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

  • Lindenlea
    Sunday, June 23, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Outside the Lindenlea Community Centre
    15 Rockcliffe Way (at Ridgeway)
    Ottawa, ON K1M 1B2
    Canada

    NEW TOUR — 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...

  • BYWARD MARKET (WEEKDAY EVENING TOUR, IN FRENCH)
    Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 19:00 to 20:30
    MEET: Giant Tiger
    98 George Street
    Ottawa, ON K1N 5W2
    Canada

    Did you know that Franco-Ontarians have deep historic roots in the heart of Canada’s capital? This tour of the Byward Market in Ottawa’s Lowertown West will focus on the architectural history of...

  • Rideau Street and the Arts District (Weekday Evening Tour)
    Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 19:00 to 20:30
    MEET: Senate of Canada Building (former Union Station)
    2 Rideau Street
    Ottawa, ON K1N 8X5
    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...

  • THE EVOLUTION OF LAURIER AVENUE EAST SINCE 1904
    Sunday, July 21, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Tabaret Hall, University of Ottawa
    550 Cumberland Street
    Ottawa, ON K1N 6N8
    Canada

    NEW TOUR — In this, the centennial year of Sir Wilfrid Laurier’s death, we examine how the avenue that bears his name has changed since 1904 when an American writer described his walk from...

  • Lowertown East (In French)
    Sunday, July 28, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Patro d'Ottawa
    40 Cobourg Street
    Ottawa, ON K1N 8Z6
    Canada

    Developed after Lowertown West on the east side of King Edward Ave, Lowertown East quickly became home to many immigrant families and businesses from all walks of life. Follow the sights, sounds,...

  • RIDEAU CANAL World Heritage Site
    Sunday, August 4, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Bytown Museum, adjacent to Rideau Canal Lock Station
    1 Canal Lane
    Ottawa, ON K1P 5P6
    Canada

    Covering the first two kilometres of this World Heritage Site—from the Bytown Museum to the Corktown Bridge—the tour looks at the nearly 200-year old Rideau Canal from the perspective of its...

  • LEBRETON FLATS
    Sunday, August 11, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Canadian War Museum (outside the main entrance)
    1 Vimy Place
    Ottawa, , ON K1N 8R3
    Canada

    This tour focuses 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...

  • LOWERTOWN EAST
    Sunday, August 18, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: École secondaire publique 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...

  • 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

    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 the Great Fire of 1900.  Learn the fascinating...

  • 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
    Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Laurier House
    335 Laurier Avenue East At Chapel Hill
    Ottawa, ON K1N 6R4
    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...

  • Old Ottawa South
    Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Southminster United Church
    15 Aylmer Avenue
    Ottawa, ON K1S 3X1
    Canada

    In 1907, Nepean Township villages such as Ottawa South were annexed to the City of Ottawa. Improved city services soon followed, such as a new high level Bank Street Bridge over the canal. It...

  • New Edinburgh
    Sunday, August 23, 2015 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Fraser Schoolhouse
    62 John Street Near Sussex
    Ottawa, ON K1M 1M3
    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...

  • Lebreton Flats
    Sunday, August 16, 2015 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Outside the Main Entrance of the Canadian War Museum
    1 Vimy Place
    Ottawa, ON K1A 0M8
    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...

  • Rideau Canal
    Sunday, August 2, 2015 - 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 K1P 5P6
    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 12, 2015 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: École Secondaire 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...

  • Little Italy
    Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church
    427 Booth Street ( at Gladstone )
    Ottawa, ON K1R 7K8
    Canada

    Ottawa’s Little Italy, a destination for immigrants following the Second World War and for Italian-Canadians moving out LeBreton Flats in the early 1950s, is now one of the city’s most popular...

  • Lindenlea
    Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Outside The Lindenlea Community Centre
    15 Rockcliffe Way ( at Ridgeway )
    Ottawa, ON K1M 1B2
    Canada

    **This tour will be offered again on September 11, 2016.

    A fascinating stroll through a post-World War I planned community – a marvel of social engineering that was featured on the Governor...

  • Village Of Hintonburg
    Sunday, June 14, 2015 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: St Francis Of Assisi Church
    20 Fairmont Avenue ( near Wellington Street )
    Ottawa, ON K1Y 2K2
    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...

  • Briarcliffe
    Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 14:00
    Meet: Combermere Park, Parking Area Adjacent To Tennis Courts
    11 Combermere Lane In Rothwell Heights
    Ottawa, ON K1Z 5A6
    Canada
    This tour will be offered again on October 14, 2018.

    Briarcliffe is Ottawa's newest Heritage Conservation District, and the first in Canada to recognize mid-20th Century modern architecture. This...

  • Lindenlea
    Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 14:00
    Meet: Outside The Lindenlea Community Centre
    15 Rockcliffe Way At Ridgeway
    Ottawa, ON
    Canada

    **This tour will be offered again on September 11, 2016.

    A fascinating stroll through a post-World War I planned community – a marvel of social engineering that was featured on the Governor...

  • Sandy Hill
    Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 14:00
    Meet: Laurier House
    335 Laurier Avenue East At Chapel Hill
    Ottawa, ON K1P 5K2
    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...

  • Old Ottawa South
    Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 14:00
    Meet: Southminster United Church
    15 Aylmer Avenue
    Ottawa, ON K1S 5G4
    Canada

    In 1907, Nepean Township villages such as Ottawa South were annexed to the City of Ottawa. Improved city services soon followed, such as a new high level Bank Street Bridge over the canal. It...

  • 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...

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