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Downtown Ottawa is a convenient rental car location

Capital grandeur in Ottawa

Anchored by the Parliament buildings, the capital of Canada offers a dynamic compilation of inspiring museums, bilingual neighborhoods, spectacular parks and public spaces, and delightful winter festivities.

With four distinct seasons, Ottawa is fluttering with exciting things to do all year round. Regal yet gracious, explore the city’s notable landmarks and local hangouts then forge ahead to the rest of Ontario and neighboring Quebec.

Ottawa favorites

Ottawa is a city where locals often ice skate to work or school in the winter, and is steeped in heritage and a wide range of attractions.

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Rideau Canal

Enjoy a leisurely afternoon next to the iconic Rideau Canal. Winding along for five miles, the waterway transforms into an outdoor skating rink during the colder months.

Parliament Hill

Take a tour and wander the grounds of the Parliament buildings, the home of Canada’s government that is surrounded with breathtaking views of the city and the Ottawa River.

National Gallery of Canada

Set aside a few hours and browse this contemporary gallery. Enclosed in a glass tower, exhibitions include the famous Canadian landscape painters known as the Group of Seven, aboriginal artwork, and European impressionism.

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Hit the road

Treat yourself to a slice of the good life — book a car on Turo to leave the busy city streets of the downtown district behind and experience the nearby gems just a few hours’ drive away from the capital. Canadian winters bring inclement weather and icy roads, so if you’re visiting in the colder months, be sure to search for an all-wheel drive vehicle with snow tires equipped.

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Bonnechere Caves

Feeling adventurous? Pack a lunch and head to Bonnechere Caves for a unique and informative geological tour through underground tunnels and past stalactites, coral, and ancient cave creatures.

Chelsea, QC

For a slower and more relaxed pace, head to Chelsea to replenish your energy levels. Book a massage at the Nordik Spa or stroll along the main street for lunch, pastries, or ice cream.

Gatineau Park

The perfect spot for nature lovers, take a quick 15-minute drive across the river from Ottawa’s downtown for gorgeous views and hiking paths for all levels and abilities.

Recent reviews

Pak Hin C.
Hyundai Ioniq 5 2022

I was skeptical about business being on Turo at first because the early days of Turo were flooded with rental car companies listing their rental fleet. However, my experience with Surgenor Hyundai was probably the best I have ever had on this platform. They have created an excellent initiative for people to test drive brand new vehicles, especially with EV that you'd want to live with a couple days before you can decide if you're ready for the transition. Everyone at the dealer was excited about the car and this initiative (perhaps it was because I'm the first customer), and treated me like a value customer. The dealer gets to generate profit from their demo fleet and customers can get a long duration test drive. It's a win-win for both. I can't say if I'll ever rent this car again (there's no point test driving it if I'm getting one myself), but I'd definitely recommend this place to anyone who wants to test drive the ioniq5. I hope this initiative will continue and extend to other models in the future, and perhaps other dealers can learn a thing or two from Surgenor.

Pak Hin C.
- June 20, 2022
Soufiane Bouazza B.
Ford Explorer 2022

Renting with John was the best rental experience I've had so far. He was flexible, accomodating, took the time to explain things and made sure I was both comfortable with the car and abreast of developments when they arose and offered me replacement options at no extra cost to myself. A more thoughtful and honest host I couldn't hope for.

Soufiane Bouazza B.
- June 9, 2022
Darius B.
Nissan Rogue 2019

Car was great! Easy pick up and drop off. I’ll be renting from her again on my next trip.

Darius B.
- June 16, 2022
Jeremy Y.
Mazda CX-3 2018

Benoit is a super host, very accommodating, made my trip a 100% better I recommend ! 🤌🏾

Jeremy Y.
- June 4, 2022
Derek Tin T.
Honda Civic 2018

I had a great trip with Phearak’s Civic. Accommodated pickup in the middle of the night. Vehicle is beyond great on fuel.

Derek Tin T.
- June 12, 2022
Omar A.
Chevrolet Traverse 2017

Pierre (and David) were very nice and accommodating with us. The car is clean and has no issues. We will definitely rent from then again.

