A cultural capital

Are you a history and heritage buff? Do you enjoy visiting good restaurants and major cultural institutions? Do a loop that includes Gatineau and Ottawa’s downtown cores. Even outside of the Canada Day in the Capital celebrations, you can visit the Parliament of Canada, the heart of the country (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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Ottawa (Ontario)

Following the closure of the Centre Block, free guided tours of Parliament are now offered in two separate locations. Visit the Senate in the former Ottawa train station, and the House of Commons in the West Block on Parliament Hill. It's best to book advance tickets on line, as a limited number of tickets are made available every day, on a first come, first served basis.

3 km
From Parliament Hill, a short stroll among historic buildings takes you to the departure point of the most distinctive guided tour in town!
kiosk at the corner of Sparks and Elgin St.
Ottawa (Ontario)

Lady Dive Tours specializes in bilingual guided tours of Ottawa on both land and water! Hop aboard the Amphibus or one of the double-decker buses and discover over 75 attractions in the National Capital, 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!

1.5 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!

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 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!
111 Wellington St. (Parliament Hill)
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 evening show presented every evening from July to September 2020. In July at 10 PM, in August at 9:30 PM and in September at 9 PM. See you on the Hill!