Ottawa School Trip Guide
We’ve designed this as a helpful resource for those interested in organizing a trip for their students to Canada’s capital.Check out Plan for our guide on how to create the best trip for your students with important info on where to visit, eat and sleep for your groups needs and for tips on how to plan for insurance, accommodations and more. Read Pack for what to bring for specific regions and seasons and Prepare for language tips, facts and local know-how.
Why should my student group visit Ottawa?
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First, determine the intended focus of your educational trip. This will help you decide which regions will best suit what your group is looking to experience. Get insights below and download our full guide above to plan your perfect trip.
Educational Student Trip – Curriculum-related activities that bring to life the subjects of the classroom.
Outdoor – Focus on outdoor, physical activities that go beyond the city’s limits.
Mixed focus – A balance of educational activities, outdoor activities, and entertainment.
Luggage – Any seasoned traveller will tell you that the lighter – the better! When moving from place to place, don’t be weighed down by extra clothes, shoes or items. A small or medium sized suitcase or duffel will be perfect for your trip to Ottawa. For the organized packer, it’s very handy to have a couple spare plastic bags for wet clothes or separated laundry! For day trips, bring a backpack and a safe document or money holder that sits close to the body under a shirt or a fanny pack.
• Small or medium suitcase or duffel bag
• Backpack and/or purse for day trips and overnights
• Safe money holder or fanny pack
• Extra plastic bags / ziplocks
Clothing – Weather in Ottawa is mostly reliable all year round. Summers get hot – winters get cold! Prepare for some rain in spring and fall, and definitely for the snow in Ottawa’s winter months, from Dec-March. Be mindful to dress for any high intensity or outdoor activities that your itinerary may have as well.
General Packing List:
• Socks, underwear, bras
• 1 pair of jeans
• 1-3 t-shirts
• 1-3 long sleeve shirts
• 1-2 light sweaters or sweatshirt
• Jacket (check seasonal recommendations below)
• Shoes – Bring shoes that are comfortable and supportive for hiking or for walking in the city.
• Flip flops / waterproof sandals
• 1-2 Warm sweaters
• Warm Jacket
• Toque or warm hat
• Long pants
• Warm socks
• Water/Snow proof shoes or boots
Spring / Autumn:
• Long, breathable pants / skirts
• Waterproof jacket
• Warm sweater
• Long sleeve shirts
• Waterproof footwear
• Small Umbrella
• Light jacket
Accessories and Toiletries – Below are items for keeping you charged, comfortable and prepared. Before your trip, make sure you have spoken to a travel doctor about medications you will need and pack all necessary prescriptions.
• Daily Use: sunglasses, watch, compass, lock
• Entertainment: camera, phone, book, diary
• Waterbottle, sunscreen, hand sanitizer
• Toothbrush & toothpaste
• Soap, shampoo & conditioner
What to leave at Home – Carrying around extra pounds of luggage isn’t worth those extra shoes or that shirt you wear just one time. If you need help eliminating an item or two, check out the list below:
• Less practical and/or fancy clothing
• More shoes than needed
• Many heavy books
• BIG bottles of toiletries – swap for travel sized containers
• Heavy towels