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 (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

  • Village Of Hintonburg
    Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 14:00
    Meet: St Francis Of Assisi Church
    20 Fairmont Avenue
    Ottawa, ON
    Canada

    Named for Joseph Hinton, a shopkeeper and civic official, the village of Hintonburg was incorporated in 1893. The tour will take you through the heart of this interesting, eclectic and socially...

  • New Edinburgh
    Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 14:00
    Meet: Fraser Schoolhouse
    62 John Street Near Sussex
    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...

  • Park And Parkway: Rambling Through A "Design" District
    Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 14:00
    Meet: LCBO Parking Lot
    Bank Street Near Clemow
    Ottawa, ON
    Canada

    A little over a century ago, the Ottawa Improvement Commission built a landscaped scenic parkway that extended through the north end of the Glebe from the Rideau Canal to Bronson Avenue. Leading...

  • Parliament Hill: An Archaeological Tour
    Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 14:00
    MEET: Queen Elizabeth statue
    Located at the East side of the Centre Block
    Ottawa, ON
    Canada

    This tour, held in conjunction with Archeology Month, will highlight some of the many archaeological investigations that have been undertaken over the past 20 years on Parliament and West...

  • Architecture and Engineering Along the Rideau Canal
    Sunday, August 3, 2014 - 14:00
    MEET: Bytown Museum (under Parliament Hill)
    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...

  • Lowertown East
    Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 14:00
    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...

  • Ottawa's Historic Financial District
    Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 14:00
    MEET: Parliamentary Information Centre
    Wellington at Metcalfe Street
    Ottawa, ON
    Canada

    This tour provides an account of Ottawa's financial institutions from Ottawa's first bank in 1842, to the 19th century Bankers Row on Wellington Street and banks by leading 20th century architects...

  • Patterson Creek / Linden Terrace / Monkland Avenue: A Built Heritage Treasure
    Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 14:00
    MEET: Corner of Queen Elizabeth Driveway and Linden Terrace, by the public house
    Ottawa, ON
    Canada

    A little over a century ago, the Ottawa Improvement Commission built a landscaped scenic driveway along the west side of the Rideau Canal including a segment that cut across the Glebe to Dow’s...

  • Ceremonial Route
    Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 14:00
    Meet: Old Fraser Schoolhouse, corner of Sussex Drive and John Street
    Ottawa, ON K1M 1P5
    Canada

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

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