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 walk along the Canal, to Parliament Hill (around the rear to see the Ottawa River) and back onto Wellington near Bank and O’Connor.
Robert Hatfield is a retired union educator with an interest in labour history. He is president of the Workers' History Museum.