I am the owner and Tour Director of Ottawa Walking Tours. I started the company in 2006 after spending many years working in Europe. While there, I found walking tours to be the best way to learn about a city, its people and its hidden gems. Upon returning home I decided to showcase Ottawa with all its amazing history, beautiful architecture, and breathtaking vistas. We have an incredible team of professional guides who would love to show you the best Ottawa has to offer. Book a tour today and get to know one of these fantastic people found below.
I’m a 4th year Communications/Political Science major at Ottawa University and an Ottawa native growing up in the downtown Sandy Hill neighbourhood. I am a proud Franco-Ontarienne, who loves being a tour guide because I get to meet people from around the world and learn a little more about your hometowns while showcasing the wonderful sights, neighbourhoods and culture found in mine.
A proud Acadian originally from Moncton, New Brunswick, I came to Ottawa in 2009 to complete my graduate degree in Political Science at Ottawa University. I have a lot of tour guide experience including Juno Beach in France, Parliament Hill, and currently at the Canadian Aviation & Space Museum. What I love about Ottawa is its French-Canadian heritage and amazing history!
I am originally from Windsor, Ontario and now a proud resident of Ottawa. I love to travel and learn new languages and different cultures. I lived abroad in Spain which gave me the opportunity to improve my skills in Spanish and travel all around Europe. I am now doing my Master’s degree in Conflict Studies at Saint Paul's University and enjoying whatever life provides me. I love sharing my city with others and showing off its amazing treasures whether it be its beautiful nature, rich culture and history or food.
I was born in London, England and grew up in Ottawa, Istanbul and Tokyo. I currently study Sociology and Japanese at the University of British Columbia and love to travel. My favourite things about Ottawa are the shops and cafes of the ByWard Market and all the amazing photo ops! I hope to meet you soon!
I grew up on Montreal’s West Island and after living abroad for several years I returned to Canada, choosing Ottawa as my new home to obtain my M.A. in History from the University of Ottawa. I love Parliament Hill and Ottawa's easy going lifestyle.
I am originally from St-Bruno, a suburb of Montréal. I love to travel and learn new things about the world. Having completed my bachelors in Political Science, I am now in Law School at the University of Ottawa. What I love about Ottawa is so many people from a lot of origins unite and work together to make this city great. Diversity is what makes Ottawa so interesting.
I am Chantal and I’m from Ottawa/Gatineau, but have Indian and aboriginal origins. I am currently studying International Development at the University of Ottawa and love cats and going camping in Gatineau Park. My favorite activities in Ottawa are shopping in the ByWard Market on lazy summer afternoons and roasting marshmallows over a campfire later that night.
My name is Julie Hodgson and I lead many of the “Art In Public Spaces” tours. My love affair with art began when I was 9 years old, the year I lived in Paris. I have studied and worked in the visual art field throughout my life, and I love sharing Ottawa’s beauty and wonderful works of public art with our visitors and residents alike.
Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, I came to Ottawa to do my Master’s degree and never left! I love the history and architecture of the downtown core, the exceptional museums and cultural institutions, skating on the Rideau Canal, and how easy it is to skip over to Gatineau Park. I am a passionate musician specializing in percussion instruments and am in the midst of co-authoring a book based on music at the National Film Board of Canada.
My name is Nadiah Sakurai and I am from Shizuoka, Japan. I am a third year journalism student at Carleton University. What I love about Ottawa is how it is the home of both politics and culture in Canada. Ottawa is filled with fascinating history, amazing art and incredible museums. It is my favourite city in Canada.