Britannia Village

Britannia's history go back to the early 1800s. Early on it was a logging and milling centre that focused on river. By the 1870s, a tram line was in service to bring Ottawa residents to the Park on the Beach, and some to their summer homes in Britannia.

Following the walk, if the weather is fine, people may want to take a break at Beachconers or the Britannia Coffeehouse.


We'll meet at the west end of Rowatt St. where it ends near the access to the riverbank. We'll walk east on Rowatt, turning north on Bradford St. to the Britannia Yacht Club. From there, we'll go east on Cassels to Britannia Rd. and south on Britannia to Salina St. then one block east to Bradford. Turning north on Bradford, we'll take a side loop around Maud, Kehoe, and Jamieson, then left on Bradford and continuing north to Rowatt, where the walk will end.

Accessibility: The streets in Britannia are narrow and except for Britannia Rd. there are no sidewalks, so we will be walking on the road. The sidewalks have curb cuts that may be a little tricky for someone with mobility issues.

About the walk leader

John Riordan is an architect by training and has lived in Britannia Village for the past 33 years. He has a keen interest in the historic characteristics of the village that have been around since the 1820s.

Bob Reichert is a resident of Britannia Village.


John Riordan and Bob Reichert

Date:Sun May 5, 2024
Time:12:30 PM
Duration: 1 hour 15 min
Language: English
Start:West end of Rowatt St. (at the river)
End:Bradford & Rowatt Sts
Area:Britannia Village
Distance:1.0 km

The route follows paved roads and city sidewalks.

Entrance to Britannia Village at Britannia Rd. and Howe St. Western end of Rowatt Street where it meets the beach. A cute house and garden along Britannia Road. Beachconers' Microcreamery
Volunteer to Marshal This Walk