Watch for a new tour in 2018!
Peoples’ History Walking Tours is developing new tours for the enjoyment and education of visitors and local residents alike. In May 2017 we are adding this new tour:
From Indigenous Sacred Site to Industrial Wasteland: Colonialism and Class Struggle in the Chaudiere District (2017)
For thousands of years, the Ottawa River (called the Kitchissippi or 'Great River' by the Algonquin) has been central to the lives of all who live near it. Europeans transformed this key Indigenous trade route between central and eastern North America into a timber chute to support the British navy's campaign to ‘rule the world’. This tour examines the hard lives and rich experiences of the lumbermen whose work depended on the Ottawa River during the 19th century, and the sawmill workers and 'matchgirls' who once made their living working on the mid-river Chaudiere Islands. We also talk about why the Algonquins continue to view those islands where the sawmills and paper plants once operated as a sacred site that should be returned to their control.
Watch for this new tour in the spring of 2018:
More than Taverns and Brothels: French Canadians, Irish and Jews fighting oppression in Lowertown
What our clients say
“An interesting and informative history of the Parliament buildings, a history you will not learn in the "official tours". The history of the workers, of citizens and their struggles to be heard on the Hill while still visiting all the major buildings and monuments - only seeing them through a different lens. Informative and challenging. A great addition for visitors Continue Reading
“I've lived in Ottawa for ages and can't believe how little I knew of our city's past. The tour leader has distilled an impressive breadth of research on these subjects, and in addition to presenting an engaging story, is seemingly impossible to stump for an answer to any related questions! It was time well spent and I'd recommend the tours Continue Reading
“…Brian exhibits a deep understanding of the array of mechanisms employed in…the settler-colonial agenda and its goal of forcing the indigenous inhabitants into submission and off their land - be it through brutal force or entrapment. In addition, he provides insights into the aboriginal resistance and…the multiplicity of strategic visions, ranging from anti-colonial struggle to collaboration…. But the story does Continue Reading
“Our guide…was excellent, patient, interesting and able to answer our questions. …Brian brought the story alive by painting a picture of the people involved, their problems, living conditions and the way the British commander organised the whole 200km canal dig and numerous locks. He brought the history of Ottawa into the present day too. A well spent 2.5 hours