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Notice: unfortunately, we are not offering tours for the 2023 winter season (november 1st until april 30th). , round trip tour.

Cobblestone Ottawa Tours

Take a tour of Ottawa with one of our bilingual guides! Enjoy the various important sights and historical buildings that Ottawa has to offer from the warmth of our vehicles. Learn about our nation’s capital from a live guide for an entertaining, relaxing, and educational experience. This tour is available every day and is the best way to learn about Ottawa’s sites and history.

  • 1 hour and 10 minute tour
  • Live bilingual guide on board
  • Kiosk/sales booth location – red kiosk infront of 74 George St, Ottawa, ON K1N 5W1
  • See more than 75 sights and attractions, such as Parliament, The Supreme Court, The Rideau Canal, and the Prime Minister’s Residence
  •  Available from 10am to 4pm everyday! November 1st to April 30th

Christmas Lights Tour

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Come enjoy a wonderful evening with us on our decorated trolley! Immerse yourself in a Christmas ambiance, with holiday music, decorations, and the company of others. Travel through Ottawa’s beautifully lit areas to view the Christmas lights that have been set up throughout the city.  This tour is interactive, be prepared to take light strolls outside and enjoy the beautiful scenery!

  • 1 hour and 30 minute tour
  • Christmas music on board
  • Decorated and fun atmosphere
  • Book now to view next available times and calendar

Hop On - Hop Off - One Day Pass

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Enjoy the beautiful scenic tour of Ottawa while also being transported to our 11 stops. Choose what stops to hop on and off, in order to experience museums, neighborhoods, shops and attractions. A great way to enjoy a tour while also being transported to another activity. Come early in the day to enjoy the full experience and plan your stops.

  • Available from 10am to 4pm everyday! November 1st to April 30th

Private Tours - Charters

Cobblestone Ottawa

Looking to book an fun and educational activity for your group? Looking to be transported in style while also enjoy a historical tour of Ottawa? Reach out to us in order to charter one of our vehicles with driver and tour guide included! We can accommodate the needs, time, route, and desires of your group. Contact us by email at [email protected]

  • Pick up and drop off location of your choice
  • Tour length of your choice
  • Stops can be added and chosen as you desire
  • Bilingual tour guide available in French and English
  • Professional driver always included
  • Visit our information document for more details

Our Summer Tours - Ottawa Sightseeing Tours

Lady Dive Tours Ottawa

From May 1st until October 31st, visit our partners at Lady Dive for all the summer season tours! From open top double decker’s to amphibian buses, these summer activities are a must do for all. Enjoy the unique land and water experience to view Ottawa from different angles. Book now, since the Lady Dive amphibus will begin selling out early for summer weekends.

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Winter Sightseeing Tours of Ottawa

From November 1st until April 30th, our new winter vintage bus tours are the only ones available during the cold season. Our sightseeing tours of Ottawa and Gatineau will allow you to view the most popular attractions in the city while staying warm on our heated vintage buses. Book your tickets here:

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 Lady Dive Tours is proud to offer the best bus and boat sightseeing tours of Ottawa and Gatineau. Our tours offer the most variety; whether you choose our amphibus (the only one in the province) or our open top double decker buses, we have a tour that is made for you!

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Amphibus Tour

This one hour visit in a bus that goes on land and water is the best way to visit the National Capital Region! Being the only one of its kind in the province of Ontario, the amphibus is a unique experience. Our fantastic tour has a live bilingual guide on board providing an entertaining, informative and relaxing experience. This tour is a must-do if you are looking to see the most important sites of Ottawa-Gatineau and the majestic views from the Ottawa River.

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Double Decker Tour

Hop on and hop off our double decker buses! This practical and enjoyable tour is made for those who are looking to visit some of the best sites in Ottawa! By hopping on and off at various historic sites, museums and attractions, you can truly immerse yourself in the culture of the National Capital Region. Visit our Tours and Services page to buy discounted tickets to some of our stops .

