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IODE Laurentian Chapter will present their 53rd annual House and Garden Tour mostly in Westboro. Six beautiful homes will be open to the public on June 13th and 14th from 10 am. to 4 pm.  Most of the money raised by the tour will be donated to the shelters for abused women and their children.

A Garden Days event! Press Release

Here are a few of the attractions:


  1. A home, once owned by Leonard Lee of Lee Valley Tools, has been carefully renovated. The outdoor kitchen will offer IODE baked goods for sale.
  2. Across the street is a newly built, custom home with every amenity, including a gourmet kitchen, theatre, and exercise room.
  3. A home with a gorgeous view of the Ottawa River, was modular built and has amazing space and soaring ceilings. A landscaped garden surrounds the house on 3 sides.
  4. This impressive 2-storey brick home boasts large rooms and a garden with an in-ground pool. It boasts a slide (supposedly for kids) from the mud room to the lower level recreation room.
  5. Although 10 minutes drive from Amica at 491 Richmond Rd., this home is in an exclusive neighbourhood near the Nepean Yacht Club. This house boasts its own beachfront on the Ottawa River. A shuttle bus will be offered to this area leaving Amica at 9:45 am, on a 40 minute service.
  6. The Keg Manor restaurant occupies one of the original homes in the area. It was built for William Thomson starting in 1831.


  • Maplelawn, owned by the NCC, is one of the last walled gardens in the area and first cultivated in the 1820’s.  Several Westboro residents have offered their gardens for a visit, and well-informed gardeners will be available to answer questions.
  • The Keg Manor will have guided tours of the house from 10-11:30 am both days, led by David Jeanes and assisted by Janet Uren.
  • Lunch with steak and other delicious entrees, will be offered on a pre-paid basis

($35 including taxes and gratuities. Please book by June 9th. Phone 613 724 1242)

AT AMICA WESTBORO PARK - 491 Richmond Rd. (A Retirement Residence).

  • Free refreshments courtesy of Amica will be available all day.
  • Public toilets are also on site.
  • Two shuttle buses will leave on a regular schedule from the front driveway of Amica. Shuttle Bus West will start at 9:45am, and about every 40 minutes. Shuttle Bus south and east (Westboro) will leave about every 30minutes starting at 10am.
  • You may exchange your PayPal receipt for a ticket booklet there from 9:30 to 11:00 am both days.


  1. Friday at 1.45 pm Bruce Elliott, a Professor  of History at Carleton University will explain how the Westboro area developed in response to a series of transportation  innovations.  
  2. Saturday at 1.45 pm Development of Westboro after 1959, by David Jeanes, a transportation and heritage expert and long-time resident of the neighbourhood. He will also greet visitors to The Keg Manor back entrance to explain the history of the house which dates from 1831. He will be there from 10-11:30 am.
  3. Friday at 11 am Mary Reid, an accomplished and very knowledgeable gardener of Green Thumb Garden Centre, will speak about gardening. Also on Saturday at 3pm.

Tickets: $30.00

Purchase online with secure Credit Card or PayPal payment

Ticket Outlets

  • Randalls Paints and Decorating Centres:
    • 555 Bank Street
    • 120 Robertson Road, Bell's Corners
    • 2003 St. Joseph Boulevard East, Orleans
  • Mood Moss Florists, 186 Beechwood Avenue
  • Books on Beechwood, 35 Beechwood Avenue
  • Tivoli Florist, 282 Richmond Road
  • Celadon Spa, 373 St. Laurent Blvd
  • Just Imagine Home & Garden Decor, 5532 Main Street, Manotick
  • Amica Retirement Home, 491 Richmond Road

Tickets by mail can be arranged by calling 613 842 5304

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