Lost Ottawa Facebook 2017

Here are all the Lost Ottawa posts that appeared on Facebook in 2017, starting with the most recent and going backwards.

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Saturday December 30th, 2017
Lost Ottawa

Lost Ottawa Home Edition, featuring the halfway house on the way to Pointe Gatineau, which would put this house ... right in the middle of the Ottawa River! Brrrr!

For many years, however, there was an ice road across the river. Mostly used to bring firewood to the big city from what I can tell.

You can see the "coast" of Pointe Gatineau to the left.

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Lost Ottawa Home Edition, featuring the halfway house on the way to Pointe Gatineau, which would put this house ... right in the middle of the Ottawa River! Brrrr!

For many years, however, there was an ice road across the river. Mostly used to bring firewood to the big city from what I can tell.

You can see the coast of Pointe Gatineau to the left.

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This is taken around Lac Lemay, the shore line is lower and there is no bridge. This is the area that gets constantly flooded. The shack is for the log drivers, it was usually placed on a barge and would be floated down nearer the bridge in spring.

Yes - the building in front of the horses is the Passport Office ๐Ÿ˜

are there still any spots (in that area) where the river freezes right across?

Are those beautiful horses Canadians?

Love this column, but need to correct a mis-conception. It's not Lac LEMAY but Lac LEAMY, named for Andrew Leamy.

This is one part of history I did not know about.. sweet!

Was this your first fishing hut and tow vehicle Chad Hughes?

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Saturday December 30th, 2017
Lost Ottawa

Linda Seccaspina shares a story about what was once Ottawa's most popular hotel -- the Russell.

Writes Linda:The Russell House hotel was the most high-profile hotel in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada for many decades. It was located at the corner of Sparks Street and Elgin Street, where Confederation Square is located today. The original building was built in the 1840s. Additions were made in the 1870s and the original building replaced in 1880.

In 1901 there was a smallpox outbreak in Ottawa. Complaints were made on a daily basis to the Ottawa Journal of anyone that a local citizen deemed should be quarantined. Names and addresses were published in the newspaper, no matter the age of those who were inflicted. Vaccines were available at the Ottawa City Hall and doctors were kept busy.

In 1912, the Chรขteau Laurier succeeded the Russell as Ottawa's premier hotel. Money was spent on renovations in the 1920s, but the hotel had declined due to age and its closure was announced on September 1, 1925. Some of the reasons listed were the high cost of heating the structure, and the higher number of staff to operate the hotel, compared to a newer facility.The Russell House closed permanently on October 1, 1925. Ground-level shops remained open, but the hotel was emptied.

On April 14, 1928, a fire broke out in the hotel, and the hotel was mostly destroyed. The remains of the structure were demolished by November. The Government of Canada had been in the process of buying the property when the fire occurred, and the government used the land to expand Elgin Street to create Confederation Square. Various artifacts of the hotel are on display at the Bytown Museum.
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Linda Seccaspina shares a story about what was once Ottawas most popular hotel -- the Russell.

Writes Linda:

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I wonder if any other Ottawa hotel, here in 2017, can claim that all their employees are vaccinated...

My husband’s grandfather was a chef at the Russell Hotel until his untimely death in 1926

Thank GAWD it burned down. Made room for the wonderful War Memorial Plaza.

Shillington ave is named after him and his house still stands there

Did it not move down to little sussex and Besserer after the fire

Great photo.

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Friday December 29th, 2017
Deanna Charlebois

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Yup. It was great. Every time my uncle would visit us from Hawkesbury he always had to go there and my mom and I tagged along.

That’s where I got my first Cabbage Patch doll!

Yep. My mom used to shop there.

Absolutely. Split level shopping at the back part of the store. Loved that place as a kid for some reason.

Bought my first artificial Christmas tree there along with some decorations. A very long time ago. The tree was still in great shape. Just donated it in fall of 2016 to the Hub in Almonte. Also purchased the paint for my first sons crib there. That was some 40+ yrs ago. ๐Ÿ˜Š

That was 1 of our must stops when we came to the city. Our others were Cashway and Neighbourhood Services.

Remember it very well -- it was a great store. It is also where our daughter, at about 2 years old, fell against a sharp cornered table and we rushed her to the Civic for several stitches. Not the store's fault -- it was ours for not watching her closely enough.

I still have a screwdriver I bought there in the late 60's.

Most of my power tools came from there!

Yes I worked there.

Used to go there with my grand parents!

Lots of mine too Gary ,the ones that weren't from "Handy Andy"

Yes every Saturday we went there for something

Where the Zeller’s used to be on Merivale Road. I actually met Guy Lafleur there summer 1972 after his rookie year. Came to Pascal’s from Thurso for hardware items he couldn’t get there

I remember it well. It will always be the place I think of when I remember what a bad boy my brother was. He got caught climbing on Pascals roof one day and my Mum got a little visit from the police about it! LOL

Yup. Worked there while going to college. Great place to work and shop. Their slogan was "if we don't have what you are looking for, we will find it somewhere else for you".

One of my Dad's favourite 'toy' stores -- therefore, mine, too! I just loved to tag along with my Dad -- to Beaver Lumber, Rankin's, Adams & Kennedy, Canadian Tire ....

There was also one in Gloucester on Innes.

I lived within walking distance of the Pascal’s on Merivale until I was 6. Went every week to Pascals, Miracle Mart, and Steinberg’s.

Bought my first raclette machine there!!

I have bought many copies for friends - we all love them!

Yes. Mum used to go there alot

Spent lots of time there.....

I remember the steel tool sculpture near the front door. I wonder what they did with that?

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Friday December 29th, 2017
Lost Ottawa

Terry Fraser shares a photo of another famous Ottawa department store -- Charles Ogilvy's on the northeast corner of Rideau and Nicholas.

Done up for Christmas in 1974. My Scottish Mom loved this place.Charles Ogilvy on Rideau St. about 1974.
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Terry Fraser shares a photo of another famous Ottawa department store -- Charles Ogilvys on the northeast corner of Rideau and Nicholas.

Done up for Christmas in 1974. My Scottish Mom loved this place.

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We gave my 101 year old Mother-In-Law your book for Christmas and she loved it. She had a story to add to many of the pictures/stories in the book. She was raised on a farm south of Ottawa but went to work as a housemaid/childcare-worker/cook while still a teenager for just a few dollars a week, half of which was sent home to help the family and pay the property taxes. Her Christmas basket was filled with many things but the book "Lost Ottawa" was the hit. Thank You.

I love the things I see on this site! Ottawa used to be such a wonderful place and I love getting to see all the photos you post.

I worked there during Christmas season 1983 and into 1984. Loved Ogilvys!!! Ann Dashper and a group of lovely folks there were the mainstay of Ogilvys till they closed down. Fond memories of that place!

My best friend's mom used to work there. I remember driving downtown with my friend and her dad to pick her up. She always wore her hair in a stylish, almost beehive hairdo. Years after she retired she was always impeccably dressed, matching coat, hat, stylish dress, shoes, light makeup and elegant nails. Don't forget the matching hand bag. She was the epitome of the "Ogilvy's Lady".

