A Century of Charitable Work

In 1910, IODE Laurentian Chapter donated $17,000 to build and furnish a tuberculosis sanatorium (later the Royal Ottawa Hospital). Recently, when the hospital was rebuilt, the chapter was still there to help, this time with furnishings.

IODE Laurentian Chapter, founded in 1906, is a local wing of a national women's charitable organization - IODE - dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals, through education, community service and citizenship programs. Please review the information contained on this website and consider donating to the work of Laurentian Chapter. You can make your contribution online at the flick of a finger. See the "Donate" button in the upper right corner of this page.

55th Annual IODE House and Garden Tour

IODE LAURENTIAN CHAPTER presents the 55th Annual IODE House and Garden Tour. Also celebrating its' 110th anniversary as a Chapter, Laurentian offers six homes and two extra gardens on May 28th from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.

From Vintage to Va-Voom

This year's program cuts a swath right through central Ottawa, from Revelstoke Drive on the banks of the Rideau River, through the 1950's suburbia (renovated) in Alta Vista, all the way to the venerable old neighbourhoods of New Edinburgh and Rockcliffe.  The featured houses range from Victorian to ultra-modern, but all of them offer exquisite interior design, furnishings and art for you to enjoy. In Rockcliffe, there are three professionally designed gardens on display, and professional landscape architects on hand to tell you their secrets. Here are a few of the photos of the houses. Stay tuned. More to come!

In the 1950's when the Alta Vista neighbourhood was first developing, the bungalow was the newest design in Ottawa, and the present owner lived here as a boy in this house. Much later, he returned to demolish the house and to build a much larger, up-to-the-minute dwelling. The house is very special in terms of style and convenience. It has a stunningly open floor plan and such bells and whistles as a butler's pantry and wine closet. It also features many works of art and sports memorabilia.









This is an old house given new life by imaginative design and decoration. The house is 120 years old (1896), and is a wonderful example of New Edinburgh heritage. The owner, Henrietta Southam, is a professional interior designer who has filled the house with sumptuous fabrics, whimsical fittings and wonderful art, to reinvigorate a vintage dwelling. The photos show the exterior of the house, and the living room.

Award-winning architect Robin Fyfe is know as one of a generation that in recent times has transformed domestic architecture in Ottawa, and this house is a fine example of his work set in the beautiful village of Rockcliffe Park. The house also features some impressive art, and the gardens are professionally designed by husband and wife team, Afsoon Kayani and Robert Miller. They will be available during the tour to answer your questions.

This old house overlooking one of New Edinburgh's famous lanes began life around 1884 as modest worker's housing. Today, it is a model of modern design and the imaginative use of space and light. The interior rooms have been renewed and decorated with great taste and artistic sensibility, featuring many works of art. A series of charming outdoor spaces offers fresh air, privacy and delight.

The Billings Estate Museum on Cabot Street was built in 1828 and you can wander through the house on your own, or use the guides who will explain its long history. Ticket holders will be admitted at 1/2 price: adults $3 and seniors $2. Their famous Victorian Teas will be offered at 11am, 1 and 3 pm for $12:50, or you can buy a box lunch for $6.50. Reservations for both food offers can be made in early May by calling 613-247-4830.

This spacious one-story house has a huge koi pond at the entry. The home is a large, beautifully decorated home for an extended family. The garage sports a lift for 2 cars, and the massive grounds extend down to the Rideau River. The landscaped garden is a paradise during the summer.

Tickets: $35.00

On Sat. 28 May tickets can be purchased at 3759 Revelstoke or 446 Cloverdale Rd in Rockcliffe.

Ticket Outlets

  • Randalls Paints and Decorating Centres:
    • 555 Bank Street, 613 233 8441
    • 120 Robertson Road, Bell's Corners, 613 828 2302
    • 2003 St. Joseph Boulevard East, Orleans, 613 824 2438
  • Mood Moss Florists, 186 Beechwood Avenue, 613 741 1774
  • Books on Beechwood, 35 Beechwood Avenue, 613 742 5030
  • Flowers Talk Tivoli, 282 Richmond Road, 613 729 6911
  • Celadon Salon and Spa, 373 St. Laurent Blvd, 613 746 3500
  • Just Imagine Home & Garden Decor, 5532 Main Street, Manotick, 613 692 5550
  • Jacobson’s Gourmet Concepts, 141 Beechwood Avenue, 613 746 6002
  • Taing Jewellers, 3007 St. Joseph Boulevard, 613 837 9151
  • Bloomfields Flowers, 783 Bank Street, 613 230 6434

Tickets by mail can be arranged by calling 613 842 5304

The following businesses are advertisers who support the 55th Annual House and Garden tour.

We encourage you to shop at their stores, use their services and visit their websites.

Barry Hobin                                                                 hobinarc.com
Bradda                                                                        braddaprinting.com
Books on Beechwood                                                www.booksonbeechwood.ca
Celadon Salon and Spa                                             celadonspa.ca
Chances R                                                                  chancesR.ca
Cheryl Dudley  csdudley@bell.net
Cindy Cluett, Landscaping                                         beyondthehouse.ca
Clocktower                                                                 clocktower.ca
Cricket & Co. Pet Boutique                                        cricketandcompany.ca
Crystal Beshara                                                          CrystalBeshara.com
Edward Jones - Steve McIlroy                                   edwardjones.com
Elite Draperies                                                            elitedraperies.ca
Epicuria                                                                      epicuria.ca
Fisher Heights Chiropractic                                       fisherheightschiro.ca
Fraser's Table 40                                                       frasercafe.ca
Fireplace Center                                                        fireplacecenter.com
Future Financial - Carl Eppstadt                               futurefinancial.com
Gibson’s ERP - Estate Reporting Professionals            
Goodies                                                                    goodiescatering.com
Green Thumb Garden Centre                                   greenthumbgarden.ca
HoHo Restaurant                                                      hohochinese.ca
Host India                                                                 hostindia.ca
Just Imagine                                                             JustImagineDecor.com
Kavanaugh                                                               kavanaughgarage.ca
Kirena Esthetique
Linden House Theatre Company                             lindenpro.ca
Manor Park Barber Shop
Mark Gawargy                                                         scotiawealthmanagement.com
Monson Cleaners                                                    MonsonDeluxe.com
New Edinburgh Pharmacy
Rockcliffe Retirement Res.                                      chartwell.com
Sezlik.com                                                               sezlik.com
Smith Petrie Carr & Scott                                        spcs-ins.com
TAG                                                                          tagottawa.com
Tim Dudley Pianos  tdpianos@bell.net
Word Image - Janet Uren                                        wordimage.ca

Thanks to the businesses who help make the tour possible.

Further contact information for the businesses can be found in the IODE tour ticket available at retailers across the city.


Saturday, 28 May 2016 -
9:30am to 4:30pm
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