• Original Haunted Walk of Ottawa

    Original Haunted Walk of Ottawa

    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…


  • Best of Ottawa Neighbourhoods & Nature Bike Tour

    Best of Ottawa Neighbourhoods & Nature Bike Tour

    This tour is a perfect blend of biking through Ottawa’s beautiful waterfront pathways and green scenery, visiting some of the city’s trendiest and vibrant neighbourhoods and stopping to capture some of the street and public arts. Ebike add-on is available upon request! Biking beyond Ottawa’s downtown on our super comfortable bikes, you’ll truly experience nature…


  • Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier Airport (YOW) to Ottawa City – Arrival Private Transfer

    Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier Airport (YOW) to Ottawa City – Arrival Private Transfer

    Book your Private Arrival Transfer from Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier Airport (YOW) to Ottawa hotel or address. Don’t go through all the hassle of waiting in a long taxi or shared shuttles queues and use our private, door to door airport transfer.Your driver will be waiting for you at a scheduled time and you will travel comfortably…


  • Ottawa-Gatineau Getaway

    Ottawa-Gatineau Getaway

    Since 1976, we have offered the best for visitors to the Nation’s Capital. Our guides are experienced, professional and fun. Our Giant bicycles and helmets are new every year. Please ask for an Ebike upgrade. Many lovely sights, some unique history and always an anecdote about our community and inhabitants to raise a smile.It is…


  • Private Arrival Transfer from Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier Airport YOW

    Private Arrival Transfer from Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier Airport YOW

    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.


  • Rideau Canal Cruise

    Rideau Canal Cruise

    The most unique way to discover Ottawa is on board the world’s-largest, certified, 100%-electric, passenger vessel. You will sail for 90 minutes on the iconic Rideau Canal and have a novel view of downtown Ottawa! The National Arts Centre, Lansdowne Park, Dow’s Lake, and many more scenic views await you! You will discover more with the…


  • Ottawa Self-guided Scavenger Hunt and Walking Tour

    Ottawa Self-guided Scavenger Hunt and Walking Tour

    Are you looking for things to do in Ottawa? A walk along the Rideau River is an opportunity to learn about the importance of the city and discover some of its attractions. You will have to solve challenges at each step to discover your next destination.Walk from Rideau Falls Park to Green Island to Rideau…


  • Toronto, Niagara Falls & 1000 Islands VIP 2–Day Trip From Ottawa

    Toronto, Niagara Falls & 1000 Islands VIP 2–Day Trip From Ottawa

    * Two full days to discover Toronto and Niagara Falls* Scenic St Lawrence River Cruise among the 1000 Islands* Hornblower Cruise, unforgettable experience of Niagara Falls* Niagara-on-the-Lake, the charming of wine country* Urban landmarks in Toronto, Canada’s largest and cosmopolitanIMPORTANT:Starting from September 1st 2021, all travellers of 12 years old and more are required to…


  • Ottawa City Tour by Land and Water

    Ottawa City Tour by Land and Water

    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…


  • Scavenger Hunt Adventure in Ottawa by Wacky Walks

    Scavenger Hunt Adventure in Ottawa by Wacky Walks

    Explore Ottawa with Wacky Walks! Our scavenger takes you around the city to find items and perform tasks for points. You’ll use an app on your phone that will allow you to collect points! Check the rankings during and after you play to see your score and compare it to others. All our Scavenger hunts…


  • Ottawa Highlights 3.5 Hour Bike Tour

    Ottawa Highlights 3.5 Hour Bike Tour

    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 safe bicycle paths. Ebike add on is available upon request! 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…


  • Canadian War Museum Admission

    Canadian War Museum Admission

    Canada’s rich military history is showcased through artifacts, personal stories, artwork, photos and interactive presentations. Tour the extensive permanent exhibitions and expand your knowledge of the conflicts that shaped Canada, Canadians and the world. Discover the Museum’s fascinating architectural theme. And chat with a veteran to let history come alive.