Especially love this picture...I still have 3 Liberty scarves I bought there and can remember the counter as one walked in...loved the elevators with the uniformed ladies calling out the floors. My friend and I (aged about 12 at the time....kids were so much more independent then) would hop on the number 2 bus from the NRC, the farthest east you could go at that time, and head in to Ogilvy's to do our Christmas shopping.

Worked in the panty-hose department for three very long months in 1979. Ladies would come in and ask , "Do you have "L'Eggs?" (Those were panty-hose sold in white egg-shaped plastic containers.) I always wanted to come back with a joke {"How do you think I am this tall?") but didn't dare.

Great memories - think it might have been located on South West corner of Rideau and Nicholas, across from Caplan and Joe Feller - Could be wrong - Lovely photo

Why did so many of our local identity disappear. It's like part of us went along with it. It's nice to relive through your book. I also received one from my daughter and in turn gave one to my mother in law. Great memories of good times and a simpler life

I loved Ogilvy’s too. The lunch counter was charming and a real treat for me and my mother when we went shopping there to have lunch at the counter too. They sold very good-quality purses.

I remember my mom taking me there to shop for shoes. They had a fluoroscope (imagine a TV-like X-ray machine) to check the fit was OK!

I loved shopping there. My mother ordered everything new for me right from the hospital when l was born.

I remember Ogilvies and Woolworth's - Great lunch counter. Does that make me feel old - yes - does it make me smile - YES!

That elevator was so wonderful to a child, and the shoe department where you could see the bones of your feet.

My mother worked in ladies' hosiery at the Rideau Street location for many years. What great memories!

my maternal grandmother worked on the top floor, in behind the display department as the head switchboard operator, if you called any of the 3 Ogilvy stores in Ottawa you had a one in three chance of her answering your call. In fact by this time 11 year old me could operate that ancient cabled pbx like a pro LOL

My Mum worked there a couple of different periods of time over the years, and I loved that she got an employee discount. I recall three really nice outfits, that I had as kid, that I still remember in my head quite clearly, that she bought me from Ogilvy's.

My parents almost exclusively shopped at the store I have many fond memories of purchases from there. Childhood Shoes and clothes, my first prom dress, my first sewing machine ....just to name a few things....

I remember downtown Ottawa as a child.Our Mom always took us to Freiman's Christmas display every Christmas time by streetcar from Westboro.Was awesome!

I worked there part time in men’s department and on the elevator when I was going to high school and doing my nursing at Ottawa civic

Note that the first 'bubble back' Corvette was a '78. So maybe a little later.

Within a few weeks of my family moving to Ottawa in 1967 my parents went furniture shopping for a family of 5 in a 3 bedroom apartment and furnished the whole place for $3,000. I still have some of that furniture, which was solid 3/4" walnut. My shop teacher told us that Walnut was the most expensive wood we had available to us at $1/square foot. We shopped for groceries at the IGA on Elgin Street which was about $20/week. My mother thought the chicken was expensive at 37 cents/pound. Her favourite cashier was Giselle. There was also a photo shop near there called Capri film service run by a Hungarian couple who'd escaped in the late 50s.

Ogilvy's and Murphy-Gambles got the English, Irish, Scottish trade.

My grandfather worked there, a WWII vet, and it provided him a career to support a family and a modest retirement. Have many fond memories.

Ogilvy's was my favourite store to buy accessories. I loved that store.

I remember going to Ogilvy's with my mom.

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Friday December 29th, 2017
Lost Ottawa

Terry Fraser shares a Christmas photo of Caplan's, one of Ottawa's famous home-grown department stores. Taken from Nicholas Street (when this block of Nicholas was still a street).

The Caplan's store on Rideau opened in 1916 and closed in 1984, shortly after the opening of the Rideau Centre.

Notes Terry:Caplan's on Rideau St. about 1974.
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Terry Fraser shares a Christmas photo of Caplans, one of Ottawas famous home-grown department stores. Taken from Nicholas Street (when this block of Nicholas was still a street). 

The Caplans store on Rideau opened in 1916 and closed in 1984, shortly after the opening of the Rideau Centre.

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Magical Christmas window displays at Caplan's and Freiman's....lots of little nose prints on the windows.

one of the best memories I had as a child in the 50's was going downtown and seeing all the wonderful christmas windo displays in the major department stores. Animated, action and different every year. As a kid it felt magical!!

Remember Caplans well, there were so many great stores on Sparks and Rideau Streets in the 1970s and 80s with lots of people strolling and shopping on Thursday and Fridays nights. Both streets were busy and safe until the Rideau Centre was opened and more unsavoury types started hanging around on Rideau Street, sad really.

Ottawa had the best downtown !!!! The Rideau Centre ruined it in my opinion. An eyesore and took all the character away from the downtown .

Was it Freiman's that had the frosted malts in the basement? Highlight of my shopping trip although I remember the place being packed with people...I was little at the time.

Mary my mom use to bring shopping downtown not sure if it was Caplans or theBay buy downstairs they use to sell malts. This is such a found memory. Do you remember which one it was?

My mother worked at Caplan's until they closed. Shopping on Rideau St used to be such a great experience.

I wish we had all those department stores back.

Memories of foot X-ray machine and shopping with my mom visiting Freiman’s and lunch at Woolworth’s the same day

Caplan's - that was where my mother shopped to dress the girls up for any occastion. Always fashionable!

Used to go there with my French grandmother and my English grandmother always took me to ogilvies across the street

Nice one! And look at the sweet Volvo wagon making a left turn.

Bought my wedding dress there in 1962

Bought my wedding dress at Caplans for $98. It was on the cover of Brides magazine that year

thats where i bought my wedding dress,

That’s where I bought my wedding dress โค๏ธ Remember Diane Tuttle?

Their Santa was in a shed behind the store!

I remember the one dollar lunches in the cafeteria in the basement.

I think they had the old elevators in Caplan's, complete with elevator operators.

Caplan's, with Freiman's, secured most of the Jewish trade in those times.

My sister Susan and I used to work at Caplans in the late fifties. Mary Foley

Yes I remembered you looked stunning when you tried it on. โค

I worked right beside there at Joe fellers at that time

My mom worked there for years

I remember Sol Max, got my made to measure long leather coat there. They were great.

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Thursday December 28th, 2017
Lost Ottawa

Dining Out in Lost Ottawa, shared by Sheldon Leonard.

Writes Sheldon:As seen while enjoying a smoked meat on rye and pickle before going across the street to catch a matinee at the Nelson!
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Dining Out in Lost Ottawa, shared by Sheldon Leonard.

Writes Sheldon:

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Our family ate there a fair bit in the sixties. My parents loved their steaks, and they tolerated my little brother's antics. This was before they expanded to the back room. Does anyone remember Nancy, one of the hardest working waitresses?

This poster, or a repro of it, was at Nate's when they were on Merivale for awhile in the old Red Barn. They moved back downtown a year or two ago.

I used to Love having a jumbo with Swiss and a cold draught beer right where that sign hung!! Thanks for that great memory. I wonder who has that sign?? Freda?

I really miss Nate's. Now we need to go to Montreal and Dunn's doesnt quite cut it ( still good tho').

My dad used to take me out for breakfast at Nate’s then drop me off at U of O. He would pay for breakfast then give me the change. Eventually, the woman at the cash just started giving the change right to me! Lots of great chats with my dad there...

