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Ottawa: Sightseeing River Cruise

1. Ottawa: Sightseeing River Cruise

Discover the natural beauty of the region that captured the imagination of the first European explorer Samuel de Champlain. Climb aboard the 'Paula D' for a 1.5-hour sightseeing cruise on the Ottawa River. This must-do experience offers an entertaining glimpse of the region's rich history and leaves you with plenty of time to enjoy the rest of your stay. For your convenience, there are two departure docks, one located in Gatineau and another in Ottawa. Once boarded, sit back and relax as you cruise down the river. Enjoy spectacular views of the city and learn about the river's past life as a watery highway for transporting resources with your guide's engaging and informative commentary in both English and French. During your cruise, you'll have the opportunity to see the Parliament Buildings, the Rideau Canal Locks, and the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau from the river. You'll also be able to spot some sights that are only visible from the water or from Gatineau. While you're taking in the sights, savor a nice cold beverage (at your own expense) on the large open-air upper deck. Alternatively, escape the elements and visit the closed-in lower deck to take advantage of the on-board canteen with a bar.

Ottawa: Bilingual Guided City Tour by Amphibious Bus

2. Ottawa: Bilingual Guided City Tour by Amphibious Bus

Climb aboard a unique vehicle that can travel on land and water and discover the historical attractions of Ottawa and the Ottawa River from different perspectives. Spend 40 minutes on land and 20 minutes on the water. Admire landmark monuments and attractions such as Lake Dow, Landsdowne Park, and Byward Market. Get a magnificent view of the city as you cruise along the river aboard the amphibious vehicle. See all the important sights of Ottawa and the city of Gatineau, located just across the water. Avail of an activity that is both fun and educational for the entire family, and ideal for those who are short of time but want to see it all.

Gatineau: Canadian Museum of History Admission

3. Gatineau: Canadian Museum of History Admission

The Canadian Museum of History is Canada’s national museum of human history. Located in Gatineau, Quebec, along the scenic riverfront across from Parliament Hill, the Museum is housed in an iconic building designed by Indigenous architect Douglas Cardinal. The Museum is one of Canada’s most popular cultural institutions, with a collection of more than 4 million items — including archaeological material, cultural objects, works of art, documents, and audiovisual material. In collaboration with Indigenous Peoples, the Museum shares the stories of the resilience and diversity of Indigenous cultures and histories across Canada. The Museum has the world’s largest indoor display of monumental poles, six traditional Native house fronts arranged in the shape of a 19th-century Northwest Coast village, contemporary works of Indigenous art, and a gallery dedicated to the achievements and traditions of Indigenous Peoples. The Museum is also home to the popular Canadian History Hall — a stunning showcase that provides access to 15,000 years of social history through personal stories and 1,500 authentic artifacts, many of which are national treasures. The Museum’s exhibitions examine the events, personalities and cultures that have shaped Canada. Sharing stories through multiple perspectives and voices, the Museum celebrates Canadian achievements while also exploring some of the country’s darker chapters. The Museum is also a destination of choice for major international exhibitions, which are often produced in partnership with the world’s most renowned institutions. In addition, you can explore the world through play with your children at the Canadian Children’s Museum and watch an inspiring, larger-than-life documentary films at Ciné+.

Ottawa City Scavenger Hunt and Self-Guided Walking Tour

4. Ottawa City Scavenger Hunt and Self-Guided Walking Tour

Explore Ottowa at your own pace with this scavenger hunt (mobile web-based). Stroll past famous sites like the Canadian Museum of History and the ByWard Market, and learn all about them through our mobile website's personalized instructions and directions. Complete fun challenges along the way, collecting points as you go. Begin by converting your purchase on our website ( instructions are sent to you post-purchase by messaging and text. Next, go to the starting point in front of the Government Conference Center. Head out on your walk, and begin solving riddles and puzzles to unlock your next destination and learn about each site on the way. Make stops at Chateau Laurier, the Supreme Court, Byward Market, and, of course, the Parliament Hill. Learn a little history about the sites as you complete mini-challenges. Take as little or as much time as you like at each stop. Visit a total of 36 locations.

Ottawa: Helicopter Ride with Live Commentary

5. Ottawa: Helicopter Ride with Live Commentary

Immerse yourself in the captivating beauty of Canada's National Capital Region on a helicopter tour in Ottawa. Traverse Gatineau Park and discover other iconic landmarks, including Parliament Hill, Château Laurier, and the Rideau Canal. Enjoy panoramic views of the city's stunning architecture. Experience a unique perspective, fully embracing the splendor of these national treasures. Get insights into Ottawa's rich history and picturesque landscapes with live commentary onboard.