  • Self-Guided Biking in Ottawa-Gatineau

    Self-Guided Biking in Ottawa-Gatineau

    We will give you a lightweight hybrid city bike, helmet, lock and map and send you off to a fun journey to explore Ottawa-Gatineau region all on safe and scenic bicycle paths away from traffic. Our maps are full cusotmizable to your interests.


  • Ghosts and the Gallows Haunted Carleton County Jail in Ottawa

    Ghosts and the Gallows Haunted Carleton County Jail in Ottawa

    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 for yourself. Your tour…


  • Cycling the Nation’s Capital, self-guided

    Cycling the Nation’s Capital, self-guided

    • Why self-guided on two wheels?You set your own time, pace and route (10am – 6pm everyday).The pathway system starts on our Rideau Canal doorstep. There are no roads or traffic to negotiate to enjoy the parklands and waterways. See Rideau Canal, Rideau Falls, Hog’s Back Falls, Arboretum, Central Farm, Rideau, Ottawa and Gatineau Rivers Our…


  • Private Airport Transfer: Ottawa/Macdonald-Cartier Int. Airport (YOW) to Ottawa

    Private Airport Transfer: Ottawa/Macdonald-Cartier Int. Airport (YOW) to Ottawa

    Book here your safe and reliable Private Airport Transfer from Ottawa/Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW) to your hotel or destination within the Ottawa city area.Our service operates across 150+ countries and 1500+ airports with an excellent customer satisfaction rating of 9/10 based on 35k+ reviews.- Fixed price with no hidden costs after booking.- Modern cars only.-…


  • Ottawa Scavenger Hunt: Ottawa’s Iconic Sights

    Ottawa Scavenger Hunt: Ottawa’s Iconic Sights

    Let’s Roam is the #1 app-led scavenger hunt company. Walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, answering trivia questions and solving challenges. Work with your team or compete against them, as you learn new facts and create memorable experiences. Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunts are great as an everyday activity, or for bachelorette parties,…


  • Ottawa Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

    Ottawa Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

    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.


  • The Best of Toronto Walking Tour

    The Best of Toronto Walking Tour

    Together with the professional guide, you will visit the most charming places in the city. You will have a chance to explore the city, while hearing fascinating facts and legends. Want to explore the biggest city of Canada? And to experience the outstanding selection of food? Street art? Parades? You will be surprised how many…


  • Vacation Photographer in Ottawa

    Vacation Photographer in Ottawa

    Localgrapher is the largest network of professional photographers and videographers with more than 600 destinations around the globe! Book your private photographer and guide in Ottawa to capture your picture-perfect moments while visiting amazing sites!SOLO TRAVELERSFancy an insta-perfect photoshoot from your Ottawa vacation? Localgrapher has years of experience with fashion and solo travel photography! Make…


  • Ottawa Scavenger Hunt: Westboro’s Charming History!

    Ottawa Scavenger Hunt: Westboro’s Charming History!

    Let’s Roam is the #1 app-led scavenger hunt company. Walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, answering trivia questions and solving challenges. Work with your team or compete against them, as you learn new facts and create memorable experiences. Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunts are great as an everyday activity, or for bachelorette parties,…


  • Scavenger Hunt Adventure in Ottawa by Crazy Dash

    Scavenger Hunt Adventure in Ottawa by Crazy Dash

    Crazy Dash of Ottawa allows your team to discover the city in a fun way! Our app will instruct you to find a variety of different items around the city. For every item you find, you’ll get points. You can find these items in any order you’d like. You’ll also participate in exciting challenges for…


  • Ultimate Ottawa Tour

    Ultimate Ottawa Tour

    You will enjoy a narrated drive passing must-see sights, including Parliament Buildings and make photo stops at the Supreme Court and Canadian Museum of History. Next, we’ll take you for a guided tour of the Royal Canadian Mint. Here, you will get a behind-the-scenes look at how Canadian coins are created and have the chance…