My memory of Nates wasn't as glowing as everyone else's.. ..I was with a group of friends one evening and when our orders arrived I picked up my sandwich and a cockroach scurried from underneath.The waiter didn't believe me so we left....never went back

My dad used take us there when were little kids in the 60's. I passed on the tradition in the 80's with my kids. best smoked meat and French onion soup, smoked lox cream cheese on bagel, oh yes and the Florentine cookies.

I remember this ad and meeting Dave Smith, something of a celebrity and owner of Nates. There was a restaurant called the Place Next Door, just east of Nate's deli, and I enjoyed some delicious meals there. As well as Al's steak house, at 329 Elgin St.

I spent many a evening down on Rideau St at Nates. Loved their potato latkes. I also remember this poster as well

Won't argue with all of the memories, but there must be someone out there who agrees that, in fact, Kardish in Hintonburg was the best smoked meat in the city.

Best smoked meat sandwich in Ottawa in the 70's.....mmmmm

I remember that poster, Great smoked meat !

It’s now Bobby’s Table on Montreal road. Same staff, same suppliers. Best smoked meat in town.

Yes - Smoke Meat and bacon & eggs for breakfast. ๐Ÿ˜‹

Looks more like Henny Youngman to me.

Great smoke meat sandwich. Use to put a banana pepper on mine. Of course I was younger back then.

OMG, how I miss the Rideau St. Nate's!!

Nate’s was the best .. you could go there on new yrs day and pick up take out ๐Ÿ™‚ yummy

I love the poster. That was when we had a sense of humour, and were OK with it.

Pierre Trudeau was a regular at Nate’s, plus many others.

This is the one I was trying to remember perfect. Best smoked meat on rye!

Always took out of town guests to Nate’s for a smoked meat sandwich.

I would stop in and grab a potato knish!!! And kreplach!

Loved the smoked meat sandwiches and the latkes๐Ÿ˜Š

Miss Nates ๐Ÿ˜”

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Thursday December 28th, 2017
Lost Ottawa

Michael Perron shares some Ottawa artwork, along with an Ottawa sports story.

Writes Michael (who used to work for Kaufman Signs):

"After the Harry Koffman story last week, I thought about Marc Robert, one of my co-workers at Koffman Signs.

Marc entered a contest to design the new Ottawa Lynx logo -- and he won! The final logo was altered a bit at the end to make the Lynx look different. But most of the original work is his."
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Michael Perron shares some Ottawa artwork, along with an Ottawa sports story.

Writes Michael (who used to work for Kaufman Signs): 

After the Harry Koffman story last week, I thought about Marc Robert, one of my co-workers at Koffman Signs.

Marc entered a contest to design the new Ottawa Lynx logo -- and he won! The final logo was altered a bit at the end to make the Lynx look different. But most of the original work is his.

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Still remember when they played their first game. I was a kid. I lived about a kilometre from there and I could hear them sing the anthems. I was like "Cool, we have a baseball team now!".... and never made it to one game. oops... lol

I worked in concession stands at the stadium. Saw a few games during the years. Good baseball memories.

Went to a bunch of the games in the first couple of seasons. Saw some great players that eventually played for the Expos!

Paul Dick, who was Minister for Athletics etc. (?), objected to the proposed location of the stadium / park. The headline in The Citizen read: "Dick says Ball site dumb."

Remember sitting up in the second deck on the foul lines with dad, hope sometime soon another minor league affiliate comes in

Ian Mendes who works at Tsn1200 was Lenny the lynx

Wayyy better name than the Ottawa Champions imo

Fond memories of going with my brother...

Olivier Charbonneau toi qui cherchait pour une casquette... Voilà au moins un beau logo

Had a blast going to the ball game

Marc gave me a copy of the first draft. If I can find it, I'll post a pic Mike.

Happy felines make great logos. This one from Giant Tiger pre-dates the Ottawa Lynx cat.

Koffman Signs, not Kaufman. And Marc Robert is/was the greatest.

Love Lenny the Lynx. Still have my baseball hat with the Lenny logo on it.

Had season tickets....

I lived that logo

went to first game and several others

Load ‘em up....

Have a poster of the first game

Lynn Lauriault

Adam Bleskie

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Thursday December 28th, 2017
Lost Ottawa

Ry Crawford shares a second picture of the Ottawa Civic Centre in 1967.

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One if the funniest incidents occurred early during an exhibition games between Toronto Maple Leads and the Montreal Canadiens. JOHN Ferguson and Eddie Shack were on the ice when the organist noticed. Within seconds Shack and Fergie started fighting. The organist waited for a bear hug between the two and started playing "Please Release Me Let Me Go. As if on wife Shack grabbed Ferguson and planted a huge wet Kiss on him. Fergie went crazy while Shack skated around the ice waving his arms. I was working security by the benches that game and happened directly in front of me.

As I understand it..there was to be a restaurant on the upper south side where that wall is. The deal obviously either fell through or was one of the many cuts to bring project into budget.

Was always a great place for a concert as the stage was on the squatty long side, rather than one of the short ends like most arenas so the seats had better sight-lines.

The 67s are hardly drawing a crowd anymore.

Curtained off, not curtailed off...

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Thursday December 28th, 2017
Lost Ottawa

Ry Crawford shares the first of two pictures of the Ottawa Civic Centre.

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First game at the new Civic Centre , with future NHLers, Bunny laroque, Bill Clement, Pierre Jarry, Pete Laframboise, Pierre Bouchard, Rejean Houle, Guy Lapointe, Marc Tardif, Murry Wilson, Gilbert Perreault, J.P. Bordeleau, Larry Pleau....wow all in a Junior game together.

So many concerts...

It looked a lot like this when I went to Ottawa 67s games back in the 1979 to about 1982 timeframe. Brad Marsh salvaged the old original scoreboard that was used at the Civic Centre during those years and had it in his "Marshy's" establishment at the Palladium (later the Corel Centre/Scotiabank Place/Canadian Tire Centre, lol). Believe a local farmer had it on his property for that number of years.

Two large hooks came down from the ceiling and hoisted the center section of seats to make a passage from the convention floors to the arena. This center section is the one that bounced during clapping and encores

Went to many concerts back then, usually sat in the upper levels of section 19, you could pop a few ceiling tiles when it got too hot!! Good times!!

I rember going to a Brier back then and small pieces of the tiles would scatter the ice bringing a new meaning to chaff.

Best concert ever, Yes, Alice Cooper, black sabbath, not sure of the year, 71 to 73 I kind of forget,

The tiles probably sagged and where falling down from all the weed smoke residue at the concerts

Many of the tiles above the top row of seats were damaged because fans jumped up to celebrate goals by the likes of Pierre Jarry, Dennis Potvin etc. They hit tiles with their hands. Great times!!!

I remember hanging around the construction site on wknds when this was being built

The scoreboard used to reside at Marshy’s at the CTC - which was the Corel Centre at the time.

5.00 bucks!!! And I had forgotten about Yes being there,my first exposure to "progressive rock".

Anyone got a pic of the old Auditorium. Played there for the Monties in early 60's

Dave LeBlanc

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Thursday December 28th, 2017
Lost Ottawa

Ottawa ... Winter Wonderland in Major's Hill Park, shared by Paul Couvrette.

