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 2019 Walking Tour Season runs from June 9 to October 13.  Scroll down for the complete schedule.

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

Upcoming Walking Tours

  • Lindenlea
    Sunday, June 23, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Outside the Lindenlea Community Centre
    15 Rockcliffe Way (at Ridgeway)
    Ottawa, ON K1M 1B2
    Canada

    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...

  • BYWARD MARKET (WEEKDAY EVENING TOUR, IN FRENCH)
    Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 19:00 to 20:30
    MEET: Giant Tiger
    98 George Street
    Ottawa, ON K1N 5W2
    Canada

    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 will focus on the architectural history of...

  • Rideau Street and the Arts District (Weekday Evening Tour)
    Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 19:00 to 20:30
    MEET: Senate of Canada Building (former Union Station)
    2 Rideau Street
    Ottawa, ON K1N 8X5
    Canada

    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...

  • THE EVOLUTION OF LAURIER AVENUE EAST SINCE 1904
    Sunday, July 21, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Tabaret Hall, University of Ottawa
    550 Cumberland Street
    Ottawa, ON K1N 6N8
    Canada

    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...

  • Lowertown East (In French)
    Sunday, July 28, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Patro d'Ottawa
    40 Cobourg Street
    Ottawa, ON K1N 8Z6
    Canada

    Developed after Lowertown West on the east side of King Edward Ave, Lowertown East quickly became home to many immigrant families and businesses from all walks of life. Follow the sights, sounds,...

  • RIDEAU CANAL World Heritage Site
    Sunday, August 4, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Bytown Museum, adjacent to Rideau Canal Lock Station
    1 Canal Lane
    Ottawa, ON K1P 5P6
    Canada

    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...

  • LEBRETON FLATS
    Sunday, August 11, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Canadian War Museum (outside the main entrance)
    1 Vimy Place
    Ottawa, , ON K1N 8R3
    Canada

    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...

  • LOWERTOWN EAST
    Sunday, August 18, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: École secondaire publique De La Salle
    501 Old St. Patrick Street (#6 bus route)
    Ottawa, ON K1N 8R3
    Canada

    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...

  • ST. JAMES ANGLICAN CEMETERY
    Sunday, August 25, 2019 - 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, ON
    Canada

    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,...

  • QUARTIER DU MUSÉE (IN FRENCH)
    Sunday, September 1, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Entrance of Maison du Citoyen
    25 Laurier Street
    Hull Sector in Gatineau, QC
    Canada

    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 the Great Fire of 1900.  Learn the fascinating...

  • DISCOVERING THE CIVIC HOSPITAL NEIGHBOURHOOD
    Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Reid Park
    Entrance off Reid Avenue, near Sherwood Drive
    Ottawa, ON
    Canada

    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...

  • Parliament Buildings: Through the Eyes of a Stone Carver
    Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Centennial Flame, facing the Centre Block on Parliament Hill
    111 Wellington Street West
    Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
    Canada

    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...

  • THE GLEBE'S LINDEN TERRACE, MONKLAND AND CLEMOW
    Sunday, September 29, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Patterson Creek Lagoon
    Corner of O'Connor Street and Clemow Avenue
    Ottawa, ON
    Canada

    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...

  • Old Ottawa East
    Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Main entrance, St. Paul’s University
    223 Main St.
    Ottawa, ON K1S 1C5
    Canada

    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...

  • BRUTALISM IN DOWNTOWN OTTAWA (In French)
    Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Oscar Peterson statue at the National Arts Centre
    1 Elgin Street (at NE corner of Albert St.)
    Ottawa, ON K1P 5W1
    Canada

    NEW TOUR — 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...

Past Walking Tours

  • The Evolution of Laurier Avenue East since 1904 (In French)
    Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Tabaret Hall, University of Ottawa
    550 Cumberland Street
    Ottawa, ON K1N 6N8
    Canada

    CLIQUEZ ICI POUR LE TEXTE EN FRANCAIS

    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 Centretown
    Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Main Entrance, Museum of Nature
    240 McLeod Street at Metcalfe Street
    Ottawa, ON K2P 2R1
    Canada

    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 “...

  • 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
    Canada

    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
    Canada

    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
    Canada

    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...

  • SANDY HILL EAST
    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
    Canada

    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...

  • NEW EDINBURGH
    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
    Canada

    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
    Canada

    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...

  • LOWERTOWN EAST
    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
    Canada

    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
    Canada

    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...

  • ST. JAMES ANGLICAN CEMETERY (IN FRENCH)
    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
    Canada

    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...

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

    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...

  • SANDY HILL WEST (IN FRENCH)
    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
    Canada

    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
    Canada

    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
    Canada

    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
    Canada

    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
    Canada

    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
    Canada

    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
    Canada

    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
    Canada

    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...

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