Xmas Tree Drop Off

Xmas Tree Drop Off

After the holidays, don’t throw your Christmas tree to the curb – the Rideau Canal Skateway team wants to recycle it! From December 22 to January 26th, bring your tree over to the Christmas tree drop-off area so it can be reused. Your tree will be used as a decoration on the Rideau Canal Skateway, and afterwards, transformed into wood chips to be used throughout the Capital. The drop-off location is on Colonel By…

What does the Rideau Canal mean to you?

What does the Rideau Canal mean to you?

There is no question that the Rideau Canal is one of the most iconic symbols of our city. There is also no question that it is a source of recreation, transportation, history and more for both residents and visitors. So, how can the caretakers of both the canal and the land that surrounds it ensure that the Rideau Canal continues to be a valuable resource for generations to come? That’s the question being asked…

Rideau Canal Cultural Landscape Study

Rideau Canal Cultural Landscape Study

The National Capital Commission, Parks Canada, and the City of Ottawa have commissioned Matrix Heritage to produce a cultural landscape study of the Ottawa urban section of the Rideau Canal corridor. The study will create a guiding document that outlines the heritage values and character-defining elements within the study area and how these can best be enhanced and protected for Canadians now and into the future. About the study The study area covers the…

A Fantastic Footbridge Finally!

A Fantastic Footbridge Finally!

In 1907, one of the arguments to convince residents of the Village of Ottawa East to vote favourably on amalgamation into the City of Ottawa was that was the city would use its influence with the Dominion Government to secure a bridge over the Rideau Canal at Mutchmor Street (Fifth Avenue) connecting to Clegg Street. Only a few years later we have implementation of this capital idea!

Bank Street Bridge

Bank Street Bridge

  South part (Mohammad al-Asad, 2008)   North part (Mohammad al-Asad, 2008) Bank Street Bridge over the Rideau Canal 1912, *restored in 1993Infrastructure 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.

Boathouses on the Rideau Canal

Boathouses on the Rideau Canal

The 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…

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…

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