Lost Ottawa Facebook 2015

Here are all the Lost Ottawa posts that appeared on Facebook in 2015, starting with the most recent and going backwards.

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Wednesday December 30th, 2015

Steven Keenan shares this Afternoon Puzzler. Looks like Ottawa is preparing for a big event, but which one?

Says Steven:A collage of some photos from an event on Parliament Hill. Must be mid '40's, not sure what the event is though
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Steven Keenan shares this Afternoon Puzzler. Looks like Ottawa is preparing for a big event, but which one? 

Says Steven:

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Possibly Winston Churchill's 1941 visit to Ottawa?

My guess is that it would be one of the visits in the 1950's. If I recall there were 2 or three. I remember my Mother taking my brother and I to see her during the 1959 tour.

I don't think it would necessarily be the 1939 visit as that occurred before war was declared. Could be rallying of the troops post-declaration?

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Wednesday December 30th, 2015

Raymond Bjornson shares this picture of a troops assembling in downtown Ottawa, circa 1914-1918.

I suspect this picture if from LAC, but I have no reference number.
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Raymond Bjornson shares this picture of a troops assembling in downtown Ottawa, circa 1914-1918.

I suspect this picture if from LAC, but I have no reference number.

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Ironically, they stand where we stand every year in their honour, at The National War Memorial. May I take this opportunity to thank all the people past and present who put themselves in harm's way for the good of mankind.

This photo hangs in the Lobby of the Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel.

I found the reference number at LAC: www.flickr.com/photos/lac-bac/14681055641/

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Wednesday December 30th, 2015

Monique Larabie Backs shares a family wedding photo on the steps of the church in Cyrville in Ottawa's East End, just past St. Laurent.

Writes Monique:Oops! Made a mistake in previous posting. This church was in Cyrville, ON, 1952. I don't know the name or if it still exist, could not find anything on the net. My aunt's wedding with my grandparents, father and aunts & uncles. I found it's name, Notre Dame de Lourde de Cyrville, 1187 Michael St at Cyrville Rd. The church was built in 1873 and still exists.
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Monique Larabie Backs shares a family wedding photo on the steps of the church in Cyrville in Ottawas East End, just past St. Laurent.

Writes Monique:

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No apologies required -- happy to see the mystery solved. Wasn't that long ago that 'Cyrville' was a real village. As late as the early seventies, it felt removed from Ottawa.

It was my Church growing up. My father's funeral was held there, my first communion and confirmation. It is named Notre Dame De Lourdes, and yes, it's still there.

Easy mistake since the church is called "Notre Dame de Lourdes de Cyrville' easily confused with Notre Dame de Lourdes in Vanier' and the cathedral 'Notre Dame'. It is still there but is the Chinese Catholic Church.. You can see the domed steeple when you drive down Saint Laurent.

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Wednesday December 30th, 2015

Heather Crysdale shares an unusual snow pic from Ottawa's west end in 1955.

Writes Heather:Who remembers the trains that went along what is now the transit way? Here's my brother, circa 1955, sitting in his stroller while watching the trains go by, at the end of our street (Remic Avenue). The train is just slightly north of the Island Park and Scott Street intersection.
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Heather Crysdale shares an unusual snow pic from Ottawas west end in 1955.

Writes Heather:

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We used to wave at the trains too! We were always warned not to get too close. Didn't prevent us from putting pennies on the track to see what happened to them after the trains drove over them. We would put our ears to the tracks to listen for vibrations of oncoming trains...

We lived on Regina Lane when we first moved to Ottawa in 1960. Behind us (where there are now hundreds of houses), there was nothing but open field all the way to the train tracks. The smell of the clover and the sound of passing trains brings back memories from way back 🙂

The locomotive appears to be Canadian Pacific Railways, and is either a 4-6-0 "Ten Wheeler" or a 4-6-2 "Pacific." The number looks to be like "1202." I like trains, in case you hadn't noticed. :P.

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Wednesday December 30th, 2015

Mountainous snowbank on Edgehill Place in Ottawa South during the record year of 1971.

Shared by Nancy Blair-Edmonson, who writes:February 27th 1971, my friend Kathryn Caldwell and I playing out front of our houses on Edgehill Place, near Bank and Alta Vista, 144 inches of snow.
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Mountainous snowbank on Edgehill Place in Ottawa South during the record year of 1971.