  • Fun City Scavenger Hunt in Ottawa by Zombie Scavengers

    Fun City Scavenger Hunt in Ottawa by Zombie Scavengers

    Zombie Scavengers in Ottawa challenges your team to survive a zombie apocalypse! The game instructs you to find a variety of items to survive the apocalypse anywhere in the city you’d like via an app. Get points for finding survival items (in any order you want) and participating in exciting zombie themed tasks. Plan your…


  • Explore Canada Through Ottawa’s Eyes with Walking Tours Through The City

    Explore Canada Through Ottawa’s Eyes with Walking Tours Through The City

    This tour begins at the mouth of the historic Rideau Canal and explores the waterway’s role in both early Canada and Bytown, and the unique factors that made Ottawa the first choice for the capital. Then, we cross the Rideau River and stop for a brief moment of reflection at the National War Memorial and…


All about Ottawa

When to visit

Ottawa’s major tourist season is summer, thanks to its warm temperatures—which typically peak at an average of 79°F (26°C)—and events like its festive Canada Day celebrations on July 1, complete with fireworks and live performances, as well as the Ottawa Fringe Festival and Ottawa Jazz Festival. But don’t overlook winter when the city transforms into a snowy wonderland, complete with skating rinks, cross-country skiing, and the Winterlude festival.

Getting around

Ottawa is served by a robust public transportation network, including the O-Train light rail network (with two lines) and numerous buses. Just across the Ottawa River in Quebec, the Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO) also operates various bus lines. The city can be accessed by the Ottawa International Airport and Ottawa train station. Ottawa’s various neighborhoods are relatively walkable, and local taxi companies offer another transit option.

Traveler tips

​​A UNESCO World Heritage Site, a marvel of engineering, and a worthy Ottawa attraction all year round, the Rideau Canal is an unmissable highlight of Canada’s capital. Opened in 1832 and linking Ottawa and Lake Ontario, the waterway still maintains a functioning lock system. In summer, canal boat cruises offer a relaxing sightseeing opportunity, and in winter the canal is host to the Rideau Canal Skateway, the world’s largest skating rink.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is Ottawa best known for?

As Canada’s capital, Ottawa is home to the seat of the Canadian government and known for its historic sites and landmarks. With up to three million visitors a year, Parliament Hill is Ottawa’s most famous attraction: Its complex of Gothic revival buildings is on the southern banks of the Ottawa River.

Is there anything to do in Ottawa?

Yes. Visitors to Ottawa will find plenty to do. You can stroll around Parliament Hill; explore the historic ByWard Market area; paddle or skate on the UNESCO-listed Rideau Canal; and visit the National Gallery of Canada, Canadian Museum of History, and Canadian War Museum.

What can you do in Ottawa during winter?

Yes. Visitors to Ottawa will find plenty to do. You can stroll around Parliament Hill; explore the historic ByWard Market area; paddle or skate on the UNESCO-listed Rideau Canal; and visit the National Gallery of Canada, Canadian Museum of History, and Canadian War Museum.

What can you do in Ottawa for free?

In winter, when the Rideau Canal freezes over, Ottawa is home to the longest skating rink in the world—you can rent skates at booths along the skateway. There’s also a skating trail in Gatineau Park and at Lansdowne Pavilion. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are also popular in the Greenbelt area.

What is there to do in Ottawa for teenagers?

Most teenagers visiting Ottawa enjoy visiting the Big Locks where the Rideau Canal meets the Ottawa River; paddling or skating the Rideau Canal; exploring the Byward Market; and shopping at the Rideau Centre. The Canadian Museum of Nature, Aviation and Space Museum, and Science and Technology Museum all offer engaging exhibits.

Is Ottawa worth visiting?

Yes. Ottawa is worth visiting. The city offers a rich blend of history, culture, nature, and wide-open public spaces. You can go from exploring world-class museums and historic parliament buildings to paddling or skating on the canal and hiking forested trails—all in just a few hours.