The many and varied threads of Canada’s national life come together in its capital region. Where the Rideau River flows into the Ottawa River, an Algonquin community was visited by French explorers and settled by British colonists. The town grew into a city, spilled over a provincial border, and now represents Canada to the world.
Ottawa is a seat of government and has all the official edifices to show for it. But as Andrew Waldron shows you in Exploring the Capital, it’s a lot more than that. Follow the twelve guided-tours covering all corners of the region in Ontario and Quebec and you’ll encounter homes and schools, cultural sites and green spaces, houses of worship and shrines to commerce. Early houses, humble or magnificent, from the era of the lumber barons can be found steps away from the latest in sleek condominiums and office towers built for sustainability. Waldron takes you behind the doors of more than 390 diverse structures to learn who made them, how, and why.
Exploring the Capital is for architectural experts and amateurs, and for residents and visitors alike. Visit Ottawa’s landmarks and neighbourhoods through its stories, maps, and photographs, and learn how great design and engineering turn landscapes into cityscapes.
Andrew Waldron is an architectural historian who has worked at Parks Canada and is Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions? heritage conservation manager in Ottawa. His passion for Canadian architecture and historic sites began when he was young. Andrew and his wife Danielle live in a historic house in Lowertown.
Peter Coffman began as an architectural photographer so in love with his subject that he became an architectural historian. He teaches in the History and Theory of Architecture program at Carleton University, and is a Past President of the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada.
Harold Kalman received his PhD in the history of art architecture from Princeton University, and it the author of A History of Canadian Architecture, Exploring Ottawa, and Exploring Vancouver.