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 has come to a close. Please check back in spring for our 2020 Walking Tour schedule.
Thanks to all of our tour leaders, volunteers, and our Walking Tour sponsors Andrex Holdings and Janny, Jeff & Shan. for another successful season!
Past Walking Tours
Lowertown East - Tour 1 (Saturday, in French)Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 14:00 to 15:30Meet: École secondaire De La Salle501 Old St. Patrick Street ( #6 Bus Route)Ottawa, ON K1N 8R3Canada
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 15:30Meet: In front of Tabaret Hall550 Cumberland StreetOttawa, ON K1N 6N8Canada
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 GlebeSunday, September 24, 2017 - 14:00 to 15:30Meet: Under the North Side of the Bank Street Bridge, on Queen Elizabeth DriveOttawa, ONCanada
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 ParkSunday, September 17, 2017 - 14:00 to 15:30Meet: Intersection of Lisgar Road and 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...
Orléans (in French)Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 14:00 to 15:30Meet: Église Saint-Joseph d'Orléans2757 St Joseph Blvd.Orléans, ON K1C 1G4Canada
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 FarmSunday, August 27, 2017 - 14:00 to 15:30Meet: Building 72 in the Arboretum ( Friends of the Farm building )72 ArboretumOttawa, ON K1A 0C6Canada
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 EastSunday, August 20, 2017 - 14:00 to 15:30Meet: École secondaire De La Salle501 Old St. Patrick Street ( #6 Bus Route )Ottawa, ON K1N 8R3Canada
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 TourSunday, August 13, 2017 - 14:00 to 15:30Meet: Queen Elizabeth Statue at the east side of Centre Block111 Wellington StreetOttawa, ON K1A 0A4Canada
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 CanalSunday, August 6, 2017 - 14:00 to 15:30Meet: Bytown Museum, adjacent to Rideau Canal Lock Station under Parliament Hill1 Canal LaneOttawa, ON K1P 5P6Canada
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 TourThursday, July 20, 2017 - 19:00 to 20:30Meet: Plaza Bridge (near the flags)Opposite the Château LaurierOttawa, ONCanada
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 ItalySunday, July 16, 2017 - 14:00 to 15:30Meet: 200 Preston Street (corner of Larch Street)Ottawa, ON K1R 7P9Canada
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...
BeaverbrookSunday, July 9, 2017 - 14:00 to 15:30Meet: Beaverbrook Mall2 Beaverbrook Road, near Teron RoadKanata, ON K2K 1L1Canada
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 EnglishThursday, July 6, 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...
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...