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  • Ottawa South History Project


Glimpses of Old Ottawa South's history: local stories of the past, research findings, and snippets of old news items.

Book Launch: Exploring the Built Heritage of Old Ottawa South

How well do you know Old Ottawa South? Do you know where one of the founders of the National Hockey League and co-owner of the early Ottawa Senators used to live? Can you locate where the Rideauville, Wyoming Park, and Oakland Heights subdivisions used to be? Where is the Notch of the Mountain? How about Stegman's Rapids? We now have a 100-page, full-colour book to answer your questions: Exploring the Built Heritage of Old Ottawa South. Book Launch & Lecture with Heritage Ottawa: Wed. Feb. 19, 2014

Publications: Exploring the Built Heritage of Old Ottawa South

The Ottawa South History Project is pleased to announce the publication of Exploring the Built Heritage of Ottawa South. Published in partnership with Heritage Ottawa, the book encompasses an overview of the history of Old Ottawa South and presents the designated heritage properties in the neighbourhood, along with the property profiles and streetscapes developed in the summer of 2009. Online sales are available through Heritage Ottawa. The book is also available in selected local bookstores such as Octopus Books in the Glebe, Books on Beechwood in New Edinburgh, Perfect Books in Centretown, and Black Squirrel Books in Old Ottawa South.

Wyoming Park in Ottawa South

Originally published in the February 2013 OSCAR. In the late 1890s the area of Ottawa South bounded by Bank, Grove, Bronson, Sunnyside, and Woodbine Place was promoted as a new residential neighbourhood under the name “Wyoming Park.”

From the Archives: Streetcars Come to Ottawa South

On the occasion of the first streetcar to cross the canal, this October 10, 1913 Ottawa Citizen article describes the first official tram trip over the Bank Street Bridge, with civic dignitaries, railway officials, and a veritable “who’s who” of Ottawa South in attendance. And a celebration of Ottawa South's Progress and Purity. Extension of Line over Rideau Canal Streetcars Begin Service to Ottawa South over Bridge The extension of the street railway line over Bank Street Bridge was officially opened this morning, by nearly all of the members of the city council, directors and officials of the Ottawa Electric Railway, prominent residents in Ottawa South, newspapermen and others. A regular service of cars is now running over the new line. The opening ceremony was one of the most delightful functions that has been held in the city. Everything went off without a hitch of any kind. If the weather…

Ottawa Then & Now Photos

John West has developed a creative hobby — he re-takes old photographs of Ottawa and then creates an animated dissolve between the old and new photograph. He posts his work on his website www.Ottawahh.com. Have a look at some of the images of the Old Ottawa South area.

A New Addition to Linda Thom Park

Just north of the Billings Bridge, on the west side of Bank Street, a new historical marker has been installed. Sponsored by the Gloucester Historical Society, Association of Friends of the Billings Estate Museum, Gloucester Lions Club and Billings Bridge Shopping Centre, the plaque commemorates the 200th anniversary of the arrival in 1812 of pioneer settler Braddish Billings to the Ottawa area. The official unveiling of the plaque to honour Braddish Billings took place Wednesday, August 21, 2013.
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