Ottawa Guided tours

Our most recommended Ottawa Guided tours

Ottawa: Half-Day Guided Craft Beer Tour by Bus

1. Ottawa: Half-Day Guided Craft Beer Tour by Bus

Prepare to hear some classic Dad jokes as you discover Ottawa's vibrant beer scene on a half-day tour of the city's best beer houses. Visiting either 2 or 3 craft breweries for sampling, you'll learn about the brewing process and be a beer connoisseur in no time. Enjoy a curated experiential beer tour that gets you behind the scenes at each location and gives you a chance to try new and exciting beers. Your guide keeps you entertained along the way with local tips and Dad jokes as they navigate the streets of Ottawa. Every tour is a unique adventure with locations varying along with the beers. Your trip includes immersive tours at each location, all sampling fees, and some food. For a safe and memorable experience, free water is provided along with tasting note cards so you can track your tastings. While this trip is a beer lover's dream, everyone can enjoy them. Great beer is the glue that ties learning and drinking together.

Ottawa: Haunted Night Walking Tour

2. Ottawa: Haunted Night Walking Tour

Experience Ottawa like never before on a 75-minute Original Haunted Walk. Spend an evening with fascinating tour guides who are chosen from the best local storytellers and have a passion for sharing the unexpected side of Canada's capital city.  On the Original Haunted Walk, your expert cloaked guide will reveal to you their favorite ghost stories from the Downtown Ottawa area and lead you by lantern light to some of the city's most well-known haunted spots. Visit locations such as the Fairmont Château Laurier, Grant House, and Ottawa’s haunted high school. A favorite stop is the haunted Bytown Museum where many of the guides have had their own experiences to share. You’ll never look at the city and these buildings the same again.  After being led through the streets of Downtown Ottawa, your guide can walk you back to the start location or leave you to enjoy a (sleepless) night in the city.

Ottawa: Scenic Helicopter Flight

3. Ottawa: Scenic Helicopter Flight

Soar over Ottawa city, the capital of Canada, snap breathtaking photos, and enjoy the view on this picturesque helicopter flight. Gaze out of the panoramic and curved windows and spot the serene Meech Lake and the Champlain. Start at the Rockcliffe airport at the Canadian Space and Aviation Museum. Have a quick safety briefing before boarding your helicopter. See Parliament Hill, the home of the Parliament of Canada, and Rideau Hall, the official residence of the Canadian monarch from above. Take-off in a Robinson R44 aircraft and fly at a cruising speed of 180 km/h. Choose between a 10-minute flight covering 30 KM, a 20-minute flight covering 60 KM, or a 30-minute flight covering 90 KM.

Ottawa: Haunted Carleton County Jail Tour

4. Ottawa: Haunted Carleton County Jail Tour

Come along on a frightening tour of the 19th-century Carleton County Jail, where you will meet your cloaked and lantern-carrying guide on a scary storytelling journey through the facilities. Find your way around by lantern light and enter Ottawa’s famous haunted jail, which now functions as a hostel. See some of the intact jail areas, which once housed some of the city's most infamous criminals, before they were hanged on the on-site gallows. Some say that their souls still haunt the site. Visit the jail's eeriest spots as your guide shares spooky stories of levitating coins and faceless ghosts. Learn about the gruesome assassination of Thomas D'Arcy McGee and tour the cellblocks where inmates were once imprisoned. Lastly, retrace the final footsteps of the condemned as you walk from Death Row to the last working gallows in Canada.

Ottawa Private Tour with a Local

5. Ottawa Private Tour with a Local

Explore the city with a friendly local who is passionate about the city and eager to share all the information that will help you make the most of your trip. Get to know Ottawa through the eyes of a local on a 2, 3 or 4 hour private tour. Meet at your accommodation and head out on the tour to get familiar with the neighborhood. Learn about the best places to eat and buy groceries, the easiest ways to get around, and the top things to see and do. By the end of the tour, you'll feel more comfortable navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay.

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What people are saying about Ottawa

Our guide was outstanding and went well out of her way to make our day in Ottawa a special day. She pick us up and drove us to Ottawa and showed us everything there was to see She made it a special day and even showed us how to get to parts of Montreal we couldn’t find I’m not sure seeing Ottawa is worth the 2.5 hours each way but that’s not her problem she was great

Musa arrived on time and was very friendly and professional. He knew so much about Ottawa we were very impressed. Tour actually lasted an extra half an hour ! Cannot fault him at all …would recommend to everyone.

Very interesting tour! Learned a lot about the jail and events that took place at that location. It was really cool to take a glimpse of what things used to be like, even though it was horrific to imagine!

Nathan was a very engaging tour guide. Great stories and a different look at this beautiful city.

We totally loved our tour! It is a fun activity to do with kids too.