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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
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Reviewed 12 June 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

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 14 May 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!

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 10 November 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

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed 6 November 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.

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed 3 October 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.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 14 September 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

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 10 September 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.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 9 September 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

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Jonathan W
Reviewed 28 June 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

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed 9 June 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

Date of experience: June 2017
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