Explore the city on land and water!
Being a tourist in your own city is a fun way to enjoy a city you already love, and find more reasons to say it's one of the best.
There's no shortage of fun things to do during the summer in Ottawa. Of course, you can take the time to do all the regular summer activities like hiking, hitting up the beach and having barbecues — or you could explore your city in a whole new way instead.
With tourists still at a minimum, now is the perfect time to see as much of the city as you can. You could grab lunch at the ByWard Market, take in all the beautiful views at Parliament Hill, visit the Canadian Museum of History (finally), and then relax by the Ottawa River. If you want to do all these things, you can sign up for the Lady Dive's Amphibus Tour.
The Amphibus Tour isn't like any regular bus tour — it takes you around the city on both land and water and is the only one of its kind in the province. Over the course of one hour, this head-turning amphibious bus (Amphibus, get it?) will take you to some of the most important and picturesque sites along the Ottawa River.
You'll pass must-see sights like the Canadian War Museum, the Prime Minister's residence, Rideau Hall, the Royal Canadian Mint, the National Gallery of Canada, and, of course, Parliament Hill while knowledgeable guides share information about the city in both English and French.
It's affordable too: at $24 to $34.25 per ticket, it costs less than dinner at a restaurant. You can book in advance for one of these tours (in fact, it's encouraged). The Amphibus runs every hour between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., every day of the week.
If you like city tours but prefer to stay on land, there's the option of going with the Double Decker Round Bus Tour. It's perfect for anyone who wants to learn as much as they can about the National Capital Region while taking in the lush scenery and fascinating historical sites.
As the only double-decker bus tour in the city, the 90-minute trip takes you past some of the most interesting sightseeing spots in Ottawa and Gatineau, and you can hop on and off the bus at 14 different stops around the city.
The tours run every hour and include an entertaining and bilingual tour guide. Audio is also available in German, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese and Japanese (with Ukrainian on the way). The tickets range from $17.75 to $26.75 per person, and tours run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day.
If you're ready to see more of Ottawa, you can book tickets for the Amphibus Tour or the Double Decker Round Bus Tour (or both!) through an easy online booking system.
Lady Dive's Amphibus Tour In Ottawa
Price: From $24 to $34.25 per person
When: Every hour from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week
Address: 59 Sparks St., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: As the ultimate affordable "to-do" this summer, the one-of-a-kind, 60-minute Amphibus Tour takes you past Ottawa's most famous and interesting sights on both land and water.