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 next Walking Tour Season begins in June 2018 and continues into October. Check back in May for the full schedule.

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

Past Walking Tours

  • 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

    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

    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...

  • The Parliament Buildings: Through the Eyes of a Stone Carver
    Sunday, June 18, 2017 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Centennial Flame, facing the Centre Block on Parliament Hill
    111 Wellington Street West
    Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

    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...

  • Ceremonial Route: Rideau Hall to East Block
    Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Fraser School House
    62 John Street in New Edinburgh ( South of Sussex Drive )
    Ottawa, ON K1M 1P5

    One element of the Gréber plan to make Ottawa a modern capital city was the designation of ceremonial routes to Parliament Hill. The principal section would be from Rideau Hall to the East Block...

  • Old Ottawa South
    Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Sunnyside Branch, Ottawa Public Library
    1049 Bank Street ( Across from Southminster Church )
    Ottawa, ON

    Our 2017 Walking Tour Season kicks off on Sunday, June 11. Please check back in late May for the 2017 schedule.

    In 1907, Nepean Township villages such as Ottawa South were annexed to the...

  • Sandy Hill
    Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 14:00 to 16:00
    Meet: Laurier House, 335 Laurier Avenue East at Chapel Street
    Ottawa, ON

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

  • Lowertown East ( on Saturday, in French )
    Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: École secondaire de La Salle, 501 Old St. Patrick Street ( #1 bus route )
    Ottawa, ON

    Lowertown East, bounded by Rideau Street, King Edward Avenue and the Rideau River, is one of Ottawa's oldest districts. It has always strongly been identified by its francophone population whose...

  • Lindenlea
    Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Outside the Lindenlea Community Centre
    15 Rockcliffe Way ( at Ridgeway )
    Ottawa, ON K1M 1B2

    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 promised...

  • New Edinburgh
    Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Fraser Schoolhouse, 62 John Street near Sussex Drive
    Ottawa, ON

    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...

  • Discovering the Civic Hospital Neighbourhood
    Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Reid Park, entrance off Reid Avenue near Sherwood Drive
    Ottawa, ON

    The 160 year-old stone house on Fuller St., beautifully restored by the Morrison family, has long been well-known. Not nearly as prominent are another twenty homes in the neighbourhood which date...

  • LeBreton Flats
    Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Outside the Main Entrance of the Canadian War Museum
    1 Vimy Place
    Ottawa, ON

    The 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 Aubrey...

  • Hintonburg and Bayswater
    Sunday, August 7, 2016 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: St-François d’Assise Church, corner of Wellington St. West and Fairmont Avenue
    Ottawa, ON

    Named for Joseph Hinton, a shopkeeper and civic official, the village of Hintonburg was incorporated in 1893 and annexed to the City of Ottawa in 1907. The tour will include the Bayswater...

  • Rideau Canal
    Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Bytown Museum, 1 Canal Lane
    Adjacent to the Rideau Canal Locks, between Parliament Hill and the Chateau Laurier
    Ottawa, ON

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

  • South-East Glebe
    Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Avenue
    Ottawa, ON

    This new tour explores the south-east quadrant of the Glebe, a residential suburb of Ottawa dating from the 1880's. The focus will be on the social and economic history of the area as well as...

  • Lowertown East
    Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: École Secondaire de La Salle, 501 Old St. Patrick Street (#1 bus route)
    Ottawa, ON

    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...

  • Village of Rockcliffe Park
    Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 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...

  • Dalhousie and Bruyère Streets
    Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Bingham Park, corner of Dalhousie and Cathcart
    Ottawa, ON

    This tour will highlight the human development on and around two of Lowertown’s historic streets – Dalhousie and Bruyère – and highlight some of the area's heritage buildings.

    GUIDE: Mark...

  • Sparks Street and Nicholas Sparks
    Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Christ Church Cathedral, 414 Sparks Street ( between Bronson and Bay )
    Ottawa, ON K1R 0B2

    For the 200th anniversary of Nicholas Sparks' arrival in Ottawa, a walk along Sparks Street from Christ Church Cathedral to Elgin Street to talk about historic buildings from Spark's time that no...

  • Carleton University
    Sunday, October 25, 2015 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Minto Centre, Corner of Library Road and Campus Avenue
    Carleton University Campus, 1125 Colonel by Drive
    Ottawa, ON K1S 5R1

    Carleton University started small, opening its doors in 1942 as Ontario’s first private, non-denominational college. A decade later the college became a university and moved to its current...

  • The Glebe, Clemow West of Bank Street
    Sunday, October 18, 2015 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Northwest Corner of Bank and Clemow
    Ottawa, ON K1S 3T9

    Take a ramble through a designed landscape, along a parkway and into a park, and learn about this area's rich social and architectural history along the way. Once known as Clemora Park, this...