Accompanying Persons2019-05-24T19:22:48+00:00

Accompanying Persons

Ottawa is a cosmopolitan city with luscious green spaces, scenic bike paths, and the Rideau Canal waterway – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ICOLD 2019 accompanying persons program includes activities for all interests: art, history, cycling, shopping and more! See below for full details, pricing and itineraries

Only registered Accompanying Persons are eligible for these optional tours and events.

MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2019
Brisk Walking tour 7:30-08:30 $15/person
Gatineau Park Tour CANCELLED 9:30-12:30 $70/person
Rideau Hall & Aboriginal Experience CANCELLED 10:00-15:00 $130/person
Guided Tour National Gallery of Canada 13:00-16:00 $70/person
TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2019
Brisk Walking tour 7:30-08:30 $15/person
Rideau Canal Cruise & Tour of Canadian War Museum CANCELLED 09:30-15:30 $130/person
Cycling Along the Rideau Canal CANCELLED 09:30-12:00 $130/person
Cobblestone & Courtyard Walking Tour and tour of Royal Canadian Mint 13:00-16:00 $50/person
Brisk Walking tour 7:30-08:30 $15/person
Day Trip to Montreal 08:00-17:00 $200/person
Thousand Islands Cruise with lunch & tour of Kingston CANCELLED 08:00-17:00 $200/person
Gatineau Park Tour CANCELLED 13:00-16:00 $70/person
FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2019
Brisk Walking tour 07:30-08:30 $15/person
Step Back in Time” – Upper Canada Village CANCELLED 08:30-15:30 $200/person
Cobblestone & Courtyard Walking Tour and tour of Royal Canadian Mint CANCELLED 08:45-12:30 $50/person
Discover the Hill – Canada’s seat of Government 13:00-16:00 $50/person

Cost: $15 per person
Minimum of 15 participants

Offered June 10, 11, 12 and 14
Departure: 07:30
Return: 08:30

Participants will meet their Professional Tour Guide at the Shaw Centre each day for a 20-30 minute walk (different part of downtown Ottawa each day) before stopping for Breakfast on their own.

Cost: $50 per person
Minimum of 10 participants (maximum 15)

Tuesday, June 11
12:45   Meet guide at the Shaw Centre
13:00   Depart on Walking Tour
14:00   Guided Tour of the Royal Canadian Mint
15:00   Continue Walking Tour
16:00   Arrive at Shaw Centre 

Friday, June 14
08:45   Meet guide at the Shaw Centre
09:00   Depart on Walking tour
10:00   Guided Tour of the Royal Canadian Mint
11:00   Continue Walking tour
12:00   Arrive at Shaw Centre

Ottawa’s ByWard Market – a hub of the city’s “street level” activity since 1846.  Your guide will take you back in time with many stories and anecdotes of the market as you meander through cobblestone courtyards.  The ByWard Market is one of Canada’s oldest and largest open-air farmers’ markets, and within an area roughly four blocks square, you will find specialty food shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants, cafés and more! Stop at the original beaver tail stand for a well deserved treat and hot beverage!

Situated just at the outskirts of the ByWard Market is the Royal Canadian Mint where you will enjoy a guided tour of this fascinating institution. Although the Mint in Winnipeg makes Canada’s circulation coins, the Mint in Ottawa is known for minting coins for other countries as well as commemorative coins and medals.

Introduced in 1979, the mint’s precision-crafted 24-karat Gold Maple Leaf coins have become the standard by which other bullion coins are measured. The world’s first bullion coins to reach the heightened level of 9999 purity, each one bears the 9999 hallmark, a mint mark and a reverse-proof maple leaf.

The Mint refines and produces Maple Leaf bullion coins, gold kilo bars, trade bars and gold wafers. All are struck with their weight, gold purity level at the Royal Canadian Mint hallmark.

