In 2013 our very fine Mayor Jim Watson proclaimed the last week of June to be Welcoming Ottawa Week which has now become an annual week long series of cultural and celebratory events and activities.
It’s designed to convey welcome and hospitality to newcomers and create dialogue and interaction with established residents.
There are many guided tours highlighting 4 Ottawa neighborhoods with FREE guided walking tours offered in both English and French and it runs June 18th to 30th.
Which means, yes it kicks off next Monday with tours through Chinatown, Lowertown, Vanier and Little Italy.
It’s also a great way to be a tourist in your own backyard too 🙂