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Heritage Month at the Library!

Old photo of Ottawa

It is cold outside, so why not come inside and learn about local history during Heritage Month at Ottawa Public Library?

This February, we are celebrating the fascinating heritage of our area: from Franco-Ontarian history and lore to tales from Ottawa’s past, you are sure to be enthralled, and appreciate your city more than ever.

Bytown Tales

Stories of colourful characters and events from Ottawa's somewhat checkered history!  Colette Laplante of Ottawa Storytellers will regale you with tales both thrilling and humorous. 

This is a family program, suitable for kids ages seven and up.


Stories and Legends from Canada’s Capital

Celebrate Heritage Month with tales from Ottawa’s past!  Whether it is Battling Bytown, The Flying Canoe, Sir Galahad or the Great Fires; Colette Laplante of Ottawa Storytellers will tell you tales to intrigue and thrill. 

This program is for adults.


Great Canal Journeys: Rideau Canal

The Historical Society of Ottawa presents a special screening of the spectacular Rideau Canal episode of the British Channel 4 series Great Canal Journeys.

This program is for adults.

Some of our “Storytimes” have a distinctive Franco-Ontarian flavour month to celebrate the Mois du patrimoine en Ontario français. Every family is welcome:

Contes pour célébrer l'histoire franco-ontarienne!

Nicole Fournier, or Capitaine Bonnefemme, will entertain you with her almost true tales!

This program is for families, and children 7 seven years old and up. In French.