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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
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
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
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
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
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
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