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Boat tours

Enjoy a cruise along the Rideau Canal or River Ottawa. The canal is said to be one of the greatest engineering marvels of the 19th century and offers a unique perspective on the city, while the river affords spellbinding views of Parliament Hill. Some tour operators run dinner cruises and themed evenings on the river as well as bilingual commentaries. Boat tours generally run during peak tourist season from May to October.

Paul’s Boat Lines

Telephone: +1 613 225 6781.
Website: www.paulsboatline.com

Capital Cruises

Telephone: +1 613 241 8811.
Website: www.capitalcruises.ca

Walking tours

Explore hundreds of kilometres of pathways by bike, inline skates or on foot through the picturesque city or along the riverbank and Rideau Canal. Take a walking tour of historic landmarks and tourist sites or head to Gatineau Park, 15 minutes north of downtown Ottawa, which also offers extensive trails for hiking and snowshoeing.

Ottawa Walking Tours

Telephone: +1 613 799 1774.

Website: www.ottawawalkingtours.com

Ottawa Free Tours

Website: www.ottawafreetour.com

Ottawa excursions

1,000 Islands

Take a cruise with Gananoque Boat Lines past secluded island hideaways, stunning summer residences and the fairytale Boldt Castle in the 1,000 Islands region of the River St Lawrence. Legends and stories of rum running, piracy, tragedy, romance and shipwrecks abound along this waterway, which separates Canada from the United States.

Tel: +1 613 382 2144.
Website: http://www.ganboatline.com

Ottawa Valley

Sandwiched between the Ottawa River and Algonquin Provincial Park, the Ottawa Valley is an adventurer's playground, with more than 2.4 million hectares (6 million acres) of waterways and rolling woodlands and canyons to explore. You don't have to do an adrenalin activity in order to enjoy what the region has to offer - there are numerous tours and activities to suit young and old alike.

Tel: +1 613 732 4364
Website: http://www.ottawavalley.travel

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Rideau Inn

This Edwardian home offers budget accommodation amid elegant surroundings. There are 10 classically furnished rooms, some of which have ensuite bathrooms; a smart dining area for breakfasts and a cute decked area for a drink in the summer. The inn is located in a leafy downtown residential neighbourhood known as the Golden Triangle close to lively Elgin Street, home to restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs.

Econo Lodge Downtown

The Econo Lodge Downtown offers air-conditioned rooms, some of which feature fridges, microwaves and whirlpool baths. Free continental breakfasts and internet access are offered. The lodge itself is close to Parliament Hill, the Royal Canadian Mint, the National Arts Centre and the National Gallery of Canada.

Fairmont Château Laurier

Reminiscent of a French chateau exuding old world elegance and luxury, the historic Château Laurier is a favoured destination of dignitaries and celebrities. Ideally located next to the Parliament Buildings, the hotel has 426 newly renovated rooms filled with antiques, three restaurants, a business centre and a spectacular art deco swimming pool.

The Metcalfe Hotel

A serene oasis in the heart of the city, this brand new boutique hotel, formerly Hotel Indigo, features soaring skylights, cool colours, running water and scents that change with the season. Plush bedding, hardwood floors, spa-inspired showers, indoor pool, high-speed internet and an adjoining gourmet, fast and casual restaurant provide for every need.

Brookstreet

Nestled in Ottawa's Silicon Valley North, this boutique hotel overlooks the Marshes Golf Club, cross-country ski trails and jogging paths. Relax in spacious, sleekly elegant rooms, dine in two upscale contemporary restaurants or soak up the pampering at the Naturel Wellness Spa.

Avalon Bed and Breakfast

This simple but friendly B&B is located close to major attractions and bistros, cafes and restaurants. It offers three rooms plus a spacious, two-room suite on the third floor. Parking is available and a full breakfast is included.