Heritage Day

Snow Sweeper #2, Ottawa Electric Street Railway Co. in Feb.1902. Photo: William James Topley / LAC PA-173828

Heritage Ottawa is pleased to be joining the Cultural and Heritage Services Branch in partnership with the Capital Heritage Connexion (former Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa) in celebrating Heritage Day on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 with special heritage events held from 11:30am to 2:00pm at Ottawa City Hall.

Heritage Day is a nationwide celebration that encourages all Canadians to explore their local heritage, to get involved with stewardship and advocacy groups, and to visit museums, archives, and places of architectural significance.

Mayor Jim Watson will officially proclaim February 19 as Heritage Day and introduce this year’s theme, “Heritage: The Tie That Binds,” which celebrates the power of both tangible and intangible heritage to bring people together and create a sense of belonging.

Browse informational displays and mingle with over 45 exhibitors, including Heritage Ottawa, at the 2019 Heritage Showcase. Find out how heritage is being celebrated in your community; learn about services offered by local heritage organizations, public programs and special initiatives, as well as professional development and volunteer opportunities.

In addition to Heritage Day, the entire third week of February 18 to 24, 2019 is Heritage Week.

Our collective history is told in our languages and our music, in photographs, maps and documents, in regalia, objects and traditions, and in our built environment. Visit museums, historic sites and cultural centres that help preserve and share this heritage for posterity. Celebrate heritage by visiting a historic site, a heritage property or a museum, or by joining an organization like Heritage Ottawa to show your support for the preservation of Ottawa’s outstanding heritage!

Stop by and visit us at our booth. We have lots of information to share!


The 2019 Heritage Day Celebrations will take place at Jean Pigott Place, Ottawa City Hall,  110 Laurier Avenue West.  The event is free of charge.