Shared by Nancy Blair-Edmonson, who writes:

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Will never forget that winter. Shared a walkway with a family with two teenage boys. My oldest were 2 & 1. Guess who had to shovel since my husband went "ice fishing". Right neither one fished.

That's my childhood home across the street...😀 . I remember that winter very well. Hope it never repeats itself.

I went to Hulse and Ridgemont. Was at Ridgemont that year.

Wednesday December 30th, 2015

Elizabeth Somerville shares a picture of the ice palace built in Cartier Square for the Winter Carnival of 1922. That should be the normal school behind it, now part of city hall.

Each night, bathed in searchlights, the Guard Champlain would storm the castle at the end of an evening filled with sped-skating, snowshoe racing, and dancing on outdoor rinks in the square.

Elizabeth says this photo was taken by her aunt.
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Elizabeth Somerville shares a picture of the ice palace built in Cartier Square for the Winter Carnival of 1922. That should be the normal school behind it, now part of city hall.

Each night, bathed in searchlights, the Guard Champlain would storm the castle at the end of an evening filled with sped-skating, snowshoe racing, and dancing on outdoor rinks in the square. 

Elizabeth says this photo was taken by her aunt.

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And apparently there was a huge ice slide that was built on the Canal along the side of the Chateau Laurier (I think). Pictures of an even more beautiful castle (or maybe a different angle) were in Mom and Dads old photo albums, which were left with a sister, and then passed on to someone else. Wish I still had them.

This is quite the picture, and with provenance.

Fantastic pic!

Tuesday December 29th, 2015

Well, you have to admit they did a darn good job clearing this Ottawa street in 1955 ...

City of Ottawa Archives, CA032954
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Well, you have to admit they did a darn good job clearing this Ottawa street in 1955 ...

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Wow I wonder who was living there 🙂 Ottawa Mayor?

Took away snow, greened the lawns, leafed the trees....FULL SERVICE. Here we are can't even get the driveway ploughed after the streets are!

Not today the service is very poor but taxes keep going up , what a joke Jim Watson and company are.. It's sad the way this city has gone down hill since Jim Watson has been Mayor and it's going to get worst before he's done. It's sad how people can be fooled with is sweet talk but in the end it's all bs.

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Tuesday December 29th, 2015

Robin Collins shares some awesome Super 8 footage of snow clearance from the record Ottawa year of 1971.

First 10 second with the civilians are both telling and hilarious.

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I think that may possibly be the coolest thing I've ever seen here on Lost Ottawa. Great film!

I remember a time when City snow blowers were far more commonplace than they are now, we only see them in the spring when the snow banks are iced up and dense and limit street width... Yet the snow ploughs abound, filling our driveways....

I can remember when a lot of the plough drivers would lift the blade for laneways, instead of filling them in.

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Tuesday December 29th, 2015

Elizabeth Somerville shares a picture of this Ottawa Motorman. He would have had his hands full on a day like today ...

Says Elizabeth:

"This man is a cousin of my father. He is either John Gladstone Lockerby, or his brother David Lawrence Lockerby. They were both Motormen for Ottawa Electric Co, driving street cars. I do not know the year this was taken. They were not born nor raised in Ottawa, but came for the jobs"

Love the mustache ...
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Elizabeth Somerville shares a picture of this Ottawa Motorman. He would have had his hands full on a day like today ...

Says Elizabeth: 

This man is a cousin of my father. He is either John Gladstone Lockerby, or his brother David Lawrence Lockerby. They were both Motormen for Ottawa Electric Co, driving street cars. I do not know the year this was taken. They were not born nor raised in Ottawa, but came for the jobs

Love the mustache ...

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From City Directory listings, John G. Lockerby was a conductor for the OER from 1909 or earlier until at least 1923. David L. Lockerby first appears in Ottawa in 1913, as a motorman for OER. He had that position until at least 1916, but appears to have left Ottawa by 1923. I presume the number on his cap would be a unique identifier. I wonder if a list of those numbers exists somewhere?

The Ottawa Electric Railway (OER) operated prior to 1948 when it became the Ottawa Transportation Commission (OTC) until 1973, when it became OC Transpo. My father and his father worked for the OER and then the OTC. The OTC numbering system started with Operator 200, being highest in 'priority' (or length of service) I don't know when my Grandfather (Albert Joseph Larocque) retired, but according to a letter of commendation from a rider in 1968 about my dad (Henry Larocque) his number was 222 at that time. When he stopped driving and switched to Tele Transpo in 1973 as a head dispatcher at Bayshore, his number was either 201, or 200, I can't remember which. He retired in the early 80's after 43 years of service. During the war, he was in the Army (1939, or 1940 to 1945) and his service in the army was credited to his service at OC Transpo, etc. I have his plaque they gave him when he retired, but I can't find it right now. (LOL)

Nice looking gentleman.

