Skip to content

Unique things to do in Ottawa

Book unforgettable activities hosted by locals on Airbnb.

All activities near Ottawa

Walking tour in the heart of Ottawa
I take a maximum of 4 people at a time on group tours (this limit does not apply to private tours). We will spend 2h30 together walking through the heart of Ottawa (depending on our pace). We'll explore the city's origin through history and anecdotes. The small size of the groups allows me to show you more than regular large group tours which cover a lot less ground. Feel free to message me if you have any questions. I can create a tour on demand if I'm available, or can change the time if you'd like it at a different time of the day (for example I can move a tour scheduled at noon to 12:30 as long as no one booked a spot yet). Not having a date in the calendar doesn't always mean i'm not available. Also if I'm available I can usually start a tour within 1.5 to 2 hours of you messaging me. Pricing: Private tours for up to 2 people are available for $120 CAD during the week. Private tours for larger groups are $45 per adult, kids from 2 to 12 years old are $5. As I said, I am happy to accommodate groups larger than 4 people, just let me know before booking to arrange. I'm happy to apply discounts for families or larger groups, just message me BEFORE booking so I can set it for you to book. Please take note of the weather. I can provides umbrellas, hats and gloves (in the winter) if you message me in advance. Don't hesitate to message me for more information.
Sightseeing Bike Tour of Ottawa
Join us for this leisurely relaxed 2-hour bike tour of Ottawa which is about 14 kilometers (7-8.5 Miles) and shows you many of Ottawa’s major attractions. We will cycle on scenic and safe bicycle paths to capture some of the great views of the city and talk about its unique history and present time. We will first cycle through the historic Rideau Canal to see the locks and how they operate. We will next stop at the National Art Gallery and the famous spider sculpture. Taking some quiet back roads you will experience Ottawa's architecture and life in New Edinburgh and Byward market neighbourhoods! Next is a stop at Rideau Hall and Prime ministers' former residence! A stop at beautiful Rideau Falls will be a refreshing experience plus you will learn about the history of trades in our region. Cycling back you will see more of Ottawa’s landmarks including some great views of the parliaments and political scene of the city. You will be amazed by how much you will see and learn in just 2 hours. This sightseeing/biking experience is ideal for easy-going riders or those traveling solo or with friends and family members and want to see and learn about Ottawa! Notes: - Electric bike addon: $25 per bike. - Dress comfortably and according to the weather. - Tours start on time; please arrive at our location 15-20 minutes prior to the start time. - Great for groups/team-building
Learn the delicate art of glassblowing
Have you ever wondered how glass objects are made? This is your chance to experience the process for yourself and create your own pieces of beautiful glass art. Our instructors will introduce you to the exciting and centuries-old craft of hot glass forming. By the time your class is completed you will have made two of your very own pieces of glass to enjoy. First, we will help you to understand the exciting possibilities of glass art. Then you will learn about the properties of glass and the working process while making your first practice piece. Once warmed up, you will get to integrate a selection of colours into the creation of your second piece; a paperweight, friendship ball, or fanciful flower. During the 90 minute class for two, you will each have 30-45 minutes of one-on-one instruction. All materials are covered by us. In light of COVID19 all equipment is disinfected after every client. We aim to uphold a safe and sanitary environment. Your two works of art need to cool for 1 - 2 days after the class is done. You can either pick up your creation at a later date, or have us ship them to you for an extra cost. Instruction is available in English, and French by arrangement. Located 75 minutes outside of Montreal.
Photoshoot at Photogenic Spots in Ottawa
Instagram: @andrewjunephoto Website: This is your opportunity to have your own professional photographer to show you the most photogenic spots around Downtown Ottawa and take photos of you. This Experience will last for 60 min. We will meet outside the front main entrance of the National Arts Centre. I will take you to the beautiful spots in downtown Ottawa such as the rooftop terrace of the NAC, outside of the historic Fairmont Chateau Laurier, and Major's Hill Park. These spots create fantastic backdrops for photos and you will not be disappointed. Even the locals are unaware of some of these photo spots! After the Experience, I will send you a link to your private online gallery where you will be able to access your beautifully edited photos! *GROUP DISCOUNTS* 10% off with 3 guests 30% off with 4-6 guests *IMPORTANT NOTE* Group of 2 or more will automatically get a private experience. Solo guest may be joined by one additional guest in the same experience booking.
