Heritage Ottawa Walking Tours

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, and last for approximately 1.5 hours.

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!

Thanks to our Walking Tour sponsors Andrex Holdings and Janny, Jeff & Shan.

Thanks also to the many volunteers and attendees who helped make our 2016 Walking Tour season a resounding success!

Our 2017 Walking Tour Season kicks off on Sunday, June 11.

Please check back in late May for our 2017 Walking Tour schedule.

Past Walking Tours

  • Old Ottawa South
    Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Sunnyside Branch, Ottawa Public Library
    1049 Bank Street ( Across from Southminster Church )
    Ottawa, ON
    Canada

    Our 2017 Walking Tour Season kicks off on Sunday, June 11. Please check back in late May for the 2017 schedule.

    In 1907, Nepean Township villages such as Ottawa South were annexed to the...

  • Sandy Hill
    Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 14:00 to 16:00
    Meet: Laurier House, 335 Laurier Avenue East at Chapel Street
    Ottawa, ON
    Canada

    This walking tour looks at late nineteenth and early twentieth-century buildings of historical or architectural importance in the northeast quadrant of Sandy Hill, an area favoured by lumber...

  • Lowertown East ( on Saturday, in French )
    Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: École secondaire de La Salle, 501 Old St. Patrick Street ( #1 bus route )
    Ottawa, ON
    Canada

    Lowertown East, bounded by Rideau Street, King Edward Avenue and the Rideau River, is one of Ottawa's oldest districts. It has always strongly been identified by its francophone population whose...

  • Lindenlea
    Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Outside the Lindenlea Community Centre
    15 Rockcliffe Way ( at Ridgeway )
    Ottawa, ON K1M 1B2
    Canada

    A fascinating stroll through a post-World War I planned community – a marvel of social engineering that was featured on the Governor General's Christmas card. Pocket-sized Lindenlea promised...

  • New Edinburgh
    Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Fraser Schoolhouse, 62 John Street near Sussex Drive
    Ottawa, ON
    Canada

    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...

  • Discovering the Civic Hospital Neighbourhood
    Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Reid Park, entrance off Reid Avenue near Sherwood Drive
    Ottawa, ON
    Canada

    The 160 year-old stone house on Fuller St., beautifully restored by the Morrison family, has long been well-known. Not nearly as prominent are another twenty homes in the neighbourhood which date...

  • LeBreton Flats
    Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Outside the Main Entrance of the Canadian War Museum
    1 Vimy Place
    Ottawa, ON
    Canada

    The tour will focus on the history of LeBreton Flats as revealed by the series of archaeological investigations that have been undertaken in the area over the past decade. Sites such as the Aubrey...

  • Hintonburg and Bayswater
    Sunday, August 7, 2016 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: St-François d’Assise Church, corner of Wellington St. West and Fairmont Avenue
    Ottawa, ON
    Canada

    Named for Joseph Hinton, a shopkeeper and civic official, the village of Hintonburg was incorporated in 1893 and annexed to the City of Ottawa in 1907. The tour will include the Bayswater...

  • Rideau Canal
    Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Bytown Museum, 1 Canal Lane
    Adjacent to the Rideau Canal Locks, between Parliament Hill and the Chateau Laurier
    Ottawa, ON
    Canada

    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...

  • South-East Glebe
    Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Avenue
    Ottawa, ON
    Canada

    This new tour explores the south-east quadrant of the Glebe, a residential suburb of Ottawa dating from the 1880's. The focus will be on the social and economic history of the area as well as...

  • Lowertown East
    Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: École Secondaire de La Salle, 501 Old St. Patrick Street (#1 bus route)
    Ottawa, ON
    Canada

    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...

  • Village of Rockcliffe Park
    Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Intersection of Lisgar Road at Princess Avenue
    Ottawa, ON
    Canada

    The architectural styles in picturesque Rockcliffe Park range from stately stone mansions and interesting contemporary designs to remaining summer cottages. Learn about the history of the village...

  • Dalhousie and Bruyère Streets
    Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Bingham Park, corner of Dalhousie and Cathcart
    Ottawa, ON
    Canada

    This tour will highlight the human development on and around two of Lowertown’s historic streets – Dalhousie and Bruyère – and highlight some of the area's heritage buildings.

    GUIDE: Mark...

  • Sparks Street and Nicholas Sparks
    Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Christ Church Cathedral, 414 Sparks Street ( between Bronson and Bay )
    Ottawa, ON K1R 0B2
    Canada

    For the 200th anniversary of Nicholas Sparks' arrival in Ottawa, a walk along Sparks Street from Christ Church Cathedral to Elgin Street to talk about historic buildings from Spark's time that no...

  • Carleton University
    Sunday, October 25, 2015 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Minto Centre, Corner of Library Road and Campus Avenue
    Carleton University Campus, 1125 Colonel by Drive
    Ottawa, ON K1S 5R1
    Canada

    Carleton University started small, opening its doors in 1942 as Ontario’s first private, non-denominational college. A decade later the college became a university and moved to its current...

  • The Glebe, Clemow West of Bank Street
    Sunday, October 18, 2015 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Northwest Corner of Bank and Clemow
    Ottawa, ON K1S 3T9
    Canada

    Take a ramble through a designed landscape, along a parkway and into a park, and learn about this area's rich social and architectural history along the way. Once known as Clemora Park, this...