Cost: $130/person
Includes: bicycle and helmet, one mimosa and strawberries
Minimum of 25 participants (maximum 50)

Tuesday, June 11
09:30   Meet guide at the Shaw Centre
10:30   Stop for Mimosas & Strawberries at Hogs Back Falls
11:00   Continue your Cycling tour
12:00   Arrive at Shaw Centre

For the ones who would like to combine moderate physical activity and getting to discover beautiful Ottawa, cycling along the Rideau canal is the perfect activity!  Did you know that Canada’s Capital Region is home to the Capital Pathway network, one of the largest in North America?  Join your guide and enjoy a leisurely bike ride on the pathways along both sides of the first 7.5 kilometers of a UNESCO World Heritage site! The Rideau Canal runs 200 kilometers from the Ottawa River to Kingston, Ontario, and is considered an incredible feat of engineering.   Take a break at the spectacular Hogs Back Falls overlooking the Rideau River and enjoy a mimosa and chocolate covered strawberries served by an elegant server, before continuing your bike tour.

Wednesday, June 12
Cost: $200 per person
Minimum of 25 participants (maximum 50)

07:45   Meet tour leader at the Shaw Centre
08:00   Depart for Montreal
10:15   Guided tour of Montreal
12:15   Lunch in Old Montreal (beverages extra)
13:45   Time on own to explore
14:45   Drive back to Ottawa
17:00   Arrive at Shaw Centre

Join your Tour Leader and board your motor coach for a two-hour drive to Montreal where you will discover the history, evolution and unique atmosphere of Montreal, the second largest French speaking City in the World.

Your tour will start on Queen Mary Street, just in front of the impressive Saint-Joseph’s Oratory, a Roman Catholic Shrine, after a short drive to Beaver Lake on Mount Royal, you will find yourself high above the city. There you have an opportunity to stretch your legs and enjoy a spectacular view of the Montreal’s skyline.

On the Plateau of Mont Royal and in the Latin Quarter, discover the distinctive lifestyles of the different ethnic groups that make up this truly cosmopolitan city. During the city tour you will learn about Montreal’s history and drive by Jean-Drapeau Park (Saint Hélène and Notre-Dame Islands), site of the 1967 World Fair (Expo ’67) and  enjoy the magnificent avant-garde architecture of downtown Montreal in the financial and commercial district, as well as the brand new International Quarter.

The city tour will finish in Old Montreal, the birthplace of Montreal, an area rich in architectural details dating back to the 17th Century. A short walk to a local restaurant for lunch then time to explore the city before returning to Ottawa.

Cost: $50 per person
Minimum of 10 participants (maximum 15)

Friday, June 14th 1 pm – 4 pm
12:45   Meet guide at the Shaw Centre
13:00   Discover the Hill Walking Tour
14:00   Arrive at Shaw Centre

Walk to Parliament Hill, the centre of Canadian Democracy since 1867. Along the way your guide will give you the history of the buildings and monuments each one with its unique story that is integral in the building of Canada as the nation it is today.

On arrival on Parliament Hill you will tour the grounds and see the three main buildings that make up Canada’s Parliament – one of which is undergoing a major restoration.


Cost: $70 per person
Minimum of 25 participants (maximum 50)

Monday, June 10
09:15   Meet your Tour Leader
09:30   Depart for Gatineau Park
09:50   Stop at Pink Lake
10:15   Continue Gatineau Park Tour
10:30   Arrive at Champlain Lookout
11:00   Depart for Mackenzie King Estate
11:15   Explore Mackenzie King Estate
12:15   Depart for Ottawa
12:30   Arrive at Shaw Centre 

Wednesday, June 12
12:45   Meet your Tour Leader
13:00   Depart for Gatineau Park
13:20   Stop at Pink Lake
13:45   Continue Gatineau park tour
14:00   Arrive at Champlain Lookout
14:30   Depart for Mackenzie King Estate
14:45   Explore Mackenzie King Estate
15:45   Depart for Ottawa
16:00   Arrive at Shaw Centre

Board a motor coach for a picturesque drive through Gatineau Park, the Capital’s conservation park, with many unique and diversified ecosystems and heritage features. It covers 36,131 hectares (361 square kilometers) of land. Stops include Pink Lake, Champlain Lookout and Mackenzie King Estate.

Pink Lake is Gatineau Park’s most unique lake because it is “meromictic” meaning that, unlike a normal lake, its upper and lower water levels never mix. Of rare beauty, the site offers the opportunity to relax while learning about its ecology. Despite its name, the lake is green. It is named after the Pink family which settled the land in 1826.

