The (de)tours experience is built around 5 components:

1.  Before the tour – when you decide to book a walking tour with us, we ask you to answer a few optional questions, in order to best customize your (de)tours experience.

This allows us to:

  • Give your guide the relevant information about who is attending a particular walk, which will help him/her customize the walk
  • Provide you with a series of preliminary questions that will help frame the setting for the walking tour and begin the immersion process into your (de)tour.

2. The walk – guides lead groups around places that are particularly relevant to the chosen tour’s theme. The walk may include short visits to organizations, groups or individuals.

The walks:

  • Are 1 to 1.5 hour in length, at a moderate pace
  • Are suitable for groups of as many as 8 people per tour
  • Involve buildings particularly relevant to the chosen tour’s theme
  • May involve short visits to relevant organizations.

We try to make the walking pace (and the routes we choose) suitable for young adults to most seniors. If you have a concern before booking related to accessibility, please email us at info@ottawadetours.ca. Given Ottawa’s existing infrastructure, please note that we cannot always accommodate persons using mobility aids, as much as we try. Check the description of individual offerings for more details.

3. The conversation – following the walking tour component, guides may lead guests into a facilitated conversation over a meal or drinks. This component will vary based on the theme-fit: it may include a potluck in a yard, drinks in a pub, or a meal in a high-end restaurant. Through facilitated exercises, guides will give all the opportunity to engage in meaningful conversation about what they have seen and heard during their walk.

The conversation:

  • Always takes places in a fitting setting
  • Strives to create a safe space where meaningful conversation can emerge
  • Uses facilitation techniques to foster engagement
  • Allows for all voices around the table to be heard, not just that of the expert
  • Offers participants the opportunity to network and get to know the other participants, if they choose to do so.

4. The networking – during the walking seminar component as well as during the facilitated conversation component, guides will deliberately leave room for getting to know your fellow traveler, if that is something you choose to do.

The networking:

  • Allows for the use of simple ice-breaker games to allow participants to get to know the other participants

5. The resources – we share themed resources with our participants following each walking tour. Resources may include reading recommendations, maps that tell alternative stories, postcards or photographs, among others.


  • Allow participants to stay connected to the theme beyond their experience with us
  • Add value to the discussion, and empowers participants to seek more knowledge around a certain topic on their own
  • Provide beautiful visual aids that zero-in on the core of the theme.