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Ottawa

Canada's Capital

Where the Rideau River meets the Ottawa River sits Canada's capital. It was founded as a small, hard-scrabble logging settlement in the mid-19th Century, little known in the growing cities of Montreal or Toronto. As the idea of a Canadian nation began to take shape, at its heart was the spirit of compromise between the Francophone people of Quebec, and the growing Anglophone community in Ontario. When it came time to choose a capital for this new nation, the decision-makers sought a compromise. They wanted somewhere unassuming and unimportant, on the border between the two provinces, bridging the gap between French and English. They decided on Ottawa.

Historic Walking Tours


Then and Now Photos

Nuclear Bomb Nuclear Bomb

Library & Archives Canada No. 4717353 & On This Spot Enterprises

Nuclear Bomb - 1950s

Ilustration of the possible damaged inflicted by a nuclear bomb published by the Canada Emergency Measures Organization

Parliament Hill Bluffs Parliament Hill Bluffs

Library & Archives Canada No. 3422972 & On This Spot Enterprises

Parliament Hill Bluffs - 1894

A view of the bluffs of Parliament Hill from Victoria Island

Miss Laura Smith at Parliament Miss Laura Smith at Parliament

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Miss Laura Smith at Parliament - 1894

Miss Laura Smith and an unidentified female friend in a horse and cart in front of the Parliament Buildings

Decorations on Sparks Street Decorations on Sparks Street

Library & Archives Canada No. 3400446 & On This Spot Enterprises

Decorations on Sparks Street - 1901

Garlands hang from Sparks Street for the royal visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York

Toboggan Track Toboggan Track

Library & Archives Canada No. 3517938 & On This Spot Enterprises

Toboggan Track - 1900s

A toboggan races down a track at the Ice Palace at Ottawa's Winter Carnival

Pedestrians on Sparks Pedestrians on Sparks

Library & Archives Canada No. 3326040 & On This Spot Enterprises

Pedestrians on Sparks - 1905

A busy afternoon on Metcalfe and Sparks Street

Unveiling of the Sir Galahad Monument Unveiling of the Sir Galahad Monument

Library & Archives Canada C-003184 & On This Spot Enterprises

Unveiling of the Sir Galahad Monument - 1905

Unveiling of the Sir Galahad monument erected to the memory of Henry A. Harper. Hon. W.L. Mackenzie King is second from left

Decorations for the Duke of Connaught's Visit Decorations for the Duke of Connaught's Visit

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Decorations for the Duke of Connaught's Visit - 1911

Decorations at the Bank Street entrance to Parliament Hill for the Duke of Connaught's visit

A' Coy 38th Batallion Drills A' Coy 38th Batallion Drills

Library & Archives Canada No. 3522784 & On This Spot Enterprises

A' Coy 38th Batallion Drills - 1910s

A' Coy 38th Battalion Drilling on the lawn of Parliament Hill

Parliament in Flames Parliament in Flames

Ottawa Citizen & On This Spot Enterprises

Parliament in Flames - 1916

A flames blaze through Parliament in a fire that claimed seven lives after breaking out in the House of Commons reading room

Canal Boat on  the Rideau Canal Canal Boat on  the Rideau Canal

Library & Archives Canada No. 3326229 & On This Spot Enterprises

Canal Boat on the Rideau Canal - 1920

A Canal Boat prepares to descend the locks of the Rideau Canal

Beauty Pageant Beauty Pageant

Library & Archives Canada No. 3549586 & On This Spot Enterprises

Beauty Pageant - 1927

A Beauty Pagent held during the Diamond Jubilee celebratios passes through the East Block to the delight of spectators

Construction of the National War Memorial Construction of the National War Memorial

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Construction of the National War Memorial - 1938

E.G.M. Cape & Co. workers laying granite bricks at the construction site of the National War Memorial

Royal Arrival Royal Arrival

Library & Archives Canada No. 3262037 & On This Spot Enterprises

Royal Arrival - 1939

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth arrive to lay cornerstone for the Supreme Court of Canada during the Royal Tour

Union of Newfoundland Union of Newfoundland

Library & Archives Canada No. 3520147 & On This Spot Enterprises

Union of Newfoundland - 1949

Hon. G.F. Bradley during his speech concerning the Union of Newfoundland with Canada on Parliament Hill. Both ceremonies in Newfoundland and Ottawa were broadcasted throughout Canada


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