LOCAL TOURS FOR INDUSTRY DELEGATES

#1: Meander Through Mazes

This tour is no longer offered.

 

#2: Wellington West by Foot

Just west of downtown Ottawa you’ll find a trendy neighbourhood bursting at the seams with makers, artists, bakers, and more. You’ll start your tour of the hip Wellington West neighbourhood with lunch with media colleagues at the locally loved Hintonburg Public House. After lunch, you’ll depart on foot with a knowledgeable guide to explore the cool shops and hidden gems that make this area one of the trendiest neighbourhoods in Ottawa.

 

#3: Art on Foot

This has become a media-only tour.

 

#4: Active Outdoors

Pick up boxed lunches and transfer to meet media colleagues and eat overlooking the Ottawa River before departing on a whitewater rafting adventure within Ottawa’s city limits… complete with views of Parliament Hill and the downtown skyline! The engaging guides of Ottawa City Rafting bring the logging and voyageur history of the region alive, while you paddle and admire the natural beauty of the area. You’ll go through three sets of rapids—and even have a chance to body surf, if you choose. Prepare to get wet!

NOTE: While no experience is necessary for rafting, participants must be in good health and possess average swimming ability. Low cut and securely fastened shoes (no flipflops) that can get wet are required. We recommend a bathing suit and/or clothing that can get wet. We also recommend bringing a towel, and change of clothing which can be left in a secure area while on the raft. Hats and eyewear must be secured. Anything brought on the boat will get wet, and limited space exists in a communal dry bag.

 

#5: Indigenous Roots

You will transfer to the Canadian Museum of History, where you will join media colleagues for a picnic lunch from Tour #14 (Museum Crawl). You’ll take in a dance performance by Indigenous Experiences, learn about the Indigenous history of Canada, and see the world’s largest indoor collection of totem poles. What’s more, you’ll return to Ottawa by paddling a voyageur canoe with the rest of the group and a guide across the Ottawa River!

NOTE: Wednesday night’s reception will take place at the Canadian Museum of History but this tour will showcase exhibitions beyond the public spaces of the museum that you will see that night.

 

#6: Gardens and Blooms

Grab a boxed lunch and get on board Le Boat, along with media colleagues. Now in its second summer of operation in North America, Le Boat offers luxury rental boats along the Rideau Canal system. You’ll float along the Rideau Canal to Dows Lake, site of the Canadian Tulip Festival, which has taken place each May since 1953, while learning more about the story of the tulips. You’ll then transfer to the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum to explore the grounds and the wide variety of plant species at the Fletcher Wildlife Garden and Dominion Arboretum.

 

#7: Canadian Geography 101

This has become a media-only tour.

 

#8: Local Flavours

Meet local producers and farmers that contribute to the vibrant Ottawa food scene. Pick up media colleagues as you transfer to the Just Food Farm for a delicious local lunch. Here, you’ll learn about this Ottawa not-for-profit organization, located on a 150-acre farm, that supports agricultural initiatives across the city.

 

#9: Craft Beer Crawl

A 10-minute walk will bring you to the Lowertown Brewing Company, where you will meet up with media colleagues for a few craft beer samples, then grab your boxed lunch to eat on the decorated bus of Brew Donkey, a popular craft brewery tour company. An afternoon of fun and beer tasting awaits at two additional great craft breweries across Ottawa.

 

#10: Roots of the Cold War

Did you know that the Cold War started in Ottawa? Learn more about this time in history after a transfer to Laurier House, a National Historic Site. This stately home was the residence of two Canadian prime ministers, including William Lyon Mackenzie King, who was Prime Minister through World War II and the beginning of the Cold War. Lunch on its expansive covered porch will be shared with industry colleagues, then it’s a 30-minute transfer to one of the eeriest spots in Canada’s Capital Region: the Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum. One floor of the 100,000-square-foot (9,200-square-metre) underground bunker is also home to the world’s largest escape room experience, offered by Escape Manor.

 

#11: Cruise Through the Capital

A 15-minute walk brings you to meet media colleagues for lunch at Ottawa’s first food hall, Queen Street Fare (opened in December 2018). A 10-minute after-lunch walk brings you to the well-known Rideau Canal, Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join visitors to Ottawa on one of the most popular ways to see and learn about the Rideau Canal: a 90-minute electric-powered Rideau Canal Cruise.

 

#12: Recharge and Relax

Kick back and relax for the day! You’ll transfer 15 minutes’ drive north of Ottawa to meet up with media colleagues for lunch at the convivial Chelsea Pub. You’ll spend the rest of the afternoon at the relaxing Nordik Spa-Nature, the largest spa in North America. The spa encourages visitors to follow the Scandinavian tradition of the thermal cycle (hot-cold-rest) for optimal relaxation in a natural outdoor setting featuring waterfalls, an infinity pool, saunas, hammocks, plunge pools, and more.

NOTE: Bring your water bottle, bathing suit, sandals, and sunscreen to enjoy this scenic experience. Photography is prohibited. Lockers, robes, and towels will be provided.