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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 Subaru Legacy Wagon, air, handicapped parking pass . 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!

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

John, Thank you very much for your excellent tour for our district meeting last week in Ottawa! Your knowledge of the city and the history was both enjoyable and educational! We would highly recommend John! Thanks again Elizabeth & team
Elizabeth Dube

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


No smoking during the tour.

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