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.
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.
There is nothing extra on this tour.
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Colette is a personable and knowledgeable guide. We went to many sites including the Rideau Canal, Experimental Farm/Arboretum, Little Italy, Chinatown, many embassies, the Byward Market, as well as several museums. She gave us a tour of Parliament Hill/ Parliament Buildings. The information about the Byward Market set us up for a wonderful experience the next day as well. Her "step on" driving tour was the perfect tour for us. We would rate her a 7 out of 5 we could! Thank you Colette!