Says Paul:

"Christmas Portrait, 1894. Restored by moi. (Hey ... My daughter gifted me your book...small world)
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Ottawa ... Winter Wonderland in Majors Hill Park, shared by Paul Couvrette.

Says Paul: 

Christmas Portrait, 1894. Restored by moi. (Hey ... My daughter gifted me your book...small world)

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I got your cool book too. I'm thinking this is taken from major's hill, roughly where the back end of the chateau Laurier would eventually be built?

I love the period clothes. Look very elegant, glad we do not have to wear dresses in the winter anymore. Bad for the knees on day like today, I am sure!

Beautiful picture!! I bought a copy of the book for my brother in law and received one from my son! See? What goes around comes around!

I'm in Edmonton and received your book for Christmas. Looking forward to reading it and sharing with a few other Ottawa friends who are here.

I also got Lost Ottawa for Christmas!

This is a beautiful photo and the original Parliament in the background too!

Received Lost Ottawa book for Christmas! Looking forward to the read!

I was hoping to get one for Christmas but that's ok, my birthday is January 24!!!!!

beautiful !

Fabulous

Dave LeBlanc

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Wednesday December 27th, 2017
Stacey Diffin-Lafleur

Really enjoying reading the Lost Ottawa book. One of my comments is on page 109 about the Green Valley Restaurant. My Grandma loved that place. #tsl ... See MoreSee Less

Wednesday December 27th, 2017
Stacey Diffin-Lafleur

I bought this book for my mom this year. And I got a copy. Iโ€™m delighted to say I am on page 109 commenting about the Green Valley restaurant. My grandmaโ€™s fave place to go. I also shared a pic of my dad refereeing a game at Carleton. Some one commented on it that his brother was the football player in the picture... and heโ€™d been killed in a car accident a year later. Thank you @David McGee for letting us share so many memories of our lLost Ottawa.
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Wednesday December 27th, 2017
Lost Ottawa

Shopping in Lost Ottawa, featuring the Freiman's store in the St. Laurent Shopping Mall in 1969.

Good place for "Boxing Day" sales back then ... but I am trying to remember whether stores were actually allowed to be open on Boxing Day at the time?

I don't remember anything like the current frenzy ...

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Shopping in Lost Ottawa, featuring the Freimans store in the St. Laurent Shopping Mall in 1969.

Good place for Boxing Day sales back then ... but I am trying to remember whether stores were actually allowed to be open on Boxing Day at the time? 

I dont remember anything like the current frenzy ...

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Actually the St. Laurent Mall opened in 1968 the following year I won a trip to Barbadoes . The Mall had a contest and 55 couples won that trip we all went to Barbadoes together what a trip that was all expenses paid .It was sponsored by the Barbadoes tourism / We got a real welcome Pierre Trudeau was Prime Minister at that time and he sent them a Thank you Letter for this Canadian trip and Welcome .We were received at the Barbadoes Minister home for a tour Best holiday ever .

Rideau Centre was the first mall to open on December 26th (Boxing Day) in 1992 when the property obtained an exemption under the Retail Business Holiday’s Act as a Tourist Area. Many years later, the province removed December 26th from its list of statutory holidays requiring stores to remain closed.

There were still after-Christmas sales, possibly called "Boxing Day" sales, although they started on the 27th. They definitely were not the frenzy they are today. Mostly people bought leftover Christmas stuff for next year.

Was this the store that had the big water fountain in it? I remember my grandmother giving me a penny to toss into the fountain and make a wish. I loved that fountain but can't find photos of it

I agree - Boxing Day now is insane! We didn’t move back to Ottawa until 1974 and St. Laurent then still had Dominion then and the buses stopped right in front of it.

When Hudson Bay bought Freimans, there was an ad on CFRA, that went (with a heavy street French accent): "Dey put de Bay in Bayshore.... and dats for shore". Good "Old Ottawa" anti-French bias, of course.

Stores were certainly open on Boxing Day in the 1960,s.One could hardly push a cart around it was so crowded,I remember abandoning my cart and leaving after an hour of waiting in line at a cashier

The province didn't allow stores to open on Boxing Day back then. That started within the last 20 years I think.

I remember when St.Laurent opened in 1967; there was a Freiman store at the St.Laurent boulevard end of the mall. Freiman's was bought by the Bay in early 70's. the mall itself was a fun place to shop, and it looked much better than today, with its "cancerous" expansion space and the two parkades (could not they go underground?) hiding the mall at both ends.

The Anchor Store was Simpsons then it changed to Simpson Sears as they were bought out by Sears US.. I took my Mom to that Mall many times she really enjoyed it .

I got my first job (part-time) as a busboy at the Heritage Restaurant, circular building in back, this launched my career in the hospitality industry, oh, I worked for .90 cents and hour...we would all go out on our Friday paydays, across the street, (St Laurent) for drinks at the chinese restaurant, rye/ginger for $1.25....OMG!....Dan D

Old man A.J. Freiman always gave his employees a Christmas Bonus at Christmas! When the Bay took over salaries went up but the Christmas Bonus went out the window! lol!

My Mom worked for Freiman’s at Westgate Shopping Centre, when it was sold she went at the Bay on Rideau St. Then she went to Bayshore when it opened until her retirement in1987.

I recall that in the 1980s some businesses would open and they would be fined but they often made more than enough money to pay the fine by opening.

as I was saying when St Laurent open the anchor store on the west side was Simpson Sears that change to just Sears (Simpsons was a different company) also Freimans took up the complete east side of the mall if you entered here on the south side and walk across the store to north side entrance of Freimans that is now the entance next to East Side Marios inside you would of pass by the fountain located where the open space is now below the food court (there where no second floor in those days) where the Toys R Us was a Dominion food store

my husband remembers working on the roof units, when the roof had more of a peak and their were skylights up the center of the mall before they started with the extensions

This was the south side entrance to Friemans the parking lot shown here is now the transit way station next to the Queensway if this entrance would be there today you would be walking in the shoe department today also when St Laurent open in 1967 (they celebrated 50 years last year)

Could that be Shoppers City East? There was a Freeman’s there. It was outside the city limits so could stay open later.

Bayshore Shopping Centre opened in 1973 with 2 anchor stores at each end, Eaton's and The Bay (Hudson's Bay Company). St. Laurent opened with Freiman's. What was the department store (anchor) at the other end of the mall?

Looking back at how much the mall has changed, the Bay would now be where this parking lot is now, and the old freimans would house the open area and food court. On the east entrance if you look up you can still see the rooflines above the entranceways.

It was at this shopping that parents would take their kids on Sundays to practice driving. I remember my Dad doing that with me.

Wow, I totally remember that store...have been looking for images of it. The shot of St. Laurent shopping centre looks sparkling new. Miss that era.

Do I see the Steak ‘n’ Burger in the left of the photo? I don’t see those super high parking lot light fixtures with the snowflake pattern and the ball with the mall’s logo on top though.

St. Laurent shopping centre opened on October 4, 1967. The anchor stores were Simpsons-Sears, Freimans, and a Dominion supermarket.

I think the frenzy only started on the 27th. Not sure it was as frantic, either!

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Wednesday December 27th, 2017
Lost Ottawa

Now that Xmas in Ottawa is done, there's nothing left to do but get the table cloth ready for next year ... so time to visit the Hintonburg Hand Laundry at 1017 Wellington?

