Mobile Workshops & Tours

The City of Ottawa is offering an exciting range of Mobile Workshops on Monday afternoon (May 14), and Tours on Friday afternoon (May 18). The Mobile Workshops are guided tours by passionate professionals, and will augment the theme of the conference. The Friday tours offer a delightful way to end the week by seeing more of the city’s beautiful and inspiring places.

On Thursday evening, May 17, The National Capital Commission's Urbanism Lab is also offering a special colloquium on “The Capital and the Healthy 10-Minute Neighbourhood. Space is limited so we ask that you sign up for this too.

The size of each Mobile Workshop and tour is limited, so please reserve as soon as possible. Your place on the Workshop/Tour will be confirmed as soon as we have received your reservation, and payment where necessary.

* indicates that the Workshop offers AICP CM credits.

SUMMARY Time Cost
Monday, May 14    
1. Walking: Parliament Hill Precinct and Centre Block * 2:00 - 5:00 Free
2. Cycle: Waterways Cycling Tour * 2:00 - 4:30 $25
3. Walking: Zibi Development * 2:00 - 4:30 $20
4. Walking: West Wellington and Hintonburg Main Street * 2:30 - 5:00 $15
5. Walking: Intensification and Infill in Westboro *  2:30 - 5:00 $15
6. Cycle: Confederation Loop Cycling Tour * 2:30 - 5:00 $25
7. Walking: Revitalizing the ByWard Market * 3:00 - 5:00 Free
8. Walking: Lansdowne Park * 3:00 - 5:30 $20
9. Walking: Shaw Centre to Byward Market - A Walking Audit 4:00 - 5:00 Free
Wednesday, May 16    
  Morning City Run 6:45 - 8:00am Free
Thursday, May 17    
  Urbanism Lab * 6:30 - 8:30pm Free
Friday, May 18    
10. Rideau Canal Boat Cruise 12:00 - 1:30 $20
11. Walking: Town and Crown - Interface between the City and the Parliament * 1:00 - 4:00 Free

MONDAY, MAY 14

1. Walking Workshop: Parliament Hill Precinct and Centre Block * 

Tour leaders: Stan Leinwand, National Capital Commission
Start and end point: Ground Floor Lobby, Shaw Centre
Monday, May 14, 2.00 – 5.00pm
Price: $0
(Maximum 20 persons)

Description: Discover the history, functions and art of Canada’s Parliament. This walking tour will start at the Shaw Centre and proceed along a portion of Confederation Boulevard to the Ottawa River, the Parliamentary Precinct, and the Sparks Street Mall. Learn about the development of significant buildings, streetscapes, commemorations and public art along the route. Explore history, heritage, culture and commercial activity in part of the downtown core. The tour will include a visit to Canada’s Parliament and a guided tour of Centre Block. This iconic building is home to the Senate, House of Commons and Library of Parliament, and is in the midst of a major transformative change and renewal that will modernize and protect these amazing symbols of Canada. Other points of interest will include: the Rideau Canal, Sussex Drive, Major’s Hill Park, Wellington Street, Sparks Street Mall, War Memorial, National Arts Centre, and Confederation Park.
Attendees will walk from the Shaw Centre to Parliament Hill, join a tour of Centre Block, and travel up the Peace Tower. The tour will resume with a guided walk back to the Shaw Centre showcasing other elements of the Capital.

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2. Cycle Workshop: Ottawa Waterways Cycling Tour *

Workshop leaders: Robert Grimwood (Senior Project Manager, Sustainable Transportation, City of Ottawa), Erin O’Connell (Planner III, Development Review Central Branch, City of Ottawa), Kate Whitfield (Senior Associate Engineer/Planner, Alta Planning + Design)
Start and end point: Rent-A-Bike (below the plaza bridge at 2 Rideau Street)
Monday, May 14, 2.00 – 4.30pm
Price: $25
(Maximum 15 persons)

Description: Cycle alongside the waterways of Ottawa including the Rideau River and the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about how the City and its federal partners works to operate and grow one of the foremost year-round commuter and recreational cycling networks in Canada. In this cycling tour participants will travel through the heart of the City and some of the most historic and architecturally significant low-rise neighbourhoods of Ottawa and see how words on paper are being translated into concrete results.  Learn the stories behind the policies, planning, design and operations of the Main Street Complete Streets Project, Laurier Avenue Bike Lanes, the O’Connor Street Bikeway, the Corkstown Footbridge, the Somerset East Advisory Bike Lanes and the Adàwe crossing. Participants will also visit Lansdowne Park, 18 acres of centrally located and easily accessible green space integrated with a major professional sports stadium, mixed-use residential complex and commercial hub.
Attendees will walk from the Shaw Centre to Bike Rental, then cycle approximately 13km total distance. Please note that this activity involves risk, and involves crossing of major roads and intersections. By participating in this tour, the attendee accepts the risks involved and certifies that they are of good health and able to participate in this activity.

