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John

Ottawa, ON, Canada

Have a fun day touring in Ottawa and environs. I am a lifelong resident, History teacher, skier, sailor, and traveller.

I promise not to give the conventional "stay on the bus and look at the scenery" kind of tour.
Learn about my city and its people, past and present. Find out what we do for fun, what we like to eat, the things we've learned, and how we became a significant part of the Canadian landscape. See the places most people miss, enjoy the fun that the locals do. Visit nearby towns and attractions that make Ottawa and the Valley attractive and interesting. Bring your walking shoes and your curiosity. I'll do the rest.

Three people (six if we rent a van, add $100) ) are comfortable in my Volvo wagon, (air, sunroof) . Our daily activities will be tailored to your group's interests and activity level. A holiday is not a marathon!

Don't see a tour you like? I can customize to whatever interests you and your group. just ask!

If you're active or have active kids, some tours are available for those with the proper gear, winter or summer. Cycling, white-water rafting, zip lining, miniature golf, skiing, skating, are all possibilities.

Ottawa-Gatineau is a bilingual region and I am comfortable in both languages. My knowledge of local history, architecture, events and politics should let me answer all your questions. If not, I know where to find out!

Please join me in Canada's beautiful capital.

A Recent Review of this guide

Thank you John for making our visit to Ottawa so special! You exceeded our expectations on all front!
Amelie Joubert

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Credentials

- History specialist
- Certified ski instructor
- Certified Boating instructor
- Experienced tour guide

Restrictions

No smoking during the tour.

Guide Requirements for Canada

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Tours by John

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The True Heart of Ottawa

Lower town and the Byward market reflect the early history and continuing,...

254 USD per tour

(for up to 3 people)

5 hours

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Your driving tour of downtown Ottawa

A private tour of Ottawa and the National Capital Regon

195 USD per tour

(for up to 3 people)

4 hours

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Two Perfect Small Towns

A driving tour of two of eastern Ontario's prettiest towns with a private,...

387 USD per tour

(for up to 3 people)

8 hours

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Chateau and Canal

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Sumptuous brunch to enjoy and history to experience, all with a private,...

309 USD per tour

(for up to 3 people)

6 hours 30 min.

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How the Pioneers Did it

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Upper Canada Village takes you back in time....

387 USD per tour

(for up to 3 people)

8 hours

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Wilderness and Luxury Just Outside Ottawa

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A private tour featuring a nature park, lunch in the world's largest,...

387 USD per tour

(for up to 3 people)

8 hours

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LastMinuteAdventure

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Arrived too late to book on time?

391 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

8 hours

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Brockville and the St. Lawrence River

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Enjoy the beaty of the Thousand Islands and the port City of Bockville

387 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

8 hours

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Mackenzie King - Man of Mystery

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Experience a private tour of the Mackenzie King sites with a history,...

352 USD per tour

(for up to 3 people)

7 hours

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Parks, Gardens and green spaces in the,...

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A private tour of Ottawa and the National Capital Regon

254 USD per tour

(for up to 3 people)

5 hours

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Autumn Leaves

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The Beauty without the Crowds

309 USD per tour

(for up to 3 people)

6 hours

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Experienced Guide on Your Bus

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Ask to see what your group wants

152 USD per tour

(limit 1 person)

3 hours

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