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
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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?

England's Queen Mother and the Queen's Father Visit 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?

Dominion Day? Or maybe the visit of the royals in 38?

Dominion day, seeing that it is Summer like weather, and I don't see any Queen's carriage, so....

Almost certainly the 1959 Royal Visit. This is the only one of the era that took place in summer. the Royal Visit in 1939 took place in May before the leaves were on the trees, the visits in 1951 and 1957 were in fall.

Perhaps the 1939 Royal Visit

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Wednesday December 30th, 2015
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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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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/

My great grandfather Adam Robertson Kennedy from Edinburgh, Scotland was in the Princess Pat's, and I am very proud of his legacy. Lest we forget.

What a nice picture of cannon fodder. Many of these folks still have their names up in the entrance to Glebe C.I.

I saw a similar picture printed in a micro-fiche of the Ottawa Journal when I was researching my house. It was printed in an article talking about all of the people who were getting ready to be shipped off to France. Included in that photo was a Major Armstrong who lived in the house that I currently live in (they actually mentioned people's home addresses in news articles back then). He unfortunately never returned from France and his widow lived in the house until the depression when the entire neighbourhood was converted to apartments.

That really homes in how many fought for our freedom.

I've seen this picture many times before. It's the Princess Patricias returning in March 1919..

What a great picture, thanks for sharing!

Opps! I could say I meant ww1 had a role in Hitler coming to power by making impossible demands on Germany.... But I did just write faster than I reflected.

Hitler wanted to rule the world.

Wow

Ominous. Reminds me of all the soldiers in this area when the FLQ was threatening. I was only small on the city bus with my Mom but when I saw the soldiers with guns I thought it was world war 3 and the world was over.

Again, wow.

Kullen

Elisabeth Betty B

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Wednesday December 30th, 2015
Lost Ottawa

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.

It exists...corner of Cyrville and Michael Street

When St. Michael's School was on Bernard street - our class would go to that church on First Fridays.

Hubby and I got married there in 1979. Curé Benoit was the parish priest..beautiful church as old as times..

At Manu a macaroni dinner in that basement

My grandparents were married there in the early 1950s!

Are you the Larabie from Aurele street?

Love the hats, purses, and white gloves on the ladies. That was expected at church in those days.

My Parents got married there too!

From Google streetview

my mom was from there

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Wednesday December 30th, 2015
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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 πŸ™‚

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.

We used to hang on the fence & wave to passengers that passed by my house on Harvey St. (just off Main st) in Ottawa East ! The 417 is there now......Awwww great memories !!! <3

I lived three blocks east of Remic Avenue and clearly remember trains going by - I'd run to see them, then just as they'd arrive, I'd run away because of the deafening noise!

I remember and I miss those trains...

Who else remembers the train tracks that used to run along what is now the Vanier Parkway in Overbrook? We lived three houses up from the tracks and I loved hearing and seeing the trains pass by!

I remember them well, especially during recess in the schoolyard at Scott and Carruthers.

I live on Workman Ave, right by the transit way. Workman used to be called Pacific

I know my brother or uncle had a bear like that... πŸ™‚

Used to watch from my grandmothers place.

We grew up on Gilchrist. My friend's Dad was a train engineer and we would often run down to Scott Street to wave at him!

It is the same one that used to go put to bells corners

Not the transit way, the Queensway. I lived at the top of Sherbrooke Street back then. We were expropriated to build the highway. The puffer bellies steamed right past the side of our house.

I lived in Woodfuff and used to see the steam train on the way to school. My mother told me to not get too close as the train would suck you under! Scary stuff

We always waved to the engineers and brakeman too. We thought they might be lonely up in the engine.

I lived on Redwood and the train went by at the bottom of the street on Byron. I remember hearing the whistle early in the morning. πŸ™‚

We lived at 268 Daniel. Loved those steam trains.

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Wednesday December 30th, 2015
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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: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...πŸ˜€ . 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
Lost Ottawa

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!

It does look fantastic

Tuesday December 29th, 2015
Lost Ottawa

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 πŸ™‚ 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.

I want one . . . no sidewalks and people keep parking in front of my house!!! Really ticks me off. When the plow goes by he goes around the car and dumps the snow at the end of my driveway!! There should be more patrolling for this!!!

Snow clearing ain't what it used to be.

People need to buy winter tires in this city. If you have a car all seasons won't cut it. Stop being cheap and protect yourself and those around you on winter days like yesterday. And the city of Ottawa needs new plow drivers. They didn't plow the snow they pushed it over a bit. With how much is in the snow removal budget, is quality of service from the drivers supposed to be a separate cost?

Wow - back then they snow plowed the front lawns and the roofs too!!

Awesome job...they even made it look like summer.

What a good job they did , it doesn't even show . loll

Most likely an illiterate tree pruning crew. I mean, the trees are in full leaf!

Charlotte Whitton was Mayor then . . . she lived in the Glebe and this is what the streets in the Glebe looked like back then . . . LOL

Well there was no snow in the summer

That is a Campeau home. I lived in one of these homes on Iroquois Road near Carlingwood.

does anyone know what neighbourhood this is?!

