A Day in the Capital - Private Car Tour


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Activity Level



Museums / Culture, Local Experience, First Time Visitor, City


Kid Friendly: Yes. I recommend the children be at least 8 years old.

Friendly: No.
You must be able to get in and out of the car.

Maximum travelers: 6



English (fluent), French (conversational)

a full day tour of Ottawa

There are so many things to see and do in Ottawa that we can easily fill your day without leaving the city. I will include all the main attractions: Parliament Hill, Rideau Hall, the Byward Market, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) museum and stables and our National Museums.

Come and learn about Ottawa from its early beginnings. From the days when the Algonquins lived here, then the earliest immigrants who came to work on the canal, farm the lands, and help Bytown grow into the city it is today.

Lunch can be at a local establishment on the Byward Market, along the canal, or in other popular neighbourhoods in the city or we can purchase a "to-go" lunch and enjoy a picnic in one of the beautiful parks in Ottawa.

Don't miss out on this great opportunity to see what others have not seen.


A personal itinerary will be created to include all the sites you are interested in. You tell me what you want to see.

The top spots include Parliament Hill, Rideau Hall, the Rideau Canal, Canada's War Museum, Museum of Nature, Aviation and Space Museum, National Gallery of Canada, and our 19th Century Church - Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica.

I will show you amazing waterfalls and drive along beautiful scenic parkways. We can lunch at one of the 100 restaurants on the Byward Market or buy a picnic lunch to eat at one of the beautiful parks in the region.

I will let you know what festivals you can participate in based on the time of your visit.

As we tour the city and the outlying regions, I will tell you the history and stories that go with it.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: I will meet you in the morning at your hotel (central Ottawa or Gatineau) or a pre-agreed upon location. We can meet anytime before 10am. The tour must end by sunset.

End location: The tour will end at your hotel or any other destination of your choice within the city (Ottawa) limits. If I drop you off away from your hotel, I will provide you with instructions on how to return to it.

Duration: 7 hours


I will be renting a vehicle for this tour, hence the extra fee. I will ensure I have the perfect size vehicle for the number of persons on the tour - everything from a mid-size car to a six passenger mini-van. It will be new, modern and clean.

What’s Included

I will ensure we have the perfect size modern vehicle for the number of persons taking the tour, anywhere from one to six passengers. I will pay for the car rental, gas and parking fees.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

15 CAD - Lunch would cost approximately $15.

What’s Extra

Your meals, drinks and snacks and souvenirs.


I do not provide last minute driving tours. I need at least 2 days advance notice for all driving tours.

A Recent Review of this tour

Amazing tour. Colette was professional, fun, easygoing, and beyond knowledgeable. I am comming back next year and will book with Colette again for sure, I want to see more! I can not express how greatful I am to people like her that go above and beyond to bring the knowledge and love of Ottawa to the rest of us who know so little. Definitely best money spent and very, very worth it. Thank you TOURS BY LOCALS and a special thank you to Colette
Tammy Short

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