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3. Walking Workshop: Zibi Development *

Workshop leaders: Kersten Nitsche (Planner II, Development Review Services, City of Ottawa), Jeff Westeinde, Zibi

Start and end point: Ground Floor Lobby, Shaw Centre
Monday, May 14, 2.00 – 4.30pm
Price: $20
(Maximum 20 persons)

Description: The Zibi waterfront development is currently under development, and will be a sustainable community and redevelopment project by Dream Unlimited Corp. and THEIA Partners.  At Zibi the intent will be to craft a new complete community that blends active lifestyles with the best of urbanity and healthy-living principles with a vibrant waterfront. A former industrial site with deep heritage and cultural significance situated on the banks of the Ottawa River, Zibi is spread between the City of Ottawa and the City of Gatineau. In Ottawa, Zibi rests on the western edge of downtown, consists of both the Chaudière and Albert Islands and is surrounded by the Ottawa River. These islands are physically disconnected from both cities by the river and present an opportunity to create a unique sense of place amongst the heritage buildings on both islands. In Gatineau, the lands are within the downtown core of the city and provide an opportunity to extend the city out to the banks of the river. Through this multi-phase development, Dream and THEIA will transform the derelict land into a blend of residential housing types of low and high rise condominium towers and townhomes, commercial and office space, unique waterfront plazas and outdoor squares, recreational facilities, and more. Since Zibi's public launch, the master plan has won multiple national and international accolades culminating with its reception of the ISOCARP Grand Prize in 2016 for planning excellence. Through the tour attendees will earn about the unique planning, cultural and design challenges of this important site, and get a "behind-the-curtains" peek at the redevelopment of this special site in the heart of the Nation’s capital.
Attendees will board a shuttle and travel to the Zibi Development site, and be returned via shuttle back to the Shaw Centre.

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4. Walking Workshop: West Wellington and Hintonburg Main Street *

Workshop leaders: Inge Roosendaal and Birgit Isernhagen, City of Ottawa Public Health"
Start and end point: Ground Floor Lobby, Shaw Centre
Monday, May 14, 2.30 - 5.00
Price: $15
(Maximum 20 persons)

Description: What does a healthy, 10-minute neighbourhood look like in Ottawa? Explore the older neighbourhoods of Wellington Village and Hintonburg, minutes from the downtown, which are transforming into one of the city’s most sought after communities for urban living.  We will take a tour along the bustling main street, with a vibrant shopping and restaurant scene. There will be interesting new infill to see, from condos to single detached and everything in between popping up throughout the neighborhood. The community has a village feel, with many local needs that can be met on foot. Soon the launch of Ottawa’s new light rail system with stations in these neighbourhoods will bring added attraction to this evolving community. Explore how the bones of the old pre-1945 era design overlaid with new features promote health and well-being. This tour, led by Ottawa Public Health, will cover how the urban fabric of this walkable, revitalized, lively community supports a healthy environment in which to live, work, and play, contributing to positive health outcomes.
Attendees will board an OCTranspo charter bus at the Shaw Centre, which will drop off at the tour start. Participants can expect an approximate 2km walk down the Main Street, with pickup and return to the Shaw Centre.

