Old Ottawa South Community Association

  • Ottawa South History Project

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 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.



  • 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: 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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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

Editor's Note: The Prospectus of Ottawa South Property Company Limited is now available online here http://online.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.97827 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.

Bronson Avenue Bridge House

Bronson Avenue Bridge House The following research notes about the Toilet Facilities at the Bronson Avenue Bridge House are derived from the following Library and Archives (LAC) material: LAC description: Buildings — Construction and Maintenance — Toilet Rooms and Facilities — Ottawa — Bronson Avenue Bridge House — Toilet Facilities File part of: Canal Division Access: textual records Finding aid no. 12-6 Reference numbers: former archival reference no.: RG12-B-13 Volume: 3686 File part: 1 File no.: 4118-85-3 Synopsis:
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