Ottawa Tourism

Spring 2017

Tour Times is the official newsletter of Ottawa Tourism’s Travel Trade department, providing Travel Trade professionals with important industry information and Ottawa Tourism member updates. 

Download Latest Issue

Discover Aboriginal Culture in Ottawa

Discover Aboriginal Culture in Ottawa

Aboriginal ExperiencesAboriginal Experiences
Turtle Island Tourism Company’s mission is to provide authentic Aboriginal experiences to visitors to Canada’s capital region. Canadian and American Aboriginal culture is a source of much fascination to many world-wide, yet to many, it is as mysterious as it is fascinating.
Check out the website for the package that suits your needs.

Ottawa-Walking-ToursIndigenous Walks
On the land of the Anishinaabe Peoples called Turtle Island, this tour will guide participants on various walks through Ottawa’s public spaces including: Confederation Park, Lansdowne Park, Parliament Hill, Byward Market, and Major’s Hill Park.
There are a variety of different walks available including the Basic Tour, Parliament Hill Tour, Indigenous Women’s Tour and the Very Scary Tour. Each tour is different and depending on your tour guide, you’ll get a perspective based on their experiences.

National Gallery of CanadaNational Gallery of Canada
Canadian and Indigenous Galleries Through art, the reinvented Canadian and Indigenous Galleries tell the story of art in Canada, interweaving Indigenous history and art. Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Canada includes masterpieces by Daphne Odjig and Norval Morrisseau as well as themes of magnetic north, inhabited landscapes, and the emergence of Inuit art: a true testament to the rich and multifaceted Canadian experience.

April Tour Times Canadian Museum of HistoryCanadian Museum of History
Canadian History Hall
Canada’s national museum of history, exploring this country’s rich cultural heritage, including the outstanding achievements of First Peoples. Starting July 1, 2017, visit the Canadian History Hall, the new signature exhibition of more than 40,000 sq. ft. traces Canada’s history from the dawn of human habitation to the present day.

The Grand Hall
The spectacular Grand Hall offers an introduction to the history, cultures and beliefs of the First Peoples of Canada’s Pacific Coast. With its curving, six-story window wall and unrivalled view of Parliament Hill, the Grand Hall is one of the country’s most impressive indoor public spaces and the Museum’s architectural centerpiece.

First Peoples Hall
The First Peoples Hall celebrates the history, diversity, creativity, resourcefulness and endurance of Canada’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. In doing so, it presents a vivid record of cultural richness and a story of survival, renewal and vitality.
Visitors will encounter more than 2,000 historical and contemporary objects, images and documents, as well as ceremonial objects and some of the oldest artifacts in the Museum’s collection — amongst them one of the oldest representations of a human face.

April Tour Times Parc OmegaParc Omega
Omega Park is a wildlife park where you live the experience of the wild Canadian nature.
It is an opportunity to discover the fauna, history, heritage and the different culture of our First Nations. The First Nations pathway is unique in America and all 11 First Nations of Quebec are represented with each a sculpted totem around a one kilometre pathway around Trout Lake. This area is dedicated to all first nations with all the respect they deserve. The colonization pathway includes a trading post brings back the history of our country from the time of colonization.

Wabano Centre for Aboriginal HealthWabano Centre for Aboriginal Health
The Wabano Centre’s culture program offers services to individuals, families and groups incorporating Aboriginal beliefs, values and traditions that promote holistic healing. 
Check out the cultural calendar for the dates of special events.

Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts FestivalSummer Solstice Festival
The 21st of June marks a significant time when Aboriginal People across Canada traditionally gather and celebrate the Summer Solstice. In 1996, the day was officially declared “National Aboriginal Day” (NAD), and in 2009 the month of June was officially declared National Aboriginal History Month, to recognize the enormous contributions that First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples have made to Canada.

Original ways to explore Ottawa

Original ways to explore Ottawa

April Tour Times Bike Tours Bicycle Tours
This year, Escape Bicycle Tours will be operating at 65 Sparks St. With 70+ bicycles including, a few electric bicycles, they will be offering daily bicycle tours and bicycle rentals. Tours are offered in English, French, German and Spanish. Check out their brand-new website at

April Tour Times Ottawa Tasting Tours Culinary Tours
With Ottawa Tasting Tours, experiencing Ottawa’s diverse dining scene has never been so easy! On their food and wine tours, you will get to experience four of Ottawa’s best restaurants in one evening. 

April Tour Times C'est Bon cookingC’est Bon Gourmet Food Tours believes one of the best ways to learn about a city is to explore its neighbourhood food markets, discover local produce and dishes, and meet area chefs and food artisans. C’est Bon’s gourmet walking tours are an ideal introduction to the national capital region’s vibrant food scene.

April Tour Times - Le BoatSelf-drive boat along the Rideau Canal
As of May 2018, Le Boat will start offering self-drive boat tours along the Rideau Canal. It will open in the picturesque town of Smiths Falls, “Heart of the Rideau Canal,” with a fleet of 16 state-of-the-art Horizon cruisers, which are especially designed to meet Ontario maritime and Le Boatcustomer requirements.

What’s new in Ottawa?

What’s new in Ottawa?

April Tour Times - Tulip FestivalTulip Festival: Tulips on the Garden Promenade – A City Tulip Tour Experience  May 12-22, 2017
Delight in a self-guided or escorted showcase of Ottawa’s public gardens exploding with millions of tulips in bloom from the Governor General’s residence to the Central Experimental Farm and back to Parliament Hill via Gatineau.  Look for special activities in gardens such as Yoga in the Tulips. For more information, visit their updated website.
The City of Ottawa has updated their Large Vehicle and Tour Bus parking with revised information about where to park and where to purchase parking permits.  This updated page ensures we have the most up-to date- and accurate information for the applicable sections.  The new information can be found here:  under the heading ‘Large Vehicles’.

May 9-12, 2017 – Rendez-vous Canada – Calgary

May 22-25, 2017 – Boston Sales Blitz – Boston

Tour Times Social Media