Shown here on a snowy winter day in December of 1955.

The picture was part of a story about Chinese Laundries in the the Ottawa Citizen, but our pals at the Kitchissippi Museum have a story, too:

kitchissippimuseum.blogspot.ca/2016/01/the-chinese-laundry-long-lost.html

(City of Ottawa CA036115)
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Now that Xmas in Ottawa is done, theres nothing left to do but get the table cloth ready for next year ... so time to visit the Hintonburg Hand Laundry at 1017 Wellington?

Shown here on a snowy winter day in December of 1955. 

The picture was part of a story about Chinese Laundries in the the Ottawa Citizen, but our pals at the Kitchissippi Museum have a story, too:

http://kitchissippimuseum.blogspot.ca/2016/01/the-chinese-laundry-long-lost.html

(City of Ottawa CA036115)

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This laundry always did a super job on the nurse's caps for the civic hospital nursing students. They had to be stiff as a board and then folded just so.

This is now the "Third" restaurant which recently opened. They have a photo of the Hintonburgh Laundry on their wall.

The year I was born! What struck me most about the photo are the boots on the woman. My mom had some just like that. Long coats and short boots.

Across the street, (Wellington?) was a liquor store? My father dropped his shirts off for laundering with extra starch in the collars. Then walk across the street with his liquor register book firmly grasped in his hand and enter the liquor store. Shortly after, he returned to the car with his purchases. The street car tracks were next to the side of our car. Passing street cars would be very close to the side of the car. It was scary for us kids left to observe and experience the rumbling of the street car passing. Those winter boots were all the rage. Mum enjoyed wearing her boots as they were warm and suitable for driving a "clutch " car.

One was NEVER disappointed in the work done at the "Chinese" laundries. Canada has profited greatly from Chinese immigration - hard working and good Canadian citizens.

I have my grandparents laundry bag with the hand embroidered id on it! I think this is where their laundry would have been done.

I’d like to know when after that photo was taken the “H” was dropped in the name of Hintonburg?

I used to really enjoy going into the Chinaman Laundries.

Now it is home to the "Blackberrer Urban Pub"

Got your book but there's not much on Lebreton Flats...hope you put some in your next book...thanks...love your book

Oh the woman's boots! I remember those boots lol

I REMEMBER TAKING USED 'LINEN' TABLECLOTHS TO THIS SHOP AND THEY WOULD WASH AND FOLD INTO A REALLY NICE TABLETOP READY FOR THE NEXT DINNER PARTY.

Used this laundry when doing the stiff bib dress shirt with the separate wing collar on my Regimental Mess kit worn on formal occasions

Katya Moussatova this is where that new restaurant opened!

Florence Hwang

Kevin Jiang

My mother would tell me to put the money on the counter before he came for the ticket or he would put me in the boiler with the clothes. She was afraid of Chinese people. Lol.

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Tuesday December 26th, 2017
Lost Ottawa

Night out in Lost Ottawa, featuring a history of Club Zinc in Hull shared by Stephen Mooney.

Clicking the pic will take you to a playlist of industrial music played at Club Zinc from 1992. Clicking the link will take you to a typical song (by PiL) played at Club Zinc five years earlier.

Now for Stephen:

"Back in 1987 when the world was still fun, I used to go clubbing at Club Zinc in Hull. It was not so much a club as a cult: small, dark and seriously cool, it was the place to chill after midnight.

How I remember the glorious haze of cigarette smoke twisting in the laser spotlights that pointed directly at the crystal glass ashtrays on each and every table. It turned the ashtrays into bright lanterns, which was magical in the dimly lighted seating area next to the dance floor. Everything was painted black except for the bar's zinc countertop.

The rules of the club were simple: be yourself and don't mess with other people. Girls could come alone and hang out without being hit on. Guys could come alone and dance by themselves without embarrassment. No one got stupidly drunk. The mood was mildly subversive, attracting low-key goths, loners and small groups of friends. There was never any trouble (for that, one went to the Chaud, which I also enjoyed).

New Years Eve 1987 was a special treat. The club was at its zenith (before the letterman boys started showing up) and the mood was cozy and electric. PIL had just released Happy, which got a lot of airplay that night.

Club Zinc was iconic - a true landmark in the subterranean culture of Ottawa 30 years ago. It ranked with clubs in London and Berlin and is a stark reminder of what has been lost - not only in Ottawa, but the world at large."

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I was a card-carrying member at Club Zinc from Dec 1984 when they opened, straight through till they started catering to the college kids. But boy oh boy, the five or so years that we had before that happened, created a ton of memories that I still look back on very fondly. Especially fun when I was allowed to hang out in the DJ booth, with Michel L (RIP) or Nadine (RIP), and pick EPs for them to play. Saw so many bands there too. Either they played there, or they showed up there after their own concert. I.e.: The Cult. ๐Ÿ™‚ So much fun- so many great staff there, some lasted longer than others! Ahem! Michel Parent . We'd go on Thursdays, Friday and Saturdays. Sundays we'd jump between Bistro, Le Club and Zinc, and Tuesdays we'd dance ourselves silly at Bistro. Amazing how I ever got any sleep at all.

By the early nineties, the only places to go for alternative and punk music were gigs at Oliver’s at Carleton and SAW Gallery (which had all ages shows, thankfully for me being a young teen back then). I saw Black Triangle and Heavendog. Their drummer, Ted Wilson, wine to school with me. I was friends with his brother. Ted was on You Can’t Do That on Television and now he’s a host on Inner Space on the Space Network...with another guy I know!

I was lucky enough to get to go there before it turned into The Manhattan Project (or Club Manhattan) and then Le Campus, which were also fun places to go in the early 90s. Some memories!

Don’t forget Gigis in the market. ๐Ÿ‘ Loved Zinc and then Manhattan Project. Porter Hall at Carleton had some of the best punk shows in Ottawa mid/late 80s and early 90s.

Remember it well...lots of fun.

Good venue for local bands. Black Triangle, Furnaceface, Skatterbrains...great club.

I used to go there, it was for sure pretty chill and non-judgemental.

You'd think Club Zinc would have played... The Platers.

I loved Zinc in the late 80's and early 90's! I would go back in time for that atmosphere.

It was my fave too in the mid to late 80s. I am pretty sure I was there for NYE 1987 which is recollected above.

OMG.....I was a "regular" there till their closing party! Never paid cover....never had to wait in line.....hottest club ever!!!!! Only club playing " real" House Music!!!!

Preison's Shade played a few times

My roomies and went to the Zinc at least one night a week in the 80's, sweating our asses off to the amazing music played by all the great DJ's (sad to hear of Nadine's passing). Saw Cowboy Junkies play there...the whole bar lit with hundreds of candles. Told Mick Hucknall from Simply Red to go fuck himself....lol!

Saw Deja Voodoo and The Gruesomes play there. 1988 probably.

Oh club zinc! Anyone else remember banana obscuri?

Was there for Skinny Puppy! And many other dance crazednights! Best club ever!

Andrew Kaulbach

Connie Robillard

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Tuesday December 26th, 2017
Lost Ottawa

Boxing Day at the movies, as we take the Elgin Line streetcar all the way from Ottawa East to Sparks Street in 1933.

