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We are the founders and curators of loveOttawa, a photographic social media project that celebrates Ottawa, along with its rich and dynamic community.
As connoisseurs of the great things that make our city so special, our exclusive photowalks not only highlight and celebrate our city’s beauty but also its many hidden gems, generous spirit and wonderful people.
On this photo tour, you’ll take home not only memorable imagery of what you’ve seen, but also come away with the importance of looking at the familiar with curious and creative eyes.
Let Ottawa’s supernatural history capture your attention on this ghost walk and tour of the Old Carleton County Jail. Alongside a costumed guide, visit haunted spots such as Canada’s last functioning gallows and Carleton County Jail—now a haunted hostel—and listen to terrifying tales of unlawful hangings, faceless ghosts, and infamous assassinations. Choose from two departure times.
The Canadian capital is known for its historic landmarks, world-class museums, and riverfront parklands, but most travelers only get to see the highlights. On this tour, discover the city through the eyes of an Ottawa local and enjoy a personalized itinerary custom-made for you. Your ‘Lokafyer’ guide is no typical tour guide—instead, they will show you around the city like a friend and take you to the neighborhoods, museums, markets, and restaurants that they know and love.
Don't go through all the hassle of waiting in a long taxi or shuttle queues and use our private, door to door airport transfer from YOW Ottawa Airport. A professional driver will meet you in the arrivals hall holding a plate with the name provided during the booking process and will take you directly to your desired destination
Choose from two comfortable vehicles to suit your group size. For groups of up to 3 we offer sedan vehicles that can accommodate 3 pieces of luggage. Alternatively, for larger groups of 4- 7 passengers you have the option of a minivan that accommodates 7 pieces of luggage.
In some cases, you may also request a minibus for maximum comfort, which is suitable for more than 8 passengers with 1 piece of luggage per person.
Hope you will enjoy your stay in Ottawa!
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. When cruising along the street gets dry, plunge into the Ottawa River to see the city from a different angle. Fun for the whole family!
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 full city loop.
The Rideau Canal links Canada’s capital—Ottawa—with majestic Lake Ontario. On this tour, cruise in comfort along the UNESCO World Heritage–listed waterway and admire sweeping views over top attractions including the Canadian Museum of Nature, Château Laurier, Dow’s Lake, and the National Arts Centre. Along the way, listen as your guide sheds light on centuries of colorful Canadian history.
Get a locals’ look at Ottawa and neighboring Gatineau. This small group tour is the perfect way to get oriented in Canada’s capital city. Learn about the neo-gothic Parliament Buildings, visit public art and hear the stories of the people that formed Ottawa and Canada. Head across the river into the province of Quebec and get a feel of the French influence still very much in evidence.
See the sights in Canada’s Capital from the Ottawa River during this narrated tour onboard the Paula D. Look out at Canada’s Parliament Buildings from the river and snap photos of the spectacular city views. Marvel at the mix of natural beauty and modern, urban development while enjoying refreshments or cocktails from the boat’s canteen.
Take a spooky stroll through Downtown Ottawa on this guided haunted walking tour. Experience the darker side of Canada’s capital and hear tales of the city's haunted heritage as told by a professional storyteller. Hear the hair-raising stories and see the area’s most haunted sites. It’s a fascinating, spine-tingling adventure.
The diverse wonders of Canada are on display at the national natural history museum. Such a vast country requires a vast museum, and the Canadian Museum of Nature delivers. Explore five floors full of galleries showcasing the geology, history, and climates of Canada. Hands-on and interactive displays help all ages learn more about Canada and nature.
Are you planning a visit to Ottawa? Our tourist treasure hunt will take you from Chateau Laurier to the Supreme Court and the Byward Market, passing by the Parliament Hill of course!
You will have to solve challenges at every step to discover your next destination and earn points. At each step, you will learn a little history as well as interesting facts about what surrounds you.
t takes 2-3 hours to complete, do it whenever you wish - you select your own date and start time, no scheduling or reservation needed. 20+ challenges, games and enigmas to solve as you walk through this historic neighborhood.
This small-group bike tour is perfect for families and those wanting a safe and leisurely way to see Ottawa. Most of the route is on designated bike paths or quaint backroads that take you to some of Ottawa’s cultural and natural highlights. See Rideau Hall, cycle the Rideau Canal path, plus see the War Memorial, Byward Market and more. Stop along the way to learn more about certain locations and get local tips from your guide.
