Walking Tour Series
As part of our outreach activity Heritage Ottawa offers a series of guided Walking Tours of historic neighbourhoods.
The 2012 Walking Tour Series has arrived!
THE TOURS LAST ONE HOUR AND A HALF, RAIN OR SHINE.
TOUR PRICES: HERITAGE OTTAWA MEMBERS $5:00,
Old Ottawa South
June 10, 2:00 pm – MEET: Southminster United Church, Bank at Alymer
In 1907, Nepean Township villages such as Ottawa South were annexed to the City of Ottawa. Improved city services soon followed, such as a new high-level Bank Street Bridge over the canal. It allowed the privately-owned Ottawa Electric Railway to extend streetcar services, stimulating housing and development of one of Ottawa’s first streetcar suburbs.
GUIDE: Leo Doyle, Development and Planning Committee, Old Ottawa South.
Village of Rockcliffe Park
June 17, 2:00 pm – MEET: Lisgar Road at Princess Avenue
The mix of architectural styles in picturesque Rockcliffe Park range from stately stone mansions and interesting contemporary designs to remaining summer cottages. Learn about the history of the village and the role the MacKay and Keefer families had in determining its layout and the design of many of its homes.
GUIDE: Martha Edmond, author of Rockcliffe Park: A History of the Village
Rideau Canal * (new)
June 24, 2:00 pm - MEET: Bytown Museum (under Parliament Hill)
(This tour will be in French)
In 2007, the Rideau Canal was recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site. On this tour you will hear about the fascinating history of the Ottawa locks where the oldest public building in Ottawa was constructed in 1827, known today as the Bytown Museum. The tour will lead to Major's Hill Park where the remains of the house and the statue in honour of Colonel John By, the man responsible for the construction of the canal between 1826 and 1832, are found. Be prepared to climb a steep hill.
GUIDE: Michel Prévost, Head Archivist, University of Ottawa
Roof Gardens of the Rideau Centre and NAC * (new)
July 8, 2:00 pm – MEET: Rideau Centre Theatres, (elevator or escalator to level 4, near Besserer entrance)
With 200 trees, 1.5 km of pathways, grass, flowers, and seldom-seen views of downtown Ottawa, the 1969 National Arts Centre and 1983 Rideau Centre have Ottawa's first large-scale "green roofs". Discover a new perspective of these complex buildings and the heritage buildings and sites that surround them.
GUIDE: David Jeanes, urban activist and author of five downtown heritage tours.
August 3-5, 2:00 pm: Heritage Ottawa is co-ordinating English and French language walking tours at the Rideau Canal Festival. Visit the website www.rideaucanalfestival.ca for details.
LeBreton Flats - What might have been * (new)
August 12, 2:00 pm. Meet: Albert and Preston Streets, north side parking lot.
LeBreton Flats was the site of much of Ottawa's earliest residential and industrial settlement. The federal government's 1962 initiative to expropriate the lands of LeBreton Flats led to the displacement of some 2,800 members of that community. This tour will examine life on the Flats after expropriation, exploring the sites of various plans for its redevelopment including the proposed Department of National Defence headquarters, projects for affordable housing in the late 1970s, and the current development plan of Claridge Homes that won the bid in 2004 to revitalize the area.
Guide: Julia Sterparn, Carleton University researcher
August 19, 2:00 pm - MEET: Corner of Clemow and O’Connor
W.E. Noffke (1878-1964) was one of Ottawa's most influential architects in the first half of the 20th century. The walk begins with the ten diverse Noffke houses, including his own, built around Central Park/Patterson Creek, moving along to a sample of Younghusband houses and other more modest houses, historic schools and churches, and newer infill developments by notable Ottawa architects.
GUIDE: John McLeod, Glebe resident and heritage buff
Village of Hintonburg
August 26, 2:00 pm – MEET: St-François d’Assise Church, Wellington at Fairmont
Named for Joseph Hinton, a shopkeeper and civic official, the village of Hintonburg was incorporated in 1893. The tour will take you through the heart of this interesting, eclectic and socially varied neighbourhood, rich in heritage.
