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Peoples' History Walking Tours

101 Manorhill Pvt, Ottawa, Ontario K1H 2J3, Canada
+1 613-794-2491
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Bytown Market Tour

I thoroughly enjoyed this tour of lower town Ottawa. Despite being local to Ottawa, I learned new... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
smithjc2018
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Ottawa, Canada
Indigenous Peoples and Colonialism, and Building the Rideau Canal tours

Anyone looking for insight on the history behind the building of the canal and the impact of... read more

Reviewed 28 May 2018
Mike B
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Ottawa
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We offer six walking tours: (1) Building the Rideau Canal and the Making of the Ottawa Working Class; (2) Protest, Strike and Rebellion in the History of Canada's Capital; (3) An Unauthorized History of Parliament Hill: From Indigenous Land to Headquarters of Canada’s 1%; (4) Indigenous Peoples and Colonialism in Canada’s Capital, (5) From Sacred Site to Industrial Wasteland: Colonialism and Class Struggle in the Chaudiere District, and (6) More than Taverns and Brothels: French Canadian, Irish and Jewish struggles against oppression in Lowertown.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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101 Manorhill Pvt, Ottawa, Ontario K1H 2J3, Canada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I thoroughly enjoyed this tour of lower town Ottawa. Despite being local to Ottawa, I learned new aspects of Ottawa's historical roots that both fascinated and appalled me. Brian is a wealth of knowledge and he tells the story of Ottawa's beginnings from the perspective...More

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Brian M, Owner at Peoples' History Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your review. Lowertown (the area of Ottawa that includes the Byward Market) is vital to an understanding of the city’s history. Promoted by the tourist industry as a place with a colorful past because of its nineteenth century taverns and brothels, Lowertown was...More

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Reviewed 28 May 2018

Anyone looking for insight on the history behind the building of the canal and the impact of colonialism on Canada's capital will love these tours. Brian does an excellent job describing how colonialism and constructing the canal shaped the city that we know today. The...More

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Brian M, Owner at Peoples' History Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2018

Thanks for your kind words. British colonial strategy was the common factor behind both the dispossession of the Algonquin and the construction of the Rideau Canal. Unlike the previous French colonial regime, the Brits were preoccupied with building an agrarian capitalist economy in Upper Canada....More

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Reviewed 24 October 2017

Four of us did The Parliament Hill Tour and were provided with an in-depth analysis of the history of Parliament Hill as it relates to Indigenous Peoples, government commemoration, and political protests. Brian's tour is like a well organized university seminar providing detailed conclusions and...More

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Reviewed 22 October 2017

Having done the top attractions on Tripadvior in Ottawa I was attracted to the idea of seeing the city from a different perspective. This is a tour with a difference. Brian is an activist and his approach is to use the tour to make an...More

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Reviewed 15 September 2017

With my girlfriend, we did the Indigenous Peoples' history tour and we were lucky to be in a group of 3 so the experience was made even more personal. Brian's knowledge about Canada's First People is very broad and made it very entertaining and esay...More

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Management response:Responded 18 September 2017

Thanks very much for the kind words. I'm glad you appreciate my efforts to provide clear and jargon-free explanations about the many issues surrounding colonialism and Indigenous Peoples. I want my tours to be genuinely informative, to inspire and assist people to take action against...More

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Reviewed 15 September 2017

If you are visiting the capital, it is best not come to this tour inebriated, drug-enhanced or jet-lagged as you will need all of your brain cells functioning to appreciate this walking history lesson. Canadian colonialism is serious business and the tour respects that spirit....More

Thank Clarke H
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Management response:Responded 18 September 2017

Thanks for the kind review. There is no greater pleasure for a radical tour guide than evidence participants have drawn appropriate conclusions. In this case, it is indeed important to realize Justin Trudeau's government hopes symbolism will placate Indigenous people while the process of dispossessing...More

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Reviewed 18 August 2017

Highly recommend for this tour for the critically minded traveller or local looking for a broader context and engaging perspective on the history of Canada’s seat of government. This was the second tour I have taken with Peoples' History Walking Tours and I was not...More

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Reviewed 10 August 2017

Brian's passion and advocacy for indigenous perspectives and rights shone brightly in this tour. Using Ottawa landmarks and supplemental imagery, he guided us through 250 years of Algonquin resistance to settler occupation, up until present-day. Brian's tour was engaging, rich, and well-prepared. It gave me...More

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Management response:Responded 11 August 2017

Thanks for the kind words Alison. My Indigenous Peoples and Colonialism tour addresses the need many non-Indigenous people have to go beyond the shock, guilt and sense of paralysis they've experienced since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Polls suggest a substantial minority of non-Indigenous 'Canadians'...More

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Reviewed 9 August 2017

Although this is a slightly belated review, I think it is actually more reflective of the impact it made. This was our second tour with Brian, last one being last September and once again, we received a well planned, educational, stimulating presentation of an important...More

Thank Maria D
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Management response:Responded 11 August 2017

Thanks for the review Maria. It is rewarding to know my tours influence how some residents of Ottawa-Gatineau experience and live in this city. While mainstream tours give tourists a superficial familiarity with a few facts about a place, radical history tours aim to promote...More

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Reviewed 8 August 2017

My husband and I did the Parliament Hill tour just this morning. Brian gave an eye-opening, comprehensive tour of the Parliament Hill and surrounding area. If you are looking for a tour where you will learn about the "other side of the history of Ottawa/...More

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Management response:Responded 9 August 2017

Thanks for the kind words Hannah. In the three years I've been leading tours, I've learned how much photos, maps and other images can assist people in understanding the various stories that make up a tour. I regard them as an indispensable tool, and marvel...More

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