I’m really impressed with the level of energy and commitment around the Health and Wellbeing table and look forward to continuing collaboration between OLIP and OPH.

Marcela Tapia
Ottawa Public Health
The WOW seminar on immigrant women’s nutrition and health was a step in the right direction towards closing the gap between academic researchers and service providers.

Josephine Etowa
Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of Ottawa
The Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre is so happy to have joined the OLIP Health and Wellbeing Sector Table. It is clear that OLIP cares about immigrants and refugees and…

Wendy Tang, Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre
OLIP helps to unite and share scarce resources for greater impact by working together in the field of student education.

Walter Piovesan
Associate Director of Education, Ottawa Carleton District School Board
I was happy to see integration to Algonquin territory and indigenous culture related programming in 2014 WOW. Please continue to involve local Aboriginal organisations and…

Linda Manning
WOW 2014 participant, Senior Fellow, University of Ottawa
The work and expertise that OLIP brings to our community is so important as it helps us to build bridges and break down silos.  I look forward to our continued work together. 

Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa
We are very pleased to have done the “Opportunity Cost of Not Investing in Interpretation” report – it is so important to have clarity on these challenges and…

Hindia Mohamoud, Director, OLIP
The OLIP Council is committed to leadership.  In only a few years, we have a common vision and priorities, and are up to the task of implementing the Ottawa Immigration Strategy.

Salimatou Diallo
OLIP Council Vice Chair, Assemblée de la francophonie de l'Ontario
All the WOW events that I went to were great – WOW does give a sense of a community trying to improve its attraction and retention!

Caroline Andrew
Professor, University of Ottawa
In our city’s history, immigrants have always played an important role. They build our economic prosperity, diversify our culture, contribute to our social vitality.

Jim Watson
Mayor of Ottawa

Immigrant Heritage Walking Tours – 2018

Take a journey through some of Ottawa’s most interesting neighbourhoods. As part of Welcoming Ottawa Week, June 18 to 30, 2018, the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership, Heritage Ottawa, City of Ottawa and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada have joined together to host a series of guided walking tours to Chinatown, Little Italy, Lowertown West, Lowertown East and Vanier.

Funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, these tours are designed to showcase the important contributions of immigrants to the social, cultural, and economic development and vitality of these neighbourhoods. Participants will have the opportunity to discover the treasure trove of history, food, art, architecture, places of worship, and the myriad of businesses that have flourished there thanks to the efforts of successive generations of immigrants and of their descendants.

The tours, offered in English and French, have knowledgeable, animated guides that draw upon their personal experiences in telling the story of each neighbourhood. These tours help to expand the understanding not only of the neighbourhoods, but their progression over time, as Ottawa has evolved to the present day rich mosaic of diverse cultures.

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Sign up today for one of these great tours!

2018 Heritage Walk Tours – Schedule and Registration

Date/Time Description/Registration Starting Location Language Registration 
June 18
7 to 8:30 pm
Little Italy Walk
Guided walk with Luciano Pradal throughout Little Italy to learn about the contribution of immigrant communities to the neighbourhood, along with its history, people and vibrant culture. Participants will take a leisurely stroll down Preston Street, hearing about the Italian community and other immigrants who settled in the area. They learn about important institutions like St. Anthony’s Soccer Club and visit many landmarks. See a video about this tour.    
Plant Recreation Centre
930 Somerset Street West
Ottawa, ON
K1R 6R9
English Register for this tour
June 19
6 to 7:30 pm
Lowertown West Walk

Guided walk with Mark Farine throughout Lowertown West to learn about the contribution of immigrant communities to the neighbourhood, along with its history, people and vibrant culture. Participants walk though 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).

