Workers’ History Museum Labour History Walking Tour

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 view the Ottawa River) and back onto Wellington near Bank and O’Connor.

About the walk leader

Robert Hatfield is a retired union educator with an interest in labour history.  He volunteers with the Workers' History Museum. The museum's website is at


Robert Hatfield

Date:Sat May 2, 2015
Time:11:00 AM
Duration: 1 hour
Language: English
Start:NAC, near Oscar Peterson Statue
End:Wellington & O'Connor
Distance:3.0 kms

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.

Col. John By supervising the building of the canal locks at the Ottawa River.
Volunteer to Marshal This Walk