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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.

From the Archives: Civic Holiday Regattas at Brighton Beach

In the past, sporting events were a big attraction to people staying in town over the long weekend. In Ottawa South, the swimming beach at the end of Brighton Avenue was a favourite place to be. Here’s an excerpt from the Ottawa Evening Citizen on August 2, 1923:


From the Archives: Sunnyside and Bank a Tricky Corner for over 80 years

For Safety in School Area

Editorial published in the Ottawa Citizen Oct 26, 1927.

In the interest of public safety a Citizen reader would like to draw attention to the danger to children attending Hopewell Avenue School, who have to cross Bank street at Sunnyside avenue, between the hours of 8:30am and 9:00am.


Historical photographs and maps

The following digital photographs, maps and plans have been obtained with the financial support of the Old Ottawa South Community Association. A comprehensive index of all images identified by OSHP is also available on the OSHP research web.

Note: Some items are still under copyright. OSHP has obtained permission to reproduce these items for research and educational purposes, including on this website. Be sure to check with the source institution for permission before reproduction or any other use.


Rideau River Flood at Rideau River Drive and Belmont Ave

Local resident Harry Thomson's historical water levels


South Branch of the Carnegie Public Library of Ottawa

Images of the branch through the ages.

South Branch at 1200 or 1208 Bank St South Branch at a new location and new building - 1085 Bank St Bookmobile vehicles in parking lot South Branch staff hard at work with electronic catalogue aerial view of vacant land at 1085 Bank St


Hopewell Public School 75th anniversary in 1985

Originally published in the May 1985 OSCAR.

by Rae MacDonald

Congratulations to Hopewell Avenue School on its 75th anniversary.

The area that is now Ottawa South was largely farmers' fields when the first school was formed, probably between 1830 and 1840. Thirty-six children 5 to 16 years old were reported in the neighbourhood. Their log school was probab­ly typical for the period - one room with few windows and a small door. A large wood stove would have sat in a promi­nent location. Seating was probably nothing more than log boards with legs at each end. Textbooks were scarce, and quill pens would have been used for written work. Attend­ance was voluntary. Each family with children attending had to contribute an amount for each child to a common fund. Widows with children were exempt from fees, and families with more than three children were not required to pay ad­ditional amounts. Later on, the children of poor parents attended for free.


Rideau River historical peak flows (highs and lows)

Rideau Valley Conservation Authority - Station No. 02LA004 (Carleton University)