Heritage Day 2023

Aberdeen Pavilion, September, 1903: William James Topley, Library and Archives Canada, PA-008938

Heritage Ottawa is honoured to be the recipient of the mayor's heritage day proclamation!  

Join us at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, February 21 at Jean Pigott Place, City Hall for the first in-person celebration of Heritage Day in three years! 

This year, Mayor Mark Sutcliffe will recognize the importance of the theme Recovering and Connecting Ottawa's Heritage -- Stronger Together by presenting the HERITAGE DAY PROCLAMATION TO HERITAGE OTTAWA for its efforts in "keeping the heritage community connected and informed to better protect Ottawa's heritage" throughout the pandemic. CLICK HERE to read the full Proclamation.

Heritage Day is organized by Capital Heritage Connexion in partnership with the City of Ottawa Cultural and Heritage Programs Branch. After three years of virtual celebrations, Heritage Day will once again be celebrated in person at City Hall. Heritage Ottawa will have a booth at the Marketplace where we hope you will stop by and say hello.

Why celebrate Heritage Day? Our collective story is told through our special places, whether they are historic buildings or sites, archives, libraries, museums, commercial mainstreets or districts, places of faith, industrial areas, or cultural landscapes. Our shared heritage in all forms has the power to bring people together. 

Heritage Day is also a chance to recognize the contributions of the many dedicated volunteers and staff who promote heritage conservation and education. 

More on offer during Heritage Week!

The entire week of February 21 to 27 is Heritage Week!

Join us on Wednesday, February 22 on Zoom for Heritage Ottawa's special PHILLIPS MEMORIAL LECTURE: Rehabilitating the West Memorial Building: Conservation in Practice at Wellington Street's Western Gateway with Heather McArthur, architect and site representative for heritage conservation on the project. The event is FREE and Preregistration is required.

Heritage Ottawa has also curated a collection of links to Virtual Tours of museums, galleries, historic sites and other cultural centres, along with an interesting collection of Lectures + Films that are FREE to stream online.  Search EXPLORE on our main menu to discover these and other resources.

Also on our website, discover Ottawa's history and heritage through 50 Years | 50 Stories, a special project telling the illustrated stories of 50 places that Heritage Ottawa helped to save during our first 50 years of advocacy efforts.

We welcome and appreciate your support. Consider joining Heritage Ottawa as a member, or making a donation by clicking here on our secure website.