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Ottawa Highlights 3.5 Hour Bike Tour
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Ottawa Highlights 3.5 Hour Bike Tour

By Escape Bicycle Tours and Rentals
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Ages 10-99, max of 10 per group
Duration: 3h 30m
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Live guide: English
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  • Bicycle
  • Helmet
  • Local tour guide (in English, French, German, and Spanish)
  • Power Bar
What's not included
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - Ottawa


Start:
  • 65 Sparks St., Ottawa, ON K1P 5A5, Canada
    Arrive at Escape Bicycle Tours and Rentals at 65 Sparks st. 20 minutes prior to the tour start time. Where to park: We recommend finding a private parking lot nearby or using the following underground parking lots: National Arts Centre (1 Elgin St.) City Hall (110 Laurier Ave W)
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 25710P2

    • Guests must arrive to the location 20 minutes prior to the starting time for bike fitting and tour and safety review.
    • Most travellers can participate
    • Where to park: We recommend finding a private parking lot nearby or using the following underground parking lots: National Arts Centre (1 Elgin St.) City Hall (110 Laurier Ave W)
    • We are located at 65 Sparks St. which is a pedestrian street between Elgin and Metcalfe. We are a few steps away from the Parliament Hills and the National War Memorial.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers

    • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

    Which attractions will I visit with Ottawa Highlights 3.5 Hour Bike Tour?
    How much is Ottawa Highlights 3.5 Hour Bike Tour?
    Ottawa Highlights 3.5 Hour Bike Tour price starts from C$122.70. Discover and book Ottawa Highlights 3.5 Hour Bike Tour on Tripadvisor
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    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 25710P2

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      65 Sparks St.
      65 Sparks St., Ottawa, ON K1P 5A5, Canada
      Arrive at Escape Bicycle Tours and Rentals at 65 Sparks st. 20 minutes prior to the tour start time. Where to park: We recommend finding a private parking lot nearby or using the following underground parking lots: National Arts Centre (1 Elgin St.) City Hall (110 Laurier Ave W)
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      Escape Bicycle Tours and Rentals - Ottawa
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      Ottawa Locks
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      Rideau Canal National Historic Site
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      The Glebe
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      Canadian Museum of History
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    About the operator
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    • Escape Bicycle Tours and Rentals
      901
      Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
      Joined in March 2015
    • Z3907RCjennyb
      0 contributions
      Excellent service.
      We hired bikes for an afternoon to do the Rideau Canal and River route. The guy in the shop was really helpful, checking we were comfortable on our bikes before we set off and giving us a map to guide us. The bikes were great. Would highly recommend
      Written October 19, 2023
    • C4853MBmarkd
      0 contributions
      Ottawa Highlights bike tour. 3.5 hours.
      Wonderful tour around Ottawa and Gatineau. Our guide, Sparky, was knowledgeable and fun. Would highly recommend.
      Written October 16, 2023
    • Jim J
      0 contributions
      The whole experience was great
      My wife & I visited Ottawa for 6 days. We really enjoy biking & wanted to rent bikes for we had heard of the great trails in Ottawa. Maria & her staff were so awesome. They have several options for bike rental. Maria & the staff were so helpful in making sure the bikes we rented were sized properly for our safety & so we could have the best experience. All staff are so kind & made us feel so comfortable. They gave us a map & marked the trail options in great detail. We chose the e-bikes and had a great time. The store is situated in a great place which makes it an easy access to the trails. We rented 5 days in a row & each day our bikes were in excellent operating condition. We never took a guided tour that they offer, but knowing the cheery staff I bet the guided tours would be a lot of fun.
