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Irish and French Canadian families inhabited Lowertown from the early days of Bytown (1826-), and by the late 1800s they were joined by Jewish residents. It is a multicultural community; a sizeable number of immigrants, many Eastern Europeans, came over many decades. Today there are over 40 languages represented in the extremely diverse student population at York Street Public School. (Departure Point: Le Patro, 40 Cobourg St.)

Tour Guide Biography: Mark Farine has studied history at the University of Ottawa, and was a guide/interpreter at Rideau Hall, and a tour guide in Ottawa since 2013. Born in a bilingual city in New Brunswick, he has followed the theme of cultural exchange throughout his studies, culminating in a Masters’ thesis about the cultural interactions between Indigenous populations and Europeans in colonial Paraguay.