Tours in Downtown Rideau

East Block Guided Tours
From July to early September, visit East Block, the nerve centre of Canada’s government during its first hundred years. Guided tours take you inside restored heritage rooms to explore parliamentary life in the late 19th century.

Visit the Senate of Canada
Investigate and engage in a 30-minute tour to view the Senate of Canada. Located in Ottawa’s old train station at 2 Rideau Street, discover the unique role and history of Canada’s Upper Chamber. A block away from Parliament hill between Fairmont Château Laurier and the NAC.

House of Commons Guided Tours
Discover the history, roles, art, and architecture of the House of Commons on this tour of the newly restored West Block.

Rideau Canal Boat Cruises
These cruises will let you discover the wonderful Rideau Canal, from Dow’s Lake to the Ottawa River, through Downtown Rideau. Be surprised by the richness and historical landmarks offered!

The Haunted Walks
You don’t have to wait until October to get spooked in Downtown Rideau! The Haunted Walk of Ottawa hosts year-round tours at the Ottawa Jail Hostel like the Ghost and the Gallows tours, through one of the most haunted buildings in North America, or The Crime and Punishment Old Jail Tour to learn the building’s history, living conditions, inmates and executions.

Canal: Capital Adventures
We offer guided sightseeing bicycle tours, bicycle, and electric bike rentals at amazing prices. Along the World Heritage Rideau Canal, comprised of a chain of lakes, rivers, and artificial channels, connects Ottawa River at Ottawa/Bytown to Lake Ontario at Kingston.


Culture Walk
Your visit to Downtown Rideau is not complete without going on our Culture Walk, a comprehensive no-cost self-guided tour. It features a diverse amount of vibrant murals, detailed sculptures, and beautiful exhibits, more often than not found in places you wouldn’t expect to find art!