GUIDES: Linda Hoad and Paulette Dozois, community leaders
Village of Cumberland * (new)
September 9, 2:00 pm - MEET: Maple Hall, 2552 Old Montreal Road, Cumberland
Cumberland Village traces its beginnings back to the earliest days of settlement in the Ottawa Valley. Explore how transportation changed village life from when river traffic was king until the coming of the automobile. Heritage Ottawa is pleased to partner with the Cumberland Township Historical Society and Cumberland Heritage Village Museum for a heritage tour of the Village of Cumberland. Extend your tour to view the historic buildings relocated from throughout the Township to the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum site. Tour participants will receive reduced admission to the Museum. Light refreshments will be available for purchase.
GUIDES: Dorothy-Jane Smith and Jean François Beaulieu are local historians and Cumberland Township Historical Society executive members
NOTE: Cumberland Township Historical Society members are eligible for the Heritage Ottawa members’ tour rate of $5.00
Clemow Avenue Driveway: Ottawa's Forgotten Architectural Gem * (new)
September 16, 2:00 pm - MEET: Patterson Creek Pavilion near Linden Terrace and Queen Elizabeth Driveway
A little over a century ago, the Ottawa Improvement Commission set out to beautify Ottawa to make it look more like a capital city. In keeping with the ideals of Frederick Law Olmstead, whose model for architectural and landscape design worked wonders in Washington D.C., the OIC built landscaped scenic driveways along the Rideau Canal and other prominent Ottawa roads. An overlooked feature of the system is Clemow Avenue, first conceived in 1903. The Clemow Avenue Driveway – which included a section of Monkland Avenue – extended west from the Queen Elizabeth Driveway near the canal to Bronson Avenue and Dow’s Lake. Intended as a ceremonial route, it was set up as a wide boulevard, with rows of trees and large houses set well back from the street.
GUIDE: Andrew Elliott, writer, archivist and architectural historian, is working on a community history research project for Clemow Avenue and nearby streets.
September 23, 2 :00 pm – MEET : École Secondaire de La Salle, Old St. Patrick and Beausoleil, (#1 bus route).
Lowertown East, bounded by Rideau, King Edward, St. Patrick and the Rideau River, has been home to many important religious, residential and civic buildings. Despite a controversial 1970’s urban redevelopment, it is a walkable neighbourhood with a strong multicultural history, five designated heritage buildings, works by important Ottawa architects and a former city cemetery.
GUIDE: David Jeanes, urban activist and long-time resident of Ottawa.
October 7, 2:00 pm – MEET: Fraser Schoolhouse, 62 John Street, near Sussex
New Edinburgh, a mill-town founded in 1832, is one of Canada’s earliest planned communities and still presents a largely 19th-century face to the world. The tour, as well looking at the industrial roots of the town and introducing some early inhabitants, will focus thematically on aspects of science and technology in this early Canadian community.
GUIDES: Katherine Arkay, scientist and self-confessed technology nerd, and Janet Uren, writer, are both owners of designated heritage houses in New Edinburgh
October 14, 2:00 pm - MEET : Bytown Museum, on the Rideau Canal ‘neath Parliament Hill
This is the heart of old Bytown where canal workers first settled and some of Ottawa's earliest residential, commercial, and institutional structures can be found. The walk will take participants around Major’s Hill Park, up to Nepean Point, and then will look at some of the historic buildings in Lowertown and the ByWard Market.
GUIDE: Hagit Hadaya, architectural historian
October 21, 2:00 pm – MEET: Laurier House, 335 Laurier Ave E at Chapel
The tour looks at late 19th – early 20th century buildings of historical or architectural importance in the northeast quadrant of Sandy Hill, an area favoured by lumber barons, mining magnates and politicians in Ottawa’s early years. Sandy Hill was home to four Canadian Prime Ministers
GUIDE: Judy Deegan, Sandy Hill resident and heritage activist