Omar A.
- June 14, 2022
Jean-Daniel Z.
Chevrolet Traverse 2017

Great car, great host. Pierre is understandable, patient and well mannered. The vehicle is clean, no smells, and well maintained from fuel economy perspective. We were three and one of us is 6ft tall, but trip went smoothly because we had more than enough space in the car. Definitely a repeat, I’m not going to look elsewhere if this car is available. Details: 4 day trip, 5-7h drive one way. 3 people and luggage.

Jean-Daniel Z.
- June 14, 2022
Robert G.
Mazda CX-5 2016

Oluwatosin was great! Vehicle was there at the airport waiting (keep in mind this was 1 am!) The CX5 was a very nice vehicle for us. Clean and perfect for our family of 5. Then at drop off we were met right at departures. Could not have been more convenient. Would definitely use his services again.

Robert G.
- June 13, 2022
Amanjot S.
Ford Explorer 2022

John is really awesome and chill guy. I had a pleasure to rent a car from him and he is exceptional host. I recommend him to anyone who wants to rent a luxury car with good features

Amanjot S.
- June 13, 2022
Ashley R.
Nissan Rogue 2020

Francois was very accommodating throughout the trip when I had to change the time for return more than once due to my schedule changing.

Ashley R.
- June 9, 2022
Neil H.
Nissan Rogue 2019

Vehicle was in excellent condition, very clean, no issues. First time renting off of Turo and it was a great experience overall. Thank you Alanna!

Neil H.
- June 24, 2022
Nora S.
Land Rover Range Rover Sport 2016

Amazing host very genuine great car well maintained will definitely be returning to rent this vehicle

Nora S.
- June 10, 2022
Scott D.
Nissan Rogue 2019

What an excellent trip! Alanna's Rogue was all ready for my wife and I to go camping - clean, full of fuel, and the contactless pickup was a breeze. This was a great first Turo experience for us.

Scott D.
- June 20, 2022
Reid S.
Tesla Model Y 2020

Marc was easy to communicate with and pleasant to deal with. The car was as advertised.

Reid S.
- June 26, 2022
Fireda A.
Cadillac Escalade ESV 2017

This rental was great for a day of luxury for our family of 6. We received the car in perfect shape and Isaiah went out of his way to address any concerns we had. It’s a smooth drive with a beautiful interior. You have to get used to it’s massive size but there’s lots of assisted driving features to help with that. We’d happily recommend Isaiah and his Escalade.

Fireda A.
- May 16, 2021
Meron M.
Mazda CX-3 2018

Benoit was amazing! His car was clean and we had no issues driving from Ottawa to Kitchener and back. The car was great on gas. We were running late coming home and he extended our trip for us! Next time I use Turo I will book it with him :) thank you so much!

Meron M.
- May 24, 2022
Mohit G.
Honda Civic 2018

Excellent car; super easy to drive. Smooth like cheese. Thanks

Mohit G.
- May 30, 2022
Ahmad K.
Nissan Rogue 2019

Great car - drives very smooth, pretty good on gas, has all the nice bells and whistles as extras (rearview cam, blindspot monitor, etc). And Alanna was a great host - her instructions for pickup and dropoff were very clear. She answered all my questions within minutes. Would definitely recommend and go back myself.

Ahmad K.
- June 17, 2022
Phearak K.
BMW X3 2015

Everything was great, I highly recommend. Car was clean and drove smooth

Phearak K.
- June 15, 2022
James S.
Mazda CX-3 2018

Great guy. Flexible on return time. Good and fuel efficient vehicle.

James S.
- June 14, 2022
Chakib B.
Lexus NX 200t 2015

Very clean car, and very comfortable. Aarnav is helpful and response quickly for any request. I recommend 👌

Chakib B.
- June 24, 2022
William C.
Honda CR-V 2011

Silky smooth all around; Mike was very accommodating and the CR-V was exactly as presented. I highly recommend Mike and his vehicle, and will use them again as the opportunity arises. Thanks Mike!