Ottawa: 2 or 3.5-Hour Sightseeing Bike Tour

6. Ottawa: 2 or 3.5-Hour Sightseeing Bike Tour

Get on a bicycle for a 2 or 3.5-hour guided tour to discover many of downtown Ottawa’s major attractions, must-see spots, and hidden gems. Choose your own adventure from two tour options: 2-Hour Express Tour A fun and short sightseeing tour ideal for newer or easy-going bicyclists, who want to learn about Ottawa’s downtown and beyond. All ages will enjoy the leisurely 8.5-mile ride, stopping at major attractions for sightseeing and photos. Highlights include Parliament Hill, War Memorial, Rideau Canal Pathway, Rideau Hall, Rideau Falls, Quebec province, the National Art Gallery, the Museum of History, the Rideau Locks and Bytown Museum. 3.5-Hour Highlights Tour Discover more of Ottawa’s must-see spots and hidden gems on a slight longer 3 to 3.5-hour tour, with 95% of the route on bicycle paths. This 12-mile bike tour includes short stops along the way for sightseeing and photos plus a power bar snack. Highlights include Rideau Canal, War Memorial, Love Lock Bridge, Rideau Canal Locks, the Glebe, Lansdowne Park, Arboretum, Dow’s Lake, Little Italy, Ottawa River, province of Quebec, Museum of History, Rideau Hall, Rideau Falls,  National Gallery of Canada, Byward Market, and Parliament Hill.

Ottawa: Daily Yacht Tours on the Ottawa River

7. Ottawa: Daily Yacht Tours on the Ottawa River

Join a scenic yacht tour in Ottawa and get ready to embark on a journey through the heart of the city. Sit back, relax, and purchase a refreshing drink or sandwich to enjoy on board. Sip on a chilled glass of bubbly or indulge in a gourmet sandwich with home-made chips or grave from a charcuterie box for two as we glide through the tranquil waters of the he Ottawa River. As we make our way, you'll be mesmerized by the stunning views of the Parliament Buildings, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Canadian Museum of History, all while enjoying the comfort of our modern and sleek yacht. The ambiance onboard is unmatched, with the sound of gentle waves and music in the background setting the tone for a truly unforgettable experience. Take in the breathtaking scenery as the sun shines or sets over the city, casting a warm glow on the water. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or just looking to indulge in a little luxury, our Ottawa Tacht Tours is the perfect way to do it. So come on board and discover the magic of Ottawa in a way you've never experienced before. Book your spot now, and let us show you the best of the city in style. Alcoholic drinks: • Cantina Dry Prosecco • Barefoot Pinot Grigio • Grand Sud Chardonnay • Bombay Tonic • Jose Margarita • Sainte- Marie Mojito • Smirnoff Vodka Raspberry Non-alcoholic options: • Clever G and Tonic Premium Mocktail • Grüvi Dry Secco • Töst Sparkling Rosé

Ottawa River: White Water Rafting with BBQ Lunch

8. Ottawa River: White Water Rafting with BBQ Lunch

Enjoy a thrilling rafting adventure on the Ottawa River. Paddle, splash, and rollover rapids. Follow challenging routes through the white water, led by an expert guide on this 8-hour adventure. Begin your experience at our waterfront resort with an in-depth safety briefing. After a short bus trip to the start location, meet your guide and board your raft for a day of white water adventure. Paddle with your crew as you take in views of the Ottawa River. Take a break for snacks and drinks, and savor a BBQ lunch cruise at the end of your trip. Return to the meeting point and watch a video of your rafting trip, filmed by a video kayaker. Choose between low and medium intenstity rafting adventures depending on your comfort and skill level.

Gatineau self-guided walking tour and scavenger hunt

9. Gatineau self-guided walking tour and scavenger hunt

Are you looking for what to do in Gatineau? A stroll through the Hull sector is an opportunity to learn about its history and discover all its attractions. You will have to solve challenges at each step to know your next destination. Walk from the Maison du Citoyen to Jacques-Cartier Park, passing by the Canadian Children’s Museums and History Museum, as well as Fontaine Park, several monuments, and other sites. You will have fun taking on challenges. The Gatineau Tourist Scavenger Hunt is a 3.1 km/1.9 mi self-guided walking tour with challenges along the way. It should take you 2 hours to complete. - A fun learning experience - Learn some local history - Challenge your knowledge: 24 varied challenges - Fun for all ages, kids included - Walk at your own pace: 3.1 km/1.9 mi - Take as little time or as much time as you wish to complete your activity One Tourist Scavenger Hunt is valid for a group of up to 6 people.

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What people are saying about Gatineau

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 1,434 reviews

It was a great experience. My two young kids had a blast as well. It was nice to see the two cities from above as well as check out some of the more iconic destinations. Our pilot and ground crew were so professional and accommodating (not always easy when doing things with kids under 8) and did everything with a smile! The online booking was also very easy. All together an A+ experience. Thank you/ Marci!

This helicopter tour was pretty much excellent in my opinion and the pilot gave us a great introductory to the helicopter and what we would be doing and as far as the flying, it was an excellent experience and very comfortable and safe. All around it was a great experience.

a really interesting experience. going from a bus to a boat is really great. guide who speaks English and French. Lots of humor, very pleasant and smiling. lots of explanations and even anecdotes. I recommend.😁

Unusual and incredible activity when the bus goes into the water Funny guide Interesting visit Small downside: sometimes he forgot to translate into French

It was very interesting, our guide was a very nice woman. It was a very cool feeling to suddenly take the bus into the water.