Ottawa Tulip Festival

Public Tours / by Bus
2 Day
  • Itinerary

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    Canadian Tulip Festival (71st Anniversary)
    Each year, the Canadian Tulip Festival celebrates the return of spring by showcasing over a million tulips across Canada’s capital region. The festival is the largest of its kind in the world and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the globe.

    3 Pick-up locations: Mississauga Carpool, York Mills Station, and Scarborough (*see below details)
    Tour's duration:
    3 days / 2 nights
    Date:
    20-22 May 2020 (Victoria Day long weekend)

    ************ ITINERARY ***************
    DAY 1, SAT 20 MAY 2020: Toronto >> Brockville >> Ottawa
    7:00 AM: Our 1st Pick-up location: Mississauga Carpool. (Please arrive 15 Min before the departure time)
    7:30 AM: Our 2nd Pick-up location: York Mills Station.
    8:00 AM: Our 3rd pick-up location is: Scarborough Town Centre
    During the 4 hours drive (395 km), we will have 2 stops on the way for breakfast and lunch.
     
    On our way to Ottawa, we will have a chance to visit "the Brockville Railway Tunnel". The Brockville Railway Tunnel is Canada's first railway tunnel.
     
    3:00 PM: Check in to your hotel "Novotel Ottawa-4 star" and have a short rest.
     
    5:00 - 7:00 PM: Enjoy the annual Tulip Festival at Commissioners Park.
    With over 100 varieties of bulbs, Commissioners Park is a showstopper and our major tulip display site. It hosts 30 tulip beds, including the Queen Juliana Gift Bed, which features bulbs donated by the Netherlands. It also hosts a testbed, where our landscape architects test new tulips before mass planting them.
     
    Evening free to enjoy optional activities such as dining out // visiting the Casino du Lac-Leamy in Gatineau // Enjoy a swim in the indoor pool, or a workout in the fitness centre at the hotel.

    DAY 2, SUN 21 MAY 2020: Ottawa  
    7:30 - 9:00 AM: Enjoy a hot breakfast at the hotel
    9:00 AM - 1:00 PM: enjoy a 4-hour guided city tour of Ottawa with a professional Local Guide to see the highlights of Ottawa including Parliament Hill, the Supreme Court of Canada, the Residence of the Prime Minister, the National Gallery of Canada (outside) the Canadian Museum of History (outside), the Residence of the Governor-General (inside)This tour includes 2-3 photo stops. A portion of this tour includes walking (weather permitting).
     
    We're in the heart of the city, and we have the opportunity to visit the historical ByWard Market, where we can also have a bite to eat.
     
    5.30 PM - 7:00 PM: Join your tour guide to visit the amazing tulip beds in Major's Hill Park in downtown Ottawa. Major's Hill Park stands above the Rideau Canal at the point where it enters the Ottawa River. With a spectacular view of Parliament Hill as your backdrop, the tulip gardens throughout Major's Hill Park are not to be missed. Major’s Hill Park is located behind the Fairmont Château Laurier and is home to several impressive flower beds with scenic views of the Ottawa River. This is a great spot to take photos of tulips with landmarks in the background like Parliament Hill, the National Gallery of Canada, or the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica.
     
    During your free time in the afternoon/evening, you have the opportunity to enjoy some "optional visits/activities" on your own. We recommend:
    * Ottawa’s seven national museums (some of which are located within walking distance from your hotel): Home to seven of Canada’s nine national museums, Ottawa is the mecca for culture vultures, historical enthusiasts, and Canadiana buffs. National Gallery of Canada, National War Museum, Canadian Museum of History, Canadian Museum of Nature, Canada's Cold War Museum... *Seven of Canada's nine national museums in one city!
    * Mint Museum
    * Notre-Dame Cathedral
    * Fireworks on Victoria Day Sunday starting at 10:00 PM over Dow’s Lake (Commissioners Park) - your own transfer arrangements required
     

    DAY 3, MON 22 MAY 2020: Ottawa >> Perth >>Toronto
    7:30 - 9:00 AM: Enjoy a hot breakfast at the hotel
    10:00 AM: Check out and drive towards Gatineau for our boat cruise
     
    10:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Ottawa River Cruise (1.5 hrs)
    The best way to see the national capital region since 1936! Our Ottawa River cruise offers the finest views along the River. With departure from the Hull Marina in Jacques Cartier Park, this 1 1/2-hour tour is the most thorough tour available on the water. You have the opportunity to see the beautiful landscape of Ottawa and relax and enjoy a nice cold beverage on the large upper deck. In addition, on the lower deck, our passengers will find our canteen and our bar (with permission to sell alcohol). The cruise offers a spectacular view of the city and allows you to see the river as it was used long ago: as a highway to transport resources. You will also see the natural beauty of the region that captured the imagination of the first European explorer Samuel de Champlain.
     