Even back then they wasted our taxes lol

Certainly was not winter, flowers are still in bloom.

so looks like the model of homes we had in Elmvale Acres ....

what did they do? vacuum it?

now that's quality work

Good one!

Wow! Spotless!

Love the old days.

that's so funny!

love it!

Too funny

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Tuesday December 29th, 2015
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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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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
Lost Ottawa

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?

Thanks for posting this, my dads house was one of the first built here, thanks again

Thank you for posting the photo. Does anyone else have photos?

Would the old DQ have been just "off-picture" to the bottom right?

We moved in 1959. Our house is just out of view to the right on Larkspur Drive.

Casey McGowan your house top left corner.

wow it's so small compared to today

Where is the train station?

I see my house!

a lot of memories, crazy

Wow

I see my house πŸ˜€ There since 1993 Carisa O'Hara Johno O'Hara Erica E O'Hara Briana Louise

Our old stomping grounds!

Carvishes on Dante

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Monday December 28th, 2015
Lost Ottawa

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 πŸ™‚

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

with that much snow I'm going with 1970-71 winter.

The snowbanks were always that high because the City didn't remove snow like they do now. Likely for liability reasons.

My father grew up on this street in the 50s and 60s.

The way winters in Ottawa used to be. JUST PILE IT UP!

agree........grew up in Queensway Terrace North on Neville......wow, we had a great time

Walking home from school on top of the snow banks.

I was a letter carrier 30 years....Maplewood was on my route

Yup. Thats a typical nice day in the winter. When you live in Ottawa.

Looks like my childhood.

Yes! Makes what we have now...:(

Give it time for this year πŸ˜‰

Winter of 1971...

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Monday December 28th, 2015
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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!
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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

What year was this.

Winter of 1970-71

Spiffy!

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Monday December 28th, 2015
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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: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
Lost Ottawa

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.

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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 πŸ˜ƒ

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/

This painting is"1919 Snow removal Preston Street Ottawa" from a PAC photo I did in 1994.

My Dad use to drive these street cars and took on extra shift to snow clean the tracks so didn't see Dad in the evenings. Our main meal was always at noon when my Dad was home between shifts to be with the family.

Certainly the City was still using those loaders into the 60's.

The Model T's were still in use when the city took over the OER in 1948. I remember reading when they were retired but not sure where to find that information at the moment.

Interesting to see (what is now) the Howard Jeweler building before the retrofit. I *think* they gave the building it's "art-deco" upgrade in the 40s... looked better the way it was IMHO.

The NCC modernized the lights and keeps the traditional styles in the areas they maintain.

I think the reason that streetcars still looked the same in 1959 was that they were the same, The city either needed to scrap the systenm or invest in new vehicles, which they hadn't done in a very long time.

I never realized how old those lamp posts were.. wow. Thanks for sharing

My grandfather Wm. L. Mccormack worked for the Ottawa Electric Company 1925.

Those buildings look as if they would last forever... I guess not.

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Monday December 28th, 2015
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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.

Born and raised in Lebreton flats. My mother knew Lorne Greene before he became famous.

Omg, I'm from Ottawa, loved watching Bonanza❀️❀️❀️

My American friends probably don't know that Lorne Green was from Ottawa. I believe he was a good friend of Hy Soloway, a very prominent Ottawa Lawyer.

He was also an alumnus of Lisgar Collegiate.

Loved Bonanza and the whole cast.

The original BSG!

From my collection...

Horse opera to space opera. . .

From Cowboy, to Space man, We've got them all.

Re. the photo: That is the wrong Galactica; it is from the reboot not the original starring Lorne Greene.

Was his name not Greenberg before he changed it ? Heard that somewhere.

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Sunday December 27th, 2015
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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 ...

As Patti explains:

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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..

We use too make igloos I remember like it was yesterday it was so much fun

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Sunday December 27th, 2015
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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.

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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...!

We had a station wagon also back then, we had a seat that was in the far back, ❀️

Back when all station wagons had an X designation on their license plates. ('65 Pontiac)

That looks like Eiffel Ave. Is this the Dave Chandler that lived there?

That wasn't snow, it was icecream!

I remember making tunnels with slides and being able to stand up in them

Is that a teddy bear on top of the mountain?

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Sunday December 27th, 2015
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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.

Wow I was going to school in Toronto that winter, I remember coming up highway 7 on the bus and seeing the snow banks getting higher,

Great pictures Heather, thanks for sharing.

Proof of when I was a kid, walked to school had snow UP TO HERE....

I also remember only being able to see the tops of buses going by over the snow banks from the sidewalk. The snow banks had little stairs carved out to get in and out of the bus. Pretty treacherous it was.

First time since I had come South for school, that I was able to ski as much as at home. Loved it! Couldn't understand what all the fuss was about. So much easier to drive on hard pack snow than ice.

Love seeing these pics, I lived in Ottawa then, but can't recall the snow as all of you do.

Yes I lived in Aylmer beside the river. We lost the garage until the spring completely buried the garage. They could not plogh our road for 3 months. That was the December 1970 we lost our mom .

what kind of car is that

Yes, I remember the snow banks on Smyth Rd where I lived were insane!

