Highway to Health and Welfare Canada, the NCC Bike Paths

In 1970 the National Capital Commission announced plans for an extensive network of bike paths for the Ottawa region.1 In the spring of 1971 the surprise was that some of the paths were ready for use, weather permitting 2 Shortly thereafter the plans for the full 80 km of paths were released, incuding the River Parkway … Continue reading Highway to Health and Welfare Canada, the NCC Bike Paths

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No, really, it’s the Ann Sisson

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’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

Cassels St

We do not know for certain for whom or what Cassels St is named, but we can make a very educated deduction. Many of the streets in Britannia were named for people of significance in 19th century Ottawa, eg Sparks, Poulin, Ahearn, Wylie, Kirby, Howe, etc, and undoubtedly Cassels as well. Richard Scougall Cassels was … Continue reading Cassels St