Our mandate is twofold: to advocate on behalf of the preservation of heritage buildings and historic landscapes and to educate and inform residents and visitors to Ottawa on the benefits of preserving the city's heritage from the perspectives of history, architecture, quality of life and tourism.
Heritage Ottawa began as a committee of "A Capital for Canadians", an organization founded in 1967, concerned with the conservation of buildings and sitesart of our living heritage. The organization was supported by community associations and historical societies that had an interest in heritage conservation. Early successes include the preservation of such historic structures as the Billings' Estate and the East Block of the Parliament Buildings.
Heritage Ottawa was incorporated in 1975 and the first office was located at 62 John Street in New Edinburgh, the si in the National Capital which are pte of the former Fraser Schoolhouse. During the 1990s, we moved to our present location in Arts Court at 2 Daly Avenue, the restored former municipal courthouse.
Advocacy Heritage Ottawa's advocacy work occurs as issues arise. Time honoured methods of lobbying, consulting, letter-writing, media exposure, publishing, are all part of the work we do. Participating in public consultation sessions, seminars and workshops related to heritage and urban planning, preparing and making presentations to such organizations as :
Walking Tour Series As part of our outreach activity Heritage Ottawa offers a series of guided Walking Tours of historic neighbourhoods. Our latest walking tour info is here.