The next stop is the Champlain Lookout atop the Eardley Escarpment, 335 meters above sea level.  The view is unique because it shows two of Canada’s major geological formations side by side: the Canadian Shield and the St. Lawrence Lowlands. A series of interpretive panels describes the geological events that have shaped this landscape.

Your final stop before returning to Ottawa will be the Mackenzie King Estate that was created by William Lyon Mackenzie King, Canada’s 10th and longest serving prime minister.  For more than four decades, King spent most of his summers at the Estate. He gradually expanded and beautified the grounds until he owned 231 hectares (2.31 km) of land.

He gradually expanded and beautified the grounds until he owned 231 hectares (2.31 km) of land. The Mackenzie King Estate has many heritage and natural features to explore. It is an expression of King’s love of nature, architecture and romanticism.  After spending almost 50 years (1903–1950) beautifying and expanding his property, King bequeathed his beloved estate to all Canadians.

Cost: $130/person
minimum of 25 participants (maximum 50)

Monday, June 10th 10 am – 3 pm
09:45   Meet guide at the Shaw Centre
10:00   Depart for Rideau Hall
10:15   Tour of the Grounds of Rideau Hall
11:15   Depart for Aboriginal Experience
11:30   Taste of Native Spirit (bbq lunch)
15:00   Arrive at Shaw Centre

Rideau Hall is the historic home and workplace of Governor General (the Queen’s representative in Canada), your guide will take you on a tour of the grounds that encompass some 32 hectares (79 acres) and 20 historic buildings, as well as rose gardens, rockeries, cricket lawns and stands of trees. Originally built by Thomas MacKay, in 1838, as a home for his family. MacKay was a stonemason and contractor who built the entrance locks of the Rideau Canal and the mills at Rideau Falls. Rideau Hall is named for these landmarks and has been home to every Governor General since Confederation in 1867.

Aboriginal Experiences has recreated traditional dwellings — tipis, a longhouse and a wigwam — along with cultural displays to foster greater knowledge and understanding of life in Canada before and after European contact.  Enjoy a buffet lunch, a guided tour of the Native Village and a vibrant interactive performance of storytelling and a traditional Pow Wow dance, concluding with the friendship dance.

Choice of buffalo Burger (beef and veggie options available)
Wild rice salad
Bean salad
Three Sisters Soup
Tossed salad
Includes coffee, tea, water or strawberry juice

Cost: $70 per person*
Minimum of 10 participants (maximum 15)
* Includes entrance fees and guided tour of the National Gallery

Monday, June 10
12:45   Meet guide at the Shaw Centre
13:00   Depart to National Gallery of Canada
13:30   Guided Tour of the National Gallery and free time
15:30   Walk back to Shaw Centre
16:00   Arrive at Shaw Centre

For the Art lovers, follow your professional tour guide for a tour of the magnificent National Gallery of Canada where you will enjoy a guided tour of the Permanent Collection.  This Gallery houses the largest collection of Canadian art anywhere in the world along with works by internationally renowned artists. Located just steps from Parliament Hill in downtown Ottawa, the National Gallery of Canada is the country’s showcase of the visual arts and a spectacular architectural landmark.  After your tour, enjoy time in the boutique.

Cost: $130 per person
Minimum of 25 participants (maximum 50)

Tuesday, June 11th 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
09:15   Meet guide at the Shaw Centre
09:30   Walk to the dock
10:00   Rideau Canal Cruise
11:30   Board Motor Coach
11:45   Arrive Canadian War Museum
12:00   Lunch on own in the “Mess” (not included in price)
13:00   Guided Tour of the Museum and time to explore on own
14:40   Depart Museum
15:00   Arrive at Shaw Centre

Walk to the dock to board your electric boat for a tour of the first 7.5 kilometers of the Rideau Canal. This cruise will take you back to 1812 when the plan for the construction of the canal was introduced and explain the history of the canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that runs from Ottawa through to Lake Ontario at Kingston, Ontario, and the many anecdotal stories associated with the building of the canal.

