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DeNureTours shows off Springtime in Ottawa. Canada’s capital is lovely when more than a million tulips burst into flower and boats return to the historic Rideau Canal.
A guided tour kicks things off! Victorian stone buildings anchor old streets, the National Gallery’s glass work is a work of art itself, and the iconic green copper spires of the Parliament Buildings inspire pride.
Deepen your understanding of Canada’s history with tours of the Canadian War Museum or Canadian Museum of History. Learn about the First Nations’ cultural connection to the land at the Aboriginal Experience. Watch a pow wow dance, taste bannock, and see intricate crafts and artwork during your time on Victoria Island.
On mother’s day, you can toast the special ladies in your life at lunch. Free time in the famous Byward Market rounds out your springtime stay. Visit the tiny cheese factory built at Balderson Corners in 1881. Over 100 years later, Balderson Cheddar has earned distinction in North America and the UK.
Located on beautiful Victoria Island in the shadows of Parliament Hill, The Aboriginal Experiencesoffers visitors a unique look at First Nations’ culture in a native village, including traditional native cuisine, powwow dance performances, guided tours, and craft workshops. Programs offer a rare opportunity to experience the rich culture, teachings and history of Canada’s First People from their perspective. After a guided tour of the Native Village, and vibrant dance performance, relax with a cup of tea and cook your own traditional bannock over an open fire. Authentic, hand-crafted souvenirs and gifts available on site.
Centre Block guided tours
Discover the history, functions and art of Canada’s Parliament with a guided tour of Centre Block. This iconic building is home to the Senate, House of Commons and Library of Parliament. Free tours are available daily.
Tours last from 20 to 50 minutes, depending on parliamentary activity.
Departure times are listed under Centre Block Guided Tour Departures. Routes and schedules may vary and are subject to change without notice.
Free tour tickets are available year-round at 90 Wellington Street (across from Parliament Hill).
Get a bird’s eye view of the National Capital Region from the Peace Toweror visit the Memorial Chamber, which commemorates Canadians who have lost their lives in military service.
Those wishing to visit onlythe Peace Tower and Memorial Chamber musthave a ticket.
Same-day tickets are available at 90 Wellington Street on a first-come, first-served basis.
This spacious museum focuses on Canadian Art with special exhibits from international artists. To celebrate Canada’s 150thanniversary a new display opened as the Canadian and Indigenous galleries.
Set in a modern building, this spacious museum is dedicated to documenting Canadian Military History. As well as regular exhibits the museum has special exhibitions
This museum is located in a Scottish baronial-style building containing collections and exploring the natural world. Exhibits include fossils, insects and dioramas. H
The Museum engages visitors with the wonder of flight through its spectacular collection, educational programming, activities, and special events. The Museum focuses on aviation in Canada, but within an international context, from its beginnings in 1909 to the present day. As Canada’s contribution to aviation expanded to include aerospace technology, the Museum’s collection and mandate grew to include space flight.
The Collectionitself consists of more than 130 aircraft and artifacts (propellers, engines) from both civil and military service. It gives particular but not exclusive, reference to Canadian achievements. The most extensive aviation collection in Canada, it is also considered one of the finest in the world.
A unique family learning adventure awaits you! This fresh-air experience will awaken your senses as you discover the fascinating world of agriculture. Visit the animal barns and explore the captivating exhibitions. Feed your mind and imagination in the Museum’s newest exhibition — Food Preservation: The Science You Eat, an exhibition on the science of food preservation, presented by Nestlé Canada. Other exhibitions include Tractors, Taking Care of Beesness, and Energy Park: Nature at Work, as well as new displays and artifact spotlights every year. Canada’s unique agricultural heritage and future are celebrated at the Museum. Explore the sights and sounds of farm life through the animal barns, exhibitions, treasures from the collection, hands-on activities, and food demonstrations.
The Canadian Museum of History welcomes over 1.2 million visitors each year to its celebrated complex in the heart of the National Capital Region, making it the country’s most-visited museum. With roots stretching back to 1856, it is one of Canada’s oldest public institutions and a respected centre of museological excellence, sharing its expertise in history, archaeology, ethnology and cultural studies both within Canada and abroad.
In addition to its ongoing exhibitions, including the spectacular Grand Halland First Peoples Hall, each year the Museum presents a number of outstanding exhibitionsfocusing on Canadian and world history and civilizations. These exhibitions include those developed by the Museum as well as many produced by other Canadian or international institutions. The Museum is also home to the Canadian Children’s Museum, a 500-seat theatreand the CINÉ+, a 295-seat movie theatre equipped with a giant 3D screen and a giant dome.
