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Old Ottawa South Community Association

  • The Fall 2020 Virtual Program Guide is OUT NOW & Registration is OPEN!

    The Fall 2020 Virtual Program Guide is OUT NOW & Registration is OPEN!

    We have another full lineup of programs and workshops for all ages! Check out the Fall 2020 Virtual Guide, or click "Register Now" to browse all programs and register in Amilia.

     

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  • Registration for In-Person After 4 is Open

    Registration for In-Person After 4 is Open

    Registration for our in-person After 4 program is open for October and space is very limited. For details on some of the updated safety procedures and protocols, read the update on our website.

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  • Introducing OSCA's All-Access Fitness Membership!

    Introducing OSCA's All-Access Fitness Membership!

    We are excited to offer a brand new way to experience our fitness programs: OSCA's All-Access Fitness Membership! With 3 membership Tiers, our new memberships provide flexibility & convenience to join any of our (virtual) fitness offerings for one monthly fee. Click "Register Here" for full details.

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COVID-19 Resources

News, Updates on What's Open, and Quarantine Stories in Old Ottawa South.

If you have an OOS Quarantine Story you want to share with us, please email it to oscaprograms@oldottawasouth.ca or fill out our submission form.

Keeping Rain Where it Belongs

Keeping Rain Where it Belongs

Once upon a time, there was a small settlement on the banks of a beautiful river. It was a lovely site, with many trees, open meadows of wildflowers and grasses, and a marsh where water plants grew and many different kinds of insects, birds, butterflies, and small animals lived. When it rained, the water seeped into the ground where tree roots could reach it, and it replenished the marsh.

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Synchronicity in the Park

Synchronicity in the Park

Osborne Street in Old Ottawa South has a lovely park that runs midway down Osborne to the banks of the Rideau River. It is a small park, too small really for a field house or recreational facility, but just the right size for neighbours to share a common green space.

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The beaver are back at Brewer Pond!

The beaver are back at Brewer Pond!

In my daily walks around Brewer Pond, I’ve noticed old signs of beaver activity from the beaver that used to live there in 2014. I figured it was only a matter of time before they returned, and happily, they are back.

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From the Archives: Brighton Beach - Oasis on the Rideau

Longing for a cool place in these dog days of summer? A nearby swimming hole would  be an ideal place to spend some time. In the past, the residents of Ottawa South had a wonderful spot, a beach at the end of Brighton Avenue, now a park with grass and trees, but formerly a haven for aquatic activities on the Rideau River.

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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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Williams House

Northern facade facing Southern Drive (Kathy Krywicki, 2008)
Northern facade facing Southern Drive (Kathy Krywicki, 2008)

96 Southern Drive
1820s and later
Residential

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An 1827 map of the vicinity around the still-new settlement of Bytown shows the residence of Lewis Williams on this site, across the Rideau River from the house of Braddish Billings. The map is on display at the Billings Estate Museum. On this basis, it is believed that the original portion of this frame structure dates from 1827, placing it among the oldest frame buildings in Ottawa. Williams and his family were among the first settlers of the region, arriving in 1817.

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