Walking Tour Season

OUR 2022 WALKING TOURS - Back by Popular Demand!

Explore the history and heritage of some of Ottawa's most interesting neighbourhoods with our knowledgeable tour guides! Our line-up of upcoming tours is listed below. 

Tours take place on Sundays beginning at 2:00 pm, rain or shine, and last approximately 1.5 hours, unless otherwise indicated. 

We will be following any Ottawa Public Health safety standards in place at the time of the tours. Participants who are more comfortable wearing a mask should feel free to do so. 

FEE: Heritage Ottawa Members $10.00; Non-Members $25.00.

Join Heritage Ottawa now to be eligible for the $15 discount and enjoy other benefits of membership!

Space is limited  |  Pre-registration and Pre-payment Required. 

Reserve your spaces now using our secure online payment platform. Follow the instructions on each tour page below by clicking "More Details..."

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

 

Upcoming Walking Tours

  • Avenue Beechwood (In French)
    Sunday, October 2, 2022 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Bellefleur Physiotherapy
    2 Beechwood Avenue (NE corner of Beechwood Ave and Vanier Pkwy)
    Ottawa, ON K1P 5W1
    Canada

    Enjoy a stroll along Beechwood Avenue from Crichton Street to Marier Avenue. You will discover the social and architectural history of the street (part of Old Vanier) with a focus on social...

  • Hintonburg and Bayswater
    Sunday, October 16, 2022 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Saint-François-d’Assise Church
    At the south-west corner of Wellington Street West and Fairmont Avenue.
    Ottawa, ON K1Y 2K2
    Canada

    Named for Joseph Hinton, a shopkeeper and civic official, the village of Hintonburg was incorporated in 1893.

    One of Ottawa’s early streetcar suburbs, the village grew quickly after...

  • Around the World in Sandy Hill
    Sunday, October 23, 2022 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Strathcona Park Parking Lot
    25 Range Road (parking available on Lot and along Range Road)
    Accessible by OC Transpo bus, routes 6 and 19, and a 15-minute walk from the uOttawa LRT station
    Ottawa, ON
    Canada

    NEW TOUR! Walk Sandy Hill’s shaded streets and you are likely to notice flagpoles punctuating the canopy. The downtown neighbourhood is home to no fewer than 20 embassies, high commissions, and...

Past Walking Tours

  • Brown's Inlet and South-Western Glebe | SOLD OUT
    Sunday, September 25, 2022 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Queen Elizabeth Driveway, under the North Side of the Bank Street Bridge
    Ottawa, ON
    Canada

    This tour explores the south-west quadrant of the Glebe and will highlight the evolution of the area west of Bank Street, from the time of the building of the Rideau Canal through the area known...

  • Beaverbrook
    Sunday, September 18, 2022 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Beaverbrook Mall, West Parking Lot (in front of Community Centre)
    1002 Beaverbrook Road (West of Teron Road)
    Kanata, ON K2K 1L1
    Canada

    Beaverbrook represents one of the first and the most complete examples in Canada of a fully designed community based on 20th century urban planning concepts. Bill Teron created Beaverbrook in the...

  • Lebreton Flats
    Sunday, August 21, 2022 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Canadian War Museum (outside main entrance)
    1 Vimy Place
    Ottawa, ON K1A 0M8
    Canada

    This tour focuses 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...

  • Lowertown West (in French)
    Sunday, August 14, 2022 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Bingham Park (corner of Dalhousie and Cathcart)
    145 Cathcart Street
    Ottawa, ON
    Canada
    = CANCELLED =

    Update | August 11, 2022 — Due to circumstances beyond our control this Walking Tour is unfortunately cancelled. Heritage Ottawa will contact all registrants shortly.

    POUR...

  • Lowertown East | SOLD OUT
    Sunday, August 7, 2022 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: 40 Cobourg Street
    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...

  • Architecture and Engineering Along the Rideau Canal
    Sunday, July 31, 2022 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Bytown Museum, Rideau Canal Locks
    1 Canal Lane
    Ottawa, ON
    Canada
    WE'RE CELEBRATING COLONEL BY DAY THIS WEEKEND!

    Lieutenant Colonel John By supervised the construction of the Rideau Canal and had a major influence on its design, from the Ottawa locks to...

