Old Ottawa South Community Association

Story’s Story

By Jean-Claude Dubé

Originally published in the July/August 2012 OSCAR.

698-Echo-Drive-smallThe stately house at 698 Echo Drive has a very significant history that relates to both the City of Ottawa and the Old Ottawa South neighbourhood. For most of the 20th century, it was associated with the owners of the Story Lumber Company, the Doran Construction Company and the Coulter Pharmacies Company.

In the 19th century, George Hay, a Sparks Street hardware store owner who eventually became the President of the Bank of Ottawa, owned most of the triangular-shaped block on Echo Drive between Riverdale Avenue and Bank Street. Upon his death in 1910, his estate was sub-divided into 23 huge lots by S.E. Farley, Ontario land surveyor. The first lot to be purchased in 1912, the one immediately east of his home at 700 Echo Drive was by John A. Story, a well-known lumber merchant.


About the OSCA Website

Do you live, work, or own a business in Old Ottawa South, or just want to keep up on what's happening? Then this website is for you. Find out what the community association and residents are doing to make it a great place to be. Sign up for the newsletter, submit your own events, articles, and photos. Have a look around and be sure to subscribe to the weekly newsletter News Between the Bridges. It's free, and only one email a week keeps you up to date on what's going on in the neighbourhood. You can also follow us on Twitter or on Facebook.

You'll find all our popular seasonal programs here, too. Follow the links on the home page to download our program guide or to register for programs online.

Our online events calendar displays events in, around, or of relevance to Old Ottawa South, and when you subscribe, our weekly e-mail newsletter will appear in your email box weekly to keep you up to date on upcoming events and the latest news.

OSCA board meeting agendas, minutes and related reports are posted as soon as available, so you can keep abreast of current local issues and attend an upcoming meeting if there is a topic of interest to you. You can find out all about OSCA, its board members and committees, and discover volunteer opportunities  that let you contribute to the betterment of your community.

Current and past issues of our community newspaper, the OSCAR, are available online.

We are also the home of the Ottawa South History Project, a repository of ongoing research by local history buffs who want to discover and share the community's unique history.

We invite you to explore our website. Check back often to see what's new and happening. 

To post an event, please login to your website account and follow the prompts in the event calendar listing. To submit an article or photo, email the Web Editor, Kathy Krywicki at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We welcome your feedback!


Havana Night II: Hot Night in a Cold Town!

Are you yearning for the exciting sounds of Cuban music, for scrumptious Cuban (Havana Cafe) food, for the exhilerating sight of sand and surf, for the distinctive taste of a mojito?

Dancers_smallHavana Night II, a reprise of the sold out event last year, is the place to go on Saturday, January 28th at 8 pm at the Ottawa South Community Centre. This OSCA event is guaranteed to bring some sparkle to your tired January eyes!

To purchase your tickets, click here, select All Programs, then scroll down to the bottom, where you will see Havana Night II under Special Events.


Demise of the Brighton Oak

Old_Oak_Brighton_285[Editor's note: See the CBC video of the neighbours saying goodbye here. Thanks to OOS local Lori Pope for all her hard work alerting both the community association and the media.

The following was written Aug.11. for the News Between the Bridges Newsletter.]

As many residents of Old Ottawa South and beyond may know, there is a beloved old oak tree in Brighton Park (formerly Brighton Beach) that has been struggling to survive for some years now, and the last big storm on July 17th caused sufficient damage that the City of Ottawa is concerned about safety and will be removing the tree sometime in the very near future [removal commences Wed. Sept. 17, 2011]. The tree has figured prominently over decades in the history of Old Ottawa South, and the City has worked hard at maintaining it for some years now despite its poor condition.

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