Tunney's Pasture

Tunney's Pasture is an area within the City of Ottawa, Ontario, that is exclusively developed for Canada's federal government buildings. It is bordered by Scott Street to the south, Parkdale Avenue to the east, the Ottawa River Parkway to the north and Northwestern Avenue to the west. While strictly speaking it is confined to this area, people living in the vicinity of it will often call their neighbourhood Tunney's Pasture.

The complex is served by Tunney's Pasture Station on the transitway.


Before the development in the early 1950s, this area was officially known as Lot 35, Concession A, Township of Nepean, and, as the name still indicates, it was used as a farmer’s pasture and named after Anthony Tunney who pastured his cows on the empty land..

As a young man, Anthony Tunney emigrated from Ireland to Ottawa in 1867. He married and built a house at 201 Parkdale Avenue. The owner of the pasture, The Ottawa Lumber Merchants’ Association, hired Tunney to be the caretaker of the land and allowed him to graze his cattle in the field. Although Tunney was able to claim ownership because he had been paying the taxes on the property, he never did so and the land was eventually sold by the association to the government.

Federal ministries and agencies

Below are the ministries and agencies that occupy offices, in whole or in part, in Tunney's Pasture.

Statistics Canada
Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada
Library and Archives Canada
Measurement Canada
Department of National Defence (Canada)
Other buildings
Demolished buildings
Gallery of selected buildings in Tunney's Pasture
  • R.H. Coats Building

  • Main Building

  • Jean Talon Building

  • Health Protection Building

  • Environmental Health Building

  • Brooke Claxton Building

  • Laboratory Centre for Disease Control

  • Jeanne Mance Building

  • Sir Frederick G. Banting Research Centre

  • Finance Building

  • Standards Building

Building Activity

  • updated a digital reference
    about 5 years ago via Annotator
  • updated a digital reference and removed a media
    about 5 years ago via OpenBuildings.com