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Small-Group Guided Tour in Ottawa

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    Stop At: Ottawa Urban Adventures, 49-51 George Street, Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario K1N Canada

    Ask a non-Canadian what the capital city of Canada is, and very rarely will the response be right. Maybe it’s Toronto, Montreal or perhaps even Vancouver? Ottawa is an unlikely answer, almost as unlikely as the choice of Ottawa as a capital city in the first place. Only a small number trading community known as Bytown when it was chosen by Queen Victoria, Ottawa has been the political center of a vast country ever since 1866.
    Get up close and personal with the impressive neo-gothic structures of downtown Ottawa. Then see beyond the government power struggles and get to know the everyday Canadians who have shaped their city and their nation. Learn about the Ottawa and Algonquin people who first lived in the region and its importance to them. Expand your knowledge of the First Nations and their tumultuous history with the government of Canada.


    Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

    Stop At: Jacques Cartier Park, 164, Laurier street, Gatineau, Quebec J8X 3W1 Canada

    Then take a trip across the river and discover how despite the close physical proximity, Quebec and Ontario are very different provinces. Gatineau exists for many of the same reasons as Ottawa but does it in a unique way. Explore the historical stretch of Vieux-Hull (Old Hull) and get a glimpse of what once was. Stop in for refreshment at a local café in this historic neighborhood.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Parliament Hill and Buildings, 111 Wellington St, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6 Canada

    Then it’s back across the river using public transit, this time straight to Centretown and Parliament Hill.
    The culture of the cities is on display, even without an admission ticket to the many museums and performance venues. Sprinkled around the downtown core are statues and monuments and murals that go unnoticed or unexplained. Unlock the stories of some of the real headscratchers like, what does that lightning-looking sculpture even mean? And discover the fascinating people immortalized in bronze.
    There is no better place to see the worlds of history and modern life collide. The many layers that have been added over the years from the different people who have lived and breathed in Ottawa is a tangible experience for all who walk through its paths.


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    Reviewed May 2, 2019

    The tour of Ottawa was great! The tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly, as well as the other people touring. I learned a lot about the history of Ottawa through the various sites that we visited.

    Date of experience: May 2019
    2  Thank Michael B
    Reviewed October 23, 2018

    We met Laura for our walk/ tour of Ottawa. It was a cold but dry day and we did a lot of walking. Laura was very informative and had books and photos to support her commentary. Laura also provided us with some helpful suggestions for...More

    Date of experience: October 2018
    Thank AJMglobaltraveller
    Reviewed October 1, 2018

    It was a rainy day and I was the only customer but the tour wasn't cancelled! I had a great private tour. Laura answered any of my questions, we visited both Ottawa and Gatineau, saw many historical buildings and beautiful views. Higly recommended for anyone...More

    Date of experience: September 2018
    Thank wwwera
    Reviewed August 27, 2018

    I was the only traveler on this tour so I had a personal experience with Laura who was a wonderful guide. I was very happy to see the company didn't require a "minimum" to run the tour as I was very much looking forward to...More

    Date of experience: August 2018
    Thank Stacy M
    Reviewed June 16, 2018

    This was a great way to see several parts of Ottawa and Gatineau up close and hear about its history. I only had part of a day to sightsee, but wanted to get a sense of the locale, and this was perfect. Guide Lauren was...More

    Date of experience: June 2018
    8  Thank cinmoore
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