Ottawa (June 18, 2019)– As part of Welcoming Ottawa Week, June 17 to 30, 2019, the public is invited to participate in guided walking toursof the Byward Market, Chinatown, Little Italy, and Vanier. These tours explore the important contributions of immigrants to the social, cultural, and economic development and vitality of these unique Ottawa neighbourhoods.

These free tours, organized by the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership (OLIP) and Heritage Ottawa with funding and support from the federal government, will celebrate Ottawa’s diversity by bringing attention onto the social and built heritage, daily life, architecture, food and the myriad of businesses created by successive cohorts of immigrants in these neighbourhoods.

The tours, offered in English and French are animated by knowledgeable guides that draw upon their personal experiences in telling the story of each neighbourhood. These tours help to expand the understanding not only of the neighbourhoods, but their progression over time, as Ottawa has evolved to the present day rich mosaic of diverse cultures.

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“We encourage Ottawa residents to participate in the immigrant heritage walking tours,” says Hindia Mohamoud, Director, OLIP.  “The tours will allow participants to discover first-hand the important contributions that immigrants have made towards building a more vibrant, prosperous capital. We are also delighted to have added the Bayward Market, as a new site this year, where participants will learn about the immigration link of this popular tourist attraction spot and the histories of some of the old businesses that withstood the passage of time.” Participants in the Vanier tours will visit a series of fascinating murals that depict the neighbourhood’s diverse history, along with churches, a historic cemetery and much more.

For interviews and more details please contact:
Suzanne Charest, Communications Officer, OLIP