Love the '66 Plymouth Belvedere!

Oh yes...what a Winter she was...wow .... Got in great shape that year... shoveling my parents driveway and 3 elderly neighbors...it was almost non stop .... wow...

Hi,Heather :).

My parents did the same thing! They told me I had to make it worth while and make sure I gained a few free entries!! Ahhhhh the good old days!!!

Those were good times

Thanks for posting. I remember that winter well, even though I was very young.

Opened the front door to a solid wall of snow!

Got a job at our apartment complex pushing a snowblower around for two days!

remember Denise Desmarais-Sabourin ?

AKO GIINGNAN BOLDOZER DAD-A WALA PATOO

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Sunday December 27th, 2015
Lost Ottawa

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.

That's my homeless . I grew up at 243 booth and spent many a day at Plouffe Park on right of this picture.

We used to live on the corner of Rideau & Charlotte Streets. It took us the better half of a day to go to the newish cottage country - Brittania Beach. It was marvelous with boats & a great boardwalk too.

I wonder if anyone remember’s Hickman’s Grocers on the North East side of the intersection? Looks like it was gone by the time this picture was taken.

My father was the commanding officer at the medical wharehouse to the right of this picture and Len Martin ran the barber shop around the corner on the left. There was also a small shop where a gentleman was a tea merchant and fixed cuckoo clocks just out of frame on the right. It was one eclectic corner.

Grew up on Elm St. House now gone. Took swimming lessons at Plante Bath and skated at Plouffe Park in the winter and played at the park in the summer. Great times.

That intersection was In my backyard. I lived at 120 Spruce and know the corner intimately. Capagrecos tailors were just west of the corner building. Wow!!

I remember going to the Rainbow Restaurant and the owner was always nice and friendly to everyone. I had a grreat group of friends and myself who enjoyed going there and we all had a grreat time and atmosphere was nice.

I remember eating quite often at the Rainbow Grill -- My grandfather built Plant Bath across the street (Edouard Monette). Also my deceased first husband Gary Lavergne spent most of his days at Plante Bath.... But at the time I lived in Hull Quebec.

Used to go on with my girl friend and have a Coke a listen to the juke box.

Why did we get rid of street cars...?

It seems weird to see a building on the north -east corner. It burned down in the late 60s, early 70s and has been a vacant lot ever since.

Francine: I used to take this Streetcar to go to my Grandmothers house on Somerset in the 1950's and I rode in One when we went to Toronto a few years ago...they still have them but they are electric now...the best souvenir ever was in the old days you could hear the clink clink when the cable on top of the car would go over the cabble links connect....clump clump...Ha Ha Ha ..lovely souvenirs..

Is that a VW convertible? And check out that guy standing in the pickup truck!

Grew up on Gladstone, Balsam and Willow. Learned to swim at Plant Bath and on the rink used to "crack the whip" . Good times in the 1950's.

Most of these buildings are still there. Still I prefer it this way.

Brandon did your family own that restaurant at some point?

Another comment. Is Plante Bath still across the street and Plouffe Park behind it ????

The Vendome hotel was just across the street from where we lived

1957 was the year I lived on Somerset. Walked up preston to No. 5 Temporary building on Dows Lake, to work.

Does anyone recall McNab's candy store at Spruce and Preston. I wonder if any of the foillowing might be on this facebook, :John Miller, Joan Loney, Edna Lalande, Gareth Douglas, Barb Langdon'

I used to live just a few doors up on the left side ofSomerset 1958? Just before my friends and I moved over to Carole Monette's Mother's house in Hull.

Spent many days playing in the park, swimming and skating...as a girl we had to wear a bathing cap which I hated. I could never climb onto the concrete tunnels, one was yellow the other blue.

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Sunday December 27th, 2015
Lost Ottawa

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.

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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?

What I remember most about they period - compared to the here and now - is the way the space between the sidewalks and the road weren't cleared. In a 'good' year, you could walk along without being able to see the cars going by.

I remember that year. Snow banks in front of the house were 6-7' high

What a winter that was. My brother and I having to shovel out the driveway every other day at 6 in the morning so my dad could go to work.

I remember those days well. Wonderful memories.

Does anyone remember the date of the storm in 1971?

the good old days

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Sunday December 27th, 2015
Lost Ottawa

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!

I remember the snow banks got so tall the plows came by with special elevated blades to keep them down around six feet -- otherwise they'd have stood ten feet tall or more!

I was living in Montreal at the time and the traffic had come to a standstill. Only ski-doos were moving.

Remember it well!!! My dear Mike even shovelled a path from the front to the back of the house for the oil delivery! They always wrote a special Thank you with the bill! It truly looked like a tunnel!!!

I so remember this the snow reached the roof. One day dad was shoveling so we decided take our magic carpes on to the roof and off we went. We ended up in Mrs Barns lane way across the street lmao

I was there that winter, working in Ottawa, and remember the snow, pushing my friend's Fiat 124 Spider (LOW!!) over the snow and onto the road, and jumping out a 2nd floor window into a drift that was higher than the first floor, floor to ceiling windows at the non-winterized cottage we were renting in Aylmer on the river.

