Private Tours of Ottawa in Your Car


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Activity Level



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


Kid Friendly: Yes. School age children will learn a lot about Canada and Ottawa's history as well as learn why this is such a cool city to be in.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 6



English (fluent), French (conversational)

I will show you the way

I will be your back-seat driver, letting you know where to go to see the great sites in Ottawa and Gatineau. We will make regular stops so you can see everything your passengers see or I can do the driving - your call.

Come and see what a great city Ottawa is, from its humble beginnings as a logging town to the beautiful Capital city it is today. Learn about its history and the people who shaped it and contributed to its splendour - Prime Ministers, Governors General, mayors and citizens have all played their part.

I will make this visit a memorable one - one you will be glad you did not miss.


Most tours start in downtown Ottawa but we can start anywhere along the route, whatever is closest to your hotel. The route will include a trip to Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal, the Ceremonial Route on Sussex Drive - past embassies, the Royal Canadian Mint, the Art Gallery, Notre Dame Basilica, Green Island, the Prime Minister's Residence and Rideau Hall.

We will drive through Rockliffe Park and return to Ottawa through Lowertown and the Byward Market. The drive will continue through centre town, past the National Arts Centre, Ottawa City Hall and onto Queen Elizabeth Drive. We will stop at the Experimental Farm and Gardens for photos then loop around to see the Arboretum, Dowe's Lake, Little Italy and China Town.

A drive through LeBreton Flats, past the War Museum and over to Gatineau where you will see the Chaudiere Falls and Canada's History Museum.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: I will meet you at your hotel or a central location in the city.

End location: The tour will end either in downtown Ottawa or your hotel but only if it is in a central location.

Duration: 7 hours

If there are traffic or weather conditions that will prevent the tour from going ahead, the tour will be cancelled or rescheduled.


The tour will be in your car. I will provide directions to all the sites as well as the best places to park. The Maximum capacity of the vehicle will determine the maximum number of people allowed on the tour. It can be anywhere from one person to six.

What’s Included

Other: My knowledge of Ottawa's history and the stories behind the dates leading to Ottawa becoming the Capital of Canada.

My photo expertise - let me show you the best vantage points for your souvenir photos and any group or family pictures you may want me to take (with your camera).

Estimated Local Cash Needed

15 Canadian Dollar - You may want to stop for a Beaver Tail or maple toffee on the Byward Market or pick up a one-of-a-kind souvenir at the gift shop at one of our museums.

What’s Extra

Other: There is nothing extra on this tour.

A Recent Review of this tour

Colette knew a lot about Ottawa history and life that we found very interesting. We learned lot in just an afternoon. She is very pleasant and wants to make sure you get the most from your time with her.
Linda Gartland

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