Virtual Immigrant Heritage ToursOctober 5, 2020
Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership (OLIP) is pleased to offer virtual guided neighbourhood tours designed to showcase the contributions of immigrants to the social, cultural and economic development of Ottawa neighbourhoods. Organized during the National Francophone Immigration Week (November 1-7, 2020), these tours will showcase Ottawa’s iconic neighborhoods such as Lowertown West (Byward Market), Lowertown East and Vanier.
Participants will have the opportunity to discover the treasure trove of history, food, art, architecture, places of worship and the myriad of business that have flourished thanks to the hard work and creativity of successive cohorts of immigrants and their descendants.
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|November 4, 2020
|Virtual Tour of Lowertown West (+Byward Market)
Take a virtual guided tour with David Jeanes throughout Ottawa’s Lowertown West and Byward Market to learn about the contribution of immigrant communities to the neighbourhood, along with its history, people and vibrant culture. Participants will walk through this vibrant neighbourhood to learn about the evolving social history, architecture and commerce and how this area was the heart of early Bytown (Ottawa’s original name).
About the Byward Market
Established in 1826, the Byward Market is one of Canada’s oldest and largest public markets. It is home to a local farmer’s market and artisans with many stands, as well as over 600 businesses. French-Canadian and Jewish merchants and vendors were two of the dominant ethnic cultures for many decades. Hotels, taverns and boarding houses also became common on the streets around the market. Today, many immigrant-owned restaurants and stores can be found in the area.
About the Guide
David Jeanes is a former President of Ottawa Heritage. He has led numerous heritage tours of downtown and lowertown and the Rideau Canal since 2001.
|November 5, 2020
|Virtual Tour of Lowertown East
Take a virtual guided tour with Diego Elizondo throughout Lowertown East to learn about the contribution of immigrant communities to the neighbourhood, along with its history, people and vibrant culture. Participants learn about how French, Eastern European and Jewish immigrants transformed this neighbourhood. They visit schools, bakeries, restaurants and religious institutions that have been influenced by successive cohorts of immigrants.
About Lowertown East
Irish and French Canadian families inhabited Lowertown from the early days of Bytown (1826-), and by the late 1800s they were joined by Jewish residents. It is a multicultural community; a sizeable number of immigrants, many Eastern Europeans, came over many decades. Today there are over 40 languages represented in the extremely diverse student population at York Street Public School.
About the Guide
Diego Elizondo is a founding member of the Société franco-ontarienne du patrimoine et de l’histoire d’Orléans. He is an independent researcher in Franco-Ontarian history and heritage. He has been offering guided tours of Orléans since 2011.
|November 6, 2020
|Virtual Tour of Vanier
Take a guided virtual tour with Jean Yves Pelletier throughout Vanier to see the rich and interesting heritage of this historically francophone neighbourhood. Participants will be guided through a series of fascinating murals that depict the neighbourhood’s diverse history, along with churches, a historic cemetery and much more.
The Vanier area settlement began in the 19th century and grew in 1908, from the small communities of Janeville, Clarkstown and Clandeboye, to become Eastview. It was in 1969 that the area took the name Vanier. The francophone population was dominant for many decades of the 20th century, but today there are now many sizeable newcomer populations. Beginning in the 1980s and 1990s, the area began attracting Inuit, African, Afro-Caribbean and Middle Eastern communities.
About the Guide
Jean Yves Pelletier is a co-founder of the Réseau du patrimoine franco-ontarien and a founding member of Connexion Patrimoine de la Capitale. He is a heritage consultant. He has been offering guided tours of Notre-Dame d’Ottawa Cemetery since 2003.
Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership (OLIP) and its partner the Catholic Centre for Immigrants gratefully acknowledge the financial support of ACFO Ottawa and its “Bilingual Ottawa” program.