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Exhibits and events

Tours, presentations and exhibit requests

Book a tour

We would be happy to have you visit the City of Ottawa Archives. Tours are free and we are able to accommodate groups of various sizes.  We are always willing to create specialized tours relating to our collections. Please contact us at for more information.

Book a City of Ottawa Archives presentation

Our knowledgeable staff are available to present information on various topics such as:

  • Preservation of records
  • Archives and the Future of Copyright
  • Preserving Your History at the City of Ottawa Archives
  • Caring for Your Print Photographs
  • Caring for Your Digital Photographs
  • Introduction to Archives
  • Is it Archival?
  • Creating a Community Archives
  • Researching the History of Property
  • And many more

Display and exhibit requests

The City of Ottawa Archives may partner or provide support to create exhibits. Each request and partnership is unique; if you are interested in creating an exhibit with the Archives please contact us at

The City of Ottawa Archives has several exhibits and events that highlight the City’s history, local culture and heritage.

Please contact us at for more information.


Letters to Santa 2021

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Sorry, Letters to Santa Kits are ‘sold out’. Due to overwhelming demand, the Letters to Santa kits are ‘sold out’.

Please download a complimentary Letters to Santa writing kit [PDF - 754 KB] to print at home. From all of us at the City of Ottawa Archives, we wish you a very happy holiday!

Deadline to send letters: Mail your letter by Friday December 10, 2021 to guarantee a reply before the holidays!

For assistance, please contact or 613-580-2857.