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5. Walking Workshop: Intensification and Infill in Westboro

Workshop leaders: Randolph Wang, Planner 3, City of Ottawa (Urban Design); and Ben Gianni - Associate Professor, Azrieli School of Architecture (Carleton University)
Start and end point: Ground Floor Lobby, Shaw Centre
Monday, May 14, 2.30 – 5.00pm
Price: $15
(Maximum 20 persons)

Description: How should a growing City manage infill in attractive mature neighbourhoods, and where do we draw the line between intensification and gentrification, creativity and compatibility?  Westboro is a thriving community with a lively street scene and a collection of family-friendly neighbourhoods. The area is well served by a vibrant main street, a picturesque waterfront destination, as well as an efficient a high frequency rapid transit. It is undergoing a significant transformation in recent years with development projects of different scales being observed in virtually in every street block of the community. Using Westboro as a laboratory, this tour will explore urban architecture and market-driven intensification in three significantly different scales:
1. High-rise development at transit nodes;
2. Mid-rise intensification along main streets; and
3. Low-rise infill in the neighbourhoods.
Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss a number of significant and frequently contentious development opportunities and observe some of Ottawa’s most architecturally diverse low-rise infill projects along the way.
Attendees will board an OCTranspo charter bus at the Shaw Centre, which will drop off at the tour start. Participants can expect an approximate 3km walk through city streets, with pickup and return to the Shaw Centre.

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6. Cycle Workshop: Confederation Loop Cycling Tour *

Tour leaders: Colin Simpson (Program Manager, Transportation Engineering Services, City of Ottawa), Peter Giles (Planner II, Policy Planning Branch, City of Ottawa), Bruce Devine (Senior Manager, Facilities and Programs, National Capital Commission)
Start and end point: Rent-A-Bike (below the plaza bridge at 2 Rideau Street)
Monday, May 14, 2.30 – 5.00pm
Price: $25
(Maximum 15 persons)

Description: Cycle around the Confederation Boulevard, The Capital’s ceremonial and discovery route that connects many sites and symbols of national significance. Attendees will see institutions like Parliament and the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as museums, heritage sites, embassies, monuments and parks. The Confederation Boulevard forms a loop that connects both sides of the Ottawa River, linking Ontario and Quebec. It follows several symbolically important streets along federal lands and past national landmarks. This route is the NCC’s flagship urban development project of the past several decades. In collaboration with federal and municipal partners, the NCC has designed and constructed this route around the heart of Canada’s Capital Region. Aside from providing an elegant streetscape for some of the nation’s most important sites and institutions, the Boulevard is often a focus for national celebrations. Its award-winning design features a remarkable mix of grandeur and accessibility. Along the way, participants will also learn and experience some of Ottawa’s most progressive cycling infrastructure, including the Laurier Avenue Bike Lanes, Alexandra Bridge Cycle Tracks and Portage Bridge “Eco-Counter” display.
Attendees will walk from the Shaw Centre to Bike Rental, then cycle approximately 13km total distance. Please note that this activity involves risk, and involves crossing of major roads and intersections. By participating in this tour, the attendee accepts the risks involved and certifies that they are of good health and able to participate in this activity.

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7. Walking Workshop: Revitalizing the ByWard Market *

Tour leaders: Kim Copeland, Planner I, Heritage & Urban Design. Jillian Savage, Planner II, Heritage & Urban Design
Start and end point: Ground Floor Lobby, Shaw Centre
Monday, May 14, 3.00 – 5.00pm
Price: $0
(Maximum 20 persons)

Description: The ByWard Market is Ottawa’s premier destination for al fresco shopping, dining, arts and entertainment for residents and tourists alike. Averaging 50,000 visitors per weekend in the summer months, this historic district is home to Ottawa’s oldest farmers’ market. Street side stalls welcome visitors with seasonal fruits and vegetables, baked goods and the work of dozens of artisans. Over 600 small businesses also lend to the vibrancy of this diverse district. During this tour, attendees will explore the area’s function as a prime pedestrian and tourism hub, learn about the not-for-profit entity created to reshape market operations, visit recently launched public spaces and get a sneak peek at some of the upcoming urban design and transportation initiatives that will continue to promote the Market’s revitalization.
Attendees will walk from the Shaw Centre to the ByWard market area, and return. Total distance approximately 2km

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8. Walking Workshop: Lansdowne Park *

Workshop leader: John Smit, Director, Economic Development (EDLRP), City of Ottawa 
Start and end point: Ground Floor Lobby, Shaw Centre
Monday, May 14, 3.00 – 5.30pm
Price: $20
(Maximum 20 persons)

Description: Lansdowne Park is a world-class attraction that blends modern amenities, courtyards, heritage buildings and green space. This urban public destination, situated right in the heart of city, offers programming on a year-round basis. It features events and activities for all ages and all seasons. Participants will learn about and tour this award-winning master-planned urban development that includes 18 acres of centrally located and easily accessible green space integrated with a major professional sports stadium, mixed-use residential complex and commercial hub.
Attendees will board a shuttle and travel to the Lansdowne Park site, and be returned via shuttle back to the Shaw Centre.

