Britannia’s “Society Square” over on Beatrice Street

In the 1887 Ottawa Journal reports of activities in "Britannia on the Bay" there are several references over the season to "Society Square." Missing is any suggestion or hint as to what or where this might be. It was clear that the discerning reader was expected to know. Apparently anyone else didn't matter. Reading the … Continue reading Britannia’s “Society Square” over on Beatrice Street

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Does the name “Poulin” ring a bell?

How about "Louis Ave?" Louis Napoleon Poulin was a prominent Ottawa merchant who was active in the development of early Ottawa, particularly the Britannia neighbourhood. Poulin was born on July 10, 1858 in Addison Ont. near Brockville. He began working for the firm Nichols and Parker when he was 13 years old. At age 20 … Continue reading Does the name “Poulin” ring a bell?