      Written October 9, 2023
    • PickleballMimi
      0 contributions
      5 Hour Ottawa to Gatineau and Back
      We took the 5 hr tour and we thought it was too long. It also seemed rushed as I thought when we booked we'd have more time to see attractions. We enjoyed the ride and the views, but ended up cutting 30 mins off our tour and headed back to the shop. The bikes were nice and were ready when we arrived. The staff was great as well as our tour guide. Our lunch place was a coffee shop. Husband had a hard time deciding what to get, so him and I just got a smoothie. Son got some type of dessert and a latte. This was in Gatineau. The bike trail was hilly, so be prepared for that if you take this 5 hr bike trip. I wished we'd just done the more informative 2 - 2 1/2 hr more detailed bike tour. Edit: This is a new/revised review as TripAdvisor doesn't let you edit. The company responded to my last message and I wanted to address some things. 1. This 3-star review has nothing to do with the tour company. They were great. We just ended up thinking 5 hours was way too long...for us. We were asked if we'd like ebikes, but turned them down. Besides, they're expensive. We in no way were informed or asked what skill level we were. We're just your typical, joyrider bike rider. 2. Our tour guide: I can't remember his name. He was informative and funny, but he was fast. He does this daily and is use to the surrounding areas. We weren't. There were instances he would get way ahead of us, and we didn't feel we were slow. We wanted to take a more easier ride and enjoy the scenery. 3. The coffee shop: We weren't asked where we wanted to eat. The "response" said they offered salads. If they did, we didn't see any. 4. Also, the "response" stated they didn't think it was hilly. There are many hills, especially remembering Gatineau coming into Byward Market. Also, lots of street riding over there. 5. Bike tour company asked for how to improve this tour. I did respond back to them, but every person/every tour is different. As leisurely riders, maybe the 5 hour tour wasn't for us. Our true opinion, it was too rushed. Our son was beat. Said his calves were hurting. 6. I'd rate the company 5 stars. Clean shop. Nice bikes. Prepared.
      Written October 3, 2023
    • Passenger742597
      0 contributions
      Great Ottawa/ Gatineau bike tour.
      Mike our bike tour guide was both informative and enjoyable. He broke the ride into easy riding sections and stopped at spectacular viewing points for photos and to explain highlights in both Ottawa and Gatineau. Highly recommend this tour. Bikes were great. I am 79yrs and had no trouble following Mike’s pace. Mary C
      Written September 28, 2023
    • BoardingPass290118
      0 contributions
      Experience Ottawa on a bike!
      I was in Ottawa for 6 days and the 24 hr bike rental was by far the best thing I done. What a way to experience a new city!!
      Written September 27, 2023
    • hairybear007
      0 contributions
      Awesome rental.
      Easy to find, professional chat about the bikes, we rented for four hours and rode the Rideau canal, down to Dows Lake and the Arboretum, weather was sunny , we both loved it. Bikes were great, easy gear change, great value for money, would definitely recommend.
      Written September 25, 2023
    • 153maartjea
      0 contributions
      I had a great time
      If you like biking, seeing the city and hear some nice facts this is a great tour. Unfortunately my original tour didn't have enough people, but Maria definitely tried (and succeeded) to get me on another tour that same day. Sparky was a great tour guide and knew all about the city and the sights. She also made sure nobody got lost. All in all I would recommend going on this tour.
      Written September 19, 2023
    • VerenaE
      0 contributions
      Pure professionalism
      From start to finish an A* experience. Bikes and helmets patiently fitted, a panier provided for my stuff. It was easy riding (e bikes were also available) with stops for explanations from our a using Dutch guide. A brilliant way to see the city.
      Written September 11, 2023
    • andreahY3400LG
      0 contributions
      Cycling tour Ottawa
      The 2 hour tour lead by Hans was absolutely fabulous, he was so entertaining and enthusiastic about Ottawa. It’s a great way to see the city. Maria runs an awesome team and all the staff so friendly. If you are flying solo I can thoroughly recommend. I’m Australian and followed their Instagram page, that promoted me to book. Great tour
      Written September 10, 2023
    • Paradise412101
      0 contributions
      Awesome tour around Ottawa!
      Great time with Escape Bicycle Tours! I would highly recommend this tour to anybody who wants to get a very nice ride in around the core of Ottawa. So informative and great things to see. Hans was awesome as a tour guide, and was able to enlighten us of many details at the many stops we made.
      Written September 7, 2023
    • B5477AXlisak
      0 contributions
      Great Experience!
