Intersections of History: Stories Behind Downtown Ottawa Street Names

Come explore the stories and histories behind the street names of downtown Ottawa! We'll walk through the central core and Centretown, roughly tracing the early years of Ottawa's growth.  Along the way, we'll talk about the layers of meaning embedded in the street signs and neighbourhoods we pass, as well as broader themes about commemoration and legacy in the modern city. 

We'll share stories about familiar figures from Ottawa's past whose names still grace our streets, as well as lesser-known figures whose names have faded over time. This is a walk about the legacies of people and places, the power of naming, and how street names are so much more than navigation signposts. 


Meet at the northwest corner of Wellington and Kent Streets, at the front of the Supreme Court grounds.   The walk will meander in a general southeasterly direction through Centretown and the Golden Triangle, ending at the Museum of Nature. 

About the walk leader

Jaime and Sarah are former professional tour guides turned urban planners who share a love of quirky-but-true stories about people and cities. (They are also passionate about zoning by-law minutiae, but that probably wouldn't draw a crowd for a tour). They are both long-time residents of Centretown, and are excited to share all of the things they learned about the neighbourhood with you! 


Jaime Posen & Sarah Button and Sarah Button

Date:Sat May 5, 2018
Time:3:00 PM
Duration: 2 hours
Language: English
Start:NW corner, Wellington & Kent
End:Museum of Nature, McLeod St
Area:Centretown/Golden Triangle
Distance:3.0 kms

The walk will follow city sidewalks and paved pathways.  There are locations with seating along the route.

Was the street named for Lord Elgin or Lord Elgin named for the street?
Volunteer to Marshal This Walk