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.
Upcoming Walking Tours
ST. JAMES ANGLICAN CEMETERYSunday, August 25, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:30MEET: Main Entrance of the St. James CemeteryOn the crest of Alexander Taché Blvd., east of the Université du Québec en OutaouaisGatineau, ONCanada
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 15:30MEET: Entrance of Maison du Citoyen25 Laurier StreetHull Sector in Gatineau, QCCanada
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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...
DISCOVERING THE CIVIC HOSPITAL NEIGHBOURHOODSunday, September 15, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:30MEET: Reid ParkEntrance off Reid Avenue, near Sherwood DriveOttawa, ONCanada
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 CarverSunday, September 22, 2019 - 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...
THE GLEBE'S LINDEN TERRACE, MONKLAND AND CLEMOWSunday, September 29, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:30MEET: Patterson Creek LagoonCorner of O'Connor Street and Clemow AvenueOttawa, ONCanada
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 EastSunday, October 6, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:30MEET: Main entrance, St. Paul’s University223 Main St.Ottawa, ON K1S 1C5Canada
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 15:30MEET: Oscar Peterson statue at the National Arts Centre1 Elgin Street (at NE corner of Albert St.)Ottawa, ON K1P 5W1Canada
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 SouthSunday, September 14, 2014 - 14:00Meet: Southminster United Church15 Aylmer AvenueOttawa, ON K1S 5G4Canada
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 HintonburgSunday, September 7, 2014 - 14:00Meet: St Francis Of Assisi Church20 Fairmont AvenueOttawa, ONCanada
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 EdinburghSunday, August 24, 2014 - 14:00Meet: Fraser Schoolhouse62 John Street Near SussexOttawa, 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...
Park And Parkway: Rambling Through A "Design" DistrictSunday, August 17, 2014 - 14:00Meet: LCBO Parking LotBank Street Near ClemowOttawa, ONCanada
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 TourSunday, August 10, 2014 - 14:00MEET: Queen Elizabeth statueLocated at the East side of the Centre BlockOttawa, ONCanada
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 CanalSunday, August 3, 2014 - 14:00MEET: Bytown Museum (under Parliament Hill)Ottawa, 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...
Lowertown EastSunday, July 13, 2014 - 14:00Meet: 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...
Ottawa's Historic Financial DistrictSunday, July 6, 2014 - 14:00MEET: Parliamentary Information CentreWellington at Metcalfe StreetOttawa, ONCanada
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 TreasureSunday, June 29, 2014 - 14:00MEET: Corner of Queen Elizabeth Driveway and Linden Terrace, by the public houseOttawa, ONCanada
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 RouteSunday, June 22, 2014 - 14:00Meet: Old Fraser Schoolhouse, corner of Sussex Drive and John StreetOttawa, ON K1M 1P5Canada
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...