I still have the "survivors" certificate the Ottawa Citizen gave to us for getting through that memorable winter. The snow was up to the street signs outside our house.

We lived at the end of lane and the snow bank was close to 2.5 metres. We came close to breaking that record a few years ago - If you'll remember. Only centimetres to go and we would have had it.

I was 6 years old and I can still see my older sisters digging tunnels in the back yard. I remember sitting in the lane way and looking up at the snow banks which looked to 12 feet high and then seeing my oldest sister in a wedding dress dress getting in my dad,s car to go some where.

I lived on donnington crescent in 71 and spent two very strange years at Graham park school

We were on double shift that year in high school. We got home around 1:15 pm and shovelled snow almost every day. The snow was up to the eaves of the house at the front, completely burying one of the windows. My brother built a snow slide in the back yard that almost got up to the roof. And did it take forever to melt in the spring. We were playing soccer in late April and half the field was still buried in snow.

I was little but I remember getting a certificate for surviving that winter from the City! πŸ™‚ When we moved to the country up north a bit - most winters were like that. πŸ˜€

I was doing the same thing with Dai Chaplin at 308 First Avenue. I, too, was long-haired and skinny. I suspect you have made the same transition as I have: no-haired and pudgy.

I lived in Aylmer. We had an old VW parked in the back yard that that totally disappeared under the snow. By January there was so much accumulated snow that shovelling the driveway was a two tier affair. You had to climb up and shovel yesterdays' s snow off the top of the snow bank so you could throw the new snow onto it.

I remember the skinny driveway that year. No matter how far you tried to throw the snow, the snowbanks kept closing in.

I remember it well! We lived in a house on Lees Ave. that winter. Lots of shovelling!

I remember those days! The snow would be so high it would reach our roof tops. I have to admit though it was a blast playing in that snow! Miss those days!

I was expecting our second child in March and kept hearing of babies being born on ski-doos. Fun time!!!

Queensline???? WHO posted this...We were Neighbours on Mohawk Crescent ! ( just moved from GTA IN '70,,,,got snow shock !!)

Remember it got to a point that all you could see were the aerials on the cars going by, the banks were so high. We all got our exercise that winter.

I believe the Ottawa Citizen issued "Survivor Certificates" that year!

We lived in the townhouses on Draper and the snowbanks were incredible. Was a teenager always out on the weekends but that winter I stayed home 12 weekends because of the snow!!!!!

I shovelled that year too! That spring my father bought a snow blower! But not much the next year!

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Sunday December 27th, 2015
Lost Ottawa

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 :)?

I remember putting a small flag on the top of my car's radio antenna so others would see me over the snowbanks as they pulled out of their driveways!

We didn't have a car that year, so got away with just shovelling a narrow path from the house to the street. By the end of winter (late April, or was it May? not sure) we couldn't see over the sides, so ended up having to throw the snow up and over. Some ended up falling back in on our heads, of course.

I remember that year. I was 11, living in Nepean, and had to toss the snow many feet above my head...

that was my first winter in Ottawa-- incredible

I remember it very well . My first winter in Ottawa coming from the north where I had never seen snow like this.

I remember going into the woods that year to cut a Christmas tree and the snow was already up to my waist.

I remember this winter well. One weekend, 20 inches fell. The snow banks beside the driveway went up to the eves of the house. I couldn't toss the new snow over the banks until I lopped off the tops of those dam*ed things. Parents got a snowblower the NEXT year - after I left home for university.

That winter was my last in Montreal and the same storm system went through. Stores near us were running out of food. For the first time we could jump off the roof into the snow. Great fun. I still have a certificate from Montreal saying I survived the winter of '71.

I remember this, saw a man with a sled complete with toddler disappear behind a huge snow bank and come out the other side minus baby. When he finally realized he didn't have her anymore, and he couldn't see her, he panicked and was running around the street like a chicken with his head cut off. Finally he went behind the snow bank and came out dusting the snow off the baby. I was hysterical at the whole event.

As a small child, my sister and I climbed the snow drift to the top of our roof and slid down the whole morning....until the baby sitter cottened on to where we were and just about had a heart attack! We were 5 at the time.. lololol

We had a 4 level split house & I remember the snow getting up to the third level - we had to shovel our way out of the house.

That was some winter. I remember being out shopping in a blizzard that blew my little VW Beetle around on the Queensway, and I had to hug the side of the building to manage to walk from the parking lot to the store without being blown away. LOL Had just moved into a new home so was determined to shop for furniture that day, regardless of the weather. Young and foolish.

My first winter in Ottawa was the most awesome introduction into the BIG snow that lasted till May, tne snowbanks at the side of Athlone Avenue were almost as tall as the house. I was fascinated by the snow trucks that came to collect it. Oh Happy memories. Tee Hee. NOT. Every weekend we shovelled Mrs Macmillan's drive, our landlady. Phewwwww! XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

That was my first winter in Ottawa! I'd never seen so much snow...that stayed and stayed and didn't know when to leave.

I remember it well, and love winters like this!