Tuesday December 29th, 2015

An Ottawa-area couple pose on the steps of the Cyrville church in 1936.

First of three shots capturing the times and the family, shared by Monique Larabie Backs. Writes Monique:Oops! Made a mistake in previous posting. This church was in Cyrville, ON, 1936. I don't know the name or if it still exist, could not find anything on the net. My aunt's wedding. I found it's name, Notre Dame de Lourde de Cyrville, 1187 Michael St at Cyrville Rd. The church was built in 1873 and still exists.
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An Ottawa-area couple pose on the steps of the Cyrville church in 1936. 

First of three shots capturing the times and the family, shared by Monique Larabie Backs. Writes Monique:

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This looks like the catholic church on Cyrville road just passed Ogilvie road. It was called Notre-Dame de Lourdes de Cyrville. It was sold several years ago to another catholic congregation.

Notre Dame basilica is stone, not the brick of this photo ..?

That is some serious shrubbery.love the picture.

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Tuesday December 29th, 2015

Bell's Corner's in Ottawa's West End in to complement our recent picture of Blackburn Hamlet in the east (although neither were actually part of Ottawa at the time).

Repost of a photo shared by Jim Wade, who says:Lynwood Village circa 1960 - Bell High School has just been built and the Bells Corner's train station is still in service.
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Bells Corners in Ottawas West End in to complement our recent picture of Blackburn Hamlet in the east (although neither were actually part of Ottawa at the time).

Repost of a photo shared by Jim Wade, who says:

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Drove around in Lynwood Village this summer but could barely recognize it. Seems over the years the distinctness of the style of homes that were built there has been lost through renovations.

So Jim did you live on Redfield near the Quinn's? We moved onto Redfield in 1965 and mom left in 1999-2000. Awesome photo.

Fascinating to see a view like this of Bells Corners not only years before the 416 was built but even the railroad overpass on Richmond Road. It seems that even when the railroad bridge was built (about 1970?) that Richmond and Northside were rerouted to accommodate for that. Any thoughts on this?

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Tuesday December 29th, 2015

An Ottawa Christmas at 183 Stewart Street in the 1960s, as well as some Best Wishes for the Season.

Shared by Gilles et Claudette Laframboise, who write:Here is our version of the Christmas picture I think dated 1965ish.. at 183 Stewart Street, Ottawa ON. With all of these photos, I though I would put my two cents in .. hope all had a Merry Christmas and to all a very happy New Year 2016.. Keep these precious memories coming as my husband and I just love looking back in time...
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An Ottawa Christmas at 183 Stewart Street in the 1960s, as well as some Best Wishes for the Season.

Shared by Gilles et Claudette Laframboise, who write:

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Monday December 28th, 2015

And from Ottawa's West End, Erin Litle shares a winter scene from Maplewood Avenue in the Britannia area on Maplewood Avenue.

Says Erin:

I am not sure of the year cause every year I can remember my street looked like this ...
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And from Ottawas West End, Erin Litle shares a winter scene from Maplewood Avenue in the Britannia area on Maplewood Avenue.

Says Erin: 

I am not sure of the year cause every year I can remember my street looked like this ...

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Does anybody remember bumper riding now that was fun!!

When I was a kid in the 50's & 60' [on Windermere Ave] you couldn't see the cars coming down the street but you could hear them because of the chains on the tires. Young people will ask; "what do you mean chains on the tires". Tee-he-he 🙂

I agree Erin, thats how I remember winter when we were younger. Didnt matter the year, the snowbanks were always 10' tall.

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Monday December 28th, 2015

More snow from the record Ottawa year, shared by Heather Crysdale.

The snow was higher than your living room window ... and there was plenty of ammo for snowballs!
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More snow from the record Ottawa year, shared by Heather Crysdale.

The snow was higher than your living room window ... and there was plenty of ammo for snowballs!Image attachment

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I remember! The snow was higher than the branches of the maple tree on the front lawn!

These are great Heather.

If it was THE record year, it was 1971 with 444cm

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Monday December 28th, 2015

Keyworth Avenue during the Great Ottawa Snow of 1971.

Shared by Patti Jo, following up on her photo of yesterday.