    12:00 PM: Drive towards pretty Perth, ON!!! Soon you'll see why it is named the Prettiest Town in Ontario.
     
    1:00 - 4:30 PM: Visit the beautiful "Stewart Park", and time to explore studios/boutiques and restaurants in Downtown Heritage Perth.
     
    4:30 PM: Drive toward Toronto
    6:30 - 7:00 PM: A 30-min stop at ONroute Trenton North for dinner/washroom
    8:30 PM: drop-off @ Scarborough Town Centre
    9:00 PM: drop-off @ York Mills Station
    9:30 PM: drop-off @ Mississauga Carpool
    The drop-off times are all approximate, and subject to change based on the Traffic.

    Price & Inclusions

    · Per person, Double occupancy:  
    · Per person, Single occupancy:  
    **The prices are per person, in Canadian dollars.
    **The prices are subject to change at any time without notice.
    **Children 8+ are welcome on this tour, and the same price as adults.
     
    NOTES ABOUT THE ROOMS:
    **The standard rooms in the hotels have a maximum of 2 double beds, and the hotel does NOT provide any extra bed/cot.

    ** If you need a roommate, please ask. Not guaranteed.
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    WHAT's INCLUDED:
    • Round trip transportation on a deluxe highway motor coach with a washroom
    • 2-night accommodation at NOVOTEL Ottawa Hotel-4 star (High-speed Internet and the use of the pool and fitness center are included)
    • 2 hot breakfasts at the hotel
    • Visit the unique Tulip beds at "Commissioner's Park", and "Major's Hill Park"
    • A 4-hour Guided tour of Ottawa (a combination of walking and bus) 
    • A guided visit to Rideau Hall, the official residence of the governor-general of Canada.
    • Ottawa River Cruise (1.5 hrs)
    • Visit the beautiful "Stewart Park", and time to explore Downtown Heritage Perth, ON.
    • Free time to discover Ottawa's numerous attractions and Canada's most visited museums 
    • Tour is conducted by a professional tour director
    • All gratuities 
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    WHAT's NOT INCLUDED:
    • Admission to some optional activities
    • Lunch and Dinner
    • Water and snacks
    * End Plastic Pollution: we will no longer offer single-use plastic water bottles on our tours since many end up in our landfills, lakes, oceans, and rivers. We encourage you to bring a refillable water bottle. 
     
    Cancellations & Refunds
    • * Full refund if you cancel at least 30 days before the trip departure date.
    • * 29-15 days prior to departure - pay a penalty equal to 50% of the total purchase amount.
    • * 14-8 days prior to departure - pay a penalty equal to 70% of the total purchase amount.
    • * Within 7 days of departure - fully non-refundable - pay a penalty equal to 100% of the total purchase amount.
    • * In the event that a tour is canceled, the liability of FunTours.ca will be limited to providing a full refund of the original trip price. 

    Pickup

    1st pick-up location:  Mississauga Carpool (Carpool Parking 401/ Hurontario) - Address: 401 Hurontario St, Mississauga, ON L5W 1N3
    The entrance into the carpool lot is on the west side of Hurontario, between the ramps to Hwy 401 East and Hwy 401 West. This parking lot is not easily visible from Hurontario and can be easily missed so please carefully follow the P Carpool signs. Detailed instructions from all four directions are given below. This is a Government of Ontario, Ministry of Transportation parking lot. Cars may be left here for up to 5 days. Parking is free. Our bus stops in the parking area on your left-hand side. CLICK HERE to see on map
     
    2nd pick-up location:  York Mills Station - The address is (York Mills Centre, 4025 Yonge St North York, ON M2P 2E3). The bus will stop on the North-East corner of Yonge St. & York Mills Rd - on Yonge Street. The York Mills subway station is in the basement of this building. If it is raining or snowing, you are welcome to wait in the lobby of the office tower until you see the bus stop in front of the building. TO PARK YOUR CAR: Only for day trips, you can park your car in a parking lot located at 3885 Yonge St, Toronto. This is about a 5-minute walk from the pick-up location. This is a pay-and-display parking lot. Covered parking is also available for day trips only in the parking garage at the York Mills Centre at 4025 Yonge St. The parking cost is $20 per day (2020 rates). CLICK HERE to see on map
     
