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Ottawa: Bilingual Guided City Tour by Amphibious Bus

Ottawa: Bilingual Guided City Tour by Amphibious Bus

Climb aboard a unique vehicle that can travel on land and water and discover the historical attractions of Ottawa and the Ottawa River from different perspectives. Spend 40 minutes on land and 20 minutes on the water. Admire landmark monuments and attractions such as Lake Dow, Landsdowne Park, and Byward Market. Get a magnificent view of the city as you cruise along the river aboard the amphibious vehicle. See all the important sights of Ottawa and the city of Gatineau, located just across the water. Avail of an activity that is both fun and educational for the entire family, and ideal for those who are short of time but want to see it all.

Ottawa: Sightseeing River Cruise

Ottawa: Sightseeing River Cruise

Discover the natural beauty of the region that captured the imagination of the first European explorer Samuel de Champlain. Climb aboard the 'Paula D' for a 1.5-hour sightseeing cruise on the Ottawa River. This must-do experience offers an entertaining glimpse of the region's rich history and leaves you with plenty of time to enjoy the rest of your stay. For your convenience, there are two departure docks, one located in Gatineau and another in Ottawa. Once boarded, sit back and relax as you cruise down the river. Enjoy spectacular views of the city and learn about the river's past life as a watery highway for transporting resources with your guide's engaging and informative commentary in both English and French. During your cruise, you'll have the opportunity to see the Parliament Buildings, the Rideau Canal Locks, and the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau from the river. You'll also be able to spot some sights that are only visible from the water or from Gatineau. While you're taking in the sights, savor a nice cold beverage (at your own expense) on the large open-air upper deck. Alternatively, escape the elements and visit the closed-in lower deck to take advantage of the on-board canteen with a bar.

Ottawa: River Zipline Adventure

Ottawa: River Zipline Adventure

Try out a completely unique activity that demands to be tried at least once. Try the world's only interprovincial zip-line flying across the mighty Ottawa River, separating Canada's capital, Ottawa, from the city of Gatineau. Arrive at the Welcome Desk on the Gatineau side to register and sign the liability waiver. Collect your equipment and head to the launch tower in Ottawa, an 8-minute walk from the Welcome Desk, across the Chaudière Bridge. Climb the steps to the tower and get ready to cross from one province to the other. Soar from Ontario to Quebec in less than a minute at an average speed of 40 km an hour, 120 feet above the water. Enjoy a breathtaking view of the National Capital Region with historic landmarks such as the Parliament of Canada, the historic district of Old Hull, and the Chaudière Falls, classified as a natural monument and national heritage site. Capture the whole experience and keep it as a souvenir for you and your loved ones with the Kool Replay video capture system. Quickly upload the full video of your zip line ride for your social media and watch your friends go wild.

Gatineau: Canadian Museum of History Admission

Gatineau: Canadian Museum of History Admission

The Canadian Museum of History is Canada’s national museum of human history. Located in Gatineau, Quebec, along the scenic riverfront across from Parliament Hill, the Museum is housed in an iconic building designed by Indigenous architect Douglas Cardinal. The Museum is one of Canada’s most popular cultural institutions, with a collection of more than 4 million items — including archaeological material, cultural objects, works of art, documents, and audiovisual material. In collaboration with Indigenous Peoples, the Museum shares the stories of the resilience and diversity of Indigenous cultures and histories across Canada. The Museum has the world’s largest indoor display of monumental poles, six traditional Native house fronts arranged in the shape of a 19th-century Northwest Coast village, contemporary works of Indigenous art, and a gallery dedicated to the achievements and traditions of Indigenous Peoples. The Museum is also home to the popular Canadian History Hall — a stunning showcase that provides access to 15,000 years of social history through personal stories and 1,500 authentic artifacts, many of which are national treasures. The Museum’s exhibitions examine the events, personalities and cultures that have shaped Canada. Sharing stories through multiple perspectives and voices, the Museum celebrates Canadian achievements while also exploring some of the country’s darker chapters. The Museum is also a destination of choice for major international exhibitions, which are often produced in partnership with the world’s most renowned institutions. In addition, you can explore the world through play with your children at the Canadian Children’s Museum and watch an inspiring, larger-than-life documentary films at Ciné+.

Ottawa: Helicopter Ride with Live Commentary

Ottawa: Helicopter Ride with Live Commentary

Immerse yourself in the captivating beauty of Canada's National Capital Region on a helicopter tour in Ottawa. Traverse Gatineau Park and discover other iconic landmarks, including Parliament Hill, Château Laurier, and the Rideau Canal. Enjoy panoramic views of the city's stunning architecture. Experience a unique perspective, fully embracing the splendor of these national treasures. Get insights into Ottawa's rich history and picturesque landscapes with live commentary onboard.