Writes Patti:The Great Snowfall of 1971: My grandfather (visiting from England) and me and two friends playing in the mountain of snow on our front lawn on Keyworth Avenue.
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Keyworth Avenue during the Great Ottawa Snow of 1971.

Shared by Patti Jo, following up on her photo of yesterday.

Writes Patti:

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Wonderful picture.

Monday December 28th, 2015

Announcement for the opening of Blackburn Hamlet in Ottawa's east end, circa 1967.

The headline might have been a head-scratcher for the people living there since 1858 or so ... but refers to the new subdivision.

Shared by Jamie White, who writes:Came across this in the Blackburn hamlet community association on Facebook. I can't claim any credit for this but needed to share. Awesome.
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Announcement for the opening of Blackburn Hamlet in Ottawas east end, circa 1967.

The headline might have been a head-scratcher for the people living there since 1858 or so ... but refers to the new subdivision.

Shared by Jamie White, who writes:

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Ha Ha... funny...I was going to mention some friends that in the blizzard of 71 walked all the way from there to one's home, which was in Brookfield Gardens.... "Oh what young puppy love can do to one." LOL. Of course I'm talking about one of Ottawa's finest animators... Anyne know who?

When my wife and I bought one of the houses featured in this advertisement (yes that very house) in 1991, it still had the "Formica faced cabinets with Styron lined interiors". Unfortunately they were in sad shape and and to be replaced. We never did find the crystal light fixture, so can only assume a previous owner took it with them. My sons grew up in that house, and have many great memories of the parks, the trails through the NCC lands behind the house.

If memory serves, Costain, which turned out to be one of Ottawa's "classier" builders, was responsible for much of Blackburn Hamlet. One of the things that impressed me was the number of mature trees that were left alone during construction. I moved to Queenswood Heights, Orleans, in 1971. The only tree there that the development could possibly have been named after succumbed to Dutch Elm Disease no long after. Any trees other than in Ravine Park are there by grace of the homeowners.

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Monday December 28th, 2015

Ottawa Electric Railway clearing the snow at Bank and Sparks Street in the 1910, using early versions of the dump truck.

The OER, of course, wanted to keep its track clear, but I seem to recall reading that clearing the streets (at least those with tracks) was also part of their contract with the city.

It's funny how the streetcars then and the streetcars of fifties looked so much the same. No rocket shapes like they had in Toronto.

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Ottawa Electric Railway clearing the snow at Bank and Sparks Street in the 1910, using early versions of the dump truck.

The OER, of course, wanted to keep its track clear, but I seem to recall reading that clearing the streets (at least those with tracks) was also part of their contract with the city.

Its funny how the streetcars then and the streetcars of fifties looked so much the same. No rocket shapes like they had in Toronto.

(LAC C-002459)

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The OER was still using that old trucks for clearing snow in the post WW2 years. From the look of that auto in the background to the left the street car and the dress of the pedestrians I'd say this photo was from the early 1950s.

So very interesting for me as my great grandfather was for a time in the early 1900s the general manager of what was then indeed known as Ottawa Electric Railway -- OER. Thanks so much for this sharing 😃

OC Transpo has this image in higher resolution on its Flickr page, with this information: Equipment | Équipment (c. 1945) Barber Greene Snow Loader in action at the corner of Bank and Sparks Streets. Note snow being deposited in truck No. 34 with No. 22 and No. 29 awaiting for 34 to pull away. The driver of truck No. 29 was in luck as this truck was one of the few equipped with a windshield. Metropolitan Life Insurance Building in background (left). B/W original taken by Bill and Jean Newton - photographer, 326 Wilbrod, Ottawa for the Evening Citizen. CA 15070 OC Transpo Collection. www.flickr.com/photos/octranspo/6887051037/

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Monday December 28th, 2015

We don't have spaceships that often, but this one was captained by an Ottawa boy. He headed the family down below, too.

Shared by Lebreton Flats Remembered, who explains:Lebreton Flats!!! What on Earth do these photos have to do with the Flats? Well you might be surprised to learn that the commander of the Battlestar Galactica and Ben Cartright of the long running TV series Bonanza (14 years from 1959 to 1973, for a total of 431 episodes) , was none other than Lorne Greene who was born and raised in the Flats on Duke Street just across the street from the fire station where his father also ran a shoe repair shop
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We dont have spaceships that often, but this one was captained by an Ottawa boy. He headed the family down below, too.

