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

    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

    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,...

    Sunday, September 1, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Entrance of Maison du Citoyen
    25 Laurier Street
    Hull Sector in Gatineau, QC


    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...

    Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Reid Park
    Entrance off Reid Avenue, near Sherwood Drive
    Ottawa, ON

    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

    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...

    Sunday, September 29, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Patterson Creek Lagoon
    Corner of O'Connor Street and Clemow Avenue
    Ottawa, ON

    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

    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...

    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

    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

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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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...