Ottawa: 2 or 3.5-Hour Sightseeing Bike Tour

Ottawa: 2 or 3.5-Hour Sightseeing Bike Tour

Get on a bicycle for a 2 or 3.5-hour guided tour to discover many of downtown Ottawa’s major attractions, must-see spots, and hidden gems. Choose your own adventure from two tour options: 2-Hour Express Tour A fun and short sightseeing tour ideal for newer or easy-going bicyclists, who want to learn about Ottawa’s downtown and beyond. All ages will enjoy the leisurely 8.5-mile ride, stopping at major attractions for sightseeing and photos. Highlights include Parliament Hill, War Memorial, Rideau Canal Pathway, Rideau Hall, Rideau Falls, Quebec province, the National Art Gallery, the Museum of History, the Rideau Locks and Bytown Museum. 3.5-Hour Highlights Tour Discover more of Ottawa’s must-see spots and hidden gems on a slight longer 3 to 3.5-hour tour, with 95% of the route on bicycle paths. This 12-mile bike tour includes short stops along the way for sightseeing and photos plus a power bar snack. Highlights include Rideau Canal, War Memorial, Love Lock Bridge, Rideau Canal Locks, the Glebe, Lansdowne Park, Arboretum, Dow’s Lake, Little Italy, Ottawa River, province of Quebec, Museum of History, Rideau Hall, Rideau Falls,  National Gallery of Canada, Byward Market, and Parliament Hill.

Ottawa City Scavenger Hunt and Self-Guided Walking Tour

Ottawa City Scavenger Hunt and Self-Guided Walking Tour

Explore Ottowa at your own pace with this scavenger hunt (mobile web-based). Stroll past famous sites like the Canadian Museum of History and the ByWard Market, and learn all about them through our mobile website's personalized instructions and directions. Complete fun challenges along the way, collecting points as you go. Begin by converting your purchase on our website (TouristScavengerHunt.com) instructions are sent to you post-purchase by messaging and text. Next, go to the starting point in front of the Government Conference Center. Head out on your walk, and begin solving riddles and puzzles to unlock your next destination and learn about each site on the way. Make stops at Chateau Laurier, the Supreme Court, Byward Market, and, of course, the Parliament Hill. Learn a little history about the sites as you complete mini-challenges. Take as little or as much time as you like at each stop. Visit a total of 36 locations.

Ottawa River: White Water Rafting with BBQ Lunch

Ottawa River: White Water Rafting with BBQ Lunch

Enjoy a thrilling rafting adventure on the Ottawa River. Paddle, splash, and rollover rapids. Follow challenging routes through the white water, led by an expert guide on this 8-hour adventure. Begin your experience at our waterfront resort with an in-depth safety briefing. After a short bus trip to the start location, meet your guide and board your raft for a day of white water adventure. Paddle with your crew as you take in views of the Ottawa River. Take a break for snacks and drinks, and savor a BBQ lunch cruise at the end of your trip. Return to the meeting point and watch a video of your rafting trip, filmed by a video kayaker. Choose between low and medium intenstity rafting adventures depending on your comfort and skill level.

Ottawa: Yacht Cruises on Ottawa River - Wed, Thu, or Fri

Ottawa: Yacht Cruises on Ottawa River - Wed, Thu, or Fri

CRUISE THE AFTERNOON OR SUNSET Indulge in unparalleled luxury on the water with our exclusive public cruises. Immerse yourself in scheduled departures that guarantee panoramic views and impeccable service, providing the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Unwind and relax as you traverse the water, whether it's a leisurely afternoon cruise, a breathtaking sunset voyage, or an exhilarating sunset & fireworks nights. Our enchanting experiences cater to solo travelers, couples, and groups of up to 24, promising unforgettable moments that will leave you yearning for more.

Swim and Bike

Swim and Bike

This 2.5-hour swim and bike tour will bring you through some of Ottawa’s most picturesque neighbourhoods, parks, streets, bridges and waters. You’ll learn about Ottawa’s history and attractions as we ride through well-known neighbourhoods and parks. Our friendly local guide will point out historical buildings that house some of Ottawa’s most high profile figures. We’ll even explore some of the capital’s rivers and falls as our excursion follows the Ottawa River and crosses the Rideau River. Bring bathing suit and towel for the River House (Ottawa River).

