'Social-Distancing' Walking Tours

Our Walking Tours are back, with a new look!

Heritage Ottawa is pleased to be offering nine 'SOCIAL-DISTANCING' WALKING TOURS for the summer-fall season, including three new tours: Beechwood Avenue, Notre-Dame Cemetery, and Westboro and Highland Park.

In order to meet current Ottawa Public Health safety standards, we are only offering our tours where it is easy to maintain two-metre social distancing. Friends must stay in their separate bubbles.

To ensure the tour guides are heard by everyone in the more spread-out format, we are limiting the number of participants to 20.

Heritage Ottawa’s tour guides and volunteers will be wearing masks/face shields during the tours. We recommend that all participants wear masks as well.

FREE MASKS WILL BE AVAILABLE if you forget to bring your own.


To avoid direct contact, we will no longer be accepting payment on site prior to tour departures.

All registrants will have to pre-register and pre-pay in advance of each tour using our secure online platform.  Just follow the instructions associated with each of the tours listed below.

FEE: Members $5.00; Non-Members $10.00. Tours begin at 2:00 pm, rain or shine, last approximately 1.5 hours, unless otherwise indicated, and take place on Sundays.

Join Heritage Ottawa now to receive the $5 discount and enjoy other benefits of membership!

Thank you to our Walking Tour sponsors Andrex Holdings and Janny, Jeff & Shan!

Upcoming Walking Tours

    Sunday, October 25, 2020 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: École secondaire publique De La Salle
    501 Old St. Patrick Street (#6 bus route)
    Ottawa, ON K1N 8R3

    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...

Past Walking Tours

  • 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...