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.
Past Walking Tours
Prime Ministers' Row: Weekday Evening Tour, in FrenchWednesday, July 5, 2017 - 19:00 to 20:30Meet: Laurier House335 Laurier Avenue East at Chapel Street, in Sandy HillOttawa, ON K1N 6R4Canada
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 DistrictSunday, June 25, 2017 - 14:00 to 15:30Meet: Municipal Parking Lot, adjacent to house at 1536 Main StreetStittsville, ON K2S 1P1Canada
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 CarverSunday, June 18, 2017 - 14:00 to 15:30Meet: Centennial Flame, facing the Centre Block on Parliament Hill111 Wellington Street WestOttawa, ON K1A 0A6Canada
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 BlockSunday, June 11, 2017 - 14:00 to 15:30Meet: Fraser School House62 John Street in New Edinburgh ( South of Sussex Drive )Ottawa, ON K1M 1P5Canada
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 SouthSunday, October 2, 2016 - 14:00 to 15:30Meet: Sunnyside Branch, Ottawa Public Library1049 Bank Street ( Across from Southminster Church )Ottawa, ONCanada
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 HillSunday, September 25, 2016 - 14:00 to 16:00Meet: Laurier House, 335 Laurier Avenue East at Chapel StreetOttawa, ONCanada
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 15:30Meet: École secondaire de La Salle, 501 Old St. Patrick Street ( #1 bus route )Ottawa, ONCanada
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...
LindenleaSunday, September 11, 2016 - 14:00 to 15:30Meet: Outside the Lindenlea Community Centre15 Rockcliffe Way ( at Ridgeway )Ottawa, ON K1M 1B2Canada
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 EdinburghSunday, August 28, 2016 - 14:00 to 15:30Meet: Fraser Schoolhouse, 62 John Street near Sussex DriveOttawa, ONCanada
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 NeighbourhoodSunday, August 21, 2016 - 14:00 to 15:30Meet: Reid Park, entrance off Reid Avenue near Sherwood DriveOttawa, ONCanada
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 FlatsSunday, August 14, 2016 - 14:00 to 15:30Meet: Outside the Main Entrance of the Canadian War Museum1 Vimy PlaceOttawa, ONCanada
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 BayswaterSunday, August 7, 2016 - 14:00 to 15:30Meet: St-François d’Assise Church, corner of Wellington St. West and Fairmont AvenueOttawa, ONCanada
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 CanalSunday, July 31, 2016 - 14:00 to 15:30Meet: Bytown Museum, 1 Canal LaneAdjacent to the Rideau Canal Locks, between Parliament Hill and the Chateau LaurierOttawa, ONCanada
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 GlebeSunday, July 24, 2016 - 14:00 to 15:30Meet: Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third AvenueOttawa, ONCanada
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 EastSunday, July 10, 2016 - 14:00 to 15:30Meet: École Secondaire de La Salle, 501 Old St. Patrick Street (#1 bus route)Ottawa, ONCanada
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 ParkSunday, June 26, 2016 - 14:00 to 15:30Meet: Intersection of Lisgar Road at Princess AvenueOttawa, ONCanada
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 StreetsSunday, June 19, 2016 - 14:00 to 15:30Meet: Bingham Park, corner of Dalhousie and CathcartOttawa, ONCanada
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.
Sparks Street and Nicholas SparksSunday, June 12, 2016 - 14:00 to 15:30Meet: Christ Church Cathedral, 414 Sparks Street ( between Bronson and Bay )Ottawa, ON K1R 0B2Canada
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 UniversitySunday, October 25, 2015 - 14:00 to 15:30Meet: Minto Centre, Corner of Library Road and Campus AvenueCarleton University Campus, 1125 Colonel by DriveOttawa, ON K1S 5R1Canada
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 StreetSunday, October 18, 2015 - 14:00 to 15:30Meet: Northwest Corner of Bank and ClemowOttawa, ON K1S 3T9Canada
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...