Shared by Lebreton Flats Remembered, who explains:

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He was a musician too, and played in a local Ottawa band with my uncle.

There is a street named after him in Britannia by the park. Lorne Greene Way.

My Mother always called him, with his baritone voice, "the voice of doom." He read the news on CBC radio and during the early war years the news was often bad.

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Sunday December 27th, 2015

Another giant Ottawa snowbank from 1971, this one shared by Patti Jo. Must have been a shocker for Grandmama ...

As Patti explains:The Great Snowfall of 1971: My grandmother (visiting from England) and me outside my house on Keyworth Avenue.
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Another giant Ottawa snowbank from 1971, this one shared by Patti Jo. Must have been a shocker for Grandmama ...

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Reminds me of growing up in Winnipeg.

My mother had to drive me on our ski do, I worked at Beacon Hill Lodge, I was 15, worked a double shift, hardly any nurses could get to work! What memories of my Mom❤️❤️❤️

we lived in Vanier. hubby worked on Bank st. at Bond Decor .. took him hours of bussing and walking to get home in one of those winter storms that year..

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Sunday December 27th, 2015

Dave Chandler shares his snow bank from the Ottawa record year, 1970-71.

Says Dave:I remember being on top of bank spreading the snow in yard to keep it low enough to keep piling up. All day event with my father. 1971
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Dave Chandler shares his snow bank from the Ottawa record year,  1970-71.

Says Dave:

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Is that your dog on top of the snow bank???

And even with spreading it out the banks were often still much higher then the cars.That lead to the special winter of 71 laneway exit technique without a visual of the streetand traffic..I can remember it being executed daily for some time,back up to end of lane with rear of car on road about a foot,pause long enough for any oncoming traffic to stop then continue to back out hoping that the cars actually stopped to allow our exit.

That winter I was a high school student and I remember having to wake up early to help my dad shoving the snow in order for him to go to work. Wow ! What a blast from the past...!

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Sunday December 27th, 2015

Heather Crysdale shares some of her pictures of the record snow in 1970-71.

Says Heather:

Here's are photos taken in the Winter of 1970. I bought my first Ottawa Ski Club (OSC) two pass that year, and my parents asked me to track the number of times I went skiing, to make sure that the pass was cost effective. I skied 70 times that winter! More photos to follow...
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Heather Crysdale shares some of her pictures of the record snow in 1970-71.  

Says Heather:

Heres are photos taken in the Winter of 1970. I bought my first Ottawa Ski Club (OSC) two pass that year, and my parents asked me to track the number of times I went skiing, to make sure that the pass was cost effective. I skied 70 times that winter! More photos to follow...Image attachmentImage attachment

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That (in these pictures) is the way I remember the winter of 1971 too. I remember that we had to get up on the snowbanks at least three times during the winter and shovel the snow from the bank further away from the driveway so that we had somewhere to put the snow from the driveway. I also remember clearing my dad's roof of snow and then walking off the roof onto the snow pack.

I remember being able to walk off our roof into snow on the front lawn (it was a bungalow). We thought the snow would never go away. Because a bunch of us walked to school, we had to go to school through major blizzards that year - no snow days in the 70's in Ottawa!

Wow. I had my first (and only) ski pass for Edelweiss night skiing. About $56 for the season. I also remember crews digging out the T-bar lifts so they could be used. The following winter, my son was born. . . That was the end of night skiiing.

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Sunday December 27th, 2015

Lunch in Lost Ottawa, featuring Somerset and Preston and the Rainbow Grill in the 1950s. No snow!

Reshared by Raymond Bjornson. Originally shared by Lynn Marie Flynn.Somerset and Preston
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Lunch in Lost Ottawa, featuring Somerset and Preston and the Rainbow Grill in the 1950s. No snow!

Reshared by Raymond Bjornson. Originally shared by Lynn Marie Flynn.

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I remember the Rainbow Grill into the early 70's. It was our mayor Charlotte Whitten who ridded Ottawa of our street cars. She didn't like the look of over-head wires.

I believe it didn't snow in the summer....even in the 1950's.

My brother, Will Dunlop and I took the bus to here from Carleton Heights to take swimming lessons at Plante Bath, to the right of this pic.

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Sunday December 27th, 2015

Donald Legault shares this picture of the record Ottawa-Hull snowfall in 1971.

