Ottawa Canal Lay-by

Lately I've been looking at old maps and landscape pictures. It is fun to try and compare the older images to the Ottawa around us. With buildings and other built heritage it is sometimes possible to find current pictures that line-up pretty well with the old images. See a bunch of previous posts for examples.


Trying to line up current maps with old maps is possible because many Ottawa streets remain the same over time. This of course only works in the oldest parts of the city. As you can see by this post, the Ottawa river shoreline has changed quite a bit over the last 150 years, especially around Chaudiere and Rideau Falls. Until recently I have been assuming that the Rideau Canal has been static since construction finished in 1832. Not so. There was a lay-by to allow large ships to turnaround and pass near where the NAC is now.


The hub and spokes pg433 1904

The image above is from The Hub and Spokes pg.37 (1904). The image caption reads "Ottawa in 1860, showing proposed buildings."


Lay by 1876

Image from   Illustrated historical atlas of the county of Carleton (including city of Ottawa) Ont. (1879)



Atlas of Canada pg 38-39 1906-crop

In the image above from the (1908 Atlas of Canada pg. 38) the eastern half of the lay-by has been filled. I think I will return to this map later as it shows the Dow's Lake Causeway, another landmark gone away.