How it must have thrilled the stout hearts of Britannia when on May 23rd, 1872, the Dominion of Canada commissioned the raising of the 4th Princess Louise Dragoon Guards, an Ottawa based Cavalry Troop. How much more so when they learned that D Squadron would be based in Britannia! Quarterly Militia List of the Dominion … Continue reading Britannia at War: Proud Home of the 5th Princess Louise Dragoon Guards, D Squadron
On August 23, 1930 the Ottawa Journal carried a fascinating story about how Monarch Airways of Ottawa had delivered their first glider to their flying field in Britannia "...where experienced instructors are available for the teaching of this art of flying."1 Say What? Yup, that what it says, and the glider was delivered to one "Arnold … Continue reading The late, great “Britannia Flying Field”
Growing up in Britannia in the 1960s and 70s there was a certain accepted wisdom that Britannia and/or the west end was a relatively "tough" neighbourhood. The noteriety was based particularly on the reputation of two fearsome gangs, the Squirrels and the Yohawks; Britannia's version of the Jets and the Sharks, or the Crips and … Continue reading Britannia Myth and Memory; the Squirrels and the Yohawks
Updated: Since this post was written the archives of “The Ottawa Citizen” (1898-2018) and “The Ottawa Daily Citizen” (aka “The Packet” 1846-1897) have become available. New/different information appears as block quotes through the body of the article. A little over a year ago I learned that the steamship Ann Sisson had been beached and abandoned in Britannia … Continue reading No, really, it’s the Ann Sisson
Britannia is one of oldest communities in the Ottawa area, but just how old is it? That is a trickier question than one might expect. Since Britannia never existed as a municipality or legal entity it has no recognized, formal beginning as a village, town or "other." Further, there is no recorded date of just … Continue reading Britannia’s Bicentennial is coming soon! Or not.