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Free Walking Tour Ottawa

Visit the capital city of Canada with Ottawa Free Tours!

Free Ottawa Walking Tour

Ottawa Free Tours is a local independent walking tour company run by a group of passionate Ottawans (yes, that’s what we’re called) who love showing off Canada’s capital city.

We make it a priority to feature Ottawa’s most famous landmarks, while at the same time sharing the city’s sordid and colourful past that is often overlooked. From debaucherous tales of drunk Prime Ministers and lumberjack gang violence, to inspiring (and at times shameful) stories of the LGBTQ movement and black Canadians, we’re here to shine a light on the good, the bad and the ugly that makes our city the quirky and cultured capital it is today.

Our local guides will also share with you the best places to eat, drink and visit during your time in Ottawa.  As a Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence Winner for 4 years in a row, we’re proud of the great impressions we’ve left on visitors from around the world!

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What visitors think about Free Ottawa Walking Tour?

Great Walking Tour that covered some interesting locations in and around Parliament Hill and the famous Market area! We love this tour and learned a few new things.. thank you to Emily our Tour guide.. She was super Kind and knowledgeable ! She really knows her stuff.. thank you so much for taking time to show us all around.. Emily Rocks!!!
We actually live in Ottawa and took this tour with a lady visiting from Hamilton. It was fascinating to learn new things about my own city. About two hours long, it was the perfect tour, not overly rushed and Michael was very well informed and entertaining as well. I highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting the city and locals too!
Lisa C
Great walking tour that covered all the interesting locations around Parliament Hill. Kirsten was a fantastic tour guide. Not only was she very knowledgeable in the history but her stories were all very funny and engaging. Highly recommend for anyone in the area to take this walking tour.

Frequently asked questions about the tour

Do you require a reservation to attend Ottawa free walking tours?

Yes, please book your spot on our website.

What tours do you offer?

The Capital City Tour is our flagship tour. It gives a great overview of the city’s main landmarks, entertaining history and suggestions for the rest of your time in the city. We also offer a variety of other tours of the city. Check the Ottawa Free Tours official website for the full schedule and more details.

Do you run free walking tours in Ottawa all year round?

Ottawa gets pretty frigid in the winter (as cold as -40 degrees!) so we only run regular outdoor walking tours from March to October, but we often run indoor or private tours during the winter as well. Check out our websites for the full schedule.

How much should I tip?

We work really hard to earn anything that you’re willing to give us on our tours. There are companies in town that charge $15 per person for similar tours (we think ours are better, but we’re probably biased!) and we hope that we can dazzle you enough to get what you think is fair.

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