William C.
- June 20, 2022
Kavish B.
Ford Explorer 2022

Great vehicle! Spacious, quite fast. John was very professional on pick up day. Highly recommend

Kavish B.
- June 20, 2022
Said H.
Jeep Renegade 2015

Very cordial host and on time.

Said H.
- June 20, 2022
Isaac M.
Land Rover Range Rover Sport 2021

Great ride, and amazing owner. Will is very flexible. Car is very clean and new. It was an awesome experience overall can’t wait to borrow this baby again

Isaac M.
- June 17, 2022
Kavish B.
Tesla Model Y 2020

This car is amazing, and Marc was great at responding to any questions. They took time to teach us how to use the car. This car is beautiful, fast and fun.

Kavish B.
- May 30, 2022
Sanchit C.
Honda Civic 2018

Had a great experience in pick up and drop. Car was very neat and clean and was very good to drive

Sanchit C.
- June 7, 2022
Nicole M.
Ford Escape 2014

Great communication, car drives well and its at a great price. Thank you Belal!!

Nicole M.
- April 25, 2022
Kyle J.
BMW X3 2015

Great host! Very communicative!

Kyle J.
- June 4, 2022
Badri N.
Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2021

Must try !!. Kay communicated well and also accommodated my request due to changes in my travel plan. Good car and smooth to ride.

Badri N.
- June 4, 2022
Vincent H.
Ford Escape 2017

Car was in good condition. Easy transaction.

Vincent H.
- June 6, 2022
Debbra B.
Nissan Rogue 2015

Excellent and so pleasant people. This was an option I used for the first time and will continue. This was so greatly appreciated, especially on such short notice.

Debbra B.
- June 2, 2022
Lyndsey P.
Honda Pilot 2016

Great host and always contact great service 🏆

Lyndsey P.
- June 16, 2022
Al M.
Ford Escape 2014

Best service! Best rental! Great car! Amazing host! Perfect prices! Super great to rent from Belal Will be definitely renting again!

Al M.
- October 1, 2021
Md Saad M.
Ford Escape 2019

Very nice and comfortable vehicle, and certainly the best price in Ottawa considering what other people are charging for 100 year old cars. Frank(host) is awesome...

Md Saad M.
- February 7, 2021
Vong N.
Hyundai Tucson 2019

Nice car with a good price. Great service!

Vong N.
- May 13, 2022
Andrea Isabel W.
Honda CR-V 2011

Mike is such an amazing person, great communication, and the car is in great conditions, highly recommend

Andrea Isabel W.
- June 9, 2022
Shan O.
Honda Pilot 2016

The Pilot was a great car for highway driving! Clean and comfortable. Abe was easy to work with.

Shan O.
- June 14, 2022
Michael O.
Mazda CX-5 2017

Moise was super nice, car was in amazing condition and drove very well

Michael O.
- June 19, 2022
Simon-Pierre D.
Toyota RAV4 2012

Great host, plain and simple. Car was neat, in tip-top shape. Nothing bad to say.

Simon-Pierre D.
- June 13, 2022
Joey B.
Ford Escape 2014

Car was great and as advertised and communication was great

Joey B.
- June 10, 2022
Esther M.
Nissan Rogue 2011

Very accommodating host, and the car was extremely clean! Contactless pick up a plus 👍🏼

Esther M.
- June 21, 2022
Hardeep S.
Honda Pilot 2016

Abe was very nice to have the car cleaned and ready for pick up in time. It served our our purpose. The car has good trunk space which was the reason I booked this one.

Hardeep S.
- February 12, 2022
Graham J.
Audi Q5 2015

This was a great rental experience. Stephen was very prompt in his communication and helped us get our trip organized while we were visiting Ottawa. The car was in as described and the process was very simple. We will hopefully rent again from him the time we are in Ottawa

Graham J.
- September 11, 2021
Hamid B.
Nissan Rogue 2020

The car is very clean and like new. I rented it for a trip to Toronto and the drive was very nice, comfortable and fuel efficient. Will definitely rent it again as the experience with the car and François was very good. I definitely recommend you to try it by yourself

Hamid B.
- April 30, 2022
Jaqueline W.
Nissan Rogue 2019

Alanna was an amazing host with the best communication and accommodations that I have experienced on this app thus far. I have rented with her two times now and will be renting again in the future. The car was clean, efficient & good on gas. Thanks Alanna I’ll be chatting with you soon .

