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: 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.