After your cruise, board a motor coach for a short ride to the Canadian War Museum for lunch on your own in the “Mess” before taking a guided tour of the Museum. The Canadian War Museum which opened in 2005, is a unique building designed by world renowned Canadian Architect, Raymond Moriyama.  Its main theme, which can be seen throughout the museum’s design, is that of regeneration. Showcasing Canada’s participation in various conflicts throughout history and putting a human face on war both at home and overseas. Its many exhibits range from everything from a Viking Helmet to Hitler’s car

Cost: $200 per person
Minimum of 25 participants (maximum 50)

 Friday June, 14th 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
08:15   Meet guide at the Shaw Centre
08:30   Depart for Upper Canada Village
09:45   Arrive Upper Canada Village
12:15   Lunch at Willard’s Hotel
14:10   Return to Ottawa
15:30   Arrive at Shaw Centre

Take a day trip to Upper Canada Village, located on the St. Lawrence River, a short one-hour scenic drive from Ottawa. Escape to another time and place, amidst the sights and sounds of an 1860’s village. Founded in 1961, Upper Canada Village is one of the largest living-history sites in Canada.

As you navigate through the streets of yesterday, explore over 40 heritage buildings, many moved to the village prior to flooding for the “Lost Villages” during the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Project; come face-to-face with a variety of costumed historical interpreters all are eager to chat or demonstrate their roles in 19th century society, including the blacksmith, tinsmith, shoemaker, broom maker, cabinetmaker, cheese maker, baker, printer, mill operators, gardeners and farm families. Horse-drawn wagon and boat rides are available.

Enjoy a home cooked meal at Willard’s Hotel, one of the oldest buildings in the village. It was constructed in the late 1790s and restored to the style of the 1850s. Daniel Myers, son of the earliest owner Jacob Myers, took out a tavern license in 1815. The building was bought by John Willard in 1830.  The hotel is a full-service restaurant where costumed staff serve you a period- style meal with vegetables grown in the village and Upper Canada Village’s own cheese and bread.

Before boarding your motor coach for the return trip to Ottawa, spend time exploring the Village Store. Here you can buy a wide variety of quality Canadian crafts and reproduction items (tinware, yarn, blankets, etc) made by Village artisans. The Village Store’s pantry offers a multitude of teas, spices, jams and marinades. Best of all, you can purchase some Village Bread baked fresh daily, and Cheddar Cheese made at the Village Cheese Factory.

Wednesday, June 12
Cost: $200 per person
Minimum of 25 participants (maximum 50)

07:45   Meet tour leader at the Shaw Centre
08:00   Depart for Ivy Lea
10:15   Thousand Islands Cruise
11:30   Drive to Kingston
12:15   Lunch in Kingston (beverages extra)
13:45   Guided bus tour of Kingston
14:30   Depart for Ottawa
17:00   Arrive at Shaw Centre

Join your Tour Leader and board a luxury motor coach for a drive to Ivy Lea on the St. Lawrence River.  The St. Lawrence was discovered by Jacques Cartier on August 10, 1535. The early explorers made use of the St. Lawrence River as a highway to the interior of Canada and the United States.

Enjoy a cruise of the 1,000 Islands and experience the icons including as Boldt Castle, the 1,000 Islands International Bridge and Zavicon Islands containing the smallest International Bridge in the world.

After a short ride to Kingston, Ontario, located on the banks of Lake Ontario, Canada’s first capital, known as the Limestone City lunch will be at The Public House.  The Public House  occupies the building used by Sir John A. Macdonald as his law office from 1849 to 1860. Macdonald began his political career during this formative period and later became Canada’s first Prime Minister. The pub has a cozy atmosphere and reflects the style of the mid-nineteenth century when it was occupied by Macdonald.

As the gateway to the 1,000 Islands, Kingston is a city rich in history, culture as well as critically acclaimed attractions: Kingston City Hall and the Farmer’s Market; the Royal Military College; the historic Prince George Hotel; the Grand Trunk Railway Station; the National Historic Sites of Fort Henry, Bellevue House and the Rideau Canal as well as many other historic buildings and inns that make this city so beautiful.