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9. Walking Workshop: Shaw Centre to Byward Market - A Walking Audit *

Tour leader: John Woodhouse, Chair of Walk Ottawa and a Walk Audit Advocate
Start and end point: Ground Floor Lobby, Shaw Centre
Monday, May 14, 4.00 – 5.00pm
Price: $0
(Maximum 12 persons)

Description: Walk from the Shaw Centre to the soon to open LRT station along the sidewalk. We will pass a homeless shelter to get to Nicholas Street Mall. View the new LRT station. Talk about enclosed public spaces that were tried and failed in this area. We shall also discuss a historical farmers market that is being re-branded. The vibrant Byward Market will be explored. Factors affecting walkability, such as sidewalk elements, building uses, and traffic will be discussed.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 16

Morning City Run

Leader: Michael Stott, Director Urban Design and Landscape Architecture

Start and end point: Lord Elgin Hotel Lobby
Wednesday, May 16, 6.45 - 8.00am
Price: $0

Description: Energize your Conference day with an exhilarating morning 10km run with colleagues and friends. We can’t think of a better way to experience the beauty of Ottawa. Running route will includes portions of the Rideau Canal and Ottawa River with all our best monuments seen along the way. Pre-registration required.

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THURSDAY, MAY 17

Urbanism Lab: “The Capital and the Healthy 10-Minute Neighbourhood” *.

Colloquium leader: Stanley Leinwand, NCC Urbanism Lab.  
Speaker:  Benjamin Grant, SPUR (San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association) – Rethinking the Corporate Campus (April 2017)
Location: NCC Urbanism Lab (2nd Floor, 40 Elgin Street)
Thursday, May 17, 6.30 – 8.30pm
Price: $0
(Maximum 50 persons)

Description: Efforts are under way around the world to create healthy walkable neighbourhoods where mixed-use, biking and public transit are more attractive. The Plan for Canada’s Capital calls for federal sites to become better integrated into the urban fabric of their surroundings. How does this contribute to the healthy 10-minute neighbourhood?

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FRIDAY, MAY 18

10. Rideau Canal Boat Cruise

Self-guided.
Start and end point: Rideau Canal Boat Cruise Dock, Located directly on the other side of the canal from the Shaw Centre,  below Rideau Street Bridge
Friday, May 18, 12:00 – 1:30pm
Price: $20. 
(Maximum 40)

Description:   Travel up the Rideau Canal courtesy of Rideau Canal Boat Cruises. During your cruise you will discover the heritage of the City of Ottawa in a very different way! From the Chateau Laurier to Dow's Lake, you will have the chance to learn about thirty different sites that have marked the history of the city. 

Departures are on the National Art center side, below the Plaza Bridge (Rideau Street Bridge) and last approximately 1.5 hour.

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11. Walking Workshop: Town and Crown - Interface between the City and the Parliament *

Tour leaders: Nelson Edwards, City of Ottawa, Transportation Planning, and Carol Ruddy, Policy Planning, City of Ottawa
Start point: Ground Floor Lobby, Shaw Centre
Friday, May 18, 1:00 – 4.00pm
Price: $0
(Maximum 20 persons)

Description: The relationship between the City of Ottawa as the capital of Canada, and the City of Ottawa as home to its residents creates an interesting dynamic at its interface, as expressed in the public realm. Walk with lead City of Ottawa staff and learn how the City is working with its federal partners to continually improve the downtown core, enhance mobility for active transportation, and create exciting pedestrian spaces, while acknowledging the ceremonial role of Canada's Capital. The tour will create an opportunity for participants to share and discuss the challenges and opportunities to bring visions to reality. The tour will conclude with a visit to Canada’s Parliament and a guided tour of Centre Block. This iconic building is home to the Senate, House of Commons and Library of Parliament, and is in the midst of a major transformative change and renewal that will modernize and protect these amazing symbols of Canada.

Wear comfortable shoes and bring your water bottle. Attendees will walk from the Shaw Centre to Parliament Hill, ending with a tour of Centre Block, and travel up the Peace Tower. This tour is open-ended, attendees may explore the grounds of Parliament post-tour. Participants will make their own way back to the Shaw Centre. Total distance approximately 3km.

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