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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.

To find out more about our activities, read this overview article.

Exploring the Built Heritage of Old Ottawa South

38-Euclid-smallHow well do you know Old Ottawa South?

  • Do you know where one of the founders of the National Hockey League and co-owner of the early Ottawa Senators used to live?
  • Can you locate where the Rideauville, Wyoming Park, and Oakland Heights subdivisions used to be?
  • Where is the Notch of the Mountain? How about Stegman's Rapids?

We now have a 100-page, full-colour book to answer your questions: Exploring the Built Heritage of Old Ottawa South.

Book Launch & Lecture with Heritage Ottawa: Wed. Feb. 19, 2014


Carleton University Opens Ottawa Resource Room

cu ott room 1The first floor of Carleton’s MacOdrum Library is now home to a new city-focused resource centre — the Ottawa Resource Room. 

The official grand opening, on February 4, 2016, was an opportunity for library staff to provide tours of the space and give an understanding of how it operates.


Wyoming Park in Ottawa South

Wyoming-Park-SubdivisionMap-smallOriginally published in the February 2013 OSCAR.

In the late 1890s the area of Ottawa South bounded by Bank, Grove, Bronson, Sunnyside, and Woodbine Place was promoted as a new residential neighbourhood under the name “Wyoming Park.”


From the Archives: Streetcars Come to Ottawa South

On the occasion of the first streetcar to cross the canal, this October 10, 1913 Ottawa Citizen article describes the first official tram trip over the Bank Street Bridge, with civic dignitaries, railway officials, and a veritable “who’s who” of Ottawa South in attendance. And a celebration of Ottawa South's Progress and Purity.

Extension of Line over Rideau Canal

Streetcars Begin Service to Ottawa South over Bridge

The extension of the street railway line over Bank Street Bridge was officially opened this morning, by nearly all of the members of the city council, directors and officials of the Ottawa Electric Railway, prominent residents in Ottawa South, newspapermen and others. A regular service of cars is now running over the new line.

The opening ceremony was one of the most delightful functions that has been held in the city. Everything went off without a hitch of any kind. If the weather had not been made to order it could not have been more ideal for such an auspicious event.


Ottawa Then & Now Photos

a012914-v6-mikan-3318580-smallJohn West has developed a creative hobby — he re-takes old photographs of Ottawa and then creates an animated dissolve between the old and new photograph. He posts his work on his website

Have a look at some of the images of the Old Ottawa South area.


Gardening in Ottawa South 1910-style

It's Like Growing Money: 'Make Hay' in Real Estate, from the Ottawa Citizen May 3, 1910, touting the investment potential of Ottawa South. Call 4805 for details.


Mayfair Theatre Celebrates 80th Anniversary

Ottawa-Citizen-3-Dec-1932-Mayfair-Ad-smallA remarkable milestone has been reached in our neighbourhood: the Mayfair Theatre first opened its doors on December 5, 1932, some eighty years ago!

The theatre was built as an "atmospheric" cinema, with Spanish Revival influences. The atmospheric style of theatre design was based on the desire to transport the theatre-goer to another time and place, to distract them from life's problems and provide them with an atmosphere of rest and beauty.  The Mayfair’s design mimics a Mediterranean plaza by featuring an ornate painted ceiling, faux stone facades and balconies, with wrought ironwork and ornamental glass windows in the theatre’s auditorium.