Says Donald:For those who are nostalgic for snow, the following is from a series of photos I took in 1971. It was a record year for snow and I don't think it has been broken. The photo was taken on the Fairy Lake Parkway heading south.
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Donald Legault shares this picture of the record Ottawa-Hull snowfall in 1971.

Says Donald:

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That was a pretty big year for snow. 1999 was also a huge load of snow. Would have to look at stats to compare which was greater - but I think 1971 would have it beat.

I remember it well the snow kept falling untill it reached the roof, digging out was some fun and i was on crutches, for slipping on ice. But it really was a fun winter. The City had a hard time figuring out where to put the snow, new dumps sprung up everywhere.

Oh my, is that a 35 mph speed limit sign? I wonder if there are people here who are nostalgic for that sort of thing, lol, as I am just a shade too young to remember before we went metric?

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Sunday December 27th, 2015

Did I mention the shoveling? Here is yours truly during the record Ottawa snow of 1971.

Clearing the driveway -- again -- at 87 Queensline Drive in Graham Park.

Long hair and skinny!

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Did I mention the shoveling? Here is yours truly during the record Ottawa snow of 1971.

Clearing the driveway -- again -- at 87 Queensline Drive in Graham Park.

Long hair and skinny!

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My driveway looked the same! I didn't do much shovelling as I had my second child on Christmas Day. We saw Margaret and Justin come down the hallway!

lived in a bungalow in borden farm. My kids could go up snow to the roof and slide down. driving out in the country was like driving along corridors. got snowed in one night when working in cornwall. only things moving were snowmobiles helping people get home. What a winter!

I recall this winter; incidentally Moncton, NB was also dumped on, and our front door wouldn't open due to snow on Christmas Day!

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Sunday December 27th, 2015

The record snow of 1971 in front of this suburban Ottawa home.

I still remember the shovelling ...

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The record snow of 1971 in front of this suburban Ottawa home. 

I still remember the shovelling ...

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I lived in the small community of Rolphton, 12 miles west of Deep River and we had a lot more snow than was in this picture. I shoveled most of it out of our driveway as well. I DO NOT want another winter like that. It would be grounds to move south until it all melted.

I missed that as I didn't come to Ottawa until 1972. Mt. St. Anne is great for skiing as it gets around 820 cm. of snow each winter, which is more than double what Ottawa typically gets.

I remember the shovelling and walking through deep snow. It was all fun, perhaps because I was in my 20s :)?

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Saturday December 26th, 2015

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Here is the back of the Ottawa charts from CFGO, just shared by Barb Prasow.

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Kewl. Do you have the one that has Sparks "This Town Ain't Big Enough for the Both of Us" on it? I used to have it, but it got thrown away.

I remember the launch. A big hot air balloon with the logo on it floated over the city. I remember the chart lists. But where were they distributed?

I still have my CFGO T-shirt! And my Elton John Album that I won from them.

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Saturday December 26th, 2015

Tired of all that Christmas Music? You could dig out the Ottawa hits of the 70s you bought after looking at CFGO's Top 14.

Looks like someone had a copy of Saturday Night Fever ...

Shared by Barb Prasow, who says:Found these 3 old charts from CFGO. Dates are from 1977, 78 and 79. Brings back memories, good memories. This is the front of the charts....
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Tired of all that Christmas Music? You could dig out the Ottawa hits of the 70s you bought after looking at CFGOs Top 14.

Looks like someone had a copy of Saturday Night Fever ... 

Shared by Barb Prasow, who says:

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They were at 1440 AM before moving to 1200 AM; along with Steve Madely there was Jim Munson. They went on the air on September 1, 1972 (the same day I started my career with the government here in Ottawa). They modeled themselves after CKLW, The Big 8, in Windsor, Ontario - one of North America's great Top 40 stations of the 60s.

Interesting how much very MoR bordering on easy listening is on those charts; especially considering CFGO was the "rock" station in Ottawa before CHEZ came along. Other than Led Zep, Queen, The B52s and a couple of others, it's a very "don't irritate the parents or the advertisers" selection of songs.

Sad that popular music has taken a turn for the worse 🙁

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Saturday December 26th, 2015

Postcard from the Ottawa Valley, featuring the covered bridge at Fort Coulonge.

Shared by Ken Gourlay, who writes:Saw a post on Lost Ottawa the other day about the covered bridge at Fort Coulonge and found this post card from the 1960s in an old album that shows the covered bridge before it was renovated. My great-great grandfather worked the Ottawa as a steamboat captain in the 1800s and farmed on both sides of the river (Beachburg on the Ontario side and Fort Coulonge on the Quebec side).
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Postcard from the Ottawa Valley, featuring the covered bridge at Fort Coulonge.