Jaqueline W.
- May 11, 2022
James M.
Ford Escape 2016

Chris was nice to deal with. Car was very clean & with a fresh oil change when we picked it up. Pick up was convenient for us! Chris checked in with us during our rental (several days) -- nice gesture! Drop off was easy too! Very convenient at Ottawa International Airport

James M.
- November 4, 2021
Remy Fellin M.
BMW X3 2015

Everything went well. I am stopping using the rental car corporate businesses! The car was nice and clean and drives perfect 👍🏾 and the owner was flexible. It was a very nice experience for me. 10/10 Mike

Remy Fellin M.
- April 4, 2022
Sju X.
Nissan Rogue 2019

This was my first time renting a vehicle & I am super pleased with how Mr. Girish made this process extremely easy. He went above and beyond with his hospitality at the end as well with helping me with a ride due to my ride not showing up. Which was very helpful. His vehicle never gave me any issues and was super affordable and great on gas. Lots of space in the trunk and backseat which was clutch for my trip to Toronto. It was a pleasure doing business with you Mr.Girish and I'd definitely do it again. Take care 🙂

Sju X.
- April 24, 2022
Jae Chun Y.
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 2021

John was great. Very smooth handoff. I needed to change the rental duration and he was very flexible and had a good response time. The car was clean and the fuel was topped off.

Jae Chun Y.
- April 29, 2022
Cristel E.
Ford Explorer 2022

Everything went well! John was very accommodating and very flexible with the hours. He has a lot of other cars to choose from which is fantastic! From all of my trips, so far this is the best one that we had.

Cristel E.
- May 12, 2022
Liam R.
Ford Explorer 2022

John is incredibly professional and accommodating. He went the extra mile to ensure I had everything I needed and was super flexible when it came to pick up and drop off. Super nice fellow and will definitely consider renting from him in the future. The SUV is great. Super clean and comfortable. I pulled a 3200 lbs pontoon boat and it pulled it no problem. Thanks again John!

Liam R.
- May 25, 2022
Sean F.
Tesla Model Y 2020

Had a great weekend with Marc’s Tesla on a road trip with the family to Quebec. Marc gave a great overview for a newbie Tesla driver and was easy to deal with and communicate with over the course of the rental. Excellent experience and would rent one of Marc’s cars again.

Sean F.
- October 4, 2021
Umesh P.
Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2021

Had a great drive, felt like driving a new car. Kay’s fast responses while communicating added the trust that you need for family, especially when renting. 😊👍🏻

Umesh P.
- May 15, 2022
Kevin D.
Nissan Rogue 2015

Nice and comfortable ride. Communication with Belal was seamless. There was a hiccup in connecting the gps but no big deal. Will rent again.

Kevin D.
- April 18, 2022
Akehil J.
Ford Explorer 2022

John is great and easy to communicate with. He is flexible, easy going and accommodating. His car is clean, pristine and is amazing to drive! I will rent this car any chance I get! Thanks for an amazing rental experience!

Akehil J.
- May 7, 2022
Gilles S.
BMW X3 2015

Michael was great ! Car was fun to drive and cheap on gas , will rent again

Gilles S.
- May 14, 2022
Paul T.
Ford Escape 2014

Car was clean and reliable for a great price

Paul T.
- February 26, 2022

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Best Ottawa driving roads

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Champlain Parkway

Travel along this uphill route alongside the Gatineau Hills and you’ll be rewarded with the best scenic views of the park once you reach the Champlain Lookout.

Colonel By Drive

Sit back and enjoy this easy four-mile drive beginning at the fairytale-like Chateau Laurier then weaving alongside Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and on to Dow’s Lake.

Rockcliffe Parkway

A smooth drive that winds around the Ottawa River, this scenic road takes drivers through the upscale area of Rockcliffe Park. For a side day trip, consider stopping at the Aviation Museum or Rideau Hall.

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