Jane’s Walk of Britannia History: 2020, The Covid-19 Edition

This is a self-led, walking audio tour of the basic history of Ottawa's Britannia.For a few years now I have been intending to lead a Jane's Walk covering the basic history of our community. With one thing and another it kept getting set aside, but this year I was really going to do it Then … Continue reading Jane’s Walk of Britannia History: 2020, The Covid-19 Edition

Hemingway’s Restaurant

From 1982 - 1993 at 1475 (or 1476 Richmond Rd), site of the former Town and Country Restaurant. It was part of The Town and Country Plaza. The Ottawa Citizen, Friday, January 14, 1983 The Ottawa Citizen, Thursday, December 9, 1993 The Ottawa Citizen, Thursday, December 9, 1993 Feature image from Lost Ottawa Facebook Group

Elroy’s Canteen aka Merrifield’s, and a mystery.

According to Ottawa's Britannia "A grocery store, Elroy’s Canteen, at the corner of Scrivens and Walter, began to operate by 1948 and was managed by Thomas Merrifield." Below is the only reference I could find anywhere on google or the newspaper archives for "Elroy's Canteen"; other than that, nothing. So all trace of "Elroy's Canteen" … Continue reading Elroy’s Canteen aka Merrifield’s, and a mystery.

Britannia at War: Sons of Britannia in the Great War

I recently came across the Canadian Expeditionary Force Attestation Papers which is to say, the WWI recruitment papers for: Name: Robert Raphael LahaiseJoined: July 8, 1916 Relative: Mr L LahaiseBirth : 23/05/1898 Britannia, Ontario Residence: Britannia, Ontario Occupation: Teamster Yes, eighteen year old Roman Catholic teamster, son of Louis Lahaise, the ice merchant, carthage operator, … Continue reading Britannia at War: Sons of Britannia in the Great War

One ringy dingy: Hand’s Grocers, Telephone and Post Office, 1887

The Ottawa Journal, 30 May 1887, Mon, Page 3 So in 1887 Britannia Village got a telephone at Mrs Hand's grocery; just minutes walk from anywhere in the village. Not only the convenience of a grocers and a telephone, but in 1889 Catherine Hand also became the Post Master [sic]. Hand's was at the corner of Britannia … Continue reading One ringy dingy: Hand’s Grocers, Telephone and Post Office, 1887