A cultural capital

Are you a history and heritage buff? Do you enjoy visiting good restaurants and major cultural institutions? With a guided tour of the Parliament of Canada (pick up your free tickets at the Capital Information Kiosk right across the street!), a city tour on land AND in the water aboard the Lady Dive Tours amphibus, a fine meal in Old Hull, and the Northern Lights sound and light show on Parliament Hill, discover a world of culture in downtown Gatineau and Ottawa. And you can do it all on foot!

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Points of interest

Parliament of Canada - Guided Tours
90, rue Wellington
Ottawa (Ontario) K1A 0A9

Visit the centre stage of Canadian democracy! Free guided tours are available daily. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis at 90 Wellington Street (across the street from Parliament Hill). All groups of 10 or more must reserve in advance at Please note that tours may be re-routed or cancelled without notice due to parliamentary activity. Check online for tour times.

300 m
From Parliament Hill, a short stroll among historic buildings takes you to the departure point of the most distinctive guided tour in town!
Lady Dive Tours
kiosque situé au coin des rues Sparks et Elgin
Ottawa (Ontario)

Lady Dive Tours specializes in bilingual guided tours on both land and water! Hop aboard the Amphibus or one of our double-decker buses and discover over 75 attractions in our national capital, Ottawa, including museums, parks, embassies, Parliament Hill, the Prime Minister’s residence, Rideau Hall, the ByWard Market, and lots more. A unique historical and educational adventure awaits you!

2.5 km
After your tour, walk down Wellington Street past Parliament Hill and cross the Portage Bridge. You've just walked along a section of Confederation Boulevard on your way to historic Old Hull!
Centre-ville de Gatineau
35, rue Laval (Vision Centre-ville)
Gatineau (Québec) J8X 3G8

Downtown Gatineau is the place to be for entertaining activities, cultural events, and celebrations of all kinds! Laval Street, which is closed to vehicular traffic from May to November, provides a safe and enjoyable route for pedestrians and cyclists. Discover the Laval-Aubry-Kent and Brewery Creek tourism sectors, with their local microbreweries, great restaurants featuring everything from bistro to epicurean fare, and lively urban buzz. Don’t forget to check out the unique shops and businesses along Eddy Street!

2.4 km
Did you enjoy your meal? To get back to Ottawa, walk past the Canadian Museum of History and cross the Alexandra Bridge, which offers spectacular views of both downtowns!
Northern Lights
111, rue Wellington (Colline parlementaire)
Ottawa (Ontario) K1A 0AG

This experience of sound and light is a thrilling thematic journey through Canada’s history presented in spectacular detail against the backdrop of the Parliament Buildings. Don't miss this free, bilingual show, presented nightly in Canada’s Capital Region from July 9 through September 10, 2016. In July at 10 PM, in August at 9:30 Pm and in September at 9 PM.