Tours of the town Get the lay of the land by biplane, bus, boat, bike, foot, or rickshaw!
Take to the skies in a Waco UPF-7, an open-cockpit biplane from roughly 1939 for a 20-minute joyride over Ottawa, departing daily (weather permitting) from the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. Helicopter rides are also available.
Lady Dive offers hop-on, hop-off tours in double-decker buses and trolleys and also offers an amphibus that starts out as a bus but turns into a boat on the Ottawa River!
Capital Cruises also plies the waves of the Ottawa River (with commentary in English, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin, Korean and Spanish), while Paul’s Boat Lines offers Rideau Canal cruises as well.
New on the scene is the eco-friendly water taxi company, Au feel de l’eau offering 5-minute transfers on an electric boat between the Rideau Canal locks and the Canadian Museum of Civilization. At the end of the day, a 1-hour sunset cruise extends to the Casino du Lac-Leamy.
Ottawa Cycling Tours is a new company offering multiple routes to suit a variety of skill levels. Optional stops at the area’s best craft beer, coffee, gelato and lunch spots add to the fun. Bikes and helmets are provided or bring your own.
To get geared up (maybe for Sunday BikeDays?), you can visit RentABike next to the Rideau Canal near the Ottawa locks—they’ve been helping cyclists out for over 30 years!
Capital Bixi offers one-size-fits-all bikes at 25 downtown stations. For a small fee, they’re great for short commutes between stations.
The Haunted Walk of Ottawa shares local ghost stories and darker history each evening in English and in French, and hosts the popular Naughty Ottawa Pub Walk.
Learn about Ottawa’s history, architecture and colourful political characters with Ottawa Walking Tours.
Explore the eclectic ByWard Market neighbourhood with a fun C’est Bon Cooking walking-and-eating tour. Meet local chefs, farmers and food artisans while sampling tasty treats.
Test your knowledge of Ottawa durin an UrbanQuest scavenger hunt as a race against your friends and family or as a new way to have dinner on the town!
Enjoy a ride with Ottawa Rickshaws whether it’s a tour of the ByWard Market district or a fun way to get to and from Ottawa’s many festivals.