Ottawa History Guide
We're not an old city, but we have a rich heritage nonetheless. We started out as a rough and tumble lumbertown called Bytown became a headquarters for the federal government along the way, and we're now evolving into a moden, high-tech city.
- Mark the War of 1812 on the St. Lawrence
On June 18th, 1812, the United States declared war on Great Britain. The battle ground was spread out across North America affecting the lives of millions. Two hundred years later, we encourage you to visit the Canadian and American communities along Eastern Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River as they commemorate the vital role this region played during the War of 1812.
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Local History Links
- 1857 - A Capital Choice
and Historical Landmarks
- Barrymore's: 1978-1988
Originally opened as the Imperial
Theatre in 1914, the building we now know as Barrymore's lasted
for nearly four decades as on of Ottawa's premier movie theatres.
It closed in 1955, spent a number of years as a furniture warehouse,
and then re-opened in the 1970s as concert hall, and then as a restaurant/discotheque.
- British Isles Family History Society
of Greater Ottawa
- Bytown or Bust: Pioneer families
A genealogical site run by Al Lewis containing information about pioneer
families who settled in Ottawa starting in the early 1800's.
- Bytown Museum
- Central Canadian
- Closed Canadian Parks: Britannia
Park ... Victoria
Park ... Rockcliffe
John By - Canadian Heritage Gallery
- Commonwealth Historic
Resource Management - Projects
- Council of Heritage Organizations
- Cumberland Township Historical Society
Ontario Ghost Towns
Here's an idea for a weekend getaway: explore Eastern Ontario's ghost
towns. This site features photos and information about dozens of abandoned
towns in Ontario and across Canada.
of Ottawa Movie Theatres
- Friends of the City of Ottawa Archives
- Goulbourn Historical Society
- Growing Up in Ottawa
A blog by Mark Daley: "I was born in Ottawa in 1969 at the
Civic Hospital. My Family moved quite a bit while I was growing both
within and outside of Ottawa – although I've always considered
Ottawa to be Home. I went to St. Mark's Elementary School, St. Pat's
Jr. High and Hillcrest High School. I now live and work in Toronto,
On (moved in 1997). These are my fond memories and stories from growing
up in Ottawa."
- Heritage Ottawa
This site is full of interesting articles and facts. One of the best
features is an archive of their newsletters, dating from 1974 to the
present. Editor Gordon Cullinham remarks: "Don’t be surprised
if you are visited by déjà vu from time to time; the
battles are the same, the conditions are the same, and unhappily,
the arsenal for engaging the wrecking crews is not much improved."
- Historical Society of Ottawa
"...founded in 1898 as the Women's Canadian Historical Society
of Ottawa. Its objective is to increase public knowledge of the history
of Ottawa through its publications, meetings, tours, outreach programs
and participation in local heritage events..."
Theatre (now Barrymore's)
- Kanata Timeline History
This site highlights important personalities and events tells, telling
the story of Kanata from 1977 to 2000.
Flats and Chaudiere Area Photo Album
- One Room Schoolhouses
From local author Joy Forbes, who recently published her book, "Perseverance, Pranks and Pride - Tales of the One-Room Schoolhouse". It is a collection of 75 stories from English- and French-speaking individuals who attended or taught in local one-room schoolhouses, capturing the fascinating history of our rural education system.
- On To Ottawa Historical Society
- Ottawa Chapter of the Ontario
- Ottawa Family Tree (blog)
- Ottawa Genealogical Society
If you're looking for ancestors with an Ottawa connection, this should
be your first stop. It's an extremely worthwhile resource, with plenty
of material and suggestions to get you started on your search for
- Ottawa 150 (from CBC Ottawa)
To mark the city's 150th anniversary, CBC Ottawa presents information
on the myriad of people and organizations from each time period of
Citizen: 150th Anniversary of Ottawa
A collection of articles from the Citizen's continuing series marking
- Ottawa History (brief)
Some mayoral trivia: Bytown's first mayor was John Scott (1847). Ottawa's
first mayor was John Bower Lewis (1855). Ottawa has had three female
Whitton, Marion Dewar, and Jacquelin Holzman. (from Wikipedia)
- OttawaStart Blog: History
A history of Preston Street (aka Corso Italia), the heart of Ottawa's
Little Italy, and the home of many of Italian immigrants in Ottawa.
Canada: Rideau Canal
- Radio history...
- Rideau Canal (2)
- The Story of the Glebe (alternate link)
Street - the Commercial and Banking Centre
- Sparks Street
- Stories You Told Me
- Transit history...
in Ottawa (Tulip Festival)
- Victoria Memorial
2002 Guide to the Rideau
- Watson's Mill
- Westboro Online Historical Database
- Vanished Ottawa
A blog documenting "the vanished and the vanishing" in Ottawa,
including buildings, landmarks, etc.
- Vintage Ottawa
Facebook Group with photos of old Ottawa.
Ottawa History Books