See Ottawa Up Close
Let me create the tour you want. We will walk through history as we explore Parliament Hill, the Byward Market, the Rideau Canal and many points of interest in between.
Get up close to the Parliament Buildings and see the details in the wonderful decorative carvings of strong animals and forms, called grotesques, which stare right back at you.
You will see the best views, hear the best stories, taste the delightful treats the Byward Market has to offer and walk through the prettiest parks, all in the heart of downtown Ottawa.
Let me be the guide to show you just how special my city is.
Highlights of this tour will include a trip to Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal, the National Arts Centre, the Byward Market and Sparks Street Mall. We will see the Canadian Art Gallery and Notre Dame Basilica. We will stroll through Confederation Park and Major Hill Park.
If there is a specific place you wish to see, do let me know. I will incorporate it in the tour. Remember, this is not a standard tour. It is YOUR tour - so I will tailor it to you and your group's interests.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: If you are staying at a hotel in the downtown core, I can meet you there, otherwise we can meet each other at the Ottawa Information Centre or another easy to find location.
End location: The tour will end where it begins, your hotel or a central location in the downtown core.
Duration: 3 hours
This tour is available year round unless we have extreme weather such as thunder storm, ice or snow storm.
If you need extra winter wear, let me know, I can loan mitts, hats and scarves for those who need them.
This is a walking tour, so please dress for the weather - warm clothes in winter, cool clothes in summer. Bring sunblock, water and your camera. We will walk at a moderate pace with frequent stops. There will be washroom breaks and the opportunity to purchase drinks and snacks.
My historical and local knowledge of the region as well as the stories about the people of Ottawa and places we will visit.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
15 CDN - You may want buy a drink, ice cream or Beaver Tail while we walk around the streets in the Byward Market.
Any souvenirs, food or drinks you wish to purchase. Local transportation - bus, water taxi or cab.
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Colette was a fantastic tour guide! We had two young boys with us and she really tailored her walking speed and her topics to the kids, without leaving out other important facts for the adults. We highly recommend booking a tour with Colette! Thank you for a great tour!