Remember it well was snow bound in Montreal for 3 days just went on a shopping trip intended to be back to Smiths Falls next day when I awoke and looked out my hotel window the only thing moving were snow mobiles and all I could see were car ariel's sticking up through the snow hotel staff were sleeping in the corridors on cots as they were not able to get home called my Dad he waded snow downtown to the telegraph office to send me money as I had ran out finally started home and was stopped in Dorion by highway patrol and was told the 401 was closed so had to spend another night there had enough money to buy pop chips and junk for dinner was able to proceed to Smiths Falls the next day lol was kinda fun anyway

I remember driving up to the intersections and not being able to see if traffic was coming up on you or not. I was pregnant that year and couldn't go any where by foot as the snow was so deep in spots just couldn't walk.

Boy do I remember 1970-71! I was pregnant with my son (born on January 19, 1971) and had a 4:00 pm doctor's appointment on Rideau Street in mid-December. We were stuck in traffic on River Road, couldn't move an inch. My husband got out of the car to go to the Riverside Hotel (no cell phone at that time) to call the doctor's office to say we would be late. When he came back the car had not moved. We finally arrived at 6:30 pm.

As a boy I remember it started snowing Chritmas eve an did not stop until New Years day The snow was at the top of Hydro poles don't remember what year

We spent 10 hours on the 401 trying to get home from hockey game in Hamilton with Algonquin A Cats. Tunney nearly drove us nuts with his whistle. Good thing Ted had his Orbison tunes going.

Think it was 171---173. Inches of snow that year remember the big picture window was almost filled to its height

I still remember the stories from the Ottawa students at U of G. Some had to jump out of the second storey window to get out of their homes. Tales to tell the grandkids now!

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Saturday December 26th, 2015
Lost Ottawa

Here is the back of the Ottawa charts from CFGO, just shared by Barb Prasow.And this is the back of the charts..... ... See MoreSee Less

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.

CFGO was the greater part of my youth, untill Chez106 kick it up a few notches back in the early 70's

Oh memories, I used to get these weekly.

Before it was CFGO it was CKPM. Baton Broadcasting purchased the old station and converted it over to the more modern programming. Steve Madley was one of the first announcers who went on eventually to CFRA and retired not long ago.

The one on the left I'm pretty sure is from 79-80.

Wow... 6$ tickets... Remember that Coke head Mark Eliot?

I think I have a David Bowie stub.

Was the greatest radio station to listen to. Grew up listening to this station until I moved out if range. I still remember the jingle!

o.k would be nice if we could read it ..

Styx was even cheaper the year before. $5.50

Oh, wow. What a great stroll down memory lane!

Still remember when they first came on the air in 1972!

These are great to see!! Thanks!

Wow! $6 concert tickets!!!!!!!

Six bucks to see styx and prism!

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Saturday December 26th, 2015
Lost Ottawa

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 ... 

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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 πŸ™

There's a CFGO 1440 (just search for that) Facebook group full of lost CFGO stuff. Fascinating.

Ahh back when radio stations competed to set themselves apart, rather than join network empires that made them all the same!

I briefly worked in the same office with Gary Michaels in the 90s. Very nice guy.

What ever happend to Robert W Knight?

I went there for work experience from my high school. I sat on air with Gary Michaels then made a few amateur commercials with Gary Crane, I think his name was. I still have the cassette tape.......funny as hell..... 😁

Mike Zahab here' s a young Gary Michaels.

They used to be at 88 Argyle Ave, near where the police station is now.

I remember when CFGO started, the theme was 'Go all the way with CFGO'. The Rasberries had their hit song 'Go all the way' that was very popular! Eric Carmen was the lead singer.

The 'GO14' my favorite station πŸ™‚

Robert W. Knight...anyone remember him?

"14-40 CFGOooooooo"

OMG the hair!

Sohaila Moghadam

Debra Mahon

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Saturday December 26th, 2015
Lost Ottawa

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.

There is a timber marks guide available as a link in this blog post: deserontoarchives.wordpress.com/2010/03/09/logging-log-ownership/ I took a cursory look at the guide and didn't see it but you may have more luck. Happy New Year.

Here is the Lumberman Timber mark guide. It's an extensive list but hopefully you find it!! archive.org/details/cihm_07348

iamsure this is untrure but it looks like victorion crose symbol

Marilyn Mulrooney check out the comments one includes a photo of a Wiggins from Kaz

Natural Resources Canada has a book 1870 to 1984. cfs.nrcan.gc.ca/publications?id=18337

is it a C within a V or the other way up?

Consolidated Bathurst maybe?

Interesting. I wonder if there is a link to the Central Vermont Railroad. There is a Booth connection, and it used to haul his lumber. tinyurl.com/ntzb6th

Contact this guy... www.facebook.com/john.haegeman He has a book out on this subject I read

I do not see it in the 1874 register, so I'm guessing it is later than that archive.org/stream/cihm_07348#page/n9/mode/2up

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Saturday December 26th, 2015
Lost Ottawa

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

CFMO Radio was there as well.

Gary Buiting

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Friday December 25th, 2015
Lost Ottawa

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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And to you as well! Many thanks for being a highlight of my FB day.

