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 2018 Walking Tour Season begins on June 10 and continues to October 14.

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

Upcoming Walking Tours

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

Past Walking Tours

  • 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...

  • 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
    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...

  • 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
    Canada

    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
    Canada

    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
    Canada

    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
    Canada

    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
    Canada

    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
    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...

  • 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
    Canada

    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
    Canada

    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
    Canada

    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
    Canada

    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
    Canada

    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
    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...

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

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