Guided Mountain Biking in the Gatineau Park
During your experience with Nomades du Parc, you will learn the basics of Mountain Biking in Gatineau Park. Our instructor Jacob will teach you about the equipment, best practices, how to have fun safely, and will take you on our favourite trail 5 minutes from the shop. The Gatineau Park is the second most visited park in the country and has more than 100 km of trails just next to our shop. This experience is the best way to benefits everything the park as to offer. After this experience, you will be fulfilled with great memories and you will have the tools you need to go on solo mountain bike rides and enjoy all types of terrain. All our guides are certified instructors, bilingual and very enthusiasm. Nomades du Parc has high quality standard as our 5 stars review on Google can tell, customer experience is our priority. We look forward to meeting you, Cheers, Vincent ** Bring some water, sportwear, tigh shoe and solar cream. All the safety gear is included
Guided Farm Tour at Barking Goat Farms
Our Farm tour will include an interactive personal experience with goats, donkeys, chickens & friendly barn cats. When you arrive at the farm, parking is by the main gate & you will be met by Deborah or Brent, do introductions and go over rules for safety of both animals & humans. We will start off with the story of why/how we started the farm & how it has evolved over the years while you meet the chickens and our rooster Scooby Roo. We will talk about different breeds, many colours of eggs & check out the nesting box. Next its on to the goats. We have a total of 32 goats of different sizes , colours & different breeds. Each one has their own personality & are extremely friendly. If you are lucky we might have some baby goats that you can snuggle, as we breed fall thru spring with kids being born spring thru fall. Along the way you might run into Buddy, our escape goat that jumps the fence and thinks he is a dog. Onward to the little boy goats that are super friendly and will climb all over you giving you licks & hugs. After some fun and lots of selfies, we will head over to the donkeys and pet them thru the fence. They are very sweet, love their head pats, and are also our guardians of the farm. Our animals are excited to meet you!
Chinese Ink Art or Stained Glass Art and Healthy Food
Chinese Ink Art: A brief history Chinese ink art. Experience making organic ink using a slate stone ink well and stick. Learn how to use a bamboo paint brush. Learn the 5 fundamental strokes of painting and the variations of applying ink to paper to create desired affect. Learn to apply a variation of strokes and combine them to create simple paintings of animals, plants and scenery. Learn how to create Chinese Pictographs and create art cards. Besides the monochromatic classic black ink art, participants will be introduced to the 5 traditional colored ink stick to add dynamic to each artwork. Chinese ink art is known to improve focus, technique, concentration yet is relaxing. Participants will take home a variety of artwork on premium art paper created using traditional hand tools and traditional organic materials. Learn step by step while experiencing some Chinese language, traditional tea and a light Chinese homemade meal. Stained Glass Art: A brief history of glass. Learn to identify and differentiate an array of art glass. Experience designing with glass. Learn to cut, grind and solder glass and create one of a kind glass ornament. Important note: I always respond within 24 hours and if you don't hear from me, please resend message and contact airbnb at 1 855 4 airbnb to ensure your message was sent. Airbnb Message App has had issues not sending messages through. Other things to note Suitable for couples, colleagues, friends and families. Personal attention is provided with attention to individual style, pace. Please contact Instructor to confirm your choice of lesson & location.
Unravel The Mysteries of Night Sky with a Telescope
Enjoy the night sky and explore the visible planets right in the heart of Ottawa. We welcome adults and kids. We will use a telescope to spot the closest neighbours in our solar system and learn interesting facts about them. You will also learn about star constellations and how to find the North Star in case you ever get lost. We will talk about what we can generally observe in the night sky such as: Planets, Stars, Galaxies, Nebulas, Comets, Satellites, Meteors. The event starts at sunset and lasts for two hours. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions about the night sky and share their passion for astronomy. We will meet in the park at 680 River Road, Ottawa, Ontario, CA, K1V 1G1 near Vimy Memorial bridge on river road The event is weather dependent and can be rescheduled accordingly.
Walking tour of Parliament Hill and Ottawa monuments
Join me on a walking tour of Canada’s capital. We’ll learn about Parliament hill, visit some of the iconic monuments on Parliament hill and the surrounding area, walk along the Rideau canal and end with a tour of Ottawa’s famous Byward Market.