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.

thank you for sharing all the awesome puctures

Love your memories. Merry Christmas πŸŽ„!

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Friday December 25th, 2015
Lost Ottawa

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.

My grand-mother had a tradition of inviting one of her 12 children for high tea at the Green Valley for good conversation and a short visit at the boutique. I was lucky enough to have been invited a few times to join the grown ups. It was a very special place.

Worked at the G.V. from 1977-1983 as a waitress. Brings back great memories. Lasting friendships that remain to this day. Still miss that place.

Gosh I miss that place. My great aunts used to take us and we'd get Mickey Mouse ice cream sundaes and shirley temples- my sister and I used to collect the plastic figures they put the maraschino cherries on!!

Went there for Christmas dinner in 1953 with my grandparents, my oncle, aunt, cousin, my mom and dad. I was 9 and everyone was served wine and the waiter brought me ginger ale in a wine glass, I felt like a grownup.

My aunt loved this place. Any special reason she would treat us to a wonderful meal. I still miss this place.

My dad Ray was the bartender for many many years so definitely lots of memories at the Green Valley πŸ™‚ Right mom Maude Leblond?

We used to drive over every year when I was a kid, just to see the tree. Good memories indeed.

Fond memories of lunches at that place

We used to go there every Christmas for our "Ladies Luncheon" really miss this place! ♥

Loved that tree and the GV... Lunch with my Mom... Mushrooms on toast...!

Never actually went in that restaurant but we lived just down the street when I was a kid. Still remember the fire that destroyed it. 😣

I have fond memories of going there with family for special occasions.

Mickey Mouse shaped ice cream desserts!

Miss that place for many reasons including that spectacular tree.

Going out to eat was a very rare occurrence in the 50's. I think that is why I remember this place as it was so very special and probably only went once a year!

We used to always take my grandma to the Green Valley.

Thanks for the memories.

Mother went there for High Tea with the ladies now and again ...

This was a true landmark with great home cooked food. Too back it is gone.

I remember that tree!!

Loved that restaurant

I lived on Fisher not far from there, back in 1970, before that area became so built up. Good memories.

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Friday December 25th, 2015
Lost Ottawa

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.

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

Friday December 25th, 2015
Lost Ottawa

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.

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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. 

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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

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! πŸ™‚

We ALWAYS had a REAL, that is, wooden, with needles and all, tree. With REAL candles! Which we LIT! Never any calls to the fire department, despite the quantity of potent potables consumed by the adults...but no stockings! Not even when we lived in a home with an actual fireplace...

The look in their eyes says it all!

Simpler times

Probably a real tree...

Love the wallpaper

No video games under that tree πŸ™‚

I love it!!!, Merry Christmas !!

Love these pictures!

Merry Christmas to everyone here πŸŽ„πŸ˜Š

Wow. Ready to dive into that tree!

I see resemblances!

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Friday December 25th, 2015
Lost Ottawa

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) πŸ™‚

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

I'd eat anything that guy made back in the day.

And, he made the bread and baked it too!

The whole neighbourhood loves the smell of my home made bread.

One very proud and happy baker.

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Friday December 25th, 2015
Lost Ottawa

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. ... See MoreSee Less

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) πŸ™‚

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

Merry Christmas!! Love looking at our past, all the photos are such feel good moments for me!! Thanks for sharing!

Grandma what big wings you have!!

Merry Christmas Lost Ottawa πŸ™‚

Merry Christmas Lost Ottawa.

Merry Christmas to everyone on Lost Ottawa!

Your Christmas photos prove that there certainly a shared Christmas culture! I think that any one over 50 probably has photos like three children looking at the tree. Not all families were as considerate in taking a photo of mom at work! Thanks for all the happy memories.

Lovely photo, thanks for sharing the memory. Merry Christmas to you - and to all the other Lost Ottawans celebrating today. PS I bet your mum, when this picture was taken, did not expect it would one day be shared with thousands!

Great pic ,good memories Merry Christmas ,cheers P ,

Merry Christmas beautiful turkey and organic. Humanely raised and fed

Great picture. Thank you for sharing a family moment with us. Beautiful!

Saving this picture of my grandma thanks Eddy

Beautiful! Merry Christmas my dear friend xoxo

Yummy!

A simpler time...

Heartwarming!

How very nice!!

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Thursday December 24th, 2015
Lost Ottawa

Santa takes a break, just before he gets busy for the night, while a Ottawa kids dream of what they might find under the tree.

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Santa takes a break, just before he gets busy for the night, while a Ottawa kids dream of what they might find under the tree.

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Was this the Frieman's Santa ??? Caplans, Sears ???

Thursday December 24th, 2015
Lost Ottawa

Carolers from from Carleton College give a concert in December of 1955.

The "College" was still in the Glebe at this time.

The shot reminds me of carolers who still went door to door on Christmas Eve in the 60s and 70s.

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Carolers from from Carleton College give a concert in December of 1955.

The College was still in the Glebe at this time.

The shot reminds me of carolers who still went door to door on Christmas Eve in the 60s and 70s.

(City of Ottawa Archives CA035877)

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I remember when the Citizen would print a booklet of carols every December and include it in the paper.

