Despite their popularity, helicopters never forget their roots as humble blenders that decided to reach for the stars and purée the clouds. Achieve an airborne perspective with today’s Groupon: for $155, you get an Ottawa helicopter tour and souvenir T-shirts for up to three people from Héli-Tremblant (a $334.94 value, including HST). This flight is a Groupon-exclusive excursion.
Héli-Tremblant's 15-minute Ottawa flyovers thrill up to three passengers with a sightseeing hover over the nation’s capital. Flights take off from Canada Aviation and Space Museum's Rockcliffe Airport for balloon's-eye views of Ontario’s verdant landscape. Survey downtown Ottawa’s architecture and historic waterslide routes as expert pilots guide helicopters over the Parliament buildings, the Hull Casino, the city of Gatineau, and the Ottawa River. Postflight, guests are welcomed back to ground with custom T-shirts (a $25 value each). Time required for takeoff, landing, and battling flocks of plastic bags is not included in the total flight time of 15 minutes.
Familiar places such as Gatineau, the Ottawa River, and the Hull Casino shrink as the R44 helicopter speeds up to 180 km/h above the Ottawa area. Pilots and their headset-clad passengers peer out the aircraft’s large, panoramic windows during such year-round flights that range from 10 minutes to an hour. Héli-Tremblant's personalized tours whisk passengers away to special events, and aerial photography and filming sessions accommodate homeowners and real estate agents craving overhead shots of their backyard polar bear tank. In addition to sightseers, pilots escort jetsetters on chartered flights anywhere in Canada and offer transfer flights between Ottawa and Montreal.