The Elgin Line was opened to Catherine Street in 1891, and extended to Main Street and Clegg in 1925, but The entire line was abandoned in 1939 with the transformation of Elgin Street into a ceremonial approach to the War Memorial.

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Interesting to see a landscaped park on the east side of Elgin at Somerset (?).

Tuesday December 26th, 2017
Nickie Cassidy

I didn't see any - are there are pictures of when the Parliament Buildings burned down. My mom was babysitting her nieces and nephews in an apartment above the Post Office and watched the whole thing burned down. Heard the story many times of the years. She was about 13 (born in 1903) and the fire traumatized her as she was thinking how she would get 7 kid out. ... See MoreSee Less

Tuesday December 26th, 2017
Lost Ottawa

Classic Ottawa scene here as Little League Hockey got started for another season on January 14 of 1956.

Referree Garry Hamilton watches the play, while coach Bob Labelle yells at his players. Plus รงa change?

The game featured the boys from the St. Joseph's and St. Patrick's orphans homes at what is called "Tech Rink." Would that be Ottawa Tech?

(City of Ottawa Archives CA036328. Game ended in a 2-2 draw)
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Classic Ottawa scene here as Little League Hockey got started for another season on January 14 of 1956. 

Referree Garry Hamilton watches the play, while coach Bob Labelle yells at his players. Plus รงa change?

The game featured the boys from the St. Josephs and St. Patricks orphans homes at what is called Tech Rink. Would that be Ottawa Tech?

(City of Ottawa Archives CA036328. Game ended in a 2-2 draw)

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My grandfather, Wendell (Bill) Addy was a founder of the Cradle Hockey League in Ottawa. It was started with St. Joseph’s Orphanage. He and Ev Tremblay, A’s well as my father, Bob Mitchell, were instrumental in bringing minor hockey to Ottawa. Robert Campeau was the main financial sponsor.

It is the Tech High School rink which was located across the street from the school. It was basically on the southwest corner of Slater and Bronson or very close to it. I played on it.

grew up at slater and lyon beside googan's IGA,,who remembers bowl-rite bowling alley where i was a pin boy

Indeed I just googled slater st and those houses are instantly recognizable ... I have even been in them back in the 70’s

Ev Tremblay park is on Beech St just down the street from my mothers house , Ev's sister. I remember the award ceremony and Landsdowne where we served beans to the players and owners and coaches usually on May 24 th

Exactly the way it was all through the city. St. François d'Assise school had such a rink too.......C

Yep. That is the northwest yard at Ottawa Technical High School, bordering Bronson and Albert.

This is the day I was born

Does anyone know what year Tech Rink was first in use?

What Christmas season is all about. Luv the picture.

I used to skate there as a child ,lots of memories we lived on Laurier at Bay St.

Thought some of the houses looked familiar!

Reminds me of winters in Overbrooke and its outdoor rink!

Slater at Bronson. Those two houses are still there.

I was not skating on that da haha.y

I played in Sandy Hill.

This is how I learned as did Don Longchamps

Love this!

Plus ça reste pareille!

Hey Rob Blake can't see you anywhere.

Carole Seguin

Susan Armstrong Powell you see this rink

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Tuesday December 26th, 2017
Lost Ottawa

Where Ottawa Xmas trees went to die in January of 1956.

Thousands and thousands of real trees created a big problem for the city -- what to do with them when they were thrown out?

The answer was a huge bonfire, usually at the city dump out Main street in East Ottawa. Quite a sight when they were set on fire.

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Where Ottawa Xmas trees went to die in January of 1956.

Thousands and thousands of real trees created a big problem for the city -- what to do with them when they were thrown out?

The answer was a huge bonfire, usually at the city dump out Main street in East Ottawa. Quite a sight when they were set on fire. 

(City of Ottawa Archives CA036264-W-Edit)

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In January 1959, Mayor George Nelms was actually burned a bit in the face and eyebrows during this annual Christmas tree burning. He and the fire chief Maynard Dolman were engulfed in flames when they set the torch to the 50,000+ trees.

Suggestion, there is a wildlife farm in Dunrobin that accepts real trees that they feed to the animals: deer, goats and such.

Good point. That would be a major problem trying to get rid of all of the dead trees. I wonder in fact what the usage now would be of real trees in comparison to artificial tree usage in the Ottawa, and surrounding areas. Do you know?

Until the early 60's the Ottawa dump was the "landfill" all along the east side of the Rideau River from Hurdman's Bridge to Bank Street. It made for great swimming at Brewer's, Brighton, Brentwood, Dutchies, and all the way to Rideau Falls.

I remember that dump site, right beside the Rideau river about 1 km from Brantwood and Brighton Beaches........??

I remember as a kid... my Dad was a tree guy and his company had the task of helping the city with the Chippers making wood chips for all the city flower beds in the spring... don’t know if they still do that but this was in the 80’s.

January 1957. Gasoline put on tree pile. Not enough time given for fumes to evaporate. Mayor and fire chief went up to light it with a torch. There was a flashback from the fumes. The fire chief had his top coat burned. The mayor lost hih hat and eyebrows and did not appear in public for a week. Remember it well, I was there.

I remember going to a park at the end of North Western ave. They burned them Christmas trees . That was a real sight

I was there with mom and dad to watch it burn...my dad brought xmas there ..houlahan cartage

Is this the spot on Springhurst Ave. behind the Oblate development off of Main St.?

No wonder the Rideau river was & still is so polluted ๐Ÿ˜ก

Out here, they are fed to the goats who love them!

That mustve lit up like holly shitness. Lol ultra dry

Bring a long long stick for the marshmallows.

The dump from GeoOttawa 1958

It was fun to watch them burn!

dump was on riverside drive ..

I guess they had not thought to make mulch

I was there with my dad watching the Hugest fire.

What do they do now? Chipper?

Laura Lee Hogan

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Tuesday December 26th, 2017
Lost Ottawa

Went looking for some Christmas music yesterday ... and found this old book from Domenic's Academy of Music.

They used to have several stores around Ottawa - and there's still one left in Orleans.

Those of you who take a close look will see that this is for organ -- and, yes, my pops used to play them on the organ and drive us crazy!
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Went looking for some Christmas music yesterday ... and found this old book from Domenics Academy of Music. 

They used to have several stores around Ottawa - and theres still one left in Orleans.

Those of you who take a close look will see that this is for organ -- and, yes, my pops used to play them on the organ and drive us crazy!

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Domenic Cinanni, I used to teach accordion at the Bank St. store (near First Ave) also went to Carling Ave (near Broadview) beside a donut shop in strip mall, haven't picked up an accordion in like 25 years now, if anyone knows of the Cinanni''s Anselmo and Margaret were siblings I think, let me know.

I got my first guitar and took lessons at the Domenic's that used to be on Bank Street just north of Alta Vista. That store was owned by John Ricci, the guitarist from the heavy metal band Exciter.

I used to teach guitar at Domenics.

Accordion lessons on Carling at Broadview right beside Lady Jane Donuts. Just down from the Red Barn

I used to take guitar lessons at Domenics.