Some friends go caroling around Orleans still!

This is just what i was doing then, one of my best years.

Thursday December 24th, 2015
Lost Ottawa

Julie Di Nuzzo shares a sort of before and after of her Great Great Grandfather the Ottawa fire chief ... and her son.

Says Julie:

"My great great grandfather Peter Provost was Ottawa fire chief in 1897. Attached is a letter he wrote accepting the position at 33 years old for $1600 per year. He was born in New York, moved to Montreal and took the job as fire chief and then moved on to Ottawa.

My son Anthony put on the fireman suit he got as an early Xmas gift from a dear friend. This made me think of our great grandfather and appreciate those who came before us and played a major role in the reason we are hear today."
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Julie Di Nuzzo shares a sort of before and after of her Great Great Grandfather the Ottawa fire chief ... and her son.

Says Julie:

My great great grandfather Peter Provost was Ottawa fire chief in 1897. Attached is a letter he wrote accepting the position at 33 years old for $1600 per year. He was born in New York, moved to Montreal and took the job as fire chief and then moved on to Ottawa.

My son Anthony put on the fireman suit he got as an early Xmas gift from a dear friend. This made me think of our great grandfather and appreciate those who came before us and played a major role in the reason we are hear today.

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Chief Provost surely must be proud to see his great-great-great -grandson wearing that suit!

Here is an article about Chief Provost from the Ottawa Journal, July 9, 1904

The Bytown Fire Brigade would love to hear this story...

Well said. Bravo!!

Proud family heritage!

Great post

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Thursday December 24th, 2015
Lost Ottawa

Your Morning Commute ... featuring Dr. Don Conway leaving his speedboat at Ottawa River, before taking his kids to school and going to work as head of radiology at Ottawa General.

The good doctor seems to have been featured in a series about immigrants to Canada by the Dominion-Wide news agency. It's amusing to think that other immigrants would think this was normal Canadian life -- commuting by speedboat.

I used to have cowboy six shooter and holster like that young man.

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Your Morning Commute ... featuring Dr. Don Conway leaving his speedboat at Ottawa River, before taking his kids to school and going to work as head of radiology at Ottawa General.

The good doctor seems to have been featured in a series about immigrants to Canada by the Dominion-Wide news agency. Its amusing to think that other immigrants would think this was normal Canadian life -- commuting by speedboat.

I used to have cowboy six shooter and holster like that young man.

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Not a life jacket in sight ....Ah, the carefree '60s.

That's li'l ole me, Felicity Don, in the boat, & my bro Paul in the guns. All seems romantic, but I LOATHED school (it wasn't fun like it is for kids nowadays) & all I could think about was the horror of going to school, not the adventure of travelling by boat. But it was fun on the weekends, water skiing etc.

His kid would be shot to death if he wore that gun to school nowadays.

Could we not have more more seasonal pics? I'm desperate for some snow, even if it's only a photo!

Christine Shaikin we used to play tennis with him. Remember!

Ah, those were the days... πŸ™‚

Me too and I haven't shot anyone yet.

1960 Evinrude on the boat beside Dr Conway.

Nice boat.

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Tuesday December 22nd, 2015
Lost Ottawa

Came across this lost winter tradition in Ottawa ... tobogganing right down the back side of Parliament Hill.

Looks like the idea was to take you your toboggan out Lover's Walk (which is the thin line you can see about three quarters of the way up), then head down the hill from there. Just had to miss the trees!

No date on this picture, but jit would seem to be in the 1890s.

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Came across this lost winter tradition in Ottawa ... tobogganing right down the back side of Parliament Hill.

Looks like the idea was to take you your toboggan out Lovers Walk (which is the thin line you can see about three quarters of the way up), then head down the hill from there. Just had to miss the trees!

No date on this picture, but jit would seem to be in the 1890s.
  
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Have you got a picture of the toboggan hill at The Experimental Farm arboritum? That's the one I remember sliding down as a child.

Off limits today! The public are not allowed to see the bunkers built into Parliament Hill!

Now kids would need a helmet, knee pads,elbow pads, A sliding instructions video, And a waiver form to slide down the hill. Once they went down, claim PTSD for their traumatic event.

You want to go sliding, imagine that and safety as we see it today whoa......

"Gee mister, is the river frozen?" "Hmmm...well nobody's fallen through yet! Off you go Timmy!"

Is that the hill we went down when I was younger Kevin

That is amazing to see.

Lets do it again.

That place has kinda gone downhill ever since! (grins)

It's a long way back up if you survive the trip down πŸ™‚

YIKES! Right, miss the trees lol

Looks like fun!

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Tuesday December 22nd, 2015
Lost Ottawa

A little piece of Ottawa Ex tradition shared by Donald Legault, as old cars line up in Hull for the start of the annual parade.

Shared by Donald Legault, who writes:It is sad to learn that Superex is no lo longer with us. This is a photo of my grandfather watching the old car part of the CCE parade getting organised in the parking lot of the Hull Armory on St-Joseph blvd. The parade would start in Hull before ending up in Ottawa (circa 1960).
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A little piece of Ottawa Ex tradition shared by Donald Legault, as old cars line up in Hull for the start of the annual parade.