      Great way to see downtown Ottawa! Easy route with little elevation changes - works for individuals with any amount of bike experience and kids of any age. Richard was a great tour guide!
      Written September 4, 2023
    • Q9467YWnataliam
      0 contributions
      Amazing tour!
      I highly recommend Escape Bicycle Tours. It was my first time taking a bike tour around the city, and I quite liked it. It was fun and interesting. We visited many city attractions and famous places on comfortable bikes and at comfortable speed. Our guide, Hans, told us many interesting and fun facts about the city, and his gentle sense of humor and attention to every excursion member made my bike tour experience even greater. I've already told my friends that they definitely need to do the same when they are in the city.
      Written August 28, 2023
    • Nancy466466
      0 contributions
      AMAZING EXPERIENCE!
      This bicycle tour was fantastic. Everyone at Escape Bicycle Tours from Maria on down was so friendly and helpful. This is the BEST way to see Ottawa. Mike our tour guide was very knowledgeable, very sweet and great with my teenage boys. Would definitely do this again.
      Written August 24, 2023
    • A_KevH
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      Great way to see Ottawa
      Great tour with Richard who was knowledgeable about the city. Lots of breaks in the cycling to recover as we went around the sights on downtown Ottawa
      Written August 17, 2023
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    Coran C
    Vancouver, Canada4 contributions
    Jul 2022
    We are a family of four from Vancouver (kids are 12 and 14). My wife grew up in Ottawa and wanted to show us the highlights of her city. We spent 3 1/2 hours riding around the city with Sparky. She was a fantastic guide. As it turned out, we were the only people on the tour so we had her to ourselves. There were nice stretches of peaceful rides along the canal and we stopped regularly for Sparky to fill us in on an historical fact or a description of the history of the site we were on. It went everywhere from downtown to the site of the first ever hockey game, to parts of Gatineau across the river. We would highly recommend Sparky and the tour!! (It's also a nice way to travel int he summer so you can get a bit of a breeze in the summer Ottawa heat - much better than a walking tour!)
    Written July 19, 2022
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    We enjoyed reading your beautiful review! Thank you so much for choosing us! We are thrilled to hear that you had a great time with our wonderful Sparky! Warm regards, The Escape Team & Maria :)
    Written August 23, 2022
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    Corbin B
    24 contributions
    Jun 2022
    My wife and I had a wonderful time on this tour! Our guide, Nora, was very knowledgeable about the city and the bike trail system. The tour felt very safe. What a great way to explore Ottawa! Thanks you very much for the exprience.
    Written June 14, 2022
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    Dear Corbin, Thank you so much for your kind words! It is great to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us/Nora and felt safe! We hope to see you again! Warm regards, The Escape Team & Maria :)
    Written June 30, 2022
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    Shelly C
    2 contributions
    Jul 2021
    Great overview of Ottawa from the Ontario and Quebec sides. Our guide customized our tour to our abilities and speed.
    Our guide was a great historian and able to give us lots of information on Ottawa and the history.
    We prebooked our tour due to the pandemic and the company took excellent precautions with sanitation
    A shout out to our Guide Dennie
    Written July 22, 2021
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    Dear Shelly, It was our great pleasure! Indeed, Denis is an amazing gudie! Thank you so much for choosing us and we look forward to having you back! Warm regards, The Escape Team & Maria :)
    Written July 25, 2021
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    Mark B
    1 contribution
    Aug 2021 • Family
    This is the third time Ive rented bikes in Ottawa. The first two times we enjoyed free riding all over the city and into Gatineau. This time we decided to take a tour. Dick (Richard) was laid back and friendly with bits of information about what we were seeing, and it was such an excellent ride . When I asked my 18yo daughter what the best part of the trip was she did not say going to the bars in Quebec as I expected. No. She said it was the bike tour. Thanks again. The booking is always easy. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The equipment is excellent. What else is there to say. Just do it!
