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Join us on a range of regular guided walks around Ottawa, focusing on issues that shape Canadian public policy. Local experts lead groups of maximum 8 people on 1 to 1.5 hours leisurely walks around Ottawa’s streets that are significant for a...more
71 Bank St, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5N2, Canada
+1 613-899-1867
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Reviewed June 19, 2015

The Branding/Iconography tour already has me — born here in Ottawa — looking more deeply at the government branding/propoganda which this city is awash in. From money to monuments, Andrew, a bright and engaging man, exposed the hidden political layers just under the surface of...More

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Reviewed June 12, 2018

A fascinating tale of what stories are told about the nation through our monuments. What is forgotten and what is remembered. Tonya is a eminent specialist in her field who brings her research to light in an engaging and tangible way. A great tour that...More

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Reviewed May 14, 2018 via mobile

Excellent tour, went for a university class for urban planning. Learnt a great deal about how monuments and commendations are formed and upheld!

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Reviewed November 10, 2017

I lead an annual group of undergraduate students from the University of Maine on a field trip to Ottawa, Ontario. This year, we decided to try something a little different - the Nostalgia walking tour offered by Dr. Tonya Davidson through Ottawa (De)tours. The tour...More

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Reviewed November 5, 2017

We took the alternative history tour with a lady who is a professor of sociology. I think her name was Donna?.. not totally sure. It was very interesting and informative. i enjoyed it.

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Reviewed October 3, 2017

We took the citizenship tour and we loved it! It was very instructive from an historical perspective and allowed us to challenge our mindsets. I highly recommend it.

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Reviewed September 14, 2017

I went on the Upside-Down Astrolabe tour last weekend with Tonya, and it was a fantastic experience. She was an excellent guide with a wealth of knowledge about the statues of Ottawa and their histories, and she provided some very interesting deconstructions and criticisms of...More

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Reviewed September 10, 2017

Really enjoyed the surveillance tour with Meg. She was very knowledgable about the subject, and very engaging. Sparked a lively debate, which we found to be fun and interesting.

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Reviewed September 9, 2017

I did the Upsidedown Astrolabe tour with Tonya and loved it. As a historian I really appreciated how she showed us histories and ideas hidden and contested in Ottawa landmarks. Her analysis and description of the Champlain monument on Nepean Point and how it erases...More

Thank Jonathan W
Reviewed June 28, 2017

My in-laws, husband, and I did the tour Nostalgia: Unsettling Elgin Street, which covered the contested memorial landscapes of Elgin Street and how they interact with the dominant Canadian narratives. What we learned is particularly relevant given Canada's self-congratulatory refrain about multiculturalism--our tour guide, Tonya,...More

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Reviewed June 9, 2017

I recently went on the "Finding Scientific Landscapes" detour and loved it. Being new to Ottawa, it allowed me to deepen my understanding of the Central Experimental Farm as well as the history of Ottawa. I learned a lot and it left me with more...More

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