Hop on and hop off our double decker buses! This practical and enjoyable tour is made for those who are looking to visit some of the best sites in Ottawa; after all, it is the quintessential way to visit a city! By hopping on and off at various historic sites, museums and attractions, you can truly immerse yourself in the culture of the National Capital Region. In order to prepare for your visit, you can even buy discounted tickets to different city attractions here (see our Tours and Services page for full details).

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Since we are located downtown, we do not have our own parking! Visit our Maps and Attractions page to view parking options near our starting location. We advise that you come at least 30 minutes in advance in order to find parking.

Type: Sight Seeing Trolley Tour Location: Oconnor / Sparks Phone #: (613) 592-7741 Website: www.bytowntrolley.ca Click here for printable coupon Bytown Trolley offers a full range of safe friendly sightseeing services.

Whether you wish to simply hop-on our trolley and enjoy a one hour sightseeing tour of our historical and beautiful Capital or desire, as a coporate group, to charter a sightseeing tour, uniquely custom designed to suit your preferences.

The Bytown Trolley reminds many of the days when the electric streetcars were the transportation of choice in Ottawa.

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9 Best Ottawa Tours and Experiences You’ll Love

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Looking for an unforgettable way to experience Ottawa?

I had a fantastic time exploring Ottawa last summer on my Canada road trip (along with Montreal and Toronto).

I’ve rounded up all of the best Ottawa tours for you, from walking tours to bike tours to scenic canal cruises!

In a hurry? No worries! The best Ottawa tour is this small group Ottawa highlights tour . Enjoy behind-the-scenes access to the stunning Parliament buildings and relax on a scenic river cruise!

Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, has something for everyone to enjoy, from its iconic Parliament Hill to the Rideau Canal. There is certainly no shortage of amazing things to do in Ottawa .

But, with so many great options, how do you decide what to do in Ottawa? Don’t worry, I’ve got all the information on the best tours in Ottawa right here for you.

Lace up your shoes and let’s go!

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My Top 3 Picks: Best Tours in Ottawa Canada

#1 TOP PICK

The iconic Parliament Buildings are one of the top things to see on a tour of Ottawa

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Best of Ottawa Small Group Tour ✔️ Behind the scenes access to Parliament Buildings ✔️ Scenic cruise ✔️ Maximum of 6 people

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Ottawa Highlights Bike Tour ✔️ Ride along the Rideau Canal pathways ✔️See the Ottawa Locks ✔️ Rideau Hall + Gardens

Ottawa's Byward market is a great place for an Ottawa food tour

ByWard Market Food Tour ✔️ Sample delicious local favorite dishes ✔️ Famous BeaverTails! ✔️ Alcoholic drinks

9 Best Ottawa Tours and Experiences

1. best of ottawa small group tour with river cruise (top pick).

⏳ Tour Length: ~4 hours | ⭐ Ratings: 4.5 out of 5 stars (100+ reviews) | 🏛️ Book now

🏛️ Highlights:

  • Visit Parliament Hill and get a behind-the-scenes look at the Parliament facilities
  • Skip-the-line access
  • Explore the grounds of the Canadian Parliament Building
  • Narrated driving tour of Ottawa’s highlights
  • 1.5 hour Rideau Canal cruise (seasonal)

Discover the charm and beauty of Ottawa with this half-day tour that will take you to some of the city’s most popular landmarks including the majestic Parliament buildings. Your knowledgeable guide will provide fascinating insights about Ottawa’s rich history, culture, and heritage along the way.

Upon reaching Parliament Hill , you’ll be awestruck by the grandeur of the buildings and the picturesque views of the city that spread out before you.

Get ready for an exclusive tour of the Parliament headquarters that will give you a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the workings of the Canadian government. Admire the state-of-the-art facilities, the beautiful architecture and artwork.

