There are steep steps between the Bytown Museum and street level.
Workers with many skills from many ethnic and cultural backgrounds have made significant contributions to landmarks and infrastructure in Ottawa: First Nations, farmers, lumber workers, transport workers, the military, cultural workers, and government employees. Discover how their work has shaped the history and geography of the National Capital Region.
Meet at the Bytown Museum, next to the canal locks between Parliament Hill and the Chateau Laurier. From there, we will walk north to the Ottawa River, then back south along the Rideau Canal and up Canal Lane to Confederation Square. We'll move clockwise around the National War Memorial to end in front of the Langevin Block.
Bob Hatfield is the former president of the Workers' History Museum. He has an MA in geography and worked as a union educator for many decades.