Old Ottawa South Community Association

  • Ottawa South History Project

Ottawa South History Project

We are a group of local amateur historians who research, document, and present information about the history of Old Ottawa South in a fun and informative way. Get in touch with us at HistoryProject [AT] OldOttawaSouth [DOT] ca.

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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.


 

Legend

  • 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...

Stories

These are glimpses of Old Ottawa South's history: local stories of the past, research findings, and snippets of news items and notices describing the old, as if it were new.

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Views from the Bank Street Bridge

The National Capital Commission has amassed a huge collection of images of Ottawa and area over the years. Included in this collection is a 1929 view of the roadway alongside the Rideau Canal from the Bank Street Bridge in Ottawa South. Here's a then & now comparison.
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From the Archives: Ottawa South Memories

In this excerpt from the March 1990 OSCAR, June Kelly O'Byrne recounts memories of life on Sunnyside Avenue from the 1920s and beyond, with recollections of family and friends, and recalls the many local stores and businesses in the neighbourhood. Ottawa South Memories by June Kelly O'Byrne In 1920 my parents bought a little house on Sunnyside Ave. on a big lot which extended to Woodbine Place. Dad had just returned from the First World War and was fortunate to obtain employment as a Letter Carrier. His "route", as he called it, encompassed Echo Drive at the Precious Blood Convent to Cameron Ave. (Cowan's Ice House and Wilson's Lumber Yard), east to the Rideau River, including what is now known as Rideau Gardens. Some senior citizens may remember him, as he received many a "tip" at Christmas time from the residents of those streets.
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The Lewis Williams Family

Recently on March 1st, as a Saint David's Day tribute, the Bytown Museum posted an historic photo of the Lewis Williams family. Lewis Williams came from Wales in 1817 and settled along the Rideau River in then Nepean Township; the heritage-designated Williams house still stands at 96 Southern Drive, in Old Ottawa South.
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From the Archives: Bank Street Snapshots 1957

From the Archives: Bank Street Snapshots 1957

In the midst of reconstruction along Bank Street, a June 2003 OSCAR article featured pictures of Bank Street businesses from 1957, namely Cutts Motors on Bank Street at Chesley Street plus the Esso (White Rose) gas station on Bank Street at Aylmer Avenue.
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