Perfect tour, walking, riding in a very clean van, canal cruise and an amazing tour guide… It was almost a private tour since we were only 6. Highly recommended. Read more reviews

After the Parliament building adventure, you’ll have plenty of free time to explore the grounds. Take pictures of the stunning Peace Tower and other magnificent buildings or see the Centennial Flame.

The highlight of this exciting tour is the 1.5-hour scenic river cruise down the lovely Rideau Canal (available seasonally from mid-May to mid-October). Along the way, you’ll be captivated by breathtaking views of Ottawa’s most iconic sites.

Whether you’re just visiting Ottawa for a day or want an overview of the city to kick off a longer stay, this small group tour is the perfect way to see Ottawa’s top attractions!

🔑 Key Information:

  • Tour offered in English
  • Complimentary pick-up offered from downtown Ottawa hotels
  • Note: Canal cruise is seasonal (~mid-May through mid-October). In the off season, the river cruise is replaced with a visit to the Canadian Museum of History
  • Small group : A maximum of 6 people will be on your tour

2. Ottawa Highlights Bike Tour

⏳ Tour Length: ~3.5 hours | ⭐ Ratings: 5 out of 5 stars (80+ reviews) | 🚲 Book now

🚲 Highlights:

  • See the Rideau Canal National Historic Site
  • Stop by the Ottawa Locks and watch the operation of the locks
  • Cycle through the lovely waterfront pathways in the Arboretum
  • Ride through Ottawa’s great neighborhoods: Little Italy, the Glebe, and more!
  • Enjoy great views of Ottawa from both sides of the river
  • See Rideau Hall (the home of the Governor General) and its spectacular gardens
  • ByWard Market

Explore the breathtaking city of Ottawa like never before on this invigorating half-day bike tour . Get some exercise and fresh air while admiring the stunning natural pathways and waterways of Canada’s capital city.

This 3.5-hour sightseeing tour includes a top-quality bike, a helmet, a water bottle, and a tasty snack. It’s the perfect way to explore Ottawa!

Pedal along the famous Rideau Canal Western Pathway and discover the trendy neighborhood of the Glebe. Feast your eyes on the natural beauty of Hog’s Back Falls, Carleton University, and the Dominion Arboretum.

Excellent way to see Ottawa! Pathway system in the City is fantastic and our Tour Guide was terrific. Sue V ( Read more reviews )

As you cycle back to downtown Ottawa, marvel at Ottawa’s iconic landmarks , including the Canadian War Museum. Ride across the river to the province of Quebec and enjoy spectacular views of downtown Ottawa.

Finally, glide back to the starting point, passing the impressive National Gallery of Canada, bustling ByWard Market, mesmerizing Rideau Falls, and magnificent Rideau Hall.

Join us on this unforgettable Ottawa Highlights Bike Tour and immerse yourself in Ottawa’s fascinating history and breathtaking scenery.

If you like the sound of a scenic bike tour of Ottawa but would like a shorter option, check out this 2-hour Express Ottawa Bike Tour . (This popular tour has over 200 5-star reviews!). And if you’re visiting in May, don’t miss out on this Ottawa Spring Tulip Festival Bike Tour !

  • Tours offered in English, French, German, and Spanish
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • A maximum of 10 people will be on your tour

3. Taste of the ByWard Market Food Tour

⏳ Tour Length: ~2.5 hour | ⭐ Ratings: 4.8 out of 5 stars (20+ reviews) | 🍴 Book now

🍴 Highlights:

  • Learn about the history of Ottawa’s ByWard Market
  • Sample local favorite treats (4 savory, 2 sweet) including a stop at the world-famous BeaverTail stand
  • Choice of two alcoholic beverages (beer or wine); non-alcoholic options available
  • Meet local producers, chefs, and artisans who are passionate about great food

Immerse yourself in Ottawa’s vibrant ByWard Market with this Taste of the ByWard Market Food Tour . Discover the rich history of this iconic neighborhood as you indulge in a diverse array of local favorites on this culinary walking tour.

