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  • Immigrant Heritage Walking Tours – Back for 2017!

    Immigrant Heritage Walking Tours – Back for 2017!

    As part of Welcoming Ottawa Week, June 20 to 30, 2017, the public is invited to participate in guided walking tours of Chinatown, Little Italy, Lowertown West, and Lowertown East. These tours explore the important contributions of immigrants to the social, cultural, and economic development and vitality of these unique Ottawa neighbourhoods.

    These free tours, organized by the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership, Heritage Ottawa, the City of Ottawa, and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), will celebrate Ottawa’s diversity by focusing on the social and built heritage, daily life, architecture, food, and the myriad of businesses created by successive cohorts of immigrants in these neighbourhoods.

    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.

    Sign up today for one of these great tours!

    2017 Immigrant Heritage Walking Tours – Schedule and Registration

     

    Little Italy Walk (English)

    20/06/2017
    1:30 to 3 pm

    Guided walk in English 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 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.

    Tour starts at the Plant Recreation Centre (930 Somerset Street West) and ends at Saint Anthony of Padua Church (427 Booth Street).

    Registration

    Lowertown West Walk (English)

    20/06/2017
    3 to 4:30 pm

    Guided walk in English 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).

    Tour starts at Bingham Park (145 Cathcart Street) and ends at Tucker’s Marketplace, 61 York Street.

    Registration

    Chinatown Walk (English)

    21/06/2017
    6:30 to 8:00 pm

    Guided walk in English 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.

    Tour starts at the Ottawa Chinatown Royal Arch (near Bronson Avenue and Somerset Street West intersection) and ends at the Plant Recreation Centre (930 Somerset Street West).

    Registration

    Little Italy Walk (English)

    22/06/2017
    1:30 to 3:00 pm

    Guided walk in English 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 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.

    Tour starts at the Plant Recreation Centre (930 Somerset Street West) and ends at Saint Anthony of Padua Church (427 Booth Street).

    Registration

    Chinatown Walk (English)

    23/06/2017
    10 to 11:30 am

    Guided walk in English 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.

    Tour starts at the Ottawa Chinatown Royal Arch (near Bronson Avenue and Somerset Street West intersection) and ends at the Plant Recreation Centre (930 Somerset Street West).

    Registration

    Little Italy Walk (English)

    24/06/2017
    10 to 11:30 am

    Guided walk in English 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 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.

    Tour starts at the Plant Recreation Centre (930 Somerset Street West) and ends at Saint Anthony of Padua Church (427 Booth Street).

    Registration

    Chinatown Walk (French)

    24/06/2017
    10 to 11:30 am

    Guided walk in French 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.

    Tour starts at the Ottawa Chinatown Royal Arch (near Bronson Avenue and Somerset Street West intersection) and ends at the Plant Recreation Centre (930 Somerset Street West).

    Registration

    Lowertown East Walk (English)

    27/06/2017
    2 to 3:30 pm

    Guided walk in English 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.

    Tour starts at Jules Morin Park (400 Cobourg Street) and ends at the Rideau Bakery, 384 Rideau Street.

    Registration

    Little Italy Walk (French)

    28/06/2017
    1:30 to 3 pm

    Guided walk in French 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 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.

    Tour starts at the Plant Recreation Centre (930 Somerset Street West) and ends at Saint Anthony of Padua Church (427 Booth Street).

    Registration

    Chinatown Walk (English)

    29/06/2017
    10 to 11:30 am

    Guided walk in English 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.

    Tour starts at the Ottawa Chinatown Royal Arch (near Bronson Avenue and Somerset Street West intersection) and ends at the Plant Recreation Centre (930 Somerset Street West).

    Registration

    Lowertown West Walk (French)

    29/06/2017
    7 to 8:30 pm

    Guided walk in French 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).

    Tour starts at Bingham Park (145 Cathcart Street) and ends at Tucker’s Marketplace, 61 York Street.

    Registration

    Lowertown East Walk (French)

    30/06/2017
    2 to 3:30 pm

    Guided walk in French 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.

    Tour starts at Jules Morin Park (400 Cobourg Street) and ends at the Rideau Bakery, 384 Rideau Street.

    Registration

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