    Written August 12, 2021
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    Dear Mark, Wow! We are so thrilled to have scored so high with your daughter! Thank you so much for choosing us again and it is so nice to hear that you have been pleased with the consistently high-quality service that we strive to offer our valued guests like you! We look forward to seeing you again! Warm regards, The Escape Team & Maria :)
    Written November 27, 2021
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    Suzy F
    Greenwood, SC6 contributions
    Aug 2023 • Family
    We took a 3.5 hour private e-bike tour of Ottawa. The e-bikes allowed us to see more of the city with less effort although the bike paths in Ottawa are so well paved, easily navigable and mostly flat so could easily be done on a regular bike.
    Our guide, Mike, was so friendly and easy going. He was very knowledgeable about the area.
    Maria, the owner of the company was easy to work with by phone ahead of time and helped me decide which tour was best for my group.
    I would highly recommend this activity when in Ottawa. I’ve never done a bike tour before but would do it again in a heartbeat!
    Written August 17, 2023
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    Dear Suzy, Thank you so much for trusting us to take your beautiful family and you on a private ebike tour and show you our beautiful capital. It thrills us when we see guests who take a bike tour with us for the first time and choose to do so for their future trips/vacations. You were such kind and gracious guests and we all enjoyed your visit tremendously! Thank you so much for your recommendation! Warm regards, The Escape Team & Maria :)
    Written August 23, 2023
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    Happiness39547866591
    1 contribution
    Jul 2023 • Family
    What a terrific introduction to Ottawa for my visiting family! As a group of 7 with vastly different abilities, Escape Bicycle Tours ensured we had to equipment and itinerary that suite the entire group. Hans, our guide, was a great ambassador for our city!
    Written August 3, 2023
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    Thank you so much for trusting us to take your family out for a fun tour of the city! We are thrilled to hear that everyone could have a good time with a mix of ebikes and tandem bikes! We love designing custom itineraries tailored to our valued guests' interests and nice to hear that the route was suitable and interesting! Warm regards! The Escape Team & Maria :)
    Written August 4, 2023
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    Janet Marie
    Cambridge, Canada7 contributions
    We really enjoyed this bike tour. Especially Sparkly she was so knowledgeable and friendly. I really enjoyed her as our tour guide. I highly recommend this as there were places we never knew existed and also seen places we wanted to see. The bikes were comfortable and the staff were great.
    Written August 24, 2021
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    Dear Janet! Amazing! It is so wonderful to know that you enjoyed your tour, our wonderful guide Sparky, our kind staff, and comfortable bikes. It is always nice to know that we are showing the city's hidden gems to our wonderful guests like you! We enjoyed seeing the pictures you posted as well. Thank you so much! We hope to see you again in your future trips to Ottawa! Warm regards, The Escape Team & Maria :)
    Written November 27, 2021
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    Jkmmn
    Toronto, Canada24 contributions
    Aug 2020
    Visited from Toronto and did the Ottawa Highlights- 3.5 hours! Had a great day and Nora was an excellent tour guide. Everyone enjoyed the bike route. Bikes were very comfortable and we highly recommend! Will be back in the future to do a different tour or rent bikes.
    Written August 11, 2020
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    MarshaLuke
    Philadelphia, PA17 contributions
    Sept 2019 • Couples
    The tour was both fun and informative. We were able to get close-up views of many sights and locations. Our guide stopped at various sights to explain the history, cultural significance and/or local events. He peppered his presentations with interesting anecdotes. We were provided with both helmets and bicycles. The route was easy enough to traverse with only a few inclines that were managed easily enough with the bicycles provided. My husband and I are in our late 60s, and had no problem with the route.
    Written February 3, 2020
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    Thank you so much Marsha! It was a pleasure having you in our tour and we greatly appreciate your positive review! Warm regards , Maria :)
    Written June 27, 2020
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    BRG
    6 contributions
    Jul 2020
    Excellent staff and east to book. Our guide, Denis, really knew his stuff and answered all the many questions we had. Also, Escape has an excellent location on Sparks Street. Highly recommend!
    Written July 17, 2020
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    Dear Brant, It was our pleasure! Thanks for choosing us and your vote of confidence! I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour with Denis! Warm regards, Maria :)
    Written July 18, 2020
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