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

  • 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
    Canada

    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
    Canada

    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....

  • Beaux-Arts Ottawa
    Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Plaza Bridge (near the flags)
    Opposite the Château Laurier
    Ottawa, ON
    Canada

    Along this tour of Confederation Square, Sparks Street and Wellington Street are many of Ottawa’s most important Beaux-Arts buildings designed by leading Canadian and American architects between...

  • Lowertown East – Tour 2 (Sunday, in French)
    Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Bordeleau Park
    Corner of Rose and Bruyère Streets
    Ottawa, ON K1N 6R4
    Canada

    This walk follows a diagonal path, tracing the history from 1867 to 2017 of a territory and a community, while highlighting the evolution of urbanism, transportation and various types of housing...

  • Heritage Apartments in Centretown
    Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 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 soon-to-be published book From...

  • Lowertown East - Tour 1 (Saturday, in French)
    Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: École secondaire 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, is one of the oldest districts of Ottawa and has always been strongly identified with its francophone population...

  • University of Ottawa (in French)
    Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: In front of Tabaret Hall
    550 Cumberland Street
    Ottawa, ON K1N 6N8
    Canada

    To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Archives of the University of Ottawa, you are invited to discover the rich architecture and the fabulous past of the University of Ottawa, North America’...

  • Brown's Inlet and "The Driveway" of the South-West Glebe
    Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Under the North Side of the Bank Street Bridge, on Queen Elizabeth Drive
    Ottawa, ON
    Canada

    This new tour explores the south-west quadrant of the Glebe and will highlight the evolution of this area west of Bank Street, from the time of the building of the Rideau Canal through the area...

  • Village of Rockcliffe Park
    Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Intersection of Lisgar Road and 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...

  • Orléans (in French)
    Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Église Saint-Joseph d'Orléans
    2757 St Joseph Blvd.
    Orléans, ON K1C 1G4
    Canada

    Come and discover the rich, but largely 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...

  • Central Experimental Farm
    Sunday, August 27, 2017 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Building 72 in the Arboretum ( Friends of the Farm building )
    72 Arboretum
    Ottawa, ON K1A 0C6
    Canada

    The Central Experimental Farm is the most important scientific landscape in Canada. Founded in 1886, the property has been used to develop, test and promote agricultural knowledge and products...

  • Lowertown East
    Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: École secondaire 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...

  • Parliament Hill: An Archaeological Tour
    Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Queen Elizabeth Statue at the east side of Centre Block
    111 Wellington Street
    Ottawa, ON K1A 0A4
    Canada

    This tour, held in conjunction with Archaeology Month, will highlight some of the many archaeological investigations that have been undertaken over the past 20 years on Parliament and West...

  • Rideau Canal
    Sunday, August 6, 2017 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Bytown Museum, adjacent to Rideau Canal Lock Station under Parliament Hill
    1 Canal Lane
    Ottawa, ON K1P 5P6
    Canada

    From the Bytown Museum to the Corktown Bridge, a look at the nearly 200-year old Rideau Canal and the architecture and engineering of buildings and bridges from many historic periods and...

  • Beaux-Arts Ottawa: Weekday Evening Tour
    Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 19:00 to 20:30
    Meet: Plaza Bridge (near the flags)
    Opposite the Château Laurier
    Ottawa, ON
    Canada

    Along this tour of Confederation Square, Sparks Street and Wellington Street are many of Ottawa’s most important Beaux-Arts buildings designed by leading Canadian and American architects between...

  • Little Italy
    Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: 200 Preston Street (corner of Larch Street)
    Ottawa, ON K1R 7P9
    Canada

    Ottawa's Little Italy, a destination for immigrants following the Second World War and Italian-Canadians moving out LeBreton Flats in the early 1950s, is now one of the city's most popular dining...

  • Beaverbrook
    Sunday, July 9, 2017 - 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 planned community based on 20th century urban planning concepts. This tour will introduce participants...

  • Prime Ministers' Row: Weekday Evening Tour, in English
    Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 19:00 to 20:30
    Meet: Laurier House
    335 Laurier Avenue East at Chapel Street, in Sandy Hill
    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...

  • L'allée des Premiers ministres : Promenade en Français
    Prime Ministers' Row: Weekday Evening Tour, in French
    Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 19:00 to 20:30
    Meet: Laurier House
    335 Laurier Avenue East at Chapel Street, in Sandy Hill
    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...

  • Stittsville Historic District
    Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Municipal Parking Lot, adjacent to house at 1536 Main Street
    Stittsville, ON K2S 1P1
    Canada

    Stittsville, settled in the early 1820’s and rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1870 razed the village, has a designated historic section on its main street. 

    The tour will look at some of the...

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