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New Edinburgh Heritage Walking Trail

Take a self-guided stroll through one of Ottawa's oldest villages dating back to the 1830s.
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.6 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview:  Rediscover New Edinburgh by strolling through this historic neighbourhood. Travel back in time 170 years while taking a closer look at... more »

Tips:  You can start the tour wherever you like. We have listed the 17 properties in a loop, starting at the former Crichton Street Public... more »

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Points of Interest

1. 200 Crichton Street

200 Crichton Street (1906)
Crichton Street Public School.

The school in New Edinburgh moved four times before the first school was built on this site in 1875. The present building took on its main shape in 1906. A major new wing, which forms the front facade, was added in 1919-20. With its modern design and facilities, it was regarded as a... More

2. 139-141 Crichton Street

139-141 Crichton Street (1874)
Garvock House.
Stonemason and contractor Alexander Garvock built this small 1 ½ storey double house on land purchased from the MacKay Estate. With its fine masonry, it is an impressive reminder of the skills that became established in Ottawa following construction of the Rideau Canal.

3. 151 Stanley Avenue

151 Stanley Avenue (1868)
Bell House.
This New Edinburgh gem enjoys a wonderful setting. At one time, its main entrance fronted towards the Rideau River. The original 1 ½ storey western section of the house was built for Dr W.R. Bell as a medical office. The 2 ½ storey eastern section was erected in 1880 as an attached... More

4. 119 Stanley Avenue

119 Stanley Avenue (c.1890)
Jones House.
Built for John Jones, a mill worker at the nearby mills, this house is a fine example of the modest local homes occupied by workers and their families. Impressive features include the gabled dormers, decorativeporch, and the Second Empire mansard styled roof (which provided more headroom upstairs but the... More

5. Stanley Avenue at Union

Stanley Avenue at Union (1900)
Minto Bridges.
Named after the Earl of Minto, eighth Governor General of Canada, these ornate bridges were originally part of a ceremonial route from Government House to Parliament. They were built from lightweight steel sections and cast iron by the Dominion Bridge Company for the “Ottawa Improvement Commission” (a... More

6. 92 Stanley Avenue

92 Stanley Avenue (c.1867)
MacLeod House.
In a fine location, this picturesque 1 ½ storey stone house is another excellent example of the early homes of New Edinburgh. Note its courses of rough masonry and delicate wooden porch. It was built for Dougal Macleod, who came from Scotland’s Isle of Skye and worked in a local mill owned by... More

7. 51 Crichton Street

51 Crichton Street (c.1874)
Tubman House.
The original 1 ½ storey front section of this house was built before 1874, with the veranda being added in the 1880s. A simple, front-gabled frame structure with a steeply pitched roof, it is one of the earliest buildings from the mill village of New Edinburgh. It was owned by the Tubman family... More

8. 25-29 Crichton Street

25-29 Crichton Street (c.1867)
McLatchie House.
This is the only example of an original “board and batten” double residence remaining in New Edinburgh. The 1 ½ storey T-shaped structure with its fancy gables was built by W.R. McLatchie as workers’ housing in the early years of the village. It has survived virtually unaltered and is... More

9. 62-64 John Street

62-64 John Street (1837)
Fraser Schoolhouse.
This symmetrical stone structure is the oldest dwelling in New Edinburgh. Thomas McKay built it for the workers constructing his new home, Rideau Hall. In 1838 he converted it into a school - teacher James Fraser lived in one half and his classroom was in the other. When the school moved out a few... More

10. 34 Alexander

34 Alexander (c.1864)
Henderson House.
This spectacular 2½ storey clapboard house is typical of the Second Empire Style and is an example of the evolving architecture of the village. The mansard roof, wishbone-shaped gables, upstairs enclosed sunporch, elaborate wood detailing, impressive front entrance and veranda all blend into an... More

11. 35 MacKay Street

35 MacKay Street (1864)
Allen House.
This impressive 2 ½ storey house on a corner lot at Thomas Street has two entrances and two fine facades of dressed stone ( - compare with the rougher stone at the rear and side). It was built to accommodate senior employees of Thomas McKay’s mills. Note also the strong cornerstones (“quoins”) and... More

12. 73-75 MacKay Street

73-75 MacKay Street (c.1874)
Woodburn House.
Gentle suburban residential development comes to the growing village of New Edinburgh. This 1 ½ storey brick double is a delightful example of the Victorian influence on house style, with its bay windows, Gothic gables, and fine trim. It was built for William Woodburn, a carpenter.

13. 87 MacKay Street

87 MacKay Street (c.1877)
Fréchette House.
This impressive house on its corner lot shows the influence of the Gothic Revival style of the late 1870s. Note the projecting frontispiece with its steep centre gable, coloured brickwork, and the different sizes of gable dormers. From 1881 to 1921 it was the home of the literary couple, Achille... More

14. 125 MacKay Street

125 MacKay Street (1868)
St Bartholomew’s Anglican Church.
This is the parish church of New Edinburgh, Lindenlea, and Rockcliffe Park. Designed by Thomas Scott, St. Bart’s was built on land donated by the MacKay family. This simple rectangular stone building has many associations with our neighbours, the Governors General. For example, Viscount... More

15. 157-167 MacKay Street

157-167 MacKay Street (c.1876)
Lansdowne Terrace.
This elegant brick 2 ½ storey terrace is Georgian-inspired. It demonstrates the transformation of New Edinburgh from a village of mill workers to an upper middle class suburb. The construction date remains a puzzle because Lord Lansdowne, after whom the terrace was named, did not become... More

16. MacKay & Dufferin

MacKay & Dufferin (1909)
MacKay United Church.
The original New Edinburgh Presbyterian Church and its adjacent manse were built in 1875. It was renamed in1901 to honour the MacKay family, long-time benefactors, and became MacKay United Church in 1925. The present church was rebuilt in 1909-10 in handsome rough-cut stone and features a corner ... More

17. 24 Springfield Road

24 Springfield Road (1910)
L’Ecole St Charles School.
This attractive functional structure was built of red brick set on a rock-faced foundation. Note the fine stonework, large interesting windows, and lots of decorative detail. It served the francophone community of New Edinburgh until 1972 and has now been converted into loft apartments.