2014 / 2015 Season
- Accommodation (1, 2 or 3 night stays)
- In-house Teachings
- Custom and self-guided tours
If there is a location you are particularly interested in, please let us know, and if it is at all possible, we will modify our packages to accommodate you.
In addition to your booked, custom tours, you can add many bonus activities such as:
- March For Life
- Tulip Festival
- RCMP Stables
- Bytown Museum
- Rideau Canal Museum
Summer/Fall Attractions – Most of the above plus…
- The changing of the guard on Parl Hill
- Sound and Light show (after dark on the Hill)
- The War of 1812 re-enactment at Chrysler Farm
- Fireworks competition at Lac Leamy- after dark
- McKenzie-King Estate and Fall Rhapsody
- Skating on the Rideau Canal.
The ByWard Market: An historic farmers’ market and shopping district by day, a favourite gathering place of restaurants and clubs by night – the ByWard Market just east of Parliament Hill is one Ottawa neighbourhood you won’t want to miss.
The Museum of Civilization [Now The Museum of History]: Located on the shores of the Ottawa River directly across from Parliament Hill, the Canadian Museum of Civilization is a stunning landmark building that celebrates the achievements and histories of Canadian and world cultures.
The War Museum: Located on the western edge of downtown next to the Ottawa River on LeBreton Flats, the Canadian War Museum is a striking building that houses a vast collection devoted to Canada’s military history and chronicling the country’s role in international conflicts.
Changing of the Guard: Held each morning on Parliament Hill in Ottawa from late June through late August. The Changing the Guard Ceremony is a colourful spectacle of pomp, pageantry and music. The show will continue all summer long. See you there!
The Diefenbunker: A National Historic Site of Canada, this underground nuclear bunker was built in secrecy during the Cold War to house top government and military officials in the event of an attack. Today the Museum provides a startling glimpse into Cold War history with guided and specialty tours. Immerse yourself in an authentic 60s era engineering marvel and learn about the fear stricken culture who prepared itself for devastation. Just a short commute from downtown Ottawa, Carp offers a range of things to see and experience, from quaint pubs to a farmer’s market to a museum!
The National Art Gallery: Located just steps from Parliament Hill in downtown Ottawa, the National Gallery of Canada is the country’s showcase of the visual arts and a spectacular architectural landmark.
Rideau Hall: Rideau Hall in Ottawa is the official residence and workplace of the Governor General of Canada – an impressive mansion surrounded by fabulous heritage gardens.
Sound and Light Show: Mosaika is the story of Canada – our story. A powerful narrative set against the spectacular backdrop of Parliament Hill, Mosaika takes the audience on an unforgettable journey of sound and light, as we explore Canada’s physical, historical and cultural landscapes. This summer, don’t miss this free, bilingual show. Presented nightly in Canada’s Capital Region from early July through early September annually.
ByTown Museum: Nestled beside the Rideau Canal locks below Parliament Hill and adjacent to the Ottawa River, the BYTOWN MUSEUM traces the early history of Ottawa to its present day, with a special focus on the construction of the Rideau Canal – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Canada Avation and Space Museum: Located east of downtown along the Ottawa River Parkway, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, houses one of the world’s finest collections of military and civilian aircraft inside its giant hangar-like walls.
Canadian Museum of Nature: Located in the castle-like Victoria Memorial Museum Building a pleasant stroll south of Parliament Hill, the Canadian Museum of Nature brings our natural heritage indoors for a close-up and fascinating look
The Tulip Festival: 2015 marks the 62nd edition of the Canadian Tulip Festival taking place from early to mid March
This festival is a celebration founded on international friendship with the 1945 presentation of 100,000 tulip bulbs from Princess Juliana of the Netherlands to Ottawa, Canada’s capital, given in appreciation of the safe haven that members of Holland’s exiled royal family received during World War II in Ottawa and in recognition of the role which Canadian troops played in the liberation of the Netherlands.
The Canadian Tulip Festival is also a celebration of the return of spring, with over a million tulips in 50 varieties blooming in public spaces across the National Capital Region. The highest concentration of tulips can be viewed in the flower beds of Commissioners Park, on the banks of Dow’s Lake, where 300,000 flowers bloom.
Gatineau Park: Located just minutes from Parliament Hill across the Ottawa River in Gatineau, Gatineau Park is 361 square kilometres of natural wilderness crisscrossed with cycling and nature trails, forest, lakes and lookouts
In Autumn, the Park is the setting for Fall Rhapsody, when the leaves turn into a sea of vibrant colours.Four lookouts offer spectacular views, including Champlain Lookout atop the Eardely Escarpment, with amazing views of two major Canadian geological formations – the Canadian Shield and the St. Lawrence Lowlands.
The Park is home to Mackenzie King Estate, the beautiful country home of Canada’s 10th Prime Minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King. Pink Lake, near the south entrance to the park is a meromictic lake
The Rideau Canal: An historic waterway filled with boaters spring through fall and the world’s largest naturally frozen skating rink in winter – the Rideau Canal winds through the heart of Ottawa before connecting with the Ottawa River through dramatic stepped locks right next to Parliament Hill.
The Rideau Canal stretches from Ottawa and the Ottawa River 202 kilometres south to Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River at Kingston, connecting beautiful lakes and rivers through a series of 45 locks. The Ottawa portion of the Canal starts at Mooney’s Bay in the south end of the city and continues through the city, flanked on each side by scenic parkways, cycling paths and gardens.
Built under the direction of Lieutenant-Colonel John By of the Royal Engineers, the Canal opened in 1832 and is the oldest continuously operated canal in North America. May through early October, the Canal is open to sightseeing cruises, pleasure craft, canoeist, and kayakers; paddleboats, canoes and kayaks can be rented at the Dow’s Lake Pavilion.
The Rideau Canal Museum: May to September, open weekdays 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
open weekends & holidays 10:00 am – 4:30 pm Free admission.
The Royal Canadian Mint: Located next to the National Gallery of Canada, the Royal Canadian Mint is one of the world’s most respected manufacturers of collector and commemorative coins, gold bullion coins, medals and medallions. Guided tours of the Mint let visitors watch coins being made from galleries high above the manufacturing floor while learning about the craft of coin making from concept to finished product.
The Mint makes collector coins in gold, silver, and platinum available individually and in collector sets. Browse and buy these unique coins, produced on-site, at the Mint Boutique. Examples of coins produced by the Mint recently: National Hockey League coin sets; Vancouver 2010 collection set; Canadiana watches; hologram coins.
Visitors have the opportunity to see $1 million in gold up close and hold a solid gold bar in their hands. The Mint holds a 2007 Guinness World Record for the largest coin in the world – a masterpiece 100 kg, 99.999% pure gold coin worth $1 million.
The RCMP Musical Rides: The RCMP Musical Ride Centre is located at the RCMP Rockcliffe Stables in Ottawa and is open for tours seven days a week from May through August and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from September through April.
The Musical Ride is performed in Ottawa each summer, and the troop travels to communities across the country and around the world to perform in charity events. The Ride is performed by 32 riders and horses. The horses are bred at a facility near Pakenham, Ontario, just west of Ottawa. Visitors to the RCMP Musical Ride Centre get to meet the horses, tour the stables, visit a farrier station and check-out the tack room. The Centre is home to the Mountie Shop, where visitors can purchase a variety of unique Mountie collectibles
The Currency Museum: Due to upcoming renovations of the Bank of Canada’s head office facility, the Currency Museum is temporarily closed from 2 July 2013 for a three-year period.