Juanita Tejano

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Monday December 25th, 2017
Lorie Elizabeth Dunlop

At 96, my dad isn't the easiest person to buy for...if he wants something, he just goes out and gets it. Today we gave him a copy of your book and he was absolutely thrilled. He thanked me 3 or 4 times. Thanks for the memories Lost Ottawa! ... See MoreSee Less

Monday December 25th, 2017
Karin Coco

Merry Christmas Lost Ottawa,just received a copy of the book for Christmas and I must say I just love it! I love the format and what a fun surprise to see old posts and even some of my comments. Itโ€™s as if memory lane added a new dimension through social media. ... See MoreSee Less

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I just bought a copy today and am so thrilled that one of my comments made the book too!

So now I’m going to search for your comment๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Oh nice!! Where can I get a copy of the book??

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Monday December 25th, 2017
Lost Ottawa

Merry Christmas from the Green Valley Restaurant, featuring its famous Xmas tree -- an Ottawa landmark!

Originally shared in 2015 by John Myers, whose family owned the Green Valley into the mid-90s, when it was sold.

Alas, the restaurant burned down on New Years's Eve of 2003.
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Merry Christmas from the Green Valley Restaurant, featuring its famous Xmas tree -- an Ottawa landmark!

Originally shared in 2015 by John Myers, whose family owned the Green Valley into the mid-90s, when it was sold.

Alas, the restaurant burned down on New Yearss Eve of 2003.

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My mother was a waitress there late 50’s to mid 60’s. When we went to pick her up we would go in the back door and had a mickey mouse ice cream.

I used to go to this restaurant with my parents for special occasions. When my husband and I got married, we came here with our guests after the ceremony. I have wonderful memories of the Green Valley.

A part of our family tradition was dining there on special days after attending church. I remember the Micky Mouse ice cream fondly.

Molly Brown drinks, mushroom on toast, seafood crepes. Great old fashioned restaurant. Lovely gift shop. Sadly missed. .

Got your book for Christmas. Looking forward to looking through it and also sharing the pics with my Mom who has Alzheimer’s, hoping she will remember some of the sights.

Oh my goodness! My husband and I just drove by there 30 minutes ago and for some reason started talking about our memories of going there and wondered why they never rebuilt after the fire.

Loved that place when I was a kid. Still have a few of the animals they put in the cokes with a cherry on the legs. Then a tour through the store they had, still have a set of mugs we bought there in the 70's. Such a shame its gone.

Gillespie Stewart’s son law hired Gus and Ma our chef and house Mother at the Phi Delta Theta fraternity at McGill University When Gus left he recommended a friend to take his place. Had many great meals there and was nice to see the couple A street along highway16 is named after Gus Kirchhofer

My parents took me here for a special meal after I had graduated from Carleton University. It was also Father's Day. A very special day.

During the 70s and 80s, the Green Valley was one of the "it" restaurants in Ottawa...sort of that generation's version of Becta.

I got the book for Christmas as well. Brought back so many great memories. Didn't see a picture of the old Wellington Street bridge that linked Hintonburg with Lebreton Flats - great shortcut to downtown past the brewery to Nanny Goat Hill and then you were almost there.

I helped my Aunt out at the coat check concession during weddings, parties and of course throughout the festive season in the late 60's. The gift shop items were always very unique .

My parents renewed their vows for their 25th wedding anniversary there in 1991! Definitely a special place with special memories for many people!

I waitressed there in the early to mid-80’s when I wasn’t at university. Loved it! Thank you for this lovely memory.

This was our favourite restaurant to take relatives like aunts and mothers Who wanted elegant and classic and traditional meals that were never extreme.even some nearby office parties

I work at the restaurant when it burnt down. Green Valley had closed by then and the new restaurant was called Gilmour's. It opened in July 2002 and burnt down Dec 31 2002.

My mother worked there for a long time. It was sad when the tree was cut down that beautiful tree for development

Loved the Green Valley. My Mom knew the owners (and possibly some of her friends did too). It was always a very special outing when the family went there. My Mom loved their Molly Brown's.

Our family loved this restaurant and dined there often. I loved their gift shop. It’s a shame it’s gone.

When our family moved to Ottawa from B.C. we stayed in one of the cabins for a few weeks. Ate breakfast there every morning during our stay.

Loved their Mickey Mouse ice cream. I always had to have that when we went there. The Christmas Tree was famous!

I don’t remember this place at all. I moved here in 1980. From all the comments, I feel a little bitter about this!

I couldn't even imagine counting the number of times I passed that place, either as a kid riding in my parents' car or driving myself. Never ate there, but I was very sad about its burning down.

Remember that restaurant so well , loved it . Also remember the night it burned down , my husband was one of the firefighters battling the blaze .

My parents Kay and Orv Carroll celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary here in 1995. My dad passed away two years later. I'll always remember him ordering liver and onions when we went there for special dinners!

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Monday December 25th, 2017
Lost Ottawa

Some pictures are universal ... like this one of my older siblings on first seeing the tree (and the presents thereunder) in 1956.

I was not holding the camera. I was one year old.
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Some pictures are universal ... like this one of my older siblings on first seeing the tree (and the presents thereunder) in 1956. 

I was not holding the camera. I was one year old.

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And what were those three looking at? Well ... this tree, those presents, and Santa's means of ingress.

Precious. Christmas is so exciting for children and those memories we carry with us last a lifetime.

Monday December 25th, 2017
Arthur Muhlig

Hi Lost Ottawa, I was just reading the Lost Ottawa Book ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ so so interesting... there was one well known store that was not mentioned in the book., I remember shopping there a lot for nice clothes., it was located in the Carlingwood Mall (where the Royal Bank) is now. lol its bugging me that I can't remember the name of it. I believe it was from England. ๐Ÿ™‚ ... See MoreSee Less

Monday December 25th, 2017
Gareth Davies

Relaxing morning with a new book and hoodie! Been eying these at Maker House Co. for a couple of months, Lost Ottawa is just the best holiday read... ... See MoreSee Less

Relaxing morning with a new book and hoodie! Been eying these at Maker House Co. for a couple of months, Lost Ottawa is just the best holiday read...
Monday December 25th, 2017
Melissa Baxter

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Merry Christmas everyone! I got the Lost Ottawa book for Christmas from my Mom! Sweet!
Monday December 25th, 2017
Lost Ottawa

Your Christmas Commute ... in an Ottawa Electric Railway streetcar with Santa for a driver, and an Elf, Rudolf and a chimney on top!

This decorated streetcar, from a souvenir photo in the collection of the Bytown Museum, was apparently in the Ottawa Christmas Parade for 1896.

Hope Santa brings you something special today!

(Bytown Museum, P1737, but I cropped and cleaned it up.)
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Your Christmas Commute ... in an Ottawa Electric Railway streetcar with Santa for a driver, and an Elf, Rudolf and a chimney on top! 

This decorated streetcar, from a souvenir photo in the collection of the Bytown Museum, was apparently in the Ottawa Christmas Parade for 1896.

Hope Santa brings you something special today!

(Bytown Museum,  P1737, but I cropped and cleaned it up.)

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Doh! Fixed now!

Oops! Lost Ottawa...looks like the streetcar got lost.๐Ÿ˜‰

Must be that Elf on the Shelf... He hid the picture ๐ŸŽ„

Dave LeBlanc. Like this page and you should get them

Oh, you cropped and cleaned it up Lost Ottawa, so did you leave the pic on the cutting room floor?

