Heritage Ottawa Walking Tours


Stroll through some of Ottawa’s most interesting neighbourhoods with our knowledgeable and enthusiastic volunteer Tour Guides.  Whether you’re a long-time resident, a relative newcomer or a visitor to our city, you’re bound to discover a side of Ottawa that you never knew existed!

Tours begin at 2:00 pm, rain or shine, last approximately 1.5 hours, and take place on Sundays unless otherwise noted. 

Walking Tours are $5.00 for members and $10.00 for non-members, payable by cash at the start of the tour.  There is no need to pre-register.

Join Heritage Ottawa now to receive a $5 discount on Sunday Walking Tours and enjoy other benefits of membership!

Our 2018 Walking Tour Season has come to a close.

Check back in spring for our 2019 Walking Tour Schedule!

Thanks to all of our volunteers and our Walking Tour sponsors Andrex Holdings and Janny, Jeff & Shan.

Past Walking Tours

  • Briarcliffe
    Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Combermere Park
    11 Combermere Lane in Rothwell Heights (parking area adjacent to tennis courts)
    Ottawa, ON K1J 6C9

    Briarcliffe is Ottawa's "newest" Heritage Conservation District, and the first in Canada to recognize mid-20th Century modern architecture. This enclave of 23 unique homes began in 1959, when...

  • Rideau Street and the Arts District
    Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Confederation Square, across from front entrance of the Château Laurier Hotel
    Ottawa, ON

    Originally part of the Sparks estate, this historic seven-block area between the Canal and Waller Street contains or faces eighteen designated heritage buildings and includes Ottawa's first main...

  • Village of Rockcliffe Park
    Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Intersection of Lisgar Road at Princess Avenue
    Ottawa, ON

    The 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...

    Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Laurier House
    335 Laurier Avenue East at the northeast corner of Chapel Street
    Ottawa, ON K1N 6R4

    This walking tour looks at late 19th- and early 20th-century buildings of historical or architectural importance in the northeast quadrant of Sandy Hill, an area favoured by lumber barons, mining...

    Sunday, September 2, 2018 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Fraser Schoolhouse
    62 John Street (near Sussex Drive in New Edinburgh)
    Ottawa, ON K1M 1P5

    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 will look at the industrial roots...

  • Hintonburg and Bayswater
    Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Saint-François-d’Assise Church
    20 Fairmont Avenue (southwest corner of Wellington Street West) 
    Ottawa, ON K1Y 1X5

    Named for Joseph Hinton, a shopkeeper and civic official, the village of Hintonburg was incorporated in 1893. The tour will include the Bayswater subdivision east of the heart of this interesting...

    Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: École secondaire publique De La Salle
    501 Old St. Patrick Street (#1 bus route)
    Ottawa, ON K1N 8R3

    Lowertown East, bounded by Rideau Street, King Edward Avenue, and the Rideau River, has been home to many important religious, residential and civic buildings. Despite a controversial 1970s urban...

  • Lebreton Flats
    Sunday, August 12, 2018 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Canadian War Museum (outside the main entrance)
    1 Vimy Place
    Ottawa, ON K1A 0M8

    This tour will focus on the history of LeBreton Flats as revealed by the series of archaeological investigations that have been undertaken in the area over the past decade. Sites such as the...

    Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Main Entrance of the St. James Cemetery
    On the crest of Alexander Taché Blvd., east of the Université du Québec en Outaouais.
    Gatineau, QC

    Founded in 1820, the St. James Anglican Cemetery is the oldest European cemetery in the national capital region. Designated a heritage site by the City of Gatineau in 2012, it is the resting place...

    Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Église Saint-Joseph d'Orléans
    2757 St. Joseph Blvd.
    Orleans, ON K1C 1G4

    Come and discover the rich, but unknown, heritage of Orléans. Learn of the history and architecture of the buildings, located along Saint-Joseph and Carrière streets, in the heart of the former...

    Sunday, July 22, 2018 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Besserer House
    149 Daly Avenue (at the corner of King Edward)
    Ottawa, ON K1N 6E8

    Sandy Hill was once home to Ottawa’s élite. Fathers of Confederation, prime ministers, prominent businessmen, civil servants and famous writers have all left some mark of their stay, either in...

  • Sandy Hill West: Weekday Evening Tour
    Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 19:00 to 20:30
    MEET: Besserer House
    149 Daly Avenue (at the corner of King Edward)
    Ottawa, ON K1N 6E8

    Sandy Hill was once home to Ottawa’s élite. Fathers of Confederation, prime ministers, prominent businessmen, civil servants and famous writers have all left some mark of their stay, either in...

  • Lowertown (In French)
    Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Centre de services Guigues
    159 Murray Street
    Ottawa, ON K1N 5M7

    The Byward Market has been an important commercial centre in Ottawa for nearly two centuries. The area is also at the heart of the struggle for francophone rights in Ontario. Find out more about...

  • The Village Legacy Project: Marching to Equality
    Sunday, July 8, 2018 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Centennial Flame, Parliament Hill
    111 Wellington Street, between O'Connor and Metcalfe Streets
    Ottawa, ON K1A 0A4

    On August 28, 1971, less than two years after homosexuality was decriminalized in Canada, a small group of activists demonstrated in the rain on Parliament Hill for recognition of the rights of...

  • Brutalism in Downtown Ottawa
    Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Oscar Peterson statue at the National Arts Centre
    1 Elgin Street, at the northeast corner of Elgin and Albert Streets
    Ottawa, ON K1P 5W1

    In the postwar building boom leading up to Canada's Centennial, grand heroic ideals of civic welfare and cultural identity were translated into new visions for Ottawa. The strong character of...

  • Beaverbrook
    Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Beaverbrook Mall
    2 Beaverbrook Road, near Teron Road
    Kanata, ON K2K 1L1

    Beaverbrook represents one of the first and the most complete examples in Canada of a fully designed community based on 20th-century urban planning concepts. This tour will introduce participants...

  • Heritage Apartments in Centretown
    Sunday, June 10, 2018 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Main Entrance, Museum of Nature
    240 McLeod Street at Metcalfe Street
    Ottawa, ON K2P 2R1

    Join us for a walk through part of Centretown and learn about many of its interesting old apartment buildings, several of which are featured in Heritage Ottawa’s recently published book, From Walk...

  • Vanier: Montréal Road (in French)
    Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Eastview Shopping Centre parking lot (south of Montreal Road at Montgomery St.)
    Ottawa, ON

    This tour covers Montreal Road, the main thoroughfare of Quartier Vanier.

    Since the establishment of the first settlers in the territory of Vanier, Montreal Road has played an essential...

  • Old Ottawa South
    Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Sunnyside Branch, Ottawa Public Library
    1049 Bank Street (across from Southminster Church)
    Ottawa, ON K1S 3W9

    Old Ottawa South is a neighbourhood organized around Bank Street, the Rideau Canal and the Rideau River. In 1907, Nepean Township villages such as Ottawa South were annexed to the City of Ottawa...

  • Chinatown - Saturday Tour
    Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Shanghai Restaurant
    651 Somerset Street West
    Ottawa, ON K1R 5K3

    Somerset Street West is a multicultural village with an Asian flare. The tour will focus on cultural and historical sites with a spotlight on the many cultural businesses in the neighborhood....