Ottawa Walking tours

Our most recommended Ottawa Walking tours

Ottawa: Haunted Night Walking Tour

1. 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: Haunted Carleton County Jail Tour

2. 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

3. 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.

Ottawa: Taste of the ByWard Market Food Tour

4. Ottawa: Taste of the ByWard Market Food Tour

Get to know Ottawa’s delightful ByWard Market with the people who know it best. The ByWard Market is known for a fantastic blend of tastes, sounds, and culture. Your experienced guide will introduce you to some of best places to eat in the city's most historic neighborhood. Meet the chefs, producers, and food artisans and experience the market the way the locals do. Your experience includes 6 food stops - 4 savoury and 2 sweet - culminating in a stop at the world-famous Beavertail(R) stand. Come hungry!

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Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 43 reviews

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!

Learned about some history of Ottawa and about some of the old buildings. The ghost stories were fascinating too. The guide did a great job telling them.

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.