Tour-isty Ottawa: Ottawa’s Top 8 Best Tour Companies


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If you are only in the beautiful city of Ottawa for a short time, sometimes it can feel overwhelming trying to see all that the city has to offer.

From gorgeous historical sites to a wide array of delicious restaurants and dining experiences, to stunning natural landscapes and outdoor adventures, there is a lot to see. Don’t stress though! Let some experienced locals take the stress of trip planning out of the equation and just enjoy your time in the city. This list of the best tours of Ottawa covers every possible adventure: from walking tours of the city’s main sites to high-end food tours to mountain biking and guided hikes, you are sure to find something to please every traveler.


See Sight Tours of Ottawa

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See Sight Tours (and no, that’s not a typo of “sightseeing”) is a small tour business with big impact. Founder Daud Grewal was born and raised in Niagara and started See Sight Tours while he was still in high school. Ever since he’s been providing some of the most authentic and informative tours in Canada.

See Sight Tours was first launched in Niagara Falls, Ontario and has now expanded to Ottawa. If you are just in town for the day, it can be hard to really get the full experience of Ottawa. See Sight tours offers a great way to get at least a taste of the city. For those visiting Ottawa for the first time, the Ultimate Ottawa Tour is a must-do. The tour hits all the major ‘must see’ attractions of Ottawa in a single day. Over 4 hours, you’ll travel by land and water to explore Canada’s capital city, seeing beautiful sites such as Parliament Hill, the House of Commons, Rideau Hall and Rockliffe park just to name a few!


Ottawa Tasting Tours

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We all know how difficult it can be to choose a place to eat (especially when you are on vacation!), so take the stress out of the equation and let Ottawa Tasting Tours figure it out for you. Whether you’re visiting from out of town or are a long time local, Ottawa Tasting Tours has something new and exciting every night of the week.

If you’re visiting Canada for the first time, check out the Canadian Food tour to taste some of the best local dishes. If you’re looking for something Ottawa-specific, check out the food and wine tours that allow you to experience four of Ottawa’s best restaurants in one evening. With a wide array of options, you’re sure to find something for everyone. With Ottawa Tasting Tours, experiencing Ottawa’s diverse dining scene has never been so easy and so tasty!


Au Feel de L’eau

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If you are looking for a more independent/self-guided option, but still want to see some of Ottawa’s best sights from the water, Au Feel de Leau is a great option. This company provides water-taxi and water-limo services that connect the best must-see sites in the heart of the capital city Ottawa and in Gatineau.

There are three stops that are near all the major sites: one near the Canadian Museum of History – Mosaïculture Site, one near Ottawa Locks jetty – Parliament Hill – Bytown Museum – Château Laurier – National Gallery of Canada, and one near Richmond Landing – Canadian War Museum – Mill Street Brew Pub – Native Village/teepee. Hop on and off these quick and eco-friendly boats and enjoy the best of Ottawa from the water.


Escape Bicycle Tours and Rentals

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Escape from your everyday sightseeing routine and check out Escape Bicycle Tours and Rentals. Don’t worry if you don’t consider yourself a pro cyclist, these bicycle tours are designed for leisure and recreational cyclists and can range between 10 and 35 kilometers per tour. You can choose to do the tour with a regular bike or an electric bike.

Safety is always a top priority and the tours always travel on designated bicycle routes at an easy to moderate pace. You’ll get to feel the wind in your hair as you zoom around the city to all the major attractions as well as many of Ottawa’s hidden gems. Traveling through breathtaking scenery, you will discover the history, legends, and stories of Canada’s Capital from knowledgeable tour guides. If you just want to rent, they have some of the best and latest electric bikes not to mention regular bikes as well as kids’ bikes and Tandem for rent. Experience the freedom of the open road with Escape Bicycle Tours.


Tours Expedition Ottawa

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Get out of the city and see some of the absolutely spectacular nature surrounding Ottawa with Tours Expedition Ottawa. Great for those who are visiting Ottawa, Tours Expedition Ottawa offers 4 types of outdoor expeditions including canoeing in calm waters, hiking treks, cycling on exciting bike trails, and, in the winter, cross-country skiing.

The outdoor specialists will take care of planning the expedition based on your needs, your abilities, the seasons, the weather and the local products offered. These unique expeditions are designed for up to 4 people and include the basic equipment, a fresh and healthy picnic, transportation directly from your accommodation in the Ottawa/Gatineau region, and the services of an expert bilingual guide. If you are looking for even more adventure, they also offer a variety of seasonal outdoor activities, including camping, exploring a pioneer village, adventure spas, dining experiences, to name a few.


RentABike Ottawa

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Rent a Bike Ottawa is a great option if you want the convenience of a bicycle but don’t want to sign up for a whole sightseeing tour (although they offer those too!). If you fly to Ottawa and can’t bring your bike, Rent a Bike is a great alternative and offers bicycle rentals for as low as $9 an hour. Rent a Bike has every kind of bicycle you need. If you just want to see the city, consider one of their standard bikes or, for an upgrade, one of the carbon road bikes. If you are looking for some adventure, their off-road bikes are perfect for checking out some exciting mountain biking trails. And if you’ve got a plus one, their tandem bikes for two are a cute and fun way to explore the city together.


Experience Food

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If you want a true, high-end foodie experience while on your trip to Ottawa, Experience Food is the tour option for you. Experience Food is the only food tour company in Ottawa that allows you to discover Ottawa and Gatineau’s top restaurants.

Locals and tourists alike will love to indulge in Ottawa’s booming culinary scene and discover the world-class restaurants that are putting it on the map. At each restaurant, one of the city’s top chefs will have carefully prepared a dish for you. Each dish is served with a drink handpicked by each establishment’s sommelier. Named one of the best things to do in Ottawa, Experience Food offers you a delicious new way to experience this great city.


Ottawa Walking Tours

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Ottawa Walking Tours gives you the best way to experience the city up close and personal – on foot! Choose from a variety of high-quality tours including the Historical Highlights Tours, Sussex Drive Lowertown Walk, Downtown Art Walk, and the Path of Heroes Tour. These tours are in such high demand that they are reservation only – so make sure you book ahead of time! Get your steps in and see the best of Ottawa with Ottawa Walking Tours.


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About the Author: Annie Albrecht

Annie Albrecht is a freelance writer, editor, and content marketing strategist from Austin, TX. Currently based in Madrid, she spends most of her time trotting around Europe, hiking mountains, and facetiming her dog while sipping a glass of red wine. Besides travel, Annie loves discovering new music, lively political discussions, and being outside.

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