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Our most popular tour is the 2-hour Historical Highlights Walking Tour. This guided walk includes stops at:
  • Parliament Hill 
  • The National War Memorial
  • Sparks Street
  • Major's Hill Park
  • The Fairmont Chateau Laurier
  • The Bank of Canada
  • The Rideau Canal
  • The Prime Minister's Offices
  • The By Ward Market
  • And other areas of interest in Ottawa's downtown core

During the spring and summer, Ottawa Walking Tours offers a neighbourhood tour called: The Sussex Drive - Lowertown Walk 

The Sussex Drive- Lowertown Walk focuses on the highlights and dramatic sights found along this historic drive and within the vibrant Lowertown community. This tour also leaves from the Terry Fox statue located at 90 Wellington Street and is a perfect follow-up to the Historical Highlights walking tour!

Highlights of this tour include stops at:
  • The ByWard Market
  • The Col. John By Statue
  • Notre Dame Cathedral
  • The Giant Spider
  • Jeanne D'Arc Court
  • The Peacekeeping Monument
  • The Royal Canadian Mint 
  • Nepean Point 
  • Tin House Court
  • Major's Hill Park
  • And many others in Ottawa's downtown area

** New in 2014 - Try our wonderful new "Downtown Art" Walk led by 
Julie Hodgson

Join us for a fascinating tour of some of the many works of art in public spaces in downtown Ottawa. Learn about the art and the artists who made the works, the role of public art, and some of the materials used. We will meet at the Terry Fox Statue at 90 Wellington Street at the corner of Metcalfe, across from Parliament Hill.

We will visit the following works:

  • Sir Galahad (Henry Albert Harper) by Ernest Wise Keyser
  • The National War Memorial by Vernon March
  • Dancing Bear by Pauta Saila
  • Samuel de Champlain and Anishnaabe Scout by Hamilton MacCarthy
  • Jetée by Steven Beites and Christina M. Joakim
  • Hundred Foot Line by Roxy Paine
  • and many, many more
Not to be missed by those interested in art and cultural in the National Capital!

** SPRING 2014 - "The Path Of Heroes Tour" For Elementary Students & Summer Day Camps**

This spring, we are launching our new "Path of Heroes" tour, specifically designed for elementary students in grades 3 through 8 (ages 7-13). This 2 hour tour features fun, interactive games and activities to facilitate students' learning of local and Canadian history. The content of the tour covers many strands of the social studies curriculum. The “Path of Heroes” tour features fascinating stories about the lives of many famous Canadians and their impact on our country.

Highlights of this tour include stories about and introductions to: 

  • Terry Fox
  • Col. John By
  • Sir John A. Macdonald
  • Laura Secord
  • Lester B. Pearson 
  • Soldiers From WWI & WWII 
  • The Rideau Canal Builders 
  • And many, many more!

Ottawa Walking Tours
can customize tours to meet the needs and interests of any group. Please contact us for details and to start planning your next Ottawa Walking Tour.  We are also wheelchair accessible.

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What others are saying
"My wife and I took the walking tour July 25, 2009. Our guide was Matthew Deshaies. We are from the United States and appreciated having the opportunity to learn more about the history and see the sites of our neighbour’s capital city. The tour was wonderful as we appreciated seeing the beauty of Ottawa and enjoyed all the stories about the city, its building and its people. We were extremely impressed with how knowledgeable Mathew was and he had the perfect pleasant personality for a tour guide. One thing that impressed us was Mathew’s knowledge of not only Canadian history but also US history so he was able to relate what was happening in our country when significant events in Canadian history were occurring. We would highly recommend the walking tour as a must for anyone visiting Ottawa. We were only in town for the weekend and were pleased that we chose this tour because it far exceeded our expectations."

Rochester, NY