Let your knowledgeable guide introduce you to the best culinary destinations in the market, where you’ll meet the talented chefs, producers and artisans that make it all happen.

Delicious food, animated guide, great experience. Highly recommended. Read more reviews

Enjoy six mouthwatering food stops , including four savory and two sweet. Be sure to save room for the last stop — the world-famous BeaverTail stand, where they make Ottawa’s favorite pastry!

I loved visiting the ByWard Market on my trip to Ottawa. So fun to peruse the crafts, and the fresh fruit was irresistible!

So bring along your comfy walking shoes and your appetite! Your taste buds will thank you for taking this delicious ByWard Market Food Tour !

  • Tours offered in English and French
  • Please indicate any dietary restrictions when booking your food tours
  • Not wheelchair accessible

4. Ottawa Craft Brewery Tour

Craft beers from Ottawa's microbreweries

⏳ Tour Length: ~4-5 hours | ⭐ Ratings: 5 out of 5 stars (45+ reviews) | 🍺 Book now

🍺 Highlights:

  • Visits to 3 or more craft breweries in Ottawa
  • Enjoy tours, tastings, and snacks at each brewery
  • Transportation by school-style bus

Discover the best way to experience Ottawa’s vibrant craft beer scene with this Ottawa Brewery Tour !

This 4-5 hour tour takes you on a journey to three (or more!) local breweries and is perfect for any craft beer fan. At each brewery, you’ll enjoy behind-the-scenes tours, tastings, and snacks.

Always a fun time This is a great gift for a craft beer fan… It’s a great activity. Feels like an exciting school trip. WOOOOO!!!! Read more reviews

You’ll be in the company of other like-minded beer aficionados as you learn about the beer-making process and sample a variety of brews.

With tasting note cards provided, you can keep track of your favorite flavors and learn about the unique ingredients that make each beer special.

Don’t miss out on this fun and informative tour of Ottawa’s thriving craft beer scene! Cheers!

  • Tours offered in English
  • Minimum drinking age is 19 years
  • Service animals allowed
  • A maximum of 25 people will be on your tour

5. Night Tour of Ottawa with River Cruise and Light Show

Northern Lights show on the Ottawa Parliament building

⏳ Tour Length: ~3.5 hours | ⭐ Ratings: 5 out of 5 stars (20+ reviews) | 🌙 Book now

🌙 Highlights:

  • Stunning sunset river cruise
  • Stroll through the ByWard Market
  • See Ottawa’s attractions beautifully illuminated at night
  • Northern Lights show projected on the Parliament Buildings (seasonal, typically starts in July)

Discover the magic of Ottawa at night with this small group night tour !

Your evening begins with a tranquil sunset cruise along the Ottawa River, providing breathtaking views of the city’s most iconic landmarks. As you cruise , learn about the history and culture of the city from your knowledgeable tour guide.

Next, you’ll enjoy a fully narrated driving tour of the city, passing by multiple attractions such as the Supreme Court, Parliament Hill, Nepean Point, and the Canadian Museum of History. Marvel at the beautifully illuminated sights of Ottawa and take a stroll through Ottawa’s bustling ByWard Market.

BEST tour of Ottawa… The river cruise was lovely, offering a different perspective of the city… the highlight was the light show on the Parliament Bldg with the finale… singing ‘Oh Canada’. I would highly recommend this evening tour. Patti S. ( Read more reviews )

As the tour comes to an end, witness the magnificent “Northern Lights” show projected on the wall of the Parliament Building.

(The show lasts about 30 minutes and is popular with locals and tourists alike. I was surprised at how early people arrive to claim a good seat on the lawn!)

This nighttime show is a history of Canada told with exceptional sound and light visuals against the backdrop of Parliament Hill’s Center Block and Peace Tower.