Shared by Ken Gourlay, who writes:

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That is a very nice covered bridge was across it last winter staying at a beautiful B&B.

The bridge this summer

Saturday December 26th, 2015

Evening Puzzler ... stamp hammer for an Ottawa-area logging company. But which one?

Shared by John LM.My father worked for a few logging companies, as did my grandfather and great grandfather. This was a hammer used to stamp the end of cut logs in order to identify the company. my dad got this years ago and we're not sure what company it is.
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Evening Puzzler ... stamp hammer for an Ottawa-area logging company.  But which one?

Shared by John LM.

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I had a chance to take a better look through the guide and still couldn't find your timber mark but I did find a bunch for my great, great grandfather's logging company. I always knew he had been in the lumber business but this is the first real evidence I have of it, so thanks for getting me looking at the guide!

What years would they have done logging work? You might be able to do ad Google Search for old logging companies in whatever area you are looking in. I was just doing a little research online, but have not come up with a company named C V Or VC logging.

I didn`t find an answer but came across this interesting tidbit...

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Saturday December 26th, 2015

Lynne Hornbrook shares a photo of 200 Isabella, formerly home to Ottawa TV station CHRO.

Going, going ....Say good bye to 200 Isabella St ( at Bank St)
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Lynne Hornbrook shares a photo of 200 Isabella, formerly home to Ottawa TV station CHRO. 

Going, going ....

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I remember when CHRO was on a hilltop in between Petawawa and Pembroke.

Cfmo was at 150 Isabella in the 2 storey building.

Also sears carpet and air duct cleaning in the 90s

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Saturday December 26th, 2015

Robin Collins shares the Morning Puzzler about this (possibly) Ottawa horseman and the building behind him.

Writes Robin:This one is a bit of a gamble (guess). It's an old photo, doctored to correct a bad printing. It sure looks like it might be the location of the former Princess theatre in Ottawa but it might not be. Does anyone remember a theatre being known as the Century Theatre, in Ottawa. The Princess, later called The Rideau theatre was part of the Century chain. 1950s, based on the cars? Did we have police on horseback then? Heck, this could be New York City!
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Robin Collins shares the Morning Puzzler about this (possibly) Ottawa horseman and the building behind him.

Writes Robin:

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Since when is one 8 story building too tall for Ottawa?

There were Century Theatres with that spelling, in Detroit, Buffalo and NYC so it might be one of those. The buildings do seem too tall for Ottawa late 40s (time period the cars suggest.)

Yup. Too tall for Ottawa, and I don't recall any "Century" theater in Ottawa...

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Saturday December 26th, 2015

Denton Pendergast shares a true Ottawa past time -- ice racing!

Writes Denton:Does anyone else remember the ice races up on those frozen Gatineau Lakes back in the '60's? Gordie Dewar in his massive front wheel drive Avanti and a whole bunch of Mini-Coopers, all with many, many screws screwed through their tires for traction. Gordie would scream down the straights leaving all the Minis in his ice crystals but in the corners the Mini's would all catch up to him like a swarm of angry little bees!
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Denton Pendergast shares a true Ottawa past time -- ice racing!

Writes Denton:

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I remember rolling my mini end for end around the island at that track . I flipped over the roof of another car with out touching it. lol i destroyed a beautiful cooper S

The ices races up at St-Pierre de Wakefield ran until the early 80s, Denton. I had a blast racing there every winter from '75 through '80!

Never went to those but did see the races on Dow,s lake.back in the 60's.

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Saturday December 26th, 2015

Carolyn Gauthier shares a picture of an Ottawa Xmas.

Writes Carolyn:My older siblings and I. 1966 in Ottawa.
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Carolyn Gauthier shares a picture of an Ottawa Xmas.

Writes Carolyn:

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Yesterday at the family dinner, one of my siblings brought am almost identical picture of the tree ... the kids ... and the loot!

Great Christmas morning shot! Here's a little iPhone touch-up...

What a wonderful photo, thanks for sharing it Carolyn!

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Friday December 25th, 2015

Best Wishes for the Holidays from Lost Ottawa.

(Using an item I borrowed from our friends at the Bytown Museum)
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Best Wishes for the Holidays from Lost Ottawa.

