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

  • 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

    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...

  • 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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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’...

  • 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...

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