This fun-filled small group night tour is the perfect way to end a day in Ottawa. So come and join us now to explore Canada’s Capital City in a whole new way!

  • Wheelchair accessible (wheelchair must be able to be folded and fit into the back of the van)
  • Stroller accessible
  • River cruise is weather dependent
  • Small group : A maximum of 6-7 people will be on your tour

6. Ottawa Sightseeing River Cruise

See the Parliament Buildings and Rideau Canal locks on a river cruise of Ottawa

⏳ Tour Length: ~1.5 hours | ⭐ Ratings: 4.2 out of 5 stars (1000+ reviews) | 🛥️ Book now

🛥️ Highlights:

  • See Ottawa’s highlights from the river with live bilingual commentary
  • See the stunning Parliament Buildings from the river
  • View the Rideau Canal Locks
  • Enjoy the open-air top deck or the enclosed lower deck

Experience the natural beauty and rich history of Ottawa from a unique perspective on this Ottawa sightseeing river cruise . This cruise is the perfect way to admire unforgettable views and see some of Ottawa’s most majestic icons that are only visible from the water.

As you glide down the river, your guide will provide entertaining and informative insights in both English and French. You’ll learn about the region’s rich history and the river’s past life as a watery highway for transporting resources.

We really enjoyed seeing our City from the Ottawa River… The view of the Chateau Laurier and Rideau Canal Locks at sunset and nightfall were beautiful. We also really liked the how the dome of the Art Gallery was lit up at night. Spectacular! Highly Recommend this tour. Read more reviews

During your cruise, you’ll be treated to fabulous views of the city , including the Parliament Buildings and the Rideau Canal Locks. (I will say that there are some incredible views that you can only get from the river, or by crossing over to Gatineau!)

This sightseeing river cruise is a must-do experience for anyone visiting Ottawa and is the perfect introduction to the Canadian capital. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the spectacular views!

  • Downloadable app offers information in 9 other languages
  • Choose to board in Ottawa or Gatineau (across the river)
  • Wheelchair accessible

7. Ottawa Guided City Tour by Amphibious Bus

See Ottawa by land and water on an amphibious bus tour

⏳ Tour Length: ~1 hour | ⭐ Ratings: 4.4 out of 5 stars (920+ reviews) | 🛥️ Book now

  • See the sights of Ottawa in a unique amphibious vehicle
  • Pass by Ottawa’s attractions by land (~40 min) and by river (~20 min)
  • See Byward Market, Landsdowne Park, and Lake Dow
  • Enjoy spectacular views of Ottawa from different perspectives

Explore the captivating city of Ottawa by land and water on these fun amphibious bus tours . Enjoy breathtaking views of Ottawa’s iconic landmarks and historical attractions from multiple perspectives.

Discover the city’s enchanting sights during 40 minutes of land-based exploration, including the picturesque Lake Dow , Landsdowne Park, and the lively Byward Market .

We actually live here in Ottawa… A bus that goes in the water sounded like fun and it was so much fun and educational… actually leaned so much more about this city. It’s a great tour for tourists and people who live here with an hour to spare. You won’t regret it. Read more reviews

Then, embark on an aquatic adventure that unveils Ottawa’s charms from a whole new vantage point. Spend 20 minutes cruising along the Ottawa River in a unique vehicle that seamlessly transitions from land to water.

This unique amphibious bus tour of Ottawa is an excellent choice for those who are short on time but still want to see and do it all. It’s a fun (and educational) activity that is perfect for the whole family!

  • Tours are offered in English and French (bilingual guide)

8. Ottawa Hop-On Hop-Off Guided City Tour

The Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the highlights you may see on a bus tour in Ottawa

⏳ Tour Length: ~1.5 hours | ⭐ Ratings: 4.4 out of 5 stars (700+ reviews) | 🚎 Book now

🚎 Highlights:

  • Hop-on and hop-off as many times as you like and see the city at your own pace
  • See all of Ottawa’s top sights including the Canadian Parliament building, museums, and galleries
  • Enjoy the city views from the open-top double decker bus or trolley

Discover the stunning city of Ottawa with this hop-on hop-off guided city tour ! Get comfy in a classic double-decker bus or trolley as you take a relaxing trip through Canada’s historic capital.