Introduction to ice fishing boot camp
Practical introduction to the fun and exciting activity of ice fishing. Guests will get a practical mini-course into how to start ice fishing safety and enjoyably. This mini-course/bootcamp/ice fishing outing will cover the following. - How to prepare for ice fishing. - Important safety precautions that should be taken. - What is the minimum gear you will need and how to use it. - How to find safe and productive locations to ice fish. - How to analyze topographic maps to find potential fish holding locations. - Recommended lures and baits to use. - Jigging and dead-stick techniques. - Fish species to target and how to find bodies of water with those species. - What to do when the bite is slow and how to know when it is time to change spots. - How to stay warm and comfy while ice fishing in colder weather. - Rules and regulations that need to be followed while ice fishing. Each ice fishing "bootcamp" course lasts for four hours. We meet up at a local river or lake within 40 minutes drive of Kanata, Ontario. I will supply all the gear and bait but guests between 18 and 64 need to ensure they have a valid Ontario fishing license. This is practical course where guests will learn by getting the chance to actively perform all typical tasks under direct supervision and guidance. Ice fishing is a great family activity and this a great way to get introduced to it.
Photoshoot/VideoTour for Couple/Family O
Latest work... Check out the site Some of the places we will visit are Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal, city courtyards and local markets, etc. While on our journey, I will give some brief history about the places along with an informative pamphlet. As we go along, I will also be your private photographer, providing various poses for couples and capturing them. 2 hours of service $170 for all pics (usually about 40-80 pics). Additional $100 for mini video shoot of your tour.
Cycle Canada's Capital
This will be up to a two-hour biking experience around Ottawa and Gatineau! You are one of the select 5% of visitors to the Nation's Capital who will enjoy the sights and sounds from two wheels. Much of this exclusive itinerary is not accessible by motor coach or car. We access the recreational pathways directly from our bike path site starting on the World Heritage Rideau Canal, proceeding south to Dow's Lake, Hartwell Lockstation, Rideau Falls, the Arboretum, Central Experimental Farm and Ottawa River. Our favourite stops are the two waterfalls within the urban core; Hog's Back and Rideau. From the Rideau Falls it is a short pedal into the residence of the Governor General and then the village of Rockcliffe Park with numerous mansions, embassy residences, mature gardens and trees. The history behind some of these sights and homes is unique. Views over the river along the Rockliffe parkway are exquisite. Other things to note Our bikes are light and efficient. Slower participants can use electric assist models if necessary at 20$ additional fee. If e-bikes are required, please inform us in advance. The pace is easy.
Fully guided fishing adventure on peaceful scenic river
We will meet at a secret fishing spot (local river or lake within 30 minutes drive of Kanata, Ontario) and I will host a fully guided four hour motor boat fishing experience. Fishing gear, life jacket, bait and all other required fishing and safety equipment are provided. The activity starts with a basic water safety tutorial and fishing techniques lesson. Once the guests are comfortable with the basic mechanics of casting and trolling, we then start fishing targeting aggressive northern pike, acrobatic bass, tasty walleye and many other fun sports fish species. The exact species of fish we target and techniques we use will depend on the current fishing regulations as well as preference of the guest. Guests are welcome to keep any legal fish caught and enjoy a nice fresh fish meal at home. This activity is ideal for families and kids as we will be fishing on calm waters and I love to teach kids to fish and see the excitement on their faces when they hook and land a fish all by themselves.
Mushroom & Wild Edibles Hike
Our Mushroom Workshop takes place during a rejuvenating 4 hour nature hike on the trails of a 400 acre conservatory gem with flora ranging from old-growth forest to seasonal food plants. We will uncover new worlds of uncultivable, wild edible plants in their natural forest state. We seek a multitude of delicious edibles (when in season) such as Yellow Chanterelles, Black Trumpet and Cinnabar Chanterelles, Hedgehogs, Boletes, Oysters and my personal favorite - Lobster Mushrooms. Growth is weather and seasonal dependent. You will learn to identify these and other seasonal edibles such as specific growth edible mushrooms, and will be introduced to spore printing. In the spirit of respect for the bio-system we will explore, you will be introduced to ethical harvesting, long term sustainability and propagation for future generations.
The Bee Spot - Tamworth Bee Experience
We'll start with a half hour presentation talking about the bees themselves and the details of how the hives operate as well as a break down of all the tools and equipment that we will be using throughout the demonstrations. After that we suit up and head into the yard for the next hour. We'll take you to our hives, open one of them up and do a full breakdown of what's inside as well as run through our typical routine for that time of year, be it inspecting the health of the hive or locating the queen. Giving everyone a detailed look into a day in the field for beekeepers for that time of year. For our final half hour, we will return to the farm and walk through the process of extracting honey from the frames, such as uncapping and spinning, and winter prep.
  1. Airbnb
  2. Canada
  3. Ontario
  4. Ottawa