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

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

All aboard for this popular hop-on hop-off city tour of Ottawa that’s filled with fun, facts, and history! Stay on the bus for the 1.5-hour tour or hop off and back on throughout the validity of your ticket. See the sights of Ottawa from a classic open-top, double-decker bus. Sit on the lower deck and enjoy the inside comfort or ride on the top deck and enjoy the fantastic views as your knowledgeable, bilingual guide points out landmarks and shares the city's history with you. Hop off at sites you want to explore and hop back on to resume your city tour. Do this at your own pace, and visit as many of Ottawa’s top sites as you like. See museums, parks, galleries, the Byward Market, the Canadian Parliament buildings, and lots more. Explore, dine, and shop throughout the capital city!

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Ottawa: 1-Hour Bilingual Guided Tour by Amphibious Bus

2. Ottawa: 1-Hour Bilingual Guided 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.

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Ottawa Tiki Tour

3. Ottawa Tiki Tour

Take a relaxing tour up and down the Ottawa River on a Hawaiian style Tiki Hut, in a boat trip like no other. Just head to one of the embarkment sites, climb aboard and get the party started. Our captains are all small vessel certified and licensed. Enjoy fancy drinks and snacks as the tiki bar takes you along the river, offering stunning views of the shoreline. Whether it’s just hanging out with friends for a fun time, spending some relaxing time with your family, taking a romantic cruise, or a group excursion, Ottawa Tiki Tours is one of the most unique ways to get out on the water. Cruise the time away sipping drinks, and listening to or singing karaoke to your favourite tropical tunes.

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Gatineau: Canadian Museum of History Admission

4. Gatineau: Canadian Museum of History Admission

Experience Canada’s rich history in exciting new ways at The Canadian Museum of History and tour the expansive permanent exhibitions. The Museum is located five minutes from downtown Ottawa and Parliament Hill. Explore immersive galleries and learn about the outstanding achievements of First Peoples. The signature exhibition, the Canadian History Hall, reveals the events, personalities, and historical currents that have shaped Canada. Make the most of your visit with the free multilingual museum guide. Download the app prior to arrival to unlock exhibition overviews, interactive maps, images, and 360-degree virtual reality tours.

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Montreal: Private Day Tour to Ottawa

5. Montreal: Private Day Tour to Ottawa

Discover the history and culture of Canada's capital city Ottawa, just a 2-hour drive from Montreal.  Get picked up directly from your accommodation and enjoy a scenic drive through the charming Canadian countryside. On arrival in Ottawa, visit Parliament Hill, where you will see the stunning neo-Gothic Parliament Building that overlooks the majestic Ottawa River. Then, wander to ByWard Market, one of Canada's oldest and largest public markets. Next, take a stroll through some of the unique parks of Ottawa. If you’re feeling peckish, get some advice from your guide on the best places for lunch in Ottawa.  In the late afternoon, your driver will take you back to your hotel where you will arrive between 5.00 and 6.00 PM.

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Ottawa: 2 or 3.5-Hour Sightseeing Bike Tour

6. 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 and the option of a French, German, Spanish or Dutch speaking guide. 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.

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Ottawa: 4 or 8-Hour Bike Rental with Self-Guided Tour

7. Ottawa: 4 or 8-Hour Bike Rental with Self-Guided Tour

Collect your bike from a central location near Parliament Hill any time between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM. You’ll have the choice between a lightweight city bike or electric bike, as well as a helmet, lock, and fully customized map to start your adventure. With hundreds of kilometers of bicycle paths in this city, you can explore and visit all the major attractions while biking on safe paths. This is ideal for those who want to stop and visit various places, like museums and restaurants. You can keep the bike up to 4 hours or for the whole day. If planning to take a full-day ride, make sure you arrive early as all bikes have to be returned by 6:00 PM. A team of professionals will be happy to help you with an itinerary based on what you like to do, and how long you want to be out for. Pedal your way through the city like a local, using the provided map to reach the sites that most interest you.

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What people are saying about Ottawa

We had such an amazing time celebrating our friends 50th birthday! A big shout out and thank you to Gabby, Mike (aka bat man) and their daughters they were great host! We highly recommend giving this a try!! Thank you again for all laughs.

A great hour-long trip for my niece and nephew visiting from out of town. Get to see good parts of the city. The captain and tour guide were great.

Very Knowledgeable tour guide provided a good overview of interesting places in Ottawa. Driver was friendly and provided great service.

What a great tour, went all over the city, able to get off and then get next bus.

A great, informative tour. We learned so much about the city.