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Boathouses on the Rideau Canal

a009197 webThe Rideau Canal has not always been the quiet waterway surrounded by green parkways which it is today. In the nineteenth century it was a busy commercial and industrial zone. North of Pretoria it was bordered by warehouses, wharves, and railway tracks. South of Pretoria the canal banks were more open but there were wharves, a brick works, and private boathouses. The north side of Dow’s Lake was an industrial site lined with lumber piling yards, a cannery and railway tracks.


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


New Bronson Avenue Crossing South of Canal Proposed

Bronson Avenue Crossing near Colonel By Drive Ramps for Pedestrians & Cyclists

bronson-crossing-alt3-sThe City of Ottawa has recommendations for a new signalized crossing to facilitate foot & bicycle traffic across Bronson Avenue by the northend of the Carleton University campus.

The timeframe to implement this suggestion is to seek funding in the upcoming municipal budget process and for the work to start in 2015.


From the Archives: Railway Tracks Going Under Canal

Now used by the Ottawa O-Train,  the decision fifty years ago to eliminate level crossings along the rail line, thereby constructing a tunnel under Dow’s Lake to replace the level railway bridge, changed the face of the western part of town. Here from the Ottawa Citizen article 13 June 1961, the announcement of the planned work.

Railway Tracks Going Under Canal; Begin Work in Fall; Finish 2 Years

The government has approved the depression of the CPR Prescott railway line across the city’s West End.

Expected to start in the fall, the $3,600,000 project will see the line go under the Rideau Canal by tunnel and by open cut from the canal to near Gladstone Avenue.

Not a level railway crossing will be left in the section concerned.


Bronson Street Canal Bridge

a009969_smallOn March 6, 1894, John G. Haggart, the Minister of Railways and Canals, received a petition from the citizens of Ottawa and residents of the Township of Nepean, Carleton County, requesting the erection of a bridge across the Rideau Canal near its outlet into Dow’s Lake, on a line with Concession Street (Bronson Avenue) in Ottawa.

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