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IBM Adventure Tours

On Thursday May 15th, finalists, delegates and alternates will be able to choose one of the following full day adventure tours.  During registration you will indicate your tour preference and we'll do our best to match you with your highest preference.

1. Canadian Heritage

Senate PictureAs a site of architectural beauty, historical significance and federal decision-making, Parliament Hill belongs not only to those who work here, but to all Canadians. Visit the Senate and House of Commons as well as the majestic Peace Tower. * Itinerary change: Spend the afternoon biking along the Rideau Canal and experiencing the beauty of the Tulip Festival...*

2. Aboriginal Experiences

In the morning, visit our historic Parliament. Then, take a trip back into the past aboard a Radabaska canoe, that will take you to an aboriginal village on Victoria Island. After your Native lunch, you can share a journey through Canadian history and celebrate the rich culture of Canada's First People through song, dance and stories in an authentic Native village setting...

3. Earth and Sky

Take a guided tour of the awe-inspiring Canadian Museum of Nature where you can discover everything from valuable minerals and fossils hidden beneath our feet to the trees that make the oxygen we breathe, from Arctic plants to zebra mussels and everything in between. On your way to the Canadian Aviation Museum, drive by the National Gallery of Canada, the Royal Canadian Mint, Sussex Drive and Rideau. The Aviation museum is recognized as having the most extensive aviation collection in Canada and one which ranks among the best in the world. Take a guided tour of the museum with a discussion on the properties of air, the principles of flight and how they impacted the history of aviation. Then, participate in hands-on aerodynamic experiments, build a plane and race it against your fellow participants! To finish off the day, enjoy a sightseeing flight over the National Capital Region. Takeoff from historic Rockliffe Airport on the banks of the Ottawa River and see the Gatineau Hills gently rising in the distance. From the air, see Parliament Hill, the beautiful National Gallery, the Rideau Canal, the Chateau Laurier and so much more!

4. Rafting

The Ottawa River has developed a reputation as one of the most popular white water rafting rivers in Canada. From the gleam of clear, fast-moving water, to the rumble and sudden rush and tumble of rapid action, this is your chance to get in on the 'current' sensation. If you're looking for adventure, take this raft excursion down the legendary rapids of the Ottawa River.
 
When you are done rafting, stick around for some beach volleyball, paddleboat, kayaking, swimming and much more!

5. Laflèche Highs and Lows

Lafleche PictureAn outdoor treetop workout! Fly more than 30 metres above a lake on two giant 200 metre-long zip trek lines. Over 82 suspension bridges provide incredible views of the Laurentian forest. Tarzan ropes, wooden footbridges, nets and giant zip trek lines make Laflèche Aerial Park the region¹s most unique destination. Then, experience the thrill of an underground trek in the vast Canadian Shield's largest cave. With ice stalactites and stalagmites in winter and geology which is accessible to everyone, the cave holds many surprises and discoveries. Its history is littered with astonishing anecdotes and mysteries

6. Canadian Arts

On this tour, dive into the marvelous world of Canadian art.

In the morning view paintings, etchings, sculptures, drawings, photographs and more to spark your imagination at the National Gallery of Canada. Later in the day, you will also have the unique opportunity to attend a concert at the National Arts Centre. Get prepared to be surrounded by creativity, culture, innovation and beauty!

  

7. A Celebration in Ottawa

Much about this tour will remain a surprise, but know that you will have a culinary blast! In the afternoon, visit the home of Canada's Governor General - historic Rideau Hall and its beautiful gardens where grand parties have been hosted since the 19th century. At the end of your day, tour the seat of justice in Canada... the Supreme Court of Canada.

8. Ottawa - For those who like to sleep in!

Attention all of you who like to sleep in! We have a special tour designed with you in mind. Take your time in the morning, have a shower after everyone else is gone, enjoy breakfast when the lines are done! Then you can enjoy a relaxing, easy paced day. Following your visit of the Supreme Court of Canada, cross the Ottawa River to the MacKenzie King Estate in Gatineau Park. There you will enjoy a tasty lunch in the Moorside Tearoom and, after, a tour of the Estate.