(Using an item I borrowed from our friends at the Bytown Museum)

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Thank you for the excellent Lost Ottawa postings. Us Valley folks just eat it up. Merry Christmas to you and to yours.

Kudos, unselfish work Thank-you, keeping with the spirit of the season, all the best in the New Year....

Thank you for your wonderful Lost Ottawa postings. They are probably more appreciated than you know. Merry Christmas.

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Friday December 25th, 2015

The Christmas Tree at Ottawa's Green Valley Restaurant, circa 1980. Remembered by many!

The picture was first shared in August by John Myer. I thought today might be a good day for a repost, while I recover from my turkey dinner.
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The Christmas Tree at Ottawas Green Valley Restaurant, circa 1980. Remembered by many! 

The picture was first shared in August by John Myer. I thought today might be a good day for a repost, while I recover from my turkey dinner.

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Fondly remember this as a special place in my & my kids past. If you got a wedding gift from their gift shop it was pretty special. My kids love it the the mickey mouse ice cream desserts. Truly one of old Ottawa's great dining destinations. ❤️

One Christmas Eve tradition in the 60s was to pile into the car and drive out to check the lights on the tree at the Green Valley. Also the sight of many of my grandmother's birthday celebrations!

I went there for Christmas dinner with a girlfriend, now deceased, not only was the tree beautful but the inside was decorated.

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Friday December 25th, 2015

Santa in Ottawa, Patti Jo shares a picture of herself on Santa's knee in 1963.

Adds Patti:On Santa's knee in Friemans c.1963
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Santa in Ottawa, Patti Jo shares a picture of herself on Santas knee in 1963.

Adds Patti:

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Santa looks like he might have sampled a couple of snifters.

Friday December 25th, 2015

Christmas under an Ottawa tree, featuring a very elaborate nativity scene in 1954.

The scene was handmade by Maurice Miller for his tree at 269 King Edward Avenue.

(City of Ottawa Archives CA031158)
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Christmas under an Ottawa tree, featuring a very elaborate nativity scene in 1954.

The scene was handmade by Maurice Miller for his tree at 269 King Edward Avenue. 

(City of Ottawa Archives CA031158)

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Amazing Nativity scene--looks like all of Bethlehem was there! The way things are going, pretty soon it will be reduced to a star and nothing else. Merry Christmas!

AMAZING! Merry Christmas Lost Ottawa!

Beautiful!

Friday December 25th, 2015

Lost Ottawa Christmas in 1956, as my three older siblings come down in their jammies and see what's under the tree ... ... See MoreSee Less

Lost Ottawa Christmas in 1956, as my three older siblings come down in their jammies and see whats under the tree ...

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Merry Christmas and best wishes for a happy new year Mr. and Mrs. Lost Ottawa!

Merry Christmas to you and all the very best of the very best in 2016!

and if you were like us, our stockings were filled with oranges, walnuts, and candy! 🙂

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Friday December 25th, 2015

Christmas morning in the lumber camps? In days gone by, many men would be in the forest by now, up and down the Ottawa, Gatineau, Coulonge, and Lievre rivers.

Here's a great shot of cook in one camp getting breakfast ready -- that's a lot of toast!

(Photo by Malak, ND. LAC 4731362)
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Christmas morning in the lumber camps? In days gone by, many men would be in the forest by now, up and down the Ottawa, Gatineau, Coulonge, and Lievre rivers. 

Heres a great shot of cook in one camp getting breakfast ready -- thats a lot of toast!

(Photo by Malak, ND. LAC 4731362)

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Makes me think of a Baker at Morrison-Lamothe, when they were on Echo Drive !! (y) Happy face !! I love the smell of fresh baked Bread !!! (y) 🙂

Could be Greg's grandfather Gauthier who was the cook in the lumber camps until the 50s when he became the baker at Richmond Bakery. Later he cooked on a tugboat hauling log booms from Ottawa to hawkesbery.

Great picture! When I worked as Malak's assistant in1950, I printed this picture I don't know how many times! He was a great photographer and a great guy

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Friday December 25th, 2015

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A Lost Ottawa Xmas as my mom Janette does the most important thing ... getting the turkey out of the oven on Christmas Day in 1956.

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Merry Christmas! Thanks for giving us the view of Ottawa past. It reminds us of how our little city has grown and how important it is to preserve bits of it for future generations to see how it was and it's beauty.

Merry Christmas 'Lost Ottawa' !! Someday we will learn your real name !! (y) 🙂

It's as if I was there. Merry Christmas Lost Ottawa!

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