Time Line Index

c. 6,500 BCE – 1613 

  • A variety of First Nations groups, most recently the Odawa, completely ignore Britannia. Link

1613 – 1763 

  • The French completely ignore Britannia. Link

1763 – 1809 

  • The British completely ignore Britannia. Link

1809

  • The British Crown grants land that will become Britannia to Loyalists and descendants of Loyalists, but otherwise continue to completely ignore Britannia. Link

1818

  • John LeBreton purchases the grants in Britannia. Link

1871

  • The paddle wheel steamship Ann Sisson is beached and burned in Britannia Bay Link

1875

  • Britannia’s first post office opens. Link

1900

  • Britannia Pier is built Link
  • Electric Railway

1906

  • Boat Club Clubhouse on Britannia Pier is built Link

1916

  • Britannia Pier opens recruiting station for the 207th Battalion to be sent to the trenches in France  Link

1918

  • Aug: Boat Club Clubhouse on Britannia Pier burns down Link

1930

  • Aug: Monarch Airways refers to it’s “flying field” in Britannia Link

1948

  • 16 July The Britannia Drive-In opens, Ottawa’s first Drive-In Theatre. Link

1955

  • Wooden sections of Britannia Pier demolished  due to rot and decay. Original jetty significantly widened with fill. Link

1960

  • Britannia gets door to door postal service. Link

1961

  • May, Drive-by shooting at 85 Humber St Link

1962

  • Sept: The wreck of the paddle wheel steamship Ann Sisson is found in Britannia Bay, and then lost again Link

1965

  • Apr: Squirrels and Yohawks run amok, or not. Link

1977

  • Aug: Shootings at Satan’s Choice Club Headquarters on Bond St Link

1978

  •  Apr: Arson at Outlaws Club  former headquarters on Bond St Link

2009

  • Feb: Arson at Britannia Plaza destroys five businesses Link
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