  • Rockcliffe Park
    Sunday, July 17, 2022 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Corner of Lisgar Road and Princess Avenue
    Rockcliffe Park
    Ottawa, ON
    Canada
    THIS TOUR IS NOW SOLD OUT

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

  • Lowertown West (in French)
    Sunday, July 10, 2022 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Bingham Park (corner of Dalhousie and Cathcart)
    145 Cathcart Street
    Ottawa, ON
    Canada
    PLEASE NOTE: THIS TOUR HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO AUGUST 14!

    Due to unforeseen circumstances, the July 10 walking tour has been postponed to August 14. 

    CLIQUEZ ICI pour la version française...

  • The Alexandra Interprovincial Bridge
    Sunday, June 26, 2022 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: "Maman" spider sculpture, National Gallery of Canada
    380 Sussex Drive
    Ottawa, ON K1N 9N4
    Canada
    THIS TOUR IS NOW SOLD OUT

    Learn about the history, builders and engineering significance of the Alexandra Bridge in the context of its national and world heritage setting. Built from 1898 to 1900...

  • Old Ottawa South
    Sunday, June 19, 2022 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Entrance to Windsor Park
    441 Riverdale Avenue; Bus stop 9626
    Ottawa, ON K1S 1S2
    Canada
    THIS TOUR IS NOW SOLD OUT

    In 1907, Ottawa South, as it was known originally, was annexed to the City of Ottawa. The physical character of Old Ottawa South relates to its position between the...

  • Monuments, National Belonging, Contested Memories
    Sunday, June 12, 2022 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: National War Memorial
    Confederation Square ( Wellington and Elgin Streets)
    Ottawa, ON
    Canada
    THIS TOUR IS NOW SOLD OUT

    NEW TOUR — Ottawa, as Canada’s capital city, is home to over 100 monuments representing national and local figures, histories, and memories. This tour begins at the...

  • Dark Side of Sandy Hill
    Sunday, October 24, 2021 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Sandy Hill Community Centre
    250 Somerset St. East (On-street parking available. 5 minute walk from uOttawa LRT station.)
    Ottawa, ON K1N 6V6
    Canada

    Discover the mystery and intrigue along Sandy Hill’s streets, just in time for Halloween. From séances to sewer explosions, spies to the Spanish influenza, this tour is chock full of history about...

  • Westboro and Highland Park
    Sunday, October 17, 2021 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: All Saints Church
    347 Richmond Road (Bus Route 11)
    Ottawa, ON K2A 0E7
    Canada

    The tour starts and ends in Westboro Village, founded as Skead's Mills in 1874, and includes part of Highland Park, the former farm of the Thomson, Rochester and Cole families of Maplelawn. There...

  • Crystal Bay
    Sunday, October 10, 2021 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: James Cummings Avenue at Cyrus Court
    Across from 147 James Cummings Ave, next to the postal boxes
    Ottawa, ON K2H 8C9
    Canada

    NEW TOUR!  Enjoy a visit of Crystal Bay, a small residential area in Ottawa West nestled between the north side of Carling Avenue and the Ottawa River. The tour will offer an overview of its...

  • New Edinburgh
    Sunday, October 3, 2021 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Frasier Schoolhouse
    62 John Street (near Sussex Drive in New Edinburgh)
    Ottawa, ON K1M 1P5
    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...

  • Sandy Hill East
    Sunday, September 26, 2021 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Laurier House
    335 Laurier Avenue East at the NE corner of Chapel Street
    Ottawa, ON K1N 6R4
    Canada

    This walking tour looks at the late 19th-and early 20th-century buildings of historical or architectural importance in the northeast quadrant of Sandy Hill, an area favoured by lumber barons,...

  • Kingsview Park (In French)
    Saturday, September 25, 2021 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: Shell Gas Station
    1 Montreal Road (corner of North River Road)
    Ottawa, ON K1L 6E8
    Canada
    Pour la version française CLIQUEZ ICI.

    NEW TOUR!  Enjoy a visit to Kingsview Park, a small residential area alongside the Rideau River located between North River Road and the Vanier Parkway....

  • Lindenlea
    Sunday, September 19, 2021 - 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...

  • Village of Richmond
    Sunday, September 12, 2021 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: West side parking lot of Richmond Arena
    6095 Perth Street
    Ottawa, ON K0A 2Z0
    Canada

    Richmond celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2018 and the village has continued to thrive since its earliest days. The tour will look at a number of its historic homes and businesses, and tell...

  • Lowertown East
    Sunday, August 15, 2021 - 14:00 to 15:30
    MEET: École secondaire publique De La Salle
    501 Old St. Patrick Street (#6 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...

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