Heritage Ottawa began in 1967 when a group of like-minded citizens banded together with a common goal – to ensure the preservation of Ottawa’s unique heritage character for future generations. 

It was Canada’s Centennial Year and the city was suddenly booming, putting many beloved properties of architectural and cultural significance at risk of loss to rapid new development. Our earliest advocacy efforts contributed to preservation of the Billings Estate and the East Block of the Parliament Buildings.

In 1975, Heritage Ottawa incorporated as a Registered Charity and the rest, as we say, is history.

We continue to advocate with passion and commitment for the preservation of outstanding built heritage and cultural landscapes in Ottawa and the National Capital Region.


Our annual Phillips Memorial Lecture honours the memory of Bob and Mary Anne Phillips, co-founders of Heritage Ottawa which began in 1967 as the Heritage Committee of "A Capital for Canadians".