  • Briarcliffe
    Sunday, October 4, 2015 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Combermere Park, Parking Area Adjacent to Tennis Courts
    11 Combermere Lane in Rothwell Heights
    Ottawa, ON K1J 6C9
    Canada

    Briarcliffe is Ottawa's newest Heritage Conservation District, and the first in Canada to recognize mid-20th Century modern architecture. This enclave of 23 unique homes began in 1959 when...

  • Roof Gardens, Rideau Centre and National Arts Centre
    Sunday, September 27, 2015 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Rideau Centre 4th Floor Lobby ( take elevator or escalators near the Rideau Street east entrance )
    50 Rideau Street
    Ottawa, ON K1N 9J7
    Canada

    With 200 trees, 1.5 km of pathways, grass, flowers, and seldom-seen views of downtown Ottawa, the 1983 Rideau Centre and 1969 National Arts Centre have Ottawa's first large-scale "green roofs"....

  • Sandy Hill
    Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Laurier House
    335 Laurier Avenue East At Chapel Hill
    Ottawa, ON K1N 6R4
    Canada

    This walking tour looks at late nineteenth and early twentieth-century buildings of historical or architectural importance in the northeast quadrant of Sandy Hill, an area favoured by lumber...

  • Old Ottawa South
    Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Southminster United Church
    15 Aylmer Avenue
    Ottawa, ON K1S 3X1
    Canada

    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...

  • New Edinburgh
    Sunday, August 23, 2015 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Fraser Schoolhouse
    62 John Street Near Sussex
    Ottawa, ON K1M 1M3
    Canada

    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...

  • Lebreton Flats
    Sunday, August 16, 2015 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Outside the Main Entrance of the Canadian War Museum
    1 Vimy Place
    Ottawa, ON K1A 0M8
    Canada

    The tour will focus on the history of LeBreton Flats as revealed by the series of archaeological investigations that have been undertaken in the area over the past decade.  Sites such as the...

  • Rideau Canal
    Sunday, August 2, 2015 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Bytown Museum, 1 Canal Lane
    Adjacent to the Rideau Canal Locks, between Parliament Hill and the Chateau Laurier
    Ottawa, ON K1P 5P6
    Canada

    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 12, 2015 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: École Secondaire de La Salle, 501 Old St. Patrick Street ( #1 Bus Route )
    Ottawa, ON K1N 8R3
    Canada

    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...

  • Little Italy
    Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church
    427 Booth Street ( at Gladstone )
    Ottawa, ON K1R 7K8
    Canada

    Ottawa’s Little Italy, a destination for immigrants following the Second World War and for Italian-Canadians moving out LeBreton Flats in the early 1950s, is now one of the city’s most popular...

  • Lindenlea
    Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: Outside The Lindenlea Community Centre
    15 Rockcliffe Way ( at Ridgeway )
    Ottawa, ON K1M 1B2
    Canada

    **This tour will be offered again on September 11, 2016.

    A fascinating stroll through a post-World War I planned community – a marvel of social engineering that was featured on the Governor...

  • Village Of Hintonburg
    Sunday, June 14, 2015 - 14:00 to 15:30
    Meet: St Francis Of Assisi Church
    20 Fairmont Avenue ( near Wellington Street )
    Ottawa, ON K1Y 2K2
    Canada

    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...

  • Briarcliffe
    Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 14:00
    Meet: Combermere Park, Parking Area Adjacent To Tennis Courts
    11 Combermere Lane In Rothwell Heights
    Ottawa, ON K1Z 5A6
    Canada

    Briarcliffe is Ottawa's newest Heritage Conservation District, and the first in Canada to recognize mid-20th Century modern architecture. This enclave of 23 unique homes began in 1959 when...

  • Lindenlea
    Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 14:00
    Meet: Outside The Lindenlea Community Centre
    15 Rockcliffe Way At Ridgeway
    Ottawa, ON
    Canada

    **This tour will be offered again on September 11, 2016.

    A fascinating stroll through a post-World War I planned community – a marvel of social engineering that was featured on the Governor...

  • Sandy Hill
    Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 14:00
    Meet: Laurier House
    335 Laurier Avenue East At Chapel Hill
    Ottawa, ON K1P 5K2
    Canada

    This walking tour looks at late nineteenth and early twentieth-century buildings of historical or architectural importance in the northeast quadrant of Sandy Hill, an area favoured by lumber...

  • Old Ottawa South
    Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 14:00
    Meet: Southminster United Church
    15 Aylmer Avenue
    Ottawa, ON K1S 5G4
    Canada

    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 Hintonburg
    Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 14:00
    Meet: St Francis Of Assisi Church
    20 Fairmont Avenue
    Ottawa, ON
    Canada

    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 Edinburgh
    Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 14:00
    Meet: Fraser Schoolhouse
    62 John Street Near Sussex
    Ottawa, ON
    Canada

    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" District
    Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 14:00
    Meet: LCBO Parking Lot
    Bank Street Near Clemow
    Ottawa, ON
    Canada

    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 Tour
    Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 14:00
    MEET: Queen Elizabeth statue
    Located at the East side of the Centre Block
    Ottawa, ON
    Canada

    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
    Canada

    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
    Canada

    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
    Canada

    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
    Canada

    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
    Canada

    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...