Take a tour through Ottawa, Canada’s capital city. The city is full of important landmarks, interesting architecture, and fascinating history. Take this tour to discover all the capital holds, including Parliament Hill, a behind the scenes tour of the Royal Canadian Mint, and a river cruise to end your five-six hour tour in a nice relaxing way.
Ottawa shines at night. Start with a leisurely sunset cruise on the river, passing Ottawa landmarks and giving you lovely views of the sky as it changes color. From there, enjoy a ride through Ottawa, and a wander through the bustling Byward Market. Top it off with the impressive “Northern Lights” show projected on the wall of the Parliament Building.
Enjoy an exciting introduction into wilderness camping on this 3-day Algonquin Park canoe trip. Paddle with your guide into the interior lakes of Algonquin Park. Learn how to pack and steer your canoe effectively. Set up camp on the banks of the lake, and practise basic survival techniques to keep warm and dry. Watch the shoreline for native moose grazing and enjoy free time to explore the region at your leisure. Paddle along the gentle South Madawaska River and spend nights by the fireside under the stars.
Enjoy a hassle-free arrival in Ottawa with this private transfer service. Meet your driver at Ottawa/Macdonald-Cartier International Airport, and relax on the journey to your hotel or private residence. These private vehicles can accommodate up to eight passengers.
Spend the evening getting to know Canadian culture through its music and folklore. You'll dine on a 5-course meal while meeting characters such as a lumberjack, a Mountie, and even Anne of Green Gables. Buying admission in advance means you'll have an evening planned out in Ottawa ahead of time; no scrambling for last-minute plans.
Ottawa’s ByWard Market is full of neat shops and delicious places to eat--let a guide help you find all the best spots to grab a bite so you don’t miss out. Get a sample of the offerings at a variety of international restaurants including Indian, Southern BBQ, Japanese, Mexican, and Italian, plus some local artisanal fare. And yes, dessert and a couple of drinks are included!
Arrange for a stress-free ride to Ottawa/Macdonald-Cartier International Airport with this private transfer service. Meet your driver at your hotel or private residence, and relax on the journey to the airport in a sedan, minivan or limousine (depending on the size of your group).
A visit to the Canadian War Museum is your opportunity to learn about the contribution of Canada and its military to many conflicts in Canadian history, and how we commemorate the accomplishments and the loss. Spend as much time as you need exploring the rare and historically important artifacts, uniforms, vehicles, art, and memorabilia that make up the 3 million pieces in the collections.
The Canadian Tulip Festival celebrates the return of spring, with over a million displays of tulips planted throughout our city in May. Capture spectacular views of the tulips and discover their colorful beauty along with other hidden gems and the history of the city on a bike tour. In addition to the Tulip site at Dow's Lake, you will visit Rideau Canal, Landsdowne Park, the Glebe, Little Italy and much more.
Delve deep into the Ontario wilderness on this 4-day Algonquin Park canoe trip. Hop into your canoe and paddle into Algonquin Park with your guide. Keep a lookout for native bears, beavers and moose drinking or bathing on the shoreline, and enjoy breathtaking views over rural Canada. Swim in crystal-clear lakes and try your hand fishing for your dinner! Pitch your tent and gather firewood in the forests for warmth. After delicious meals round the camp fire, share stories of your days’ adventures and sleep soundly beneath starry skies.
See the best of Ottawa by bike! Picturesque neighbourhoods, waterways, and scenic nature right in the city. We'll explore by using Ottawa's extremely impressive bike lane network!
This introductory ride shows you the essential sights of Ottawa's core, and the whole experience feels like you are on a casual ride with a local friend that loves telling stories. We even keep the groups sizes small for a more intimate, personalized experience.
This intro tour covers the must-see spots, shares the history, offers stunning views, and sets you up with ideas of things to do for the rest of your stay.
Everyone has been loving our included Norco Scene bikes - they are super comfortable and so much fun to ride - we both now use these as our personal bikes!
If you've never taken a bike tour before, you are more than welcome. We stop every 10-15 min or so to hear local stories & info, check out public art, or snap photos.
Join us and our team to see more of Ottawa in less time - by bike!