Stanley Cup

From "The hub and the spokes ; or, The Capital and its environs" (1904)

Author: Gard, Anson A. (Anson Albert), 1849-ca. 1915

Page 113


text from Hub and Spokes pg. 113



Dow's Lake Causeway

As the water is drained out of the Rideau canal the remains of the Dow's Lake Causeway becomes visible.

I'm not sure when the causeway was removed but the picture below is from the Report and Correspondence of the
Ottawa Improvement Commission (Ottawa, 1912).

A quick picture taken today.

  Dow's Lake Causeway 3

Cropped Map of Dow's Lake

Cropped map of Ottawa from 2nd Edition, 1915, Atlas of Canada


Ads you would never see today

Bell bragging about not having rich shareholders or paying out large dividends.

March 4 1929 Ottawa Citizen 

Ottawa Citizen - Bell Ad March 4 1927


Entertainment of Yesteryear

Poker on TV? Nothing new.

bridge by Radio

1927 Ottawa Citizen


Ottawa Public Schools 1918

Another find from the Internet Archive

Table from The public schools of Ottawa (1918) found at http://www.archive.org/details/publicschoolsofo00markuoft

In 1918 First Avenue School had 645 students occupying 13 classrooms plus a kindergarten. Connaught School, new at the time, had 604 students in 13 classrooms plus  a kindergarten. Mutchmor had 545 students in 11 classrooms plus a kindergarten for an average of almost 50 students per classroom.


The Schools of Ottawa Chart


Bank St. Bridge

bank st br1

Image from Ottawa Archives Code: AN-039265-001
Title: Lord Alexander, 17th Governor General of Canada, and Lady Alexander arrive in Ottawa. Alexander visited Canada many times after the end of his term as Governor General.
Date: 1955

Current image taken by me.


Wellington St. Ottawa then and now

Former American Legation. Former American Embassy. Former future portrait gallery.



American legation

Mash of City of Ottawa Archives image AN-SC-012603-001 (1959) and current image taken with iPhone.


750 Bank St. then and now.

The older photograph is from the City Archives. Code: AN-NP-029851 CA-003021 Date: 1954-01-30

The current one was taken with my iPhone.


750 Bank


Glebe Collegiate

First attempt at mash-up between image of the Glebe Collegiate from Ottawa : the capital city of the Dominion of Canada (1922) and an image taken a few weeks ago.



GCI-mash 1

I think I'll take a few more pictures of Glebe Collegiate now, maybe with something more interesting in the foreground and try again.


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.



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