Over the course of 1.5 hours, you’ll have the opportunity to visit all of Ottawa’s most iconic sites . These include the renowned Canadian Parliament buildings, fascinating museums, and the bustling Byward Market.

Staff were very friendly, engaging commentary which was clear and informative… The route was carefully thought out and offered a very comprehensive overview of the city. Read more reviews

The beauty of a hop-on hop-off tour is that you can explore each attraction at your own pace . Admire art in a world-class museum, wander through a picturesque park, or feast on delicious local cuisine — the choice is yours!

So why wait? Book your seat on this hop-on hop-off guided tour of Ottawa today. It’s the perfect way to make sure you don’t miss a thing!

  • Audio guides available in additional languages (German, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese)

9. Ottawa Rideau Canal Cruise

See the Rideau Canal on an Ottawa Canal cruise

⏳ Tour Length: ~1.5 hours | ⭐ Ratings: 4 out of 5 stars (650+ reviews) | 🛥️ Book now

  • Cruise along the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Glide through the city center and see Ottawa’s highlights on the world’s largest certified 100% electric passenger vessel
  • See the operation of the Ottawa Locks

Embark on an eco-friendly journey through Ottawa on this Rideau Canal cruise . Experience one of Canada’s most historic waterways on the world’s largest certified, 100% electric passenger vessel.

Admire the breathtaking views of Ottawa’s top attractions as you glide along the Rideau Canal, honored as a UNESCO World Heritage site . Enjoy views of the Canadian Museum of Nature, Chateau Laurier, and the National Arts Centre as you glide along the canal.

Love the Rideau Canal Tour. An all-electric craft is in keeping with current ecological and environmental goals. Great historical information on Colonel By and the Canal… A wonderful experience. Judy B ( Read more Rideau Canal Cruise reviews )

Listen to your knowledgeable guide showcase the rich heritage and illustrious history of the city as you cruise from Dow’s Lake to the Ottawa River. Admire the ever-changing landscapes as you pass by sights ranging from museums to foreign embassies to some of Ottawa’s most beautiful parks.

This Rideau Canal cruise offers a refreshing perspective of Ottawa’s landmarks, allowing you to discover the city’s incredible history in a unique way.

  • Audio guides available for download in English, Chinese, French, German, Russian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish
  • A maximum of 30 people will be on your tour

Ottawa Tours Tips and FAQ

Three days is the perfect amount of time to see Ottawa . This gives you plenty of time to explore Ottawa’s must-see attractions such as the Parliament Buildings, the Rideau Canal, and the ByWard Market. You can also spend a day visiting Ottawa’s world-class museums, such as the Canadian Museum of History or the National Gallery of Canada.

The best time to visit Ottawa is in late spring and summer . In May, enjoy the Canadian Tulip Festival in Commissioners Park, with over 300,000 tulips! And the Northern Lights sound and lights show is a must-see for any visitor to Ottawa. It generally runs from the beginning of July through the beginning of September.

The number one thing to do in Ottawa is to see the Parliament Buildings . The Parliament Buildings and the Peace Tower are stunning, and in summer the Northern Lights show is projected onto the Parliament Buildings. You can also take guided tours of the Parliament Buildings to get a behind-the-scenes look at the seat of Canada’s federal government.

The legal drinking age in Ottawa is 19 years old. Note that there are differences in the legal drinking age across Canada, with some provinces (for example, the legal drinking age is 18 years old in the neighboring province of Quebec).

