Old Ottawa South Community Association

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Ottawa Cultural Roadmap: Public Consultations

Have a say about Ottawa’s cultural scene by attending a public consultation event between November 16th to December 1st, 2018. Check out the event details here

It’s important – did you know that Ottawa cultural sites and events drew audiences of over 5 million in 2017? And approximately 51,000 residents are employed in culture and tourism? Cultural events include film and food festivals, heritage and theatre districts, rural museums, urban concerts, and street art.


Bank Street Bridge

South part (Mohammad al-Asad, 2008)

South part (Mohammad al-Asad, 2008)

North part (Mohammad al-Asad, 2008)

North part (Mohammad al-Asad, 2008)

Bank Street Bridge over the Rideau Canal

1912, *restored in 1993

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The Bank Street Canal Bridge carries Bank Street along a roughly north – south direction over the Rideau Canal, linking The Glebe to Old Ottawa South. It also passes over Queen Elizabeth and Colonel By drives, each of which extends along one side of the canal.


From the Archives: Thomas H. Brewer

Brewer Way A park, a pool, a pond, an arena, a roadway. Ever wonder about the name associated with the south-west section of the neighbourhood? Was Old Ottawa South once a hotbed for beer-making activity? Well, maybe. But more important to the area was one Thomas H. Brewer, early resident of Ottawa South. He was a founder of the Ottawa South Municipal Association and a chairman of the Ottawa Amateur Sports Association. From the Ottawa Evening Citizen October 21, 1936, his obituary:


Charles Hopewell

Charles Hopewell - Ottawa ArchivesDid you know that Hopewell Avenue was named after Ottawa's mayor from 1909 to 1912 Charles Hopewell?  After the suburb of Old Ottawa South was annexed into the city of Ottawa in 1907, Hopewell was instrumental in getting the streetcar line extended over the Bank Street bridge into the rapidly expanding neighbourhood. The streetcar ran along a route roughly the equivalent as today's #7 bus route. The school was built in 1910 but there had been a school on the site since the 1830s. Here's a bit more about his life and death and role in the nation's captial.

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