    3rd pick-up location: Scarborough Town Centre - The address is (Cineplex Cinemas Scarborough, 300 Borough Dr, Scarborough, ON M1P 4P5). The bus stops directly outside the Cineplex movie theatres at the Scarborough Town Centre. This pickup location is suitable for day trips. IF YOU NEED TO PARK YOUR CAR: Park anywhere near the movie theatres. Free parking all day. Cars cannot be left overnight after 2 AM.

    Tour Attractions

    Ottawa
    Ottawa is Canada’s capital, a dynamic showcase city of more than one million people. Located in Ontario at the Quebec border, it’s a place where you’ll hear English and French spoken in the streets; where you can discover Canada’s proud heritage at impressive national sites and famous landmarks, including the Rideau Canal (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). It’s a city steeped in culture, with world-class museums and galleries displaying stunning national collections and special exhibitions from Canada and around the world.

     
    Tulip Festival
    The Godmother of all Ottawa Festivals, since 1953 the Canadian Tulip Festival has been the iconic Canadian brand synonymous with the arrival of spring in the nation's Capital. Drawing over 600,000 Canadian and International visitors to the outdoor festival of the warm weather season and one of Ottawa’s largest and longest-running signature celebrations. Millions of Tulips set the stage for a celebration of authentic art, cultural, historic, culinary, and family tulip experiences.


    Commissioners Park
    In summer, the tulips are replaced by thousands of annual flowers, which create beautiful scenic views with Dows Lake in the background. Located at the corner of Preston Street and the Queen Elizabeth Driveway, Commissioners Park extends over 8.95 hectares. It was built from the 1920s to the 1950s on the site of a former lumberyard owned by J.R. Booth.


    Major's Hill Park
    Major’s Hill Park is the Capital’s first park, used as such since 1826, when the building of the Rideau Canal began. In 1867, fireworks and bonfires in the park marked the Capital’s first Canada Day celebrations. It was formally established as a park in 1875. Major’s Hill Park is an exceptional site to see tulips blooming in the spring. 
     
    Parliament Hill
    Parliament Hill, colloquially known as The Hill, is an area of Crown land on the southern banks of the Ottawa River in downtown Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Its Gothic revival suite of buildings, and their architectural elements of national symbolic importance, is the home of the Parliament of Canada.
     
    Rideau Hall
    Rideau Hall (officially Government House) is the official residence in Ottawa of both the Canadian monarch and his or her representative, the governor-general of Canada. It stands in Canada's capital on a 36-hectare (88-acre) estate at 1 Sussex Drive, with the main building consisting of approximately 175 rooms across 9,500 square meters (102,000 sq ft), and 27 outbuildings around the grounds. Rideau Hall's site lies outside the centre of Ottawa. It is one of two official royal residences maintained by the federal Crown, the other being the Citadelle of Quebec.
    The grounds of Rideau Hall represent one of the finest historic landscapes in Canada. In 1998, they were designated as a cultural landscape of national historic significance by the Minister of Canadian Heritage. This park is at the governor general's home, with 10,000 trees, a seasonal ice skating rink & a totem pole.
     

    Brockville Railway Tunnel
    Although little known, the oldest railway tunnel in Canada actually exists under the downtown core of Brockville, Ontario, the tranquil community located on the shores of the St Lawrence River at the eastern edge of The Thousand Islands. The tunnel was built between 1854 and 1860 to allow the fledging Brockville and Ottawa Railway to connect the Brockville industrial waterfront area to the outlying areas lying between St Lawrence and Ottawa rivers.

    ByWard Market
    Since 1846, when nearby farmers traded their produce here, this has been the popular centre of town. Only one of the stalls dates back to 1867, but the market retains much of its 19th-century atmosphere. With its colorful stalls of fruit and vegetables, along with artsy shops, trendy restaurants and nightclubs, it’s a lively spot to visit – day and night.
     
