River. Get ready for high adventure while rafting Class III and IV rapids in a traditional 12-passenger boat. Professional guide, equipment, and riverside barbecue lunch are included in your half-day tour.

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White Water Rafting

Ultimate Adventure Whitewater Rafting Ottawa River

Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 184.34


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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