Notre-Dame Cathedral is the seat of the Roman Catholic archbishop of Ottawa and the mother-church of the archdiocese of Ottawa. This historic building, begun in 1841, is the largest and oldest standing church in the nation’s capital.
It is both the gathering place of a lively community of believers and a splendid example of Canadian religious art.
is more than just a respected part of the Canadian experience – it’s an iconic brand honouring national achievements and themes since 1908. As an interesting and educational destination that’s open daily – 12 months a year – visitors are invited to tour the Mint’s Ottawa manufacturing facility where the precise art and craft of coin-making is revealed. The Mint’s on-site boutique also features a large selection of unique gifts, collectibles and souvenirs. For quality, craftsmanship and innovation, the Royal Canadian Mint is one of the world’s most respected manufacturers.
Rideau Hall is the official residence and workplace of every governor general since 1867. This national historic site, situated in an idyllic 79-acre urban oasis, is located only a few minutes from downtown Ottawa and Gatineau. You can visit the hall Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (with reservations).
The ByWard Marketneighbourhood is within walking distance from all downtown hotels. The most vibrant neighbourhood in Ottawa. A farmers’ market, restaurants, buskers, horse-drawn carriages, rickshaws, shopping… At the corner of George Street and William Street is the BeaverTails stand a not to be missed tradition. BeaverTails are a hot pastry treat that was born in Ottawa in the ByWard Market.
Deluxe motorcoach transportation, 2 nights accommodation, 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, all highlights listed, Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.
Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and include HST.
- Ottawa guided tour
- Byward Market
- Canadian War Museum or Canadian Museum of History
- Aboriginal Experience
- Mother’s Day lunch
- Balderson Cheese Factory
Delta Hotel Ottawa (2 nights)
Travel to Ottawa
Arrive in Ottawa by mid-afternoon where you will be introduced to the major landmarks of the city’s downtown before some free time to explore at your leisure. Enjoy your centrally located hotel near shopping and the Parliament Buildings.
Stay: Delta Hotel, Ottawa
Ottawa Sightseeing, Canadian War Museum or Canadian Museum of History
Start the day with a guided tour of Ottawa. Learn about the city’s historic sights from a local expert and see the tulip gardens in Major’s Hill Park. Today, you can choose to visit either the Canadian War Museum or the Canadian Museum of History. At the Canadian War Museum, explore Canada’s military past and how it shaped the country. The Museum of Civilization is Canada’s national museum of human history and explores our cultural diversity.
After an included lunch, enjoy a free afternoon to explore all that Ottawa has to offer.
Meals: B, L
Aboriginal Experience, Travel Home
Today experience an Aboriginal Experience located in the beautiful outdoors of Victoria Island. Enjoy a guided tour of the Native Village and a vibrant dance performance, followed by tea and bannock. The Aboriginal Experience pride themselves on delivering something truly authentic that informs and enlightens visitors on the diversity of Aboriginal cultures across Canada, and how they’ve progressed through the ages.
Before departing Ottawa, enjoy lunch on your own at one of the Byward Market’s fantastic restaurants.
- Sunscreen is an essential product to have, regardless of the climate. Since UV exposure is unavoidable, a hat and sunglasses are also suggested for your protection, even in the winter.
- Mosquito repellent can prove useful in wooded areas or in the evenings in some regions.
- Comfort is important when on vacation. Bring comfortable walking shoes. And loose, casual clothing is suggested to keep you cozy.
- Pack extra batteries and memory cards for your camera.
- Always pack an extra jacket or sweater in case of inclement weather or cooler evenings. DeNureTours recommends you dress in layers, so you can add or remove layers if the temperature rises or drops.
- Use every corner, nook and cranny of your suitcase when packing. Rolled sweaters and bulky clothing occupy less space, but clothing that wrinkles easily should be laid flat. Roll socks or underclothing and pack them into shoes, and slip smaller items into side pockets.
- Use sample-sized toiletry items and always transport containers of creams and liquids in a sealed plastic bag.
- Keep an extra set of keys for your luggage.
- Always prepare for the possibility of rain. An umbrella, or rain jacket will easily fit in your luggage, and could prove to be the most useful article you pack. When travelling as a couple, bring two so neither person gets half wet.
