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 2019 Walking Tour season has come to a close. Please check back in spring for our 2020 Walking Tour schedule.
Thanks to all of our tour leaders, volunteers, and our Walking Tour sponsors Andrex Holdings and Janny, Jeff & Shan. for another successful season!
Past Walking Tours
BRUTALISM IN DOWNTOWN OTTAWA (In French)Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:30MEET: Oscar Peterson statue at the National Arts Centre1 Elgin Street (at NE corner of Albert St.)Ottawa, ON K1P 5W1Canada
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NEW TOUR — In the postwar building boom leading up to Canada's Centennial, grand heroic ideals of civic welfare and cultural identity were...
Old Ottawa EastSunday, October 6, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:30MEET: Main entrance, St. Paul’s University223 Main St.Ottawa, ON K1S 1C5Canada
NEW TOUR — Situated between the Rideau Canal and the Rideau River, Old Ottawa East is a neighbourhood undergoing change, with the former Oblates property being transformed into a new, dense...
THE GLEBE'S LINDEN TERRACE, MONKLAND AND CLEMOWSunday, September 29, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:30MEET: Patterson Creek LagoonCorner of O'Connor Street and Clemow AvenueOttawa, ONCanada
NEW TOUR — Take a stroll along the early 20th century heritage residences and parks that cross the north end of the Glebe along Patterson Creek, Linden Terrace and the Monkland-Clemow parkway from...
Parliament Buildings: Through the Eyes of a Stone CarverSunday, September 22, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:30Meet: Centennial Flame, facing the Centre Block on Parliament Hill111 Wellington Street WestOttawa, ON K1A 0A6Canada
A fascinating, in-depth look at the Gothic ornamentation that adorns the buildings of the Parliamentary Precinct. The tour will cover everything from the quarrying processes to stone carving, as...
DISCOVERING THE CIVIC HOSPITAL NEIGHBOURHOODSunday, September 15, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:30MEET: Reid ParkEntrance off Reid Avenue, near Sherwood DriveOttawa, ONCanada
The well-known 160 year-old stone house on Fuller Street was beautifully restored by the Morrison family. Not as prominent, but nonetheless architecturally significant are another 20 homes in the...
QUARTIER DU MUSÉE (IN FRENCH)Sunday, September 1, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:30MEET: Entrance of Maison du Citoyen25 Laurier StreetHull Sector in Gatineau, QCCanada
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NEW TOUR — Come explore the new Quartier-du-Musée designated heritage site, one of the few neighbourhoods in the Hull sector of Gatineau that escaped...
ST. JAMES ANGLICAN CEMETERYSunday, August 25, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:30MEET: Main Entrance of the St. James CemeteryOn the crest of Alexander Taché Blvd., east of the Université du Québec en OutaouaisGatineau, ONCanada
NEW TOUR — Officially founded in 1820, the St. James Anglican Cemetery is the oldest settler’s cemetery in the national capital region. Designated a heritage site by the City of Gatineau in 2012,...
LOWERTOWN EASTSunday, August 18, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:30MEET: École secondaire publique De La Salle501 Old St. Patrick Street (#6 bus route)Ottawa, ON K1N 8R3Canada
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 FLATSSunday, August 11, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:30MEET: Canadian War Museum (outside the main entrance)1 Vimy PlaceOttawa, , ON K1N 8R3Canada
This tour focuses 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 Aubrey...
RIDEAU CANAL World Heritage SiteSunday, August 4, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:30Meet: Bytown Museum, adjacent to Rideau Canal Lock Station1 Canal LaneOttawa, ON K1P 5P6Canada
Covering the first two kilometres of this World Heritage Site—from the Bytown Museum to the Corktown Bridge—the tour looks at the nearly 200-year old Rideau Canal from the perspective of its...
Lowertown East (In French)Sunday, July 28, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:30MEET: Patro d'Ottawa40 Cobourg StreetOttawa, ON K1N 8Z6Canada
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Developed after Lowertown West on the east side of King Edward Ave, Lowertown East quickly became home to many immigrant families and businesses from...
THE EVOLUTION OF LAURIER AVENUE EAST SINCE 1904Sunday, July 21, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:30MEET: Tabaret Hall, University of Ottawa550 Cumberland StreetOttawa, ON K1N 6N8Canada
NEW TOUR — In this, the centennial year of Sir Wilfrid Laurier’s death, we examine how the avenue that bears his name has changed since 1904 when an American writer described his walk from...
Rideau Street and the Arts District (Weekday Evening Tour)Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 19:00 to 20:30MEET: Senate of Canada Building (former Union Station)2 Rideau StreetOttawa, ON K1N 8X5Canada
***UPDATE | July 11 - Tonight's tour will proceed as scheduled***
Originally part of the Sparks estate, this historic seven-block area between the Canal and Waller Street contains or faces...
BYWARD MARKET (WEEKDAY EVENING TOUR, IN FRENCH)Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 19:00 to 20:30MEET: Giant Tiger98 George StreetOttawa, ON K1N 5W2Canada
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Did you know that Franco-Ontarians have deep historic roots in the heart of Canada’s capital? This tour of the Byward Market in Ottawa’s Lowertown West...
LindenleaSunday, June 23, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:30MEET: Outside the Lindenlea Community Centre15 Rockcliffe Way (at Ridgeway)Ottawa, ON K1M 1B2Canada
NEW TOUR — A fascinating stroll through a post-World War I planned community – a marvel of social engineering that was featured on the Governor General's Christmas card. Pocket-sized Lindenlea...
The Evolution of Laurier Avenue East since 1904 (In French)Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:30MEET: Tabaret Hall, University of Ottawa550 Cumberland StreetOttawa, ON K1N 6N8Canada
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NEW TOUR — In this, the centennial year of Sir Wilfrid Laurier’s death, we examine how the avenue that bears his name has changed since 1904 when an...
Heritage Apartments in CentretownSunday, June 9, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:30MEET: Main Entrance, Museum of Nature240 McLeod Street at Metcalfe StreetOttawa, ON K2P 2R1Canada
Join us for a walk through part of Centretown and many of its fascinating old apartment buildings. Learn how apartment living emerged in early 20th-century Ottawa, evolving from three-storey “...
BriarcliffeSunday, October 14, 2018 - 14:00 to 15:30MEET: Combermere Park11 Combermere Lane in Rothwell Heights (parking area adjacent to tennis courts)Ottawa, ON K1J 6C9Canada
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 DistrictSunday, October 7, 2018 - 14:00 to 15:30MEET: Confederation Square, across from front entrance of the Château Laurier HotelOttawa, ONCanada
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 ParkSunday, September 30, 2018 - 14:00 to 15:30MEET: Intersection of Lisgar Road at Princess AvenueOttawa, ONCanada
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...