Ottawa Rideau River walking tour

$57.50 $57.50

Are you looking for things to do in Ottawa? A walk along the Rideau River is an opportunity to learn about the importance of the city and discover some of its attractions. You will have to solve challenges at each step to discover your next destination.

Walk from Rideau Falls Park to Green Island to Rideau Hall and the residence of the Prime Minister of Canada, passing some parks, and mansions. You will have fun completing challenges.

The Ottawa Rideau River Tourist Scavenger Hunt is a 3.9 km / 2.4 mi walking tour with challenges along the way. It should take you 2 hours to complete.

  • A fun learning experience
  • See the sights! 22 locations
  • Learn some local history
  • Challenge your knowledge
  • 22 varied challenges
  • Fun for all ages, kids included
  • Walk at your own pace: 3.9 km / 2.4 mi
  • Pets are allowed throughout this tour
  • Wheelchair and stroller accessible throughout.
  • Start whenever you are ready, from your smartphone – no fixed schedule
  • Take as little, or as much time as you wish to complete your hunt

Buy 1 scavenger hunt for your party of 1 to 6 people.

Scroll below for additional details, including locations seen, and how to start the activity.

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The Ottawa Rideau River Tourist Scavenger Hunt is a 3.9 km / 2.4 mi self-guided walking tour with challenges along the way. It should take you 2 hours to complete, and ends near the start location.

Click here for this tourist scavenger hunt’s complete tour details, specifications, requirements, and city history. You’ll also find here the complete locations list.

What you’ll see

  • 24 Sussex Dr.
  • Rideau Hall
  • Rideau Falls
  • Green Island
  • Old City Hall
  • Stanley Park
  • a few embassies
  • and several monuments

This scavenger hunt has a difficulty level of EASY.

The ideal group size is between 2 and 6 – but is not restricted to this. Children are welcome and will enjoy most of the challenges.

After purchase, to begin your Ottawa Rideau River scavenger hunt, you will need to head to the parking of Rideau Falls Park at 50 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, ON K1M 2K1. This is the start location

Once there, to begin your hunt, you will need to click on the link provided and login to this website, or go to My Account on this website and follow the instructions there.

Ancient history

Ottawa was founded in 1826 along the Rideau River for the construction of the Rideau Canal. Then, in 1857, Queen Victoria chose the site to host the new capital of the province of Canada (a province of the British Empire at the time).

It resides on the border of Upper and Lower Canada and resolved the conflict between the cities of Montreal, Toronto, Quebec, and Kingston, all vying for the permanent title.

In 1959, Ottawa became the capital of the Canadian Confederation, under the British Parliament and Monarchy. On July 1st, 1867, it became the capital of the sovereign country of Canada, which only has links to the British Monarchy, but no longer to the British Government. As a matter of fact, all of its principal federal institutions, including Parliament, the residences of the Governor-General (British Crown’s representative), and the Prime Minister of Canada are located here.

Recent history

Then, in 1916, a major fire burned down most of the parliament, except for the library, located at the back. Reconstruction was completed in 1920.

Ottawa, now with over 900,000 inhabitants became the fourth-largest city in Canada. Its metropolitan area spreads across 2 provinces and houses over 1.2 million inhabitants. Indeed, 34% of the population is bilingual (French and English) in Ottawa.

Additional information

Starting Point

the parking of the Rideau Falls park at 50 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, ON K1M 2K1

End point

This tour ends where it starts, in Rideau Falls Park.

Sights seen

22 sites can be seen: important buildings, monuments, plazas & attractions


22 varied challenges – all answers are available in front of your on-site, outdoors.


3.9 kilometers / 2.4 miles


2 to 3 hours at normal walking pace


Fully charged smartphone with internect access (data plan with LTE, 4G or 3G)

1 review for Ottawa Rideau River walking tour

  1. Sabrina Lamontagne

    **** (4 stars)
    Lots of fun! Thanks
    Sabrina Lamontagne & friends, August 2, 2021

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