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Ottawa, ON, Canada

Hello - Welcome to Ottawa, Canada's National Capital and my favourite city.

My name is Colette. I was born and raised here in Ottawa and love to show it off. I have been in love with my home town from a tender age, when my parents took me to the museums, galleries and the Byward Market as a young girl. When I was old enough to go out on my own, I would hop on the city buses to explore the different regions and as an adult, I visit and re-visit the places I have grown to love.

I will not only show you all the great locations that make Ottawa so unique but tell you the stories about the people and places you will see from its humble beginnings to the beautiful city it is today.

I started giving tours in the late 1970's on a part time basis. Since my retirement in 2011, I have been providing tours on a full time basis. Being retired I have more time to devote to you - the visitors to Ottawa. I can give you exactly the type of tour you want - targeting your interests.

Let me be the person to show and tell you why Ottawa is such a great place to visit.

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We enjoyed the tour VERY MUCH; it was one of the high points of our visit to Ottawa. Colette was informative, entertaining and a delight. Thank you, Colette. John
John Woody

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Retired from the public service in 2011. Worked in the fields of communications and parliamentary affairs.

I am an experienced, serious photographer with over 30 years experience. I have both sold and won a number of awards for my photographs.

I am an active member with Ottawa StoryTellers. I've told historical stories at a number of venues in Ottawa as well as stories for children.

I am certified by the city police to work with the vulnerable sector.


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

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