About our tours
- COST: All tours are $25 per person and must be booked via this website. (You will get confirmation of your booking.) Payment (cash only) is accepted at the end of the tour.
- TIMES: All tours are available any day of the week, morning (9:30 AM) or afternoon (1:30 PM), upon request. Please specify your preferred day and time when booking a tour. (Note: A 9:30 AM starting time for summer tours is highly recommended as a way of avoiding the heat.)
- PARTICIPANTS: Minimum tour size is three people. If you request a tour for a day when fewer than three people have booked, you may be asked to wait for a later date.
- We try to coordinate individuals and couples who book tours to create groups of at least three people.
- Individuals or couples who want to proceed with a tour on a day when fewer than three people have booked, can do so for $75 — the cost of a three-person tour.
- STARTING POINTS: Tours proceed rain or shine and begin at one of four places:
- Rideau Canal & Protest tours start from the giant spider statue (Maman) in front of the National Gallery on Sussex Drive.
- Indigenous & Parliament Hill tours start from the outdoor amphitheatre at the corner of Mackenzie and Rideau/Wellington, next to Milestone’s restaurant (across the street from the Chateau Laurier.
- Chaudiere District tour starts from the National Library/Public Archives at 395 Wellington Street.
- Byward Market tour starts from the top of the staircase at the south end of the American embassy, which runs between Sussex Drive and Mackenzie.
- SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS: Please contact us for information about group rates, special tours, gift certificates and other special arrangements.
- 2018 TOUR SEASON: Starts on Tuesday May 1 and ends on Sunday October 28. Note: No tours will be available on the following dates: May 18, May 19, May 20, June 30, and July 1.
What our clients say
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