Accommodations can be made for the route, but there will be inclines (especially getting onto Parliament Hill). Participants should be prepared to walk moderate distances between points of interest.
The tour covers the history of labour in Ottawa, from pre-contact all the way through to modern times. Highlights include the lumber trade, LeBreton Flats, the building of the Rideau Canal, and the construction of the Parliament Buildings. The tour weaves personal and community stories into the broader narrative of Ottawa’s changing character.
Beginning at the NAC near the Oscar Peterson statue, we'll follow the Rideau Canal, cross Parliament Hill, then walk west to the Supreme Court.
Transit info: the meeting point is between the Mackenzie King and Metcalfe stops
Robert Hatfield is a retired union educator with an interest in labour history. He volunteers with the Workers' History Museum. You can find out more about the history of labour in Ottawa at the museum's website.
This walk is also offered on Saturday, May 7. Robert's colleague Sanna Guerin will lead the Saturday version.