Gatineau

Gatineau

Our most recommended Gatineau Small group activities

Ottawa: Bilingual Guided City Tour by Amphibious Bus

Ottawa: Bilingual Guided City Tour by Amphibious Bus

Climb aboard a unique vehicle that can travel on land and water and discover the historical attractions of Ottawa and the Ottawa River from different perspectives. Spend 40 minutes on land and 20 minutes on the water. Admire landmark monuments and attractions such as Lake Dow, Landsdowne Park, and Byward Market. Get a magnificent view of the city as you cruise along the river aboard the amphibious vehicle. See all the important sights of Ottawa and the city of Gatineau, located just across the water. Avail of an activity that is both fun and educational for the entire family, and ideal for those who are short of time but want to see it all.

Ottawa: Sightseeing River Cruise

Ottawa: Sightseeing River Cruise

Discover the natural beauty of the region that captured the imagination of the first European explorer Samuel de Champlain. Climb aboard the 'Paula D' for a 1.5-hour sightseeing cruise on the Ottawa River. This must-do experience offers an entertaining glimpse of the region's rich history and leaves you with plenty of time to enjoy the rest of your stay. For your convenience, there are two departure docks, one located in Gatineau and another in Ottawa. Once boarded, sit back and relax as you cruise down the river. Enjoy spectacular views of the city and learn about the river's past life as a watery highway for transporting resources with your guide's engaging and informative commentary in both English and French. During your cruise, you'll have the opportunity to see the Parliament Buildings, the Rideau Canal Locks, and the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau from the river. You'll also be able to spot some sights that are only visible from the water or from Gatineau. While you're taking in the sights, savor a nice cold beverage (at your own expense) on the large open-air upper deck. Alternatively, escape the elements and visit the closed-in lower deck to take advantage of the on-board canteen with a bar.

Ottawa: River Zipline Adventure

Ottawa: River Zipline Adventure

Try out a completely unique activity that demands to be tried at least once. Try the world's only interprovincial zip-line flying across the mighty Ottawa River, separating Canada's capital, Ottawa, from the city of Gatineau. Arrive at the Welcome Desk on the Gatineau side to register and sign the liability waiver. Collect your equipment and head to the launch tower in Ottawa, an 8-minute walk from the Welcome Desk, across the Chaudière Bridge. Climb the steps to the tower and get ready to cross from one province to the other. Soar from Ontario to Quebec in less than a minute at an average speed of 40 km an hour, 120 feet above the water. Enjoy a breathtaking view of the National Capital Region with historic landmarks such as the Parliament of Canada, the historic district of Old Hull, and the Chaudière Falls, classified as a natural monument and national heritage site. Capture the whole experience and keep it as a souvenir for you and your loved ones with the Kool Replay video capture system. Quickly upload the full video of your zip line ride for your social media and watch your friends go wild.

Gatineau: Canadian Museum of History Admission

Gatineau: Canadian Museum of History Admission

The Canadian Museum of History is Canada’s national museum of human history. Located in Gatineau, Quebec, along the scenic riverfront across from Parliament Hill, the Museum is housed in an iconic building designed by Indigenous architect Douglas Cardinal. The Museum is one of Canada’s most popular cultural institutions, with a collection of more than 4 million items — including archaeological material, cultural objects, works of art, documents, and audiovisual material. In collaboration with Indigenous Peoples, the Museum shares the stories of the resilience and diversity of Indigenous cultures and histories across Canada. The Museum has the world’s largest indoor display of monumental poles, six traditional Native house fronts arranged in the shape of a 19th-century Northwest Coast village, contemporary works of Indigenous art, and a gallery dedicated to the achievements and traditions of Indigenous Peoples. The Museum is also home to the popular Canadian History Hall — a stunning showcase that provides access to 15,000 years of social history through personal stories and 1,500 authentic artifacts, many of which are national treasures. The Museum’s exhibitions examine the events, personalities and cultures that have shaped Canada. Sharing stories through multiple perspectives and voices, the Museum celebrates Canadian achievements while also exploring some of the country’s darker chapters. The Museum is also a destination of choice for major international exhibitions, which are often produced in partnership with the world’s most renowned institutions. In addition, you can explore the world through play with your children at the Canadian Children’s Museum and watch an inspiring, larger-than-life documentary films at Ciné+.

Ottawa: Helicopter Ride with Live Commentary

Ottawa: Helicopter Ride with Live Commentary

Immerse yourself in the captivating beauty of Canada's National Capital Region on a helicopter tour in Ottawa. Traverse Gatineau Park and discover other iconic landmarks, including Parliament Hill, Château Laurier, and the Rideau Canal. Enjoy panoramic views of the city's stunning architecture. Experience a unique perspective, fully embracing the splendor of these national treasures. Get insights into Ottawa's rich history and picturesque landscapes with live commentary onboard.

