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 2021: Small group tours (10 people or less) are planned. Masks and physical distancing are still 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 in cash or via e-transfer is accepted at the end of the tour.
  • TIMES:  Tours are available any day of the week, morning or afternoon and take about three hours. (Note: A 9:30 AM starting time for mid-summer tours is recommended.)
  • SMALL GROUPS: Most tours have 3-5 people, allowing us to customize a 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 will be required to wait for a later date or pay $90 -- the cost of a three-person tour.
  • STARTING POINTS: Tours proceed rain or shine and start from different locations. Please see the page for the tour you've chosen for  a map that shows the starting point.
  • CUSTOM TOURS: We can provide tours on other historical topics upon request.
  • SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS: Please contact us for information about group rates, gift certificates, presentations, and other special arrangements.
  • 2021 TOUR SEASON: Starts on Sunday May 2.
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Peoples’ History Walking Tours
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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.