Building the Rideau Canal

and the making of the Canadian working class

Protest, Strike and Rebellion

in the history of Canada’s capital

An Unauthorized History of Parliament Hill

From Indigenous Land to Headquarters of Canada’s Elite

Indigenous Peoples

and Colonialism in Canada’s Capital

About our tours

  • All tours are $25 per person and must be booked via this website. (You will get confirmation of your booking.) Payment (cash only) is required at the end of the tour.
  • All tours are available any day of the week, morning or afternoon, upon request. Please specify your preferred day and time when booking a tour.
  • Scheduling: To facilitate scheduling, we try to offer each tour at least once a week:
  • Minimum tour size is three people. If you request a tour for a day when fewer than three people have booked, you may be asked to wait for a later date.
    • Individuals or couples who want to proceed with a tour on a day when fewer than three people have booked, can do so for $75 — the cost of a three-person tour.
  • Starting place: Tours proceed rain or shine and begin at one of two places:
    • Rideau Canal & Protest tours start from the giant spider statue (Maman) in front of the National Gallery on Sussex Drive.
    • Indigenous & Parliament Hill tours start from the outdoor amphitheatre at the corner of Mackenzie and Rideau/Wellington, next to Milestone’s restaurant (across the street from the Chateau Laurier.
  • Special arrangements: Please contact us for information about group rates, special tours, gift certificates and other special arrangements.
  • 2016 tour season: Starts on Thursday May 5th and ends on Sunday October 30th.
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Peoples’ History: Ottawa walking tours with a difference!

Our tours provide participants with an unforgettable learning experience that focuses on the lives and experiences of the people who actually built Ottawa (and Canada) but who are usually ignored by official history.

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    Starting this week, I will be offering my historical walking tours as part of a six week ‘Learning in Retirement’ course at Carleton University with the title: “Walking Through Ottawa’s History: ‘Forgotten Stories’ from a Radical Tour Guide”. Teaching retirees is a new venture for me, and I’m greatly encouraged by the initial response to this course. (Apparently, the enrollment limit was reached within 24 hours of posting the course. There is now a wait... Read more

  • The 1916 Easter Uprising in Ireland: Fighting Colonialism then and now

    April 24th will mark the centenary of the 1916 ‘Easter Uprising’ against English colonialism in Dublin, Ireland. Given the importance of the Irish in Ottawa history (e.g., building the Rideau Canal) and their ongoing battle against British colonialism, we would be remiss in not highlighting at least one of the Ottawa-based commemorative activities taking place. Kevin Dooley, an Ottawa socialist and Irish activist, is organizing an event on Sunday May 1st. There will be music... Read more