From Indigenous sacred site to industrial wasteland:

colonialism and class struggle in the Chaudière District

More than Taverns and Brothels:

French Canadian, Irish and Jewish Struggles Against Oppression in Lowertown

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

Practical information:

  • SUMMER 2020 TOURS: Small group tours (10 people or less) are now available. Masks are advisable. Physical distancing is required.
  • GUIDE: All tours are led by Brian McDougall PhD, a life-long social activist, former public servant and university teacher.
  • COST:  All tours are $30 per person and must be booked through this website. (You will get confirmation of your booking.) Payment (cash only) is accepted at the end of the tour.
  • TIMES:  Tours are available any day of the week, morning (9:30 AM) or afternoon (1:30 PM) and take about three hours. Please specify your preferred day and time when booking a tour. (Note: A 9:30 AM starting time for summer tours is recommended.)
  • SMALL GROUPS: Most tours have 3-5 people, allowing us to customize your tour to your specific interests. Minimum tour size is 3 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 $90 -- the cost of a three-person tour.
  • STARTING POINTS: Tours proceed rain or shine and begin at one of four places:
    • Rideau Canal & Protest tours: the giant spider statue (Maman) in front of the National Gallery on Sussex Drive.
    • Indigenous & Parliament Hill tours: the outdoor amphitheatre at the corner of Mackenzie and Rideau/Wellington, next to Milestone’s restaurant (across the street from the Chateau Laurier.
    • Chaudiere District tour: the National Library/Public Archives at 395 Wellington Street.
    • Lowertown (Byward Market) tour: the top of the staircase at the south end of the American embassy, which runs between Sussex Drive and Mackenzie.
  • SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS: Please contact us for information about group rates, special tours, gift certificates, presentations, and other special arrangements.
  • CUSTOM TOURS: Every tour is tailored to the particular interests of participants. We also provide custom-designed and special tours upon request. (See the new tours page for details.)
  • 2020 TOUR SEASON: Ends on Monday October 26.
  • Thanks for your interest in 2020!  Dates for the 2021 tour season will be available in the spring.
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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.