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Excursions in Ottawa

Discover Ottawa's best excursions! Explore historic sites, scenic parks, and cultural landmarks with our expert-guided tours. Book your adventure today!

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Best places to visit in Ottawa

When it comes to uncovering the charms of Canada's capital, Ottawa rolls out a kaleidoscope of historic sites, cultural experiences, and natural beauty. As you plan your itinerary, let's zoom in on some must-see destinations and sprinkle in a few hidden gems that tell the story of this vibrant city.

For those looking to dive deep into Ottawa's offerings, our company Happytripz curates excursions that cater to all tastes. From the city's iconic landmarks to its tranquil green spaces, we've got your tour needs covered!

Parliament Hill

Standing regally on the banks of the Ottawa River, Parliament Hill is not just a hub for political buffs. The Gothic Revival-style buildings are a feast for the eyes, and the Changing of the Guard ceremony during summer mornings is a spectacle to behold. Don’t miss out on a guided tour of the Peace Tower for panoramic views of the city. Check it out on Google Maps.

Rideau Canal

The historic Rideau Canal snakes through the city and becomes the world’s largest outdoor skating rink come winter. Ranked as a UNESCO World Heritage site, it's a year-round hub of leisurely activities. During warmer months, you can embark on a scenic boat tour or stroll along its banks.

ByWard Market

For a burst of energy and flavor, ByWard Market is a destination where visitors can plunge into a vibrant mix of shopping, dining, and nightlife. This buzzing bazaar is perfect for picking up artisan gifts and sampling Canadian delicacies like Beavertails or poutine.

Canadian Museum of History

Across the Alexandra Bridge, the Canadian Museum of History invites you to a journey through Canada’s rich past. Marvel at the world’s largest collection of totem poles or immerse yourself in the story of Canada’s First Peoples within the Grand Hall.

National Gallery of Canada

Art lovers, take note! The National Gallery of Canada houses a treasure trove of Canadian and Indigenous art, alongside European and American masterpieces. Don't leave without seeing the impressive Maman spider sculpture guarding the gallery’s entrance.

Let's not forget Happytripz can help map out your perfect Ottawa exploration, connecting the dots between these destinations and more.

Other Attractions

  • Canadian War Museum - Delve into Canada’s military history and its impact on the world’s stage.
  • Dows Lake - Ideal for kayaking and picnics, particularly during the annual Canadian Tulip Festival.
  • Gatineau Park - A nature escape just a short drive from downtown Ottawa, perfect for hiking, biking, and swimming.

Happytripz strives to make every client’s journey as authentic and exhilarating as possible. We tackle the logistics so you can surrender to the beauty of our capital city. Pack your bags and set yourself free to witness the splendor of Ottawa with us!

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Skye Krueger

Ottawa's beauty truly shines through its variety of excursions. The day trip to the Gatineau Hills was magical; the guide's passion and knowledge about the area made for an enriching experience. The sights from King Mountain were breath-taking, and the added touch of a picnic with local cuisine truly captured the essence of the region.

Amoura Marsh

The Historical Ottawa River Cruise provided an incredible vantage point from which to appreciate the city's rich legacy. The live commentary was informative and engaging, offering insights into Ottawa's landmarks and history. The convenience of the boarding location and the comfort of the boat made the entire journey a relaxing and educational experience.

Bridget Mosley

Exploring the Rideau Canal with such an enthusiastic guide was a highlight of my stay in Ottawa. The boat tour was well-organized, providing a unique perspective of the city and an opportunity to learn about its historical significance. It was a pleasant adventure, blending historical insights with scenic views.

Cal Paul

The culinary walking tour in Ottawa's ByWard Market was a delight for the senses. The selection of food and beverages was fantastic, highlighting the local cuisine and the area's vibrant food scene. The guide was personable and well-versed in the history of the market, making it a well-rounded culinary adventure.

Brynleigh Contreras

I never realized how enchanting Ottawa's evenings could be until I joined the Ghosts and Gallows Haunted Walk. The storytelling was masterful, with just the right mix of history, mystery, and spooky elements. The ambiance created by the evening light added to the experience, making it a memorable adventure.

Alayna Guerrero

The bike tour along the Ottawa River Parkway was exhilarating. The route chosen was scenic and safe, with plenty of opportunities to take photos or just soak in the natural beauty. The guide incorporated regular stops, each time sharing fascinating anecdotes about Ottawa's landmarks and culture.

Layne Herman

Joining the Canada Aviation and Space Museum tour was a decision I won't forget. The display of aircraft and the interactive exhibits were impressive. The guide provided deep insights into Canada's contributions to aviation and space exploration. I left with a greater appreciation for the technology and bravery that define this field.

Madisyn Potter

With Happytripz, my trip to Ottawa was elevated by their exceptional organization of the Niagara Falls Day Tour. The journey was comfortable and the guide made sure everyone felt included. Witnessing the falls up close was awe-inspiring and the additional boat ride provided an unforgettable perspective of this natural wonder.

Cesar Ochoa

The outdoor adventure to the Ottawa Arboretum was a refreshing escape from the city buzz. Our guide was knowledgeable about the various plant species and the layout of the gardens, which helped in appreciating the tranquil surroundings. It was a serene afternoon spent embracing nature's artistry.

Kason Mack

The Ottawa Parliament Hill Walking Tour was a great blend of education and entertainment. The guide's infectious enthusiasm for Canada's political history made every story come alive. Standing in the shadow of the iconic Peace Tower, feeling the weight of Canada's legacy, was an experience I would highly recommend.