Shared by Donald Legault, who writes:

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Super ex which was such a big Ottawa tradition is no more. Killed by a lack of "I care" by this city. Would rather spend billions on trains and destroy the transitway built in 1986. Great thinking. NOT!

It is a shame that superex is gone. There are many great fairs in the fall months like Richmond, Metcalfe and carp fair that really get back to the basics of the Ex. Let these fairs grow and enjoy.

I hear the xmas lighting in downtown Ottawa is dismal this year.

Wing only 39 I can only imagine this picture . Lol

Such a shame the city along with poor mismanagement killed such a tradition

when I worked at the CCEA office one of my functions was setting up the Parade with a Board Member...it is amazing what goes into getting it organized...but tons of fun....oh the memories

sweet shot...wow .... awesome

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Tuesday December 22nd, 2015
Lost Ottawa

Up the Valley, there's a little bit of Lost Ottawa ...

Shared by Adam Zanette, who says:Still Scott's Chicken Villa in Pembroke. Just ate here. Cool to see these old signs still around!
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Up the Valley, theres a little bit of Lost Ottawa ...

Shared by Adam Zanette, who says:

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Yay Pembroke! I left Ottawa for Pembroke area 40+ years ago but still love visiting and reading old history here on this site. I remember the Scott's in the Glebe where my then-boyfriend worked.

I was wondering what was missing in the space between Scott's and chicken . . . the old Colonel himself! I remember my family sending me on my bike to pick up chicken on opening day. Seems like the lineup extended well into the parking log!

Love it. I'm from Ottawa and remember these all over, St Laurent Blvd, Bank St near Heron, Sparks St, Richmond Rd, so many memories, and this is so nice to see but I'm in Alberta now, a tad far. Cheers

Yes...they didn't seem as greasy when they were Scotts ...lol... I know the one on Sparks was rather fancy.... and serves in a basket...wooohoo .... 😎

I remember the one on Merivale near Carling avenue

Still one in Arnprior also

Nicks chicken right across the street is also pretty tasty.

Pembroke, the town that time forgot. I wonder if they still sell stubbies at the Brewer's Retailer?

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Tuesday December 22nd, 2015
Lost Ottawa

Your Morning Commute. Bronson looking north from Laurier in 1937-38. One of those Ottawa intersections I've always disliked, but here looking rather neighbourly!

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Your Morning Commute. Bronson looking north from Laurier in 1937-38. One of those Ottawa intersections Ive always disliked, but here looking rather neighbourly!

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One of my most favourite stories my grandmother tells, is of the time she sent her best friend down this exact hill, in a wagon, pulled by the tricycle she was driving, alone. She bailed on the poor kid because she got scared. Sometime in the early 1940's. I now have an image to augment her story. Thank you!

My impression of Nanny Goat Hill was the downward hillside on Somerset Street west of Bronson, but really this is a continuation of the same hill that crosses Bronson at Laurier.

Love the house on the left; it's exterior design just has me picturing all sorts of delightful nooks and crannies. I wonder what the story behind it was?

I was at that corner this evening. A youngish man was heard singing down the street and passed us singing a very un-Christmassy tune holding a bottle wrapped in a paper bag... He was not pleased with some company... Just funny it was a hundred yards east of this intersection. We have come a long way but then again, not that far. I bet there was a person or two doing the same thing back then!

The house is still there would be interesting to find the history on it. I know Thomas ahearn had a house called buena vista where the apartments are now

Iseem to remember that a secret wine cellar ( well stocked) was found in that house on the left some years ago.

The worst intersection was two blocks north of there...Bronson and Albert. If you were going north on Bronson, as I often was, heading to Christ Church Cathedral (the steeple visible in the picture), there was a stone wall right at the corner that was almost impossible to see around. You took your life in your hands inching forward, and the westbound traffic on Albert was barrelling down on you so fast, and you had to get across 3 lanes of traffic to continue north without the aid of a traffic light. (I'm referring to conditions in the 1970s)

In the exact location that this photo was taken, I went through the wind shield of my brother's car in 1975 after some one came barreling down the wrong side of the road and hit us head on. I have never liked that spot but I have worn my seatbelt ever since.

Isn't this the hill that was called "Nanny Goat Hill"?

Nice that the house on the left is still standing.

I think I can already see signs of people complaining about buses on Scott St.

Everything was so beautiful. Loving it.

Especially in winter. I can remember some tense moments trying to get up that hill.

The brick wall on the left and the red brick house on the corner are still standing as well.

Driven down that hill a few times... love the lack of skyscrapers... you used to be able to see the Peace Tower from anywhere downtown back then.

The house on the left is still there and the house (now apartments) on the right at the bottom is still there too. Now the two intersections, Slater and Albert are the worst intersection because drivers insist on running the red lights.

Amazing time travel moment!

Almost the same shot from April 2012

Is that house on the left still standing?

Don what's not true?

Yes...or Goat Hill

Looks rather safe then ...but yes...what a nightmare this place was...

I like it!!

Chris Macintyre

Henry Brown

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