Lowertown East, bounded by Rideau Street, King Edward Avenue and the Rideau River, is one of the oldest districts of Ottawa and has always been strongly identified with its francophone population whose history remains vibrant.
The tour will focus on heritage buildings, their architects and transformations through time, including the Convent of the Good Shepherd (Chinese Embassy) 1875; Caisse Populaire Ste-Anne (John Howard Society) 1953; Ste-Anne church/St.Clement parish 1873; Ste-Anne Hall 1874-1982; Ste-Anne Rectory (National House of Prayer) 1922. Despite a controversial 1970s urban redevelopment, it remains a very walkable neighbourhood.
GUIDE: Hélène Beauchamp, whose family arrived in Bytown in the 1860s, is fascinated by the history of francophone Lower Town East and of St. Anne Parish.
This tour will be conducted in French.
$5 for members, $10 for non-members ( Payable by cash at start of tour )