Our Purpose

Some people think of historic preservation as only for those who are stuck in the past, but the real motivation behind historic preservation is a better future for us all.

As our communities develop and grow rapidly, cherished buildings and special places are at risk of inappropriate intervention or outright loss. Not only are these buildings and places important expressions of their time; they connect us with both our past and our future.

Heritage preservation is about helping people to recognize and appreciate the value of our special places, and advocating for the preservation of those places for the benefit of future generations.

Battles are won, and battles are lost. It's hard work, and that's the purpose of our organization.

We are a group of dedicated volunteers who are passionate in our commitment to promote awareness, appreciation and preservation of outstanding examples of historic buildings and places in Ottawa and the National Capital Region.

We are Heritage Ottawa, and we welcome you to join us.