Bingham Park
145 Cathcart Street
Ottawa, ON
K1N 5B8
English Register for this tour
June 20
1 to 2:30 pm
Vanier Walk
Guided walk with Émilie Brenning throughout Vanier to see the rich and interesting heritage of this historically francophone neighbourhood.  Participants will visit a series of fascinating murals that depict the neighbourhood’s diverse history, along with churches, a historic cemetery and much more. Émilie Brenning also gives tours through Muséo Parc Vanier.
Jean Coutu
262 Montreal Road
Ottawa, ON
K1L 6C3
French Register for this tour
June 21
6 to 7:30 pm
Chinatown Walk
Guided walk with Don Kwan throughout Chinatown to learn about the contribution of immigrant communities to the neighbourhood, along with its history, people and vibrant culture. They learn about the multicultural village this neighbourhood has become, not only including Asian cultures, but also influences from French Canada, the Middle East, Latin America and more.  See a video about this tour.
Plant Recreation Centre
930 Somerset Street West
Ottawa, ON
K1R 6R9
English Register for this tour
June 22
7 to 8:30 pm
Vanier Walk
Guided walk with Émilie Brenning throughout Vanier to see the rich and interesting heritage of this historically francophone neighbourhood.  Participants will visit a series of fascinating murals that depict the neighbourhood’s diverse history, along with churches, a historic cemetery and much more.Émilie Brenning also gives tours through Muséo Parc Vanier.
Jean Coutu
262 Montreal Road
Ottawa, ON
K1L 6C3
English Register for this tour
June 24
10 to 11:30 am
Lowertown East Walk
Guided walk with Mark Farine 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.
Patro d’Ottawa
40 Cobourg Street
Ottawa, ON
K1N 8Z6
English Register for this tour
June 26
7 to 8:30 pm
Little Italy Walk
Guided walk with Luciano Pradal throughout Little Italy to learn about the contribution of immigrant communities to the neighbourhood, along with its history, people and vibrant culture. Participants will take a leisurely stroll down Preston Street, hearing about the Italian community and other immigrants who settled in the area. They learn about important institutions like St. Anthony’s Soccer Club and visit many landmarks.  See a video about this tour.   
Plant Recreation Centre
930 Somerset Street West
Ottawa, ON
K1R 6R9
French Register for this tour
June 27
1 to 2:30 pm
Lowertown West Walk
Guided walk with Mark Farine throughout Lowertown West to learn about the contribution of immigrant communities to the neighbourhood, along with its history, people and vibrant culture. Participants walk though 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).
Bingham Park
145 Cathcart Street
Ottawa, ON
K1N 5B8
French Register for this tour
June 28
7 to 8:30 pm
Little Italy Walk
Guided walk with Luciano Pradal throughout Little Italy to learn about the contribution of immigrant communities to the neighbourhood, along with its history, people and vibrant culture. Participants will take a leisurely stroll down Preston Street, hearing about the Italian community and other immigrants who settled in the area. They learn about important institutions like St. Anthony’s Soccer Club and visit many landmarks.  See a video about this tour.   
Plant Recreation Centre
930 Somerset Street West
Ottawa, ON
K1R 6R9
English Register for this tour
June 29
4 to 5:30 pm
Lowertown East Walk
Guided walk with Mark Farine 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.
Patro d’Ottawa
40 Cobourg Street
Ottawa, ON
K1N 8Z6
French Register for this tour
June 30
10 to 11:30 am
Chinatown Walk
Guided walk with Don Kwan throughout Chinatown to learn about the contribution of immigrant communities to the neighbourhood, along with its history, people and vibrant culture. They learn about the multicultural village this neighbourhood has become, not only including Asian cultures, but also influences from French Canada, the Middle East, Latin America and more.   See a video about this tour.
Plant Recreation Centre
930 Somerset Street West
Ottawa, ON
K1R 6R9
English Register for this tour
June 30
11 to 12:30 am
Chinatown Walk
Guided walk with Tam-Ca Vo-Van throughout Chinatown to learn about the contribution of immigrant communities to the neighbourhood, along with its history, people and vibrant culture. They learn about the multicultural village this neighbourhood has become, not only including Asian cultures, but also influences from French Canada, the Middle East, Latin America and more.   See a video about this tour.
Plant Recreation Centre
930 Somerset Street West
Ottawa, ON
French Register for this tour