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Peoples' History Walking Tours

40 reviews
#14 of 60 Tours in Ottawa
Ottawa, Canada
About Peoples' History Walking Tours
We offer six small-group walking tours: (1) Building the Rideau Canal and the Making of the Ottawa Working Class (2) Protest, Strike and Rebellion in the History of Canada's Capital (3) An Unauthorized History of Parliament Hill: From Indigenous Land to Headquarters of Canada’s 1% (4) Indigenous Peoples and Colonialism in Canada’s Capital (5) From Sacred Site to Industrial Wasteland: Colonialism and Class Struggle in the Chaudiere District (6) More than Taverns and Brothels: French Canadian, Irish and Jewish Struggles Against Oppression in Lowertown Note: Other services available include large-group and custom tours, tours at the Museum of History, and public talks about Ottawa's history and politics. Please contact us for details.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were blown away by Brian's extensive knowledge of the least talked about people and events that shaped Canada's early history. He is clearly a lifelong activist for human rights and stories.More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Brian M, Owner at Peoples' History Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your review of my Parliament Hill tour. Telling the story of Ottawa history from the perspective of the 99% is not always easy. The official history created by the 1% (and their supporters) distorts or ignores the experience and stories of the ‘common...More

Reviewed September 11, 2018

If the standard tours of the sights leave you with a sense of something missing, you will love Brian McDougall's Indigenous Peoples tour. It uncovers and vividly elaborates on the all too often hidden history-or histories, perhaps-of those whose voices are often muffled in the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Brian M, Owner at Peoples' History Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded September 13, 2018

Tricia, Thanks for your kind words and the review. Giving a voice to those written out of history may be difficult, but it is always worth the effort. By complicating ‘official’ versions of history with evidence about how the 99% sought to defend themselves, we...More

Reviewed August 8, 2018

Very much enjoyed the walking tour, and learned a lot about the history of the original peoples, the influence of settlement and labour market and migration patterns and how they shaped social struggles. A+More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Brian M, Owner at Peoples' History Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded August 10, 2018

Thanks for your review. One of the reasons I started Peoples’ History Walking Tours was to assist local activists like yourself learn more about Ottawa’s history. Better informed troublemakers increase the odds we will some day live in a world free of exploitation, oppression, colonialism,...More

Reviewed August 7, 2018

I went on the "Protest, Strike and Rebellion in the History of Canada's Capital" tour. It Provides a good overview of protests, strikes, demonstrations and riots in Ottawa... from the Stony Monday Riot to the "We Demand" protest. I learned quite a bit and would...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Brian M, Owner at Peoples' History Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded August 9, 2018

Thanks for your review. I hope to see you on other tours in the future.

Reviewed August 6, 2018

I came to this tour knowing only basic details of some very profound events in the history of this city, but am coming away with a wealth of information! The information is presented in an engaging and dynamic way - kept my attention throughout the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Brian M, Owner at Peoples' History Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2018

Heather, Thanks for your review. By comparison with other tour guides, I have several advantages when it comes to capturing and holding the attention of tour participants. First, most people who take my tours are critical thinkers who are highly motivated to learn more about...More

Reviewed July 27, 2018

Excellent tour ,exploring recurring patterns of social protest and the way each group builds the work of those who came before. From Algonquin petitions to the crown protest timber land grabs, to Irish canal worker's strikes, labor protests in the Great Depression era, and protest...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Brian M, Owner at Peoples' History Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2018

Thanks for your review. Although you've listed some of the events I talk about during my Protest, Strike and Rebellion tour, there are many more I don't have time to talk about during a three hour tour. (At the start, I provide each participant with...More

Reviewed June 25, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed this tour of lower town Ottawa. Despite being local to Ottawa, I learned new aspects of Ottawa's historical roots that both fascinated and appalled me. Brian is a wealth of knowledge and he tells the story of Ottawa's beginnings from the perspective...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Brian M, Owner at Peoples' History Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded June 27, 2018

Thanks for your review. Lowertown (the area of Ottawa that includes the Byward Market) is vital to an understanding of the city’s history. Promoted by the tourist industry as a place with a colorful past because of its nineteenth century taverns and brothels, Lowertown was...More

Reviewed May 28, 2018

Anyone looking for insight on the history behind the building of the canal and the impact of colonialism on Canada's capital will love these tours. Brian does an excellent job describing how colonialism and constructing the canal shaped the city that we know today. The...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Brian M, Owner at Peoples' History Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded May 29, 2018

Thanks for your kind words. British colonial strategy was the common factor behind both the dispossession of the Algonquin and the construction of the Rideau Canal. Unlike the previous French colonial regime, the Brits were preoccupied with building an agrarian capitalist economy in Upper Canada....More

Reviewed October 23, 2017

Four of us did The Parliament Hill Tour and were provided with an in-depth analysis of the history of Parliament Hill as it relates to Indigenous Peoples, government commemoration, and political protests. Brian's tour is like a well organized university seminar providing detailed conclusions and...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed October 21, 2017

Having done the top attractions on Tripadvior in Ottawa I was attracted to the idea of seeing the city from a different perspective. This is a tour with a difference. Brian is an activist and his approach is to use the tour to make an...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Hi Heather. I don’t currently have a tour planned on that day. Please contact me via the email address on my website, Peoples History Walking Tours, ASAP so we can continue the conversation.