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The Canadiana Itinerary

The Canadiana Itinerary

Get to know the best of Canada in this itinerary, sampling experiences, attractions and pleasures that are uniquely Canadian.

Day 1

8:45 am: Arrive at Parliament Hill - Canada’s seat of Government (15 minutes required prior to the tour for security check bilingual English or French one hour tour offered)

10:00 am: Group picture taking with the Peace Tower as the background.

Tip: Changing of the Guard Ceremony is a 30 minutes presentation; end of June to the end of August; 8 weeks in summer; free admission.

10:30 am: Sightseeing around Ottawa including the Rideau Canal, Experimental Farm and Rockcliffe Parkway

12:00 pm: Lunch

1:30 pm: Visit the Canadian Museum of History (formerly the Canadian Museum of Civilization) - world largest indoor presentation of totem poles, view Canada’s First People and the story of Canada coast to coast.*

3:00 pm: Depart for the ByWard Market, an outdoor farmers market shopping area; good area to buy local products or gifts including Maple Syrup.

Dinner: Enjoy fresh lobster or try a local restaurant as the ByWard Market offers a variety of world cuisine.

Evening: Sound and Light Show on Parliament Hill (9:30 pm, July - September; free admission) or Lac Leamy Entertainment Complex

Day 2

9:00 am: Visit the Royal Canadian Mint to see how money is made or visit the boutique to buy Canadian collector coins (45 minute tour).

Or visit the Bytown Museum* located beside the Rideau Canal, Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage site. Learn about Ottawa and the Rideau Canal with audio sets. See the Rideau Canal locks in operation with boats travelling through. (Combined Bytown Museum and Parks Canada tour of the Rideau Canal Locks possible.)

10:30 am: Capital Cruises * (sightseeing tour of the Ottawa River); board a boat on the Ottawa side at the Ottawa Locks by foot or use the coach and arrive at the Gatineau Dock

12:00 pm: Lunch in Chinatown and see the Chinese arch.

2:00 pm: Learn about Canada’s First People in a drum and dance presentation at Aboriginal Experiences (groups only)* only First Nations Canadian product in an urban setting.

3:30 pm: Tour Rideau Hall, the residence and workplace of Canada’s Governor General; beautiful lawns with flower gardens in summer and beautiful fall foliage

4:45 pm: Shopping at the Rideau Centre, 180 stores on three floors of a shopping mall.

Additions suggestions

  • Beavertails: Every Ottawa visitor needs to sample this uniquely Canadian tradition; a delicious whole wheat pastry treat; located in in the ByWard Market and served year-round.
  • Maple syrup experience at Fulton’s Pancake House; learn about Canada’s maple syrup product and have a tour and traditional meal (year-round); located 1 hour west of Ottawa.
  • Fall attraction is Gatineau Park with the fall foliage, mid- September to late October weather dependent; 15 minutes from the downtown, year-round.

*Attractions offer Mandarin language services with audio sets

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