Sandy Hill was once home to Ottawa’s élite. Fathers of Confederation, prime ministers, prominent businessmen, civil servants and famous writers have all left some mark of their stay, either in their former homes or in the stories that are still told about them. Their lives and the eclectic architecture that characterizes the neighbourhood provide the inspiration for an exploration of Sandy Hill West.
Left: The Hon. William McDougall, one of the Fathers of Confederation, purchased the Besserer House in 1866 and lived there until 1870. Besserer House (right) was originally the residence of Louis-Théodore Besserer, founder of Sandy Hill. Photos: Williiam James Topley, LAC / PA-026300. Undated photo of Besserer House, LAC / PA-051840
GUIDE: François Bregha has lived in Sandy Hill for over 30 years. With a passion for history, he has collected numerous anecdotes about the famous people who once lived in the neighbourhood.
Heritage Ottawa Members: $5 / Non-Members: $10 ( Payable by cash at start of the tour )
Please Note: This evening tour ends at the University of Ottawa near Cumberland Street.