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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
"We really enjoyed the 2-hour Historical Highlights Walking Tour, and would also have joined the new Sussex Drive-Lowertown Walk if we had more time. The tour was well designed and covered most points of interest in the downtown area within the limited time. We especially enjoyed the historical "fun facts" and stories regarding the making of the city. As first-time visitors to Ottawa, we did not expect the city to have such fascinating history behind the old buildings. Although having walked around the same area the day before the tour, paying $15 for this tour was definitely worth it because we couldn't have learned that much about the city (while enjoying the view) on our own. Our guide was knowledgeable, friendly, accessible, and humourous. He was also willing to provide recommendations for travelling in Ottawa. Over all we really enjoyed the experience, and think it would act as a great starting point for sightseeing in Ottawa. We will recommend the tour to friends and participate in new tours when coming to this city again in the future."

Flora XC
Hamilton, NY, USA