Ottawa: 2 or 3.5-Hour Sightseeing Bike Tour

Ottawa: 2 or 3.5-Hour Sightseeing Bike Tour

Get on a bicycle for a 2 or 3.5-hour guided tour to discover many of downtown Ottawa’s major attractions, must-see spots, and hidden gems. Choose your own adventure from two tour options: 2-Hour Express Tour A fun and short sightseeing tour ideal for newer or easy-going bicyclists, who want to learn about Ottawa’s downtown and beyond. All ages will enjoy the leisurely 8.5-mile ride, stopping at major attractions for sightseeing and photos. Highlights include Parliament Hill, War Memorial, Rideau Canal Pathway, Rideau Hall, Rideau Falls, Quebec province, the National Art Gallery, the Museum of History, the Rideau Locks and Bytown Museum. 3.5-Hour Highlights Tour Discover more of Ottawa’s must-see spots and hidden gems on a slight longer 3 to 3.5-hour tour, with 95% of the route on bicycle paths. This 12-mile bike tour includes short stops along the way for sightseeing and photos plus a power bar snack. Highlights include Rideau Canal, War Memorial, Love Lock Bridge, Rideau Canal Locks, the Glebe, Lansdowne Park, Arboretum, Dow’s Lake, Little Italy, Ottawa River, province of Quebec, Museum of History, Rideau Hall, Rideau Falls,  National Gallery of Canada, Byward Market, and Parliament Hill.

Ottawa City Scavenger Hunt and Self-Guided Walking Tour

Ottawa City Scavenger Hunt and Self-Guided Walking Tour

Explore Ottowa at your own pace with this scavenger hunt (mobile web-based). Stroll past famous sites like the Canadian Museum of History and the ByWard Market, and learn all about them through our mobile website's personalized instructions and directions. Complete fun challenges along the way, collecting points as you go. Begin by converting your purchase on our website (TouristScavengerHunt.com) instructions are sent to you post-purchase by messaging and text. Next, go to the starting point in front of the Government Conference Center. Head out on your walk, and begin solving riddles and puzzles to unlock your next destination and learn about each site on the way. Make stops at Chateau Laurier, the Supreme Court, Byward Market, and, of course, the Parliament Hill. Learn a little history about the sites as you complete mini-challenges. Take as little or as much time as you like at each stop. Visit a total of 36 locations.

Ottawa River: White Water Rafting with BBQ Lunch

Ottawa River: White Water Rafting with BBQ Lunch

Enjoy a thrilling rafting adventure on the Ottawa River. Paddle, splash, and rollover rapids. Follow challenging routes through the white water, led by an expert guide on this 8-hour adventure. Begin your experience at our waterfront resort with an in-depth safety briefing. After a short bus trip to the start location, meet your guide and board your raft for a day of white water adventure. Paddle with your crew as you take in views of the Ottawa River. Take a break for snacks and drinks, and savor a BBQ lunch cruise at the end of your trip. Return to the meeting point and watch a video of your rafting trip, filmed by a video kayaker. Choose between low and medium intenstity rafting adventures depending on your comfort and skill level.

Ottawa: Yacht Cruises on Ottawa River - Wed, Thu, or Fri

Ottawa: Yacht Cruises on Ottawa River - Wed, Thu, or Fri

CRUISE THE AFTERNOON OR SUNSET Indulge in unparalleled luxury on the water with our exclusive public cruises. Immerse yourself in scheduled departures that guarantee panoramic views and impeccable service, providing the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Unwind and relax as you traverse the water, whether it's a leisurely afternoon cruise, a breathtaking sunset voyage, or an exhilarating sunset & fireworks nights. Our enchanting experiences cater to solo travelers, couples, and groups of up to 24, promising unforgettable moments that will leave you yearning for more.

Swim and Bike

Swim and Bike

This 2.5-hour swim and bike tour will bring you through some of Ottawa’s most picturesque neighbourhoods, parks, streets, bridges and waters. You’ll learn about Ottawa’s history and attractions as we ride through well-known neighbourhoods and parks. Our friendly local guide will point out historical buildings that house some of Ottawa’s most high profile figures. We’ll even explore some of the capital’s rivers and falls as our excursion follows the Ottawa River and crosses the Rideau River. Bring bathing suit and towel for the River House (Ottawa River).

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