Essential Free Tour Ottawa

  • Enjoy a tour around Downtown Ottawa and discover its surprisingly entertaining history.
  • Walk along UNESCO World Heritage Rideau Canal, the best preserved a slackwater canal in North America.
  • Take beautiful pictures of the imposing Victorian Gothic sandstone buildings on Parliament Hill.
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Do you fancy an entertaining and educational walk around the elegant riverside core of old Ottawa with a local guide? The Essential Free Tour of Ottawa is made to offer a wonderful experience to travelers of all ages and backgrounds. This is an easy walk around the main sights of Downtown Ottawa where guests will learn about the history, culture and daily life of this multicultural metropolis in an engaging way. Your free tour will take you to many stunning Gothic-style government buildings around Parliament Hill. Located on the picturesque southern banks of the Ottawa River, the Hill attracts millions of visitors each year. It’s the perfect spot to take charming pictures while you listen to your guide talking about the foundation of the city as a lumbering and trading community (the name Ottawa derives from the Algonquin word “adawe”, that is, “to trade”).

The French Gothic Revival Fairmont Chateau Laurier is another highlight of the Essential Free Tour of Ottawa that never fails to impress visitors. This massive hotel, designed to complement the beautiful buildings in the downtown area, has been hosting travelers since 1912 and still offers today a luxurious environment in one of the best areas in the city. Your tour will also take you for a walk around one of the most wonderful feats of engineering in America: the UNESCO World Heritage Site Rideau Canal. This long canal was built as a precaution in case of war with the United States, but has since then been the main gathering place for locals during the weekends. Your guide will let you know about the many outdoor activities available at the canal, from pleasure boating to ice skating. The National War Memorial and Prime Minister's Offices are some of the other highlights in the area.

Among the many must-see landmarks in Ottawa, the towering 19th-century Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica is the favorite of many travelers. Set against the dramatically green Major’s Hill Park, this beautiful worship place is the oldest and largest church in Ottawa. Your group will be able to appreciate the beauty of this iconic church and discover why there’s a statue of a giant spider (Maman Statue) right next to it! Of course, your Essential Ottawa Free Tour will also take you to some of the most charming commercial streets and markets of Ottawa, so you can witness the energetic vibe of this young city. No matter if you are new to this amazing city or just want to explore further into its history, this tour is perfect for all travelers. Come and book your seat today at the Essential Free Tour of Ottawa! There isn’t a better way to spend a day in Ottawa!
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