A visit to Ottawa would not be complete without a tour of the Parliament buildings. Discover the history, functions and art of Canada’s Parliament with a guided tour of Centre Block. This iconic building is home to the Senate, House of Commons and Library of Parliament.
Tours are available daily and last 20 to 50 minutes, depending on parliamentary activity.
Departure times are listed under Centre Block Guided Tour Departures. Routes and schedules may vary and are subject to change without notice.
Free tour tickets are available year-round at 90 Wellington Street (across from Parliament Hill).
Want to see the ghostly side of Ottawa? Choose from three different spooky experiences starting at 8pm in fall, 2017.
Ghosts and the Gallows (Year-Round)
Dare to venture inside the old Carleton County Jail, one of the most haunted buildings in North America? Tour the cellblock and ranges where inmates of all kinds were once imprisoned. Walk the steps from Death Row to the last working gallows in Canada. Was the wrong man hanged for the assassination of Thomas D’Arcy McGee? Does he still haunt the hallways of the jail to this day? You will be the jury. Hear the evidence, experience the jail and decide for yourself!
Adults $19.75, Youth (Up to 17) $16.75
The Original Haunted Walk of Ottawa (Apr – Nov)
The outdoor tour that started it all! We will share some of our favourite ghost stories from the area and lead you by lantern light to some of our favourite haunted spots, including: the Bytown Museum, the Fairmont Château Laurier and Ottawa’s haunted high school. You’ll never look at the city and these buildings the same again!
Adults $16.75, Youth (10-17) $13.75, Children (under 10) Free With Accompanying Adult
The Crime and Punishment Jail Tour (Year-Round)
We set the ghost stories aside and concentrate on the incredible history of the old Carleton County Jail. How was the prison used? How bad were the living conditions? Did inmates try to escape? How many were executed? We’ll answer these questions and more as we put you to face-to-face with the last working gallows in Canada.
Adults $19.75, Youth (10-14) $16.75
Discover one of our most important landmarks and immerse yourself in First Nations culture through a vivid display of colourful lights that will elevate the natural beauty of the magnificent Chaudière Falls.
In fall 2017, an ambient lighting display will illuminate the falls. Accompanied by a rich soundscape, the experience will evoke the culture of Indigenous people and in particular highlight the Algonquin heritage of the region. In addition to the light experience, interpretation panels will share the story of the Indigenous people.
Renowned cultural attractions enlighten Ottawa’s downtown core. From Canadian history, to priceless world-class art, to the heroic tales of those who fought bravely for Canada, to enormous dinosaur fossils and to the world’s largest indoor collection of totem poles, Ottawa’s many national museums have something to offer everyone, no matter what your interests might be.
Whether you are driving or are on foot, the myriad of award-winning museums and galleries is located within minutes of Parliament Hill and of many downtown area hotels. Easily accessible and full of national treasures, all will enrich your visit to Ottawa. This is one learning experience you don’t want to miss!
Interested in checking out some culture, theatre, music or dance while you are here? The National Arts Centre collaborates with artists and arts organizations across Canada to help create a national stage for the performing arts, and acts as a catalyst for performance, creation and learning across the country.
The NAC is the only bilingual, multidisciplinary performing arts centre in Canada, and one of the largest in the world.
Click on the link above to check out the schedule of events for your stay in Ottawa!
Ottawa has a broad range of interesting culinary experiences that are available all year long. Follow a guide and learn about Ottawa’s vibrant culinary scene as you visit some of the city’s best restaurants, food retailers, wine vendors and more. The best part of these culinary experiences is that you get to savour delicious samples all along the way! Discover the different culinary experiences Ottawa has to offer.
Ottawa has a broad range of cycling experiences for the recreational rider to the serious racer. The recreational pathway network has more than 170 km of pathways people can ride on free of traffic and along some of the most interesting attractions in the capital and the loop of Gatineau Park is a more challenging route for experienced cyclists.
If you’ve been to Ottawa over the past few years, you may have noticed that CF Rideau Centre – Ottawa’s downtown shopping mall has been undergoing some big changes! With the additions of Nordstrom, Simons, and a brand new food court – there is something for everyone! Walking distance from your hotel!
Are you smart enough to escape on time? Escape rooms are the new thing – and Ottawa has plenty to get you working as a team! Click the link above to access a number of difference escape rooms in Ottawa. Book early as spaces fill up quickly!
Canada’s capital awakens when the sun goes down! If you’re looking to go out in downtown Ottawa, the ByWard Market neighbourhood is where you want to be. Home to local farmers, artisans and boutiques during the day, this area becomes the epicenter of Ottawa’s nightlife after dark.
Whether you’re into country, Latin music, house or Jazz, one of “the Market’s” countless bars and clubs will have a scene for you.
For more information on Ottawa and things to do during your free time, please visit Ottawa Tourism’s website!