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Come to Ottawa and discover what a pleasure that can be! Ottawa is like nowhere else in Canada. As the nation’s capital, our national institutions showcase the country’s best and our vibrant local scene is wonderfully creative. Add in our foreign embassies and our ethnic mix, and the result is a spicy blend! From quiet and intimate to busy and happening, there’s always something exciting going on. Please visit the table near registration for information about additional tours or visit http://www.ottawatourism.ca/ for local attractions and activities. ALL TOURS WILL DEPART FROM THE WESTIN OTTAWA HOTEL. To register, please contact John Maharaj by email at john.maharaj@capitaldmc.com or by phone at 613-569-8948. BICYCLE TOURS OF OTTAWA Bicycle tours are a great way to see Ottawa - you are bound to have fun exploring the city by bicycle. A guided tour, complete with commentary through Rockcliffe Park (the ONLY tour in Ottawa allowed to travel through this exclusive area, home to many Ottawa notables). Bicycles are available for all age groups.

When: Sunday, August 17- Rockcliffe Park Monday, August 18 - the Ottawa River Tuesday, August 19 the Rideau Canal 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM Cost: $33 (includes bicycle rental, helmet, tour guide, trip director and taxes) DIEFENBUNKER This unique, four storey, underground museum was designed and built in the 1950s during the height of the cold war with Russia. Its purpose was to house the Government of Canada in the event of a nuclear crisis. Some of the highlights of the visitor’s guided tour include the CBC Radio Studio and Control Room, the Bank of Canada vault with its two foot thick 15 ton door, the Prime Minister’s Suite, offices and bedroom, the War Cabinet Room, and the Emergency Government Operations Centre. In addition, your group will travel through the blast tunnel, the air lock system and the vast machine room. Many of your tour guides are personnel who had worked in the Diefenbunker before it was decommissioned in 1994. Tour will last approximately 90 – 120 minutes. Taking of photographs is not permitted inside the Museum. The temperature inside the museum is 17 – 18 degrees Celsius, wearing a sweater is advisable. When: Sunday, August 17, 8:30 AM – noon Cost: $36 (includes guided tour of Diefenbunker, Trip director, transportation and taxes)

LAFLECHE CAVES (SPELUNKING) Come and explore the mysteries of the underground at the Laflêche Caves located 30 minutes outside of Ottawa. The Laflêche Caves are composed of white marble and were carved into the Hill of Lake Armida by the pressure of the water and ice that covered the area during the Glacier Age. Equipped with flashlights attached to your hard hats, you can safely explore a large network of tunnels, rooms and domes spread over two levels joined by a spectacular 20 metre vertical shaft. The tour takes approximately one hour. Warm clothing and good walking shoes are recommended, as the temperature is between 3 degrees Celsius and 7 degrees Celsius inside the caves. Participants must be 5 years of age or older. When: Sunday, August 17, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM Cost: $40 (includes entrance fee, equipment, guided tour, Trip director, transportation and taxes) OTTAWA RIVERBOAT CRUISE Climb aboard one of Ottawa’s most exciting Riverboats. As you cruise along the Ottawa River, you will learn about the history of Ottawa and the development of the Ottawa River system. Originally used for logging, the Ottawa River has become a popular waterway for leisure boaters and provides a panoramic view of the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau. A definite feast for the eyes and a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Bring a camera for this 1.5 hour cruise.

When: Sunday, August 17, 12:30 PM – 2:15 PM Cost: $40 (includes Ottawa Riverboat Cruise, Trip director, transportation and taxes) WALKING TOUR OF BYWARD MARKET Accompanied by your very own historically costumed guide, your guests will get a personal tour of the renowned Byward Market. Comprised of many historical buildings and unique shopping venues, the Byward Market is a wonderful place to explore. Your 1 ½ hour tour will include a short walk along the Rideau Canal, a brief stop at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Parliament Hill, Majors Hill Park, the American Embassy and concluding in the Byward Market with one hour of free time to explore the shops. Each participant will be given a Beavertail Coupon for a Cinnamon & Sugar Beavertail (a “must try” for anyone visiting Ottawa). * Tour operates rain or shine, unless heavy thunderstorms. Please be prepared. When: Sunday, August 17 and Monday, August 18, 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM Cost: $20 (includes Costumed tour guide, gratuities, Cinnamon & Sugar Beavertail, taxes)

TURTLE ISLAND ABORIGINAL EXPERIENCE – Taste of Native Spirit Today, your group will experience a taste of our local Native culture, as they tour Turtle Island. Located on Victoria Island on the Ottawa River, just west of downtown Ottawa, Turtle Island is an authentic recreation of a Native village. Here, you will partake in a tour of the village and participate in an interactive presentation of First Nations dancing. Please note any food allergies prior to your tour, so that they can be accommodated. When: Sunday, August 17 and Wednesday, August 19, 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM Cost: $40 (includes Interpretive learning tour of the village, Interactive POW-WOW dance presentation with a shared Friendship Dance [please note that POW-WOW dance presentations take place daily at 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m.], a Selection of a native lunch and beverage from the Aboriginal Café, trip director, Transportation, taxes) UPPER CANADA VILLAGE Journey back in time over 130 years and stroll amidst the sights and sounds of a 1860s village. Nestled on the banks of the mighty St. Lawrence River, Upper Canada Village offers you lots to see and do. Throughout the Village costumed interpreters are busy in homes, shops and on the streets, and are seen tending to livestock in the barns and farmyards. As well, competent tradesmen demonstrate the art of forging iron and crafting furniture. Through self-guided tours, you can see first hand what it was like to live in the 1860s and can talk to the interpreters at each location. Great activity for the whole family. Lunch can be purchased on site at your own cost. When: Sunday, August 17 and Wednesday, August 20, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM Cost: $85 Adults ; $70 Children (5-12 years old) (includes admission, transportation and taxes).

1000 ISLANDS DAY TRIP Welcome to the 1000 Islands and the St. Lawrence Seaway. Here is where Ontario and the United States meet... their cultures blending in the waters of the mighty St. Lawrence and Lake Ontario. The native peoples called this region the “Garden of the Great Spirit.” Today, many people still remark that this gorgeous garden of woods and waters that is the 1000 Islands is truly one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Others will tell you that its friendly atmosphere, fresh outdoors and laid-back pace makes the 1000 Islands a place that inspires the spirit and renews the soul. The Cruise leaves from Rockport and tours the central part of the 1000 Islands region of the St Lawrence. Stop-overs at historic Boldt Castle on Heart Island and Singer Castle on Dark Island are a must. Lunch can be purchased on board at your own cost. When: Saturday, August 16 and Sunday, August 17, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM Cost: $150 (Includes transportation, tour guide, boat tour, Trip Director, taxes)


				
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