- Pack your bathing suit.
- Pack a good book, or a deck of cards to keep you busy during free time.
- Leave items of monetary or sentimental value at home. Costume and faux jewelry always travels well.
- If you require corrective lenses, pack an extra pair of glasses or contacts.
- If you wear dentures, and have a second set, pack them just in case. You’d be surprised how often these important items end up where they shouldn’t.
- Not all hotel rooms are equipped with alarm clocks. While most hotels offer wake-up calls, a small travel alarm clock might prove useful.
- Couples travelling together may find it wise to split their belongings between two suitcases. If one suitcase should go missing, neither person is left without a change of clothes.
- Remember to pack any medications or prescriptions in your carry-on and not in your suitcase in case of emergency or luggage misplacement. Medications should be packed in their original containers for security reasons.
- Keep a listing of your recent medical history with you, including medications you currently take, prescription or otherwise, as well as allergies you suffer from, and any medical conditions you have. Carry the listing in your wallet, and leave a copy with your emergency contact person at home.
- Identify your luggage with an identification tag as well as your DeNureTours luggage tags.
- If you carry travellers’ cheques, record the numbers of the cheques and keep this list in a separate location. When travelling as a couple, put some cheques in your partner’s name so you both have access to funds.
- Always carry your travel insurance policy with you, and read it carefully before you leave.
- Always carry your passport, or other important identification on your person. Make a photocopy to keep in your suitcase.
- Ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months after your return date. This is a requirement for entering certain countries.
- Always check the spelling of your name on all documentation you receive. Often, your travel documents must match your passport or birth certificate. It is imperative that your legal name be listed correctly on your documents. Failure to comply may result in your being denied entry to a country, or boarding on an airplane or cruise ship. Name changes on documents may be subject to a change fee.
- Use extra copies of your travel itinerary and hotel listing to distribute to friends or relatives, so you can be reached in case of emergency.
- Keep a log of your purchases, including what you paid in foreign currency and the equivalent in Canadian dollars. This will assist you in filling out customs forms. Keep all receipts.
- Secure your home before you leave. Arrange for a friend or neighbour to pick up mail and check in periodically. Have someone cut your lawn (or shovel your driveway) and care for your property. Set automatic timers on the lights and television. Empty the refrigerator of perishables. Lower your thermostat to save on energy.
- When flying, drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, and limit your intake of caffeine and alcoholic beverages.
- To avoid circulatory problems on a plane or coach, walk up the aisle every hour or so. Periodically, stretch your legs, arms, shoulders and neck.
- Arrive early for flights. DeNureTours recommends to check-in 90 minutes prior to departure for domestic flights, or 2-3 hours prior for international flights.
- An inflatable travel pillow can make you more comfortable on long coach rides or flights. The U-shaped pillow keeps your head from rolling during travel, reducing the risk of neck pain.
- Avoid the use of perfume or scented sprays on the coach or an airplane. These are confined spaces, so be courteous to your fellow travellers who may be allergic or sensitive to scents.
- Get as much rest as possible before you leave.
- Try your best to be flexible. Unexpected things can happen. Your holiday will be more enjoyable if you are open-minded.
Tips to waiters, taxi drivers, step-on guides, tour directors and drivers are a tangible way for you to express your appreciation for jobs well done. This practice, though customary, is voluntary and is not included in tour prices. As a guide to the amounts to tip, the following amounts are suggested:
- Taxi Drivers – Drivers should be tipped 10% of the taxi fare.
- Waiters – For meals that are not included in the tour price, tip waiters between 15% and 20% of your bill, but never less than $1.
- Tour Directors and Drivers – A gratuity of $4 per person per day is suggested.
The pace of a tour varies by itinerary, as each destination, its sightseeing and the activities are unique. Pacing is often subject to personal interpretation, but our trip pace indicator on each tour page may assist you in determining if a tour is suitable for you.
Day-by-day itinerary descriptions can be found on our website or requested from our office. Generally, the more activities included, distance travelled in a day, or number of hotel changes, will increase the pace of a tour.
Some of the most unique sightseeing is found in locations that can be a challenge for motorcoaches, especially in historic areas. For your comfort, we recommend packing walking shoes so you fully enjoy every aspect of your holiday.
Tours with the highest “On-the-go” ratings require a level of activity that is not suitable for those who use either walkers or wheelchairs. If a trip pace is not ideally suited for you, our reservations team will be happy to help you find your perfect vacation.