When I was a kid, I never did get to go on that school trip to Upper Canada Village. It became became one of those classic “lost-in-plain-sight” sort of places for me. I’ve known about it for years and always thought I should visit, but just never...
Before we had government there were trees and Ottawa was all about the lumber. Timber literally poured down the Ottawa River. Mills located near the Chaudiere Falls cut millions of board feet every, beginning around 1854, but most years from 1806 to 1908, timber also...
Sunday Outing: An often forgotten place that’s nice to visit is the Rockeries, located in Rockcliffe at the end of Acacia Street. It’s a pretty spot that contains bits a pieces of old Ottawa buildings, including the original Carnegie Library. You can also...
Thomas McKay is one of those truly impressive figures from the early history of Ottawa. After immigrating from Scotland, he first made his name (and a fortune) in the region by building the eight locks at the north end of the Rideau Canal, down to the Ottawa River....
Victoria Edwards shares a peculiar photograph of an airplane which (according to the original record) crashed on an Ottawa building sometime between 1914 and 1918. Puzzler alert!
"This aircraft crashed onto a rooftop of a multiple storey stone and brick building in Ottawa during the First World War. Any idea which building?
The image is printed on a postcard and depicts the wreckage of a biplane resting on top of the building, the fuselage, tail section and wings are suspended over the street below while the wings on the right hand side of the aircraft are resting precariously on the rooftop.
Two unidentified subjects wearing service dress jackets and peaked service dress caps are on the roof next to the downed aircraft, two subjects are visible in a window below the wreckage. "
(Source - Library and Archives Canada)
I see an address of 35, two pool signs in windows, two 1st Udential signs? The biplane tail number was C528 See Less ... See MoreSee Less
Since this has been cleared up as "not Ottawa", allow me to toss a fresh rabbit hole relating to aircraft. When I was a young lad, living in Bell's Corners, likely around 1976 or thereabouts, a private plane struck the radio antenna of the O.P.P. station on Moodie Drive (across from the the K-Mart plaza).
The pilot suffered a broken leg but was rescued otherwise unscathed.
The interesting part is that much of the wreckage was left dangling atop the tower because the station would soon be decommissioned (it stayed for months, if memory serves).
Do you have any photo of the fire at the Rideau Club? Mid 70s?