No, tips are not included in the cost of a tour in Ottawa. If you enjoyed your tour and your tour guide, gratuities are always appreciated!

Final thoughts..

From the iconic Rideau Canal to stunning Parliament Hill, there are countless reasons why Ottawa is a must-see travel destination in Canada.

Taking a guided tour in Ottawa ensures that you get to see all the city’s top sights. But if you’re ready to explore on your own, check out this post with all my recommendations for all the best things to do in Ottawa !

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  1. Ottawa Sightseeing Tours

    Our Summer Tours - Ottawa Sightseeing Tours. From May 1st until October 31st, visit our partners at Lady Dive for all the summer season tours! From open top double decker's to amphibian buses, these summer activities are a must do for all. Enjoy the unique land and water experience to view Ottawa from different angles.

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    Gray Line Ottawa: Our Tours. If you are looking for a relaxing and exciting experience altogether, we offer it all under one "roof". Hop on/Hop Off Ottawa. Experience the joy of relaxing on the top deck of our bus that gives you a nice picturesque view. With this pass, you are able to get on and off at any of our 15 stops scattered throughout ...

  3. Sightseeing Tours of Ottawa

    Starting Location: 44 Sparks St, Ottawa, K1P 5K6. Start Time: First tour begins at 10:00am every morning (tours run hourly or every 30 minutes). End Time: We may have later tours depending on demand but last tour usually begins from starting location at 4:00pm. Price Range: {$18.99 - $27.99} per person. Pass Valid: For one tour. Cannot get back on after getting off the bus.

  4. Double Decker and Trolley Sightseeing Tours

    per adult. Ottawa Highlights 3.5 Hour Bike Tour. 76. City Tours. from. C$120.00. per adult (price varies by group size) Double Decker and Trolley Sightseeing Tours. Booking unavailable on Tripadvisor.

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    I have done the double decker bus tours in Ottawa (now 4 times), Paris (on two different companies' buses), Rome, Washington (they have 3 or four different "lines"), and Las Vegas, so I fancy myself a bit of a double decker bus tour expert. ... Double Decker and Trolley Sightseeing Tours - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (2024)

  6. Ottawa City Hop-on Hop-off Tour and Cruise 2023

    Enjoy a comprehensive overview of Ottawa by land and water on this hop-on hop-off bus/trolley and cruise combo tour. The highlights of Canada's capital city are mapped out for you, and narrated commentary gives you historical insight. Wind around the city aboard an open-top double-decker bus or a trolley. Then, relax during a 75-minute cruise along the Ottawa River or the Rideau Canal ...

  7. THE TOP 10 Ottawa Tours & Excursions (UPDATED 2024)

    Full Day Montreal and Cruise Tour from Ottawa. 1. Discover Montreal's most historic spots on this full-day guided tour from Ottawa. Starting from Mount Royal Lookout, the tallest spot in the city. Then visit Saint Joseph's Oratory and Olympic stadium. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided walking tour of the old Montreal, a historic neighborhood ...

  8. Ottawa Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour 2024

    See the best of Ottawa without the stress of public transit and taxis on this hop-on hop-off guided bus tour. With your 1-day pass, hop aboard the double-decker, open-top bus for a panoramic sightseeing excursion. Great for kids and adults, your ticket offers the chance to see over 75 sites at more than a dozen strategically placed stops.

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    Our tours of Ottawa. Lady Dive Tours is proud to offer the best bus and boat sightseeing tours of Ottawa and Gatineau. Our tours offer the most variety; whether you choose our amphibus (the only one in the province) or our open top double decker buses, we have a tour that is made for you!

  10. Ottawa: Hop-On Hop-Off Guided City Tour Pass

    Full description. All aboard for this popular hop-on hop-off city bus tour of Ottawa that's filled with fun, facts, and history! Stay on the bus for the complete 1.5-hour round-trip tour or hop off and back on throughout the validity of your ticket. Explore Ottawa's main sights like the Canadian Parliament buildings, Byward Market, and more ...

