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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 SPRING 2013 - "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
"If you're planning to visit Ottawa, make sure this is the first thing that you do when you get there. The tour provides an excellent starting point for visitors. I've been to Ottawa a few times and wish I would have done this trip sooner. You'll also get some great suggestions for other places to visit including local restaurants and pubs to check out. Worth every penny!"

London, ON