International Metropolis Conference Study Tours

June 24 to 28, 2019

The Promise of Migration

Inclusion, Economic Growth and Global Cooperation

About Ottawa

Please watch this video made by Ottawa Tourism for a brief tour of Ottawa

About Gatineau

Watch this video « Gatineau pour la vie » before your evening at the Museum of History.

Gatineau pour la vie

Go Green! Use your delegate transit pass!

In collaboration with OC Transpo (Ottawa) and STO (Gatineau), this conference includes complimentary local bus transit throughout the Ottawa/Gatineau area from June 23rd – July 1st, inclusive.

OC Transpo - Transpass

Sample “Transpass” smartcard

To participate in our Go Green initiative, download the free transportation APP, in the language of your choice.

Pick up your Transpass upon arrival at the airport (for transfer to your hotel) or at registration (Shaw centre). Use this transit pass to access conference venues and explore the region throughout the conference and in the days leading up to Canada Day on July 1st!

You can also use the OC Transpo Travel Planner as well as the STO bus route planning tool Plani-Bus.

Flash your badge

The Flash Your Badge Program grants delegates and a guest access to discounts and special offers at participating attractions, tours, and restaurants. Simply present your conference badge at participating retailers to receive the advertised discount.

*Reservations may be required. Download the 2019 Flash Your Badge Program: English (PDF, 246 KB)


Canadian Museum of History

The spectacular Grand Hall houses the world’s largest indoor collection of totem poles in the world.

Canadian Museum of Nature

Built inside a stunning stone castle, the museum houses a collection of natural wonders. From dinosaurs to aquatic wonders.

Bytown Museum

Housed in Ottawa's oldest stone building, the Bytown museum explores Ottawa’s history from the early years of Rideau Canal construction, through the rough and tumble days of Bytown, to its emergence as Canada's capital and beyond. Included with admission is a six-language audio guide available in English, French, German, Spanish, Mandarin and Japanese. Just steps from the Ottawa Locks on the Rideau Canal, the Bytown Museum is the perfect place to begin your visit to Nation’s Capital!

Canada Aviation and Space Museum

The Museum holds approximately 130 military and civilian aircraft; the finest collection in the country and one of the most comprehensive in the world.

Canadian War Museum

Inside you’ll find incredible exhibitions that reveal Canada’s involvement in conflicts from the beginning of time until now. Tanks, artillery, combat gear, art and so many more artifacts and collections, bring an added level of realism to the country’s war history


Rideau Canal

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the canal winds through downtown before connecting with the Ottawa River through dramatic stepped locks next to Parliament Hill. Located next to Shaw Centre, delegates will be able to run or cycle along paths adjacent to the canal.

Parliament Hill

Discover how Parliament works and explore the new homes of the Senate and House of Commons while Centre Block is closed. Explore the Senate at the newly renovated Senate of Canada Building – Ottawa’s old train station – to learn about the unique role and history of Canada’s Upper Chamber. Discover the history, functions, art and architecture of the House of Commons on a tour of the newly restored West Block. Guided tours last approximately 40 minutes. Guided tours last approximately 30 minutes.

All guided tours are free.

Changing of the guard

Experience the music and colourful drills of this traditional ceremony at 10:00 a.m. June 24 to June 28 (weather dependent).

National Arts Centre

Situated along the scenic Rideau Canal, the National Arts Centre is Canada’s showcase of the performing arts.

National Gallery of Canada

The National Gallery of Canada is an architectural masterpiece, and is Canada's premier art gallery. The Gallery  is housed in a glass and granite building on Sussex Drive with a notable view of the Canadian Parliament buildings on Parliament Hill. The building was designed by Moshe Safdie and opened in 1988. The Gallery's former director, Jean Sutherland Boggs, was chosen especially by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau to oversee construction of the national gallery and museums.

Tours and sightseeing

Lady Dive Amphibus

See the beautiful region of Ottawa-Gatineau by land and water on the Amphibus, a bus that transforms into a boat! A unique historical adventure awaits you. Let our bilingual guides introduce you to over 75 important sites in this picturesque area. The bilingual tour, complete with full narration and humorous anecdotes, lasts approximately 1 hour and takes you on an entertaining, exciting and educational journey that lets you view Ottawa’s historic sights and scenery from land and water.

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Rideau canal cruises

The most unique way to discover Ottawa! On board of our brand new 100% electric boat, you will sail on the Rideau Canal and have a novel view of downtown Ottawa! The National Arts Centre, Lansdowne Park, Dow’s lake and many more scenic views awaits you! You will discover more with our live bilingual commentary and our audio guide application.

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Capital cruises

Daily sightseeing cruises offer great views of the city from our 300 plus passenger triple deck vessel. An AudioConexus commentary delivery system will provide our customers an educational and enthralling story in multiple languages, simultaneously.

Gray line double decker

Ottawa Grayline specializes in guided tours of the National Capital region of Ottawa-Gatineau. These unique multilingual guided tours of Canada’s capital let you appreciate Ottawa’s historic scenery from every possible angle. Thrill to the stunning sites on land and explore at your own pace. Our tours are narrated from start to finish and are available in 8 languages: French, English, Portuguese, Spanish, German, Mandarin, Japanese or Russian.

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Aqua taxi

  • Short Trip

    Water shuttle service in the heart of Ottawa-Gatineau. Continuous shuttles between must-see sites in the heart of the capital city Ottawa and in Gatineau, along the Ottawa River Ottawa and Gatineau.

  • Long Trip

    Reservations Required. Following Samuel de Champlain! Climb aboard for an hour’s sail to or from the Casino/Hilton, Lac-Leamy. En route, you can admire Parliament Buildings, the Supreme Court of Canada, the official residence of the Prime Minister, the Canadian Museum of History, Rideau Falls, the Bytown Museum and enjoy Lac-Leamy and the beach.

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Other things to do

Shopping: Rideau centre, Sparks Street Mall, the Byward Market and Made in Canada Gifts

Bicycle Tours and Rentals

Guided sightseeing bicycle tours and bike Rentals in Ottawa-Gatineau! Cycle to all major attractions in Ottawa-Gatineau! Tours offered in English, en français, en español, auf Deutsch, in het Nederlands.

Casino – Lac-Leamy

Just fifteen minutes from Parliament Hill, the Casino du Lac-Leamy is a one stop shop entertainment destination. Dine on delectable dishes at Le Baccara, take in a live performance or dance the night away at Club Aléa.

Plus many nearby restaurants to suit all discerning taste buds.

Visit Ottawa Tourism for further information.