Old Ottawa South Community Association

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Ottawa South History Project

We are a group of local amateur historians whose interest is to research, document, and present facts and information about the history of Old Ottawa South in a fun and informative way. Get in touch with us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Heritage Properties

A map to all the heritage properties in Old Ottawa South, linked to the Old Ottawa South History Project's write-up on each. Your own virtual historical walking tour of our neighbourhood.



  • blue pin = designated heritage property
  • red pin = significant heritage property
  • green pin = Heritage Survey 2009 property
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Long reads

Essays and reflections on the History of Old Ottawa South View items...


These are glimpses of Old Ottawa South's history: reproduced snippets of news items and notices describing the old, as if it were new. View items...

City of Ottawa Funds Heritage Survey in Old Ottawa South

The Ottawa South History Project received some fantastic news in early March 2009: the City of Ottawa is awarding $6,000 toward our Heritage Survey project allowing us to hire a student this summer to conduct the detailed research and field work from May through August 2009. Now we need residents of Old Ottawa South to step forward as volunteers to assist with project activities, or as donors to help complete the fundraising. What is the Heritage Survey project?

A Brief History: 916 Colonel By Drive

Adapted from a house profile written by Gill Magnan. The first settlers to Old Ottawa South arrived in 1814. Lewis Williams and family came from Wales to the wilds of Upper Canada in 1818. Lewis purchased the south half of Lot “K”, Broken Concession”C”, Township of Nepean, approximately 111 acres between what is now Main and Bronson. Another well known pioneer family, headed by Alexander Mutchmor, built a lovely stone homestead, Abbotsford House, some time between 1867/72 on what is now the southwest corner of Holmwood and Bank. Alex was a farmer and entrepreneur and formed many interesting business alliances, one of which was a partnership with his cousin John Garland; Garland, Mutchmor & Co. Financial Agencies and Real Estate.

Ottawa Motor Boat Assocation Lease on Rideau Canal

Ottawa Motor Boat Assocation Lease on Rideau Canal Research notes from examining this document at LAC: Title: Lease of Rideau Canal Frontage along Echo Drive between Riverdale and Bank St to Ottawa Motor Boat Association Order-in-Council PC 982, 25 April 1912 LAC RG2-A-1 Volume 1036 Minutes, annexes and reports 1912/04/18 to 1912/04/27 textual records Other control number R-39 Note: textual records were searched because PC 982 was not found by author in LAC microfilm T 5017 PC 982 is based on a memorandum dated 18th April 1912 from the Ministry of Railways and Canals (not available)

Ottawa South Property Company Prospectus

Ottawa South Property Company Prospectus Research notes from examining this document at LAC. Title: Prospectus of the Ottawa South Property Company Limited as regards new stock: incorporated under the laws of the Province of Ontario LAC reference no: AC901 A7 1920 no.

Ottawa South Property Company

Ottawa South Property Company Incorporated 1910 "company file" TC33739 available from the Companies and Personal Property Securities Branch, Ontario Ministry of Government Services, 800-361-3223. Company file contains approximately 150 pgs of correspondence, including letters of patent, the company charter, and numerous annual reports. We have ordered copies of approximately 50 pgs. At a later date may want to order digital scans and/or colour copies of some material.
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