'Social-Distancing' Walking Tours

Our Walking Tours are back, with a new look!

Heritage Ottawa is pleased to be offering nine 'SOCIAL-DISTANCING' WALKING TOURS for the summer-fall season, including three new tours: Beechwood Avenue, Notre-Dame Cemetery, and Westboro and Highland Park.

In order to meet current Ottawa Public Health safety standards, we are only offering our tours where it is easy to maintain two-metre social distancing. Friends must stay in their separate bubbles.

To ensure the tour guides are heard by everyone in the more spread-out format, we are limiting the number of participants to 20.

Heritage Ottawa’s tour guides and volunteers will be wearing masks/face shields during the tours. We recommend that all participants wear masks as well.

FREE MASKS WILL BE AVAILABLE if you forget to bring your own.

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

To avoid direct contact, we will no longer be accepting payment on site prior to tour departures.

All registrants will have to pre-register and pre-pay in advance of each tour using our secure online platform.  Just follow the instructions associated with each of the tours listed below.

FEE: Members $5.00; Non-Members $10.00. Tours begin at 2:00 pm, rain or shine, last approximately 1.5 hours, unless otherwise indicated, and take place on Sundays.

Join Heritage Ottawa now to receive the $5 discount and enjoy other benefits of membership!

Thank you to our Walking Tour sponsors Andrex Holdings and Janny, Jeff & Shan!

Upcoming Walking Tours

  • Old Ottawa East
    Sunday, October 4, 2020 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: St. Paul’s University, Main Entrance
    223 Main Street
    Ottawa, ON K1S 1C5
    Canada

    Situated between the Rideau Canal and the Rideau River, Old Ottawa East is a neighbourhood in the midst of transformation with the conversion of the former Oblates property into a new residential...

  • Sandy Hill: The Golden Years of a Chic Ottawa Neighbourhood
    Sunday, October 11, 2020 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Amnesty International Building
    312 Laurier Avenue East
    Ottawa, ON K1N 6R4
    Canada

    This tour will bring to life the rich history of Sandy Hill still embodied in several of the grand mansions gracing Laurier Avenue and Wilbrod Street, by recounting anecdotes about their former...

  • Westboro and Highland Park
    Sunday, October 18, 2020 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: All Saints Church
    347 Richmond Road (Bus Route 11)
    Ottawa, ON K2A 0E7
    Canada

    NEW TOUR – The tour starts and ends in Westboro Village, founded as Skead's Mills in 1874, and includes part of Highland Park, the former farm of the Thomson, Rochester and Cole families of...

  • LOWERTOWN EAST
    Sunday, October 25, 2020 - 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...

Past Walking Tours

  • Sandy Hill: The Golden Years of a Chic Ottawa Neighbourhood (In French)
    Sunday, September 27, 2020 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Amnesty International Building
    312 Laurier Avenue East
    Ottawa, ON K1N 6P6
    Canada

    This tour will bring to life the rich history of Sandy Hill, still embodied in several of the grand mansions gracing Laurier Avenue and Wilbrod Street, by recounting anecdotes about their former...

  • Notre Dame Cemetery
    Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 14:00 to 16:00
    MEET: Notre Dame Cemetery, Main Entrance
    455 Montreal Rd. (West of St. Laurent Boulevard)
    Ottawa, ON K1K 0V2
    Canada

    NEW TOUR – This walk will focus on some of the older sections of the cemetery, established in 1872, near Montreal Road and St. Laurent Boulevard, then move on to the centre of the cemetery, before...

  • Beaverbrook
    Sunday, September 6, 2020 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Beaverbrook Mall, West Parking Lot (in front of Community Centre)
    1002 Beaverbrook Road (W of 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...

  • Beechwood Avenue (In French)
    Sunday, August 30, 2020 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Bellefleur Physiotherapy
    2 Beechwood Ave. (NE corner of Beechwood Ave and Vanier Pkwy)
    Ottawa, ON K1P 5W1
    Canada

    NEW TOUR – Enjoy a stroll along Beechwood Avenue from Crichton Street to the Beechwood Cemetery. Discover the social and architectural history of the street with a focus on social history and the...

  • Lebreton Flats
    Sunday, August 23, 2020 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Canadian War Museum (Outside Main Entrance)
    1 Vimy Place
    Ottawa, ON K1A 0M8
    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...

  • Hintonburg and Bayswater
    Sunday, August 16, 2020 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Saint-François-d’Assise Church
    20 Fairmont Avenue (SW 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 also include the Bayswater subdivision, east of the heart of this...

  • 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

    FINAL TOUR OF 2019 SEASON | TOURS RESUME IN SPRING 2020

    CLICK HERE for this tour description in French.

    NEW TOUR — In the postwar building boom leading up to Canada's Centennial,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

    CLIQUEZ ICI POUR LE TEXTE EN FRANÇAIS

    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 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

    CLIQUEZ ICI POUR LE TEXTE EN FRANÇAIS

    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 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...

  • 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

    ***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 20:30
    MEET: Giant Tiger
    98 George Street
    Ottawa, ON K1N 5W2
    Canada

    CLIQUEZ ICI POUR LE TEXTE EN FRANÇAIS

    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...

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