  11. The BEST Ottawa Tours and Things to Do in 2024

    Our most recommended things to do in Ottawa. 1. 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.

  12. Bytown Trolley

    City Tours Bytown Trolley. Type: Sight Seeing Trolley Tour. Location: Oconnor / Sparks. Phone #: (613) 592-7741. Website: www.bytowntrolley.ca. Click here for printable coupon. Bytown Trolley offers a full range of safe friendly sightseeing services. Whether you wish to simply hop-on our trolley and enjoy a one hour sightseeing tour of our ...

  13. 9 Best Ottawa Tours and Experiences You'll Love in 2024

    Night Tour of Ottawa with River Cruise and Light Show. 6. Ottawa Sightseeing River Cruise. See the Parliament Buildings from a unique perspective on an Ottawa river cruise, one of the best Ottawa sightseeing tours. ⏳ Tour Length: ~1.5 hours | ⭐ Ratings: 4.2 out of 5 stars (1000+ reviews) | 🛥️ Book now.

  14. THE TOP 10 Ottawa How to Get Around (UPDATED 2023)

    Maximize your time in Ottawa and Gatineau on a whirlwind sightseeing tour by land and water in an amphibious vehicle! Aboard the outrageous "amphibus," pass main city attractions like Parliament Hill, the National Gallery of Canada, the National War Memorial Monument and more.

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    Call: 613.723.5701 or 1.800.267.5288 Monday to Friday - 9:30 am-4:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday - Closed

  16. Tulip Festival Tour

    The stops at the Lord Elgin Hotel, the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, The ByWard Market, the Westin Ottawa, the Metcalfe Hotel and the Canadian Tulip Festival at Commissioners Park, Dow's Lake Pavilion. We are the official tour for the annual Tulip Festival in Ottawa. For only $5, get a tour to and from Commissioner's Park! Buy your ticket today ...

  17. Ottawa Valley Tours

    Ottawa Valley Tours is a leader in Motor Coach Holidays operating out of the Greater Ottawa-Carleton Region, the Ottawa Valley and Eastern Ontario. For over 55 years we have been specializing in packaging scheduled group tours. We offer a selection of one-day tours and multi-day holidays throughout Canada and the United States including "No Fly" cruises to Bermuda, the Caribbean and the ...

  18. Ottawa Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour 2022

    See the best of Ottawa without the stress of public transit and taxis on this hop-on hop-off guided bus tour. With your 1-day pass, hop aboard the double-decker, open-top bus for a panoramic sightseeing excursion. Great for kids and adults, your ticket offers the chance to see over 75 sites at more than a dozen strategically placed stops. Hop off at every stop, or just take in views on the ...

  19. Trolley Tours

    Experience the spectacular display of fall colors with a 45 minute, guided hike to scenic Council Overhang and Ottawa Canyon. Relax on a Starved Rock trolley ride and enjoy lunch off a special menu in the restaurant. Runs in October. Limited Saturdays & Tuesdays at 9:30am & 11am. $38 per adult, $32 children 10 and under.

  20. Ottawa Bus Rentals

    Not only do we give the best tours in town; we also offer Ottawa bus rentals (and the surrounding area)! Host your private event on our buses, whether it be a corporate event, a wedding, a graduation or any festivity; make it extra special by booking with us! ... Vintage Trolley Bus. Definitely the cutest option in our fleet, this bus is ...

  21. Lock and Lunch- Ottawa to Starved Rock

    3:00pm - Trolley back to Ottawa 3:30pm - Tour concludes . Activities Department. 815-220-7386. Sainte Genevieve Riverboat. 231 Albin Stevens Drive Ottawa, Illinois 61350 United States + Google Map. Add to calendar Google Calendar iCalendar Outlook 365 Outlook Live Related Events. Lock and Lunch- Ottawa to Starved Rock ...