    Rideau Canal
    The Rideau Canal is a long and historically significant waterway that twists through the downtown core of Ottawa. The canal connects the city to major nearby bodies of water, including the Ottawa River and Lake Ontario. The canal itself dates back to 1832 when it was used as a military defense system, but today the canal serves as a year-round recreational attraction. In warmer months, people walk, bike, or ride on the walkways that line the canal, or boat and paddle through the water itself. In the colder seasons, the river freezes over and transforms into an expansive public ice-skating rink that weaves through the city.

     
    Ottawa River Cruise
    The best way to see the national capital region since 1936! Our Ottawa River cruise offers the finest views along the River. With departure from the Hull Marina in Jacques Cartier Park, this 1 1/2-hour tour is the most thorough tour available on the water. You have the opportunity to see the beautiful landscape of Ottawa and relax and enjoy a nice cold beverage on the large upper deck. In addition, on the lower deck, our passengers will find our canteen and our bar (with permission to sell alcohol). The cruise offers a spectacular view of the city and allows you to see the river as it was used long ago: as a highway to transport resources. You will also see the natural beauty of the region that captured the imagination of the first European explorer Samuel de Champlain.
    12.30 - 2.00 PM: Free time for lunch
     
    NOVOTEL Ottawa  Hotel-4 star
    Situated in downtown Ottawa, just 5 minutes' walk from the fashionable Byward Market district, Novotel Ottawa offers an indoor pool and free WiFi. Each modernly furnished guest room features a flat-screen LCD TV, a large ergonomic desk area, and tea/coffee-making facilities. Bathrooms include a hairdryer and complimentary toiletries. Located on-site, the trendy Albion Rooms restaurant uses locally sourced produce to create an ever-changing menu. The bar is stocked with local craft beers, a selection of wines, and a number of house-made cocktails. Guests at Novotel Ottawa can take advantage of the 24-hour fitness centre or relax in the hotel's hot tub. The lobby area has complimentary, pod-style workstations. Novotel Ottawa is 1.1 km from The National Gallery of Canada and only 10 minutes' walk from Parliament Hill.  
     
     
    Perth, ON
    Heritage Perth, in the heart of Eastern Ontario, is a hidden gem, now recognized as one of the most beautiful towns in Canada. Perth Ontario is a very special place. Situated on the picturesque Tay River, it is not only a beautiful and charming town, but it is quite simply full of creative spirit. From dramatic plays and professional music performances to well-developed sports facilities and top notch amenities, Perth is rich in culture and talent.

     
    OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES IN OTTAWA 
     
    Ottawa’s seven national museums
    Home to seven of Canada’s nine national museums, Ottawa is the mecca for culture vultures, historical enthusiasts, and Canadiana buffs. National Gallery of Canada, National War Museum, Canadian Museum of History, Canadian Museum of Nature, Canada's Cold War Museum... *Seven of Canada's nine national museums in one city!
     
     
    Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica
    Welcome to Notre-Dame Cathedral, the seat of the Roman Catholic archbishop of Ottawa and the mother church of the archdiocese of Ottawa. This historic building, begun in 1841, is the largest and oldest standing church in the nation's capital. NOTE: currently, Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica is only open for mass (religious services). The doors are open 30 minutes before each mass to let people in. It is during the 30-minute period before masses that you would have time to light a candle and pray. It is no longer required to wear a mask in the cathedral. We are also at full capacity. So approximately 1500 people can be in the church. SATURDAY MASS: 5:00 PM: (BILINGUAL) ---- SUNDAY MASSES: 10:00 AM (FRENCH), 12:00 PM (ENGLISH), 5:00 PM (BILINGUAL)
     
    Mint Museum
    The Royal Canadian Mint's headquarters occupy the historic building in central Ottawa where the Mint was founded in 1908. Today, the Ottawa facility produces hand-crafted collector and commemorative coins, gold bullion coins, medals, and medallions. This is where the master tooling is done to create the dies that strike coin designs for both circulation and commemorative issues. The Mint's gold refining and advanced engineering operations are also located here in Ottawa. Visit the Ottawa boutique to add to your coin collection, find exciting gift ideas and take home some Mint memorabilia. On our guided tour, you'll learn more about the exacting skill that goes into precision coin design. Reservation required for Tours: Tuesday–Sunday First tour 10 am, last tour 4 pm (subject to change without notice). Check the details about The Mint here: https://www.mint.ca/store/mint/visit-the-mint/ottawa-location-8900022#.XRE3OuhKiUl