Looks like a white-out!

Santa was going too fast to snap that pic ๐Ÿ™‚

Missing picture?

Must have benn taken in a snowstorm ๐Ÿ˜

no pic

I think you cropped the picture to much.

Merry Christmas!

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Monday December 25th, 2017
Lost Ottawa

Here's a little Ottawa Xmas memory for you.

Not only do we have carollers in the snow. Stamps for Christmas Cards cost only 3 cents!
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Heres a little Ottawa Xmas memory for you. 

Not only do we have carollers in the snow. Stamps for Christmas Cards cost only 3 cents!

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I remember that when we mailed Christmas Cards, they needed 2 cents worth of stamps if the envelopes were unsealed, but 3 cents worth if the envelopes were sealed. And we had mail delivery to our home twice a day during the Christmas season. Back then people sent and received many cards.

My Christmas card to BC cost me $1.80 this year ๐Ÿ™‚

Back in 'my day', first class mail (sealed envelope) cost 2 cents. Second class (not sealed) needed 1 cent postage.

Yep but today stamps are getting so expensive, people are not sending Christmas cards....sad.

Stamp prices seem to have risen faster than inflation.

I remember them, then they were 5 cents, then 7 cents and so on .....

Didn't postcards have a cheaper rate?

The one above seems to be a hybrid of these two from the early sixties....

Carley, carollers lol

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Monday December 25th, 2017
Lost Ottawa

Here's Lost Ottawa wishing you Happy Holidays in our little town on the top of a hill ...

What better way to do it that a Christmas card from from the Canadian Artist Series, designed by A.Y. Jackson, ca.1925?

Jackson was a founding member of the Group of Seven, who moved to the Ottawa area in 1955 and settled in Manotick.
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Heres Lost Ottawa wishing you Happy Holidays in our little town on the top of a hill ... 

What better way to do it that a Christmas card from from the Canadian Artist Series, designed by A.Y. Jackson, ca.1925?

Jackson was a founding member of the Group of Seven, who moved to the Ottawa area in 1955 and settled in Manotick.

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got your book as a Christmas gift today. It has entertained me for the last 3 hours as it was the first thing I read! thank you.

I have warm memories of AY Jackson himself! When I was in grade 6 in 1972, he was a special guest at the Art Gallery of Ontario and our class had a field trip there. He was guiding our tour there of the works of his Group of 7 paintings. I remember walking behind him, realizing he was famous, and gently touching the back of his chunky Shetland sweater! I told my classmates that I would never wash that hand again lol. I think he was in his late 80s or early 90s.

Thank you Emily. Enjoy your Christmas time without snow! We were dumped on last night and still coming. Have Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Mr and Mrs Lost Ottawa!!

Merry Christmas!

I wonder if he settled near Honey Gables!

Thanks Emily ...have a great Christmas with Bill the Great

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Sunday December 24th, 2017
Michael Duncan

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Sunday December 24th, 2017
Lost Ottawa

What could be more Ottawa than trudging through the snow on Parliament Hill, arms filled with Christmas presents as more snow flakes fall ...

Looks like this family was going to have a Merry Xmas in 1958.

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What could be more Ottawa than trudging through the snow on Parliament Hill, arms filled with Christmas presents as more snow flakes fall ...

Looks like this family was going to have a Merry Xmas in 1958. 

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That would have been my first Christmas in Ottawa, aged 12, and attending Connaught public school on Gladstone Ave. I saw the Parliament Buildings that year, too, for the first time.

To me, this depicts Christmas as I remember it, wonderful peaceful times.

...or going for a skate on the canal on Christmas Eve, then to midnight Mass at St. Patrick's Basilica, then walking home to the very west end..

Don't see the gates along the front...? Great photo.

The year I was born

Love this picture!

I have been up in that tower, early 50's

Cathy Ohara

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Sunday December 24th, 2017
Lost Ottawa

I'm not sure if you would really want this Santa visiting your Ottawa home tonight ... he's looking a tad disreputable!

However, Santa here is actually a Dr. Hill, dressed up for a costume ball hosted by Lord and Lady Dufferin in 1876.

Here's the original description from the Ottawa Free Press:

"Loose dark brown blouse, a la Santa Claus, with capuchin trimmed with holly leaves and scarlet berries, flowing white beard; whiskers and moustache, heavy boots turned down showing pink lining, the whole snowed over, and bearing in his hand the time honoured Christmas tree."

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Im not sure if you would really want this Santa visiting your Ottawa home tonight ... hes looking a tad disreputable!

However, Santa here is actually a Dr. Hill, dressed up for a costume ball hosted by Lord and Lady Dufferin in 1876.

Heres the original description from the Ottawa Free Press:

Loose dark brown blouse, a la Santa Claus, with capuchin trimmed with holly leaves and scarlet berries, flowing white beard; whiskers and moustache, heavy boots turned down showing pink lining, the whole snowed over, and bearing in his hand the time honoured Christmas tree. 

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This is clearly before Coca-Cola set the standard image for Santa. By about 40 years!

The Dufferin Estate (Clandeboye) is in my hometown of Bangor, County Down

Very evocative of a bygone time before television consumed our creativity

Coca-Cola uses santa in his red suit in 1931

My grandpa painted a long-coated Santa Claus in his sketchbook about 1922 but he wasn't so well-worn looking as this fellow. ๐ŸฆŒ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ…

wow...he took Charlie Brown's Christmas tree...

Lilia over the top costume balls need to come back

This Sanata's only looking for children who've been naughty (not nice) - SO HE CAN MAKE THEM PAY ๐Ÿ˜‰

ok...not creepy at all..lol

The ghost of Christmas Past, perhaps?...

ABSURD!

Great photo.

What a fantastic picture.

That's quite the tree! ๐Ÿ™‚

Creepiest photo on Lost Ottawa to date!

Dr. Hamnett Hill 1811-1898?

Looks like he is wearing Reebok's

John Sekerka

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Sunday December 24th, 2017
Lost Ottawa

Looking South down Bronson on December 30, 1942, after the Great Ottawa Ice Storm of of December 28-30.

Freezing rain left ice as thick as a person wrist on wires, tracks, and everything else, literally stopping all streetcars in their tracks.

It took five days to clean things up.

(Photo: Bruce McCallan, shared by Don McCallan.)
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Looking South down Bronson on December 30, 1942, after the Great Ottawa Ice Storm of of December 28-30.

Freezing rain left ice as thick as a person wrist on wires, tracks, and everything else, literally stopping all streetcars in their tracks.

It took five days to clean things up.

(Photo: Bruce McCallan, shared by Don McCallan.)

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My dad was a city cop and used to speak of a street car that was frozen down during this storm on Confederation Square. The conductor was obliged to stay in it for days. Luckily, it had a little coal stove in it. More luckily, people took his place periodically so that he could go use a bathroom.

Love the shadow front and centre - reminds me of an Orson Welles movie but I can't remember the name.

Wonder if this picture is from early in the storm. I ask this because if the ice was 1-2" thick, I'm sure the wires would be down. Less ice than that in the big storm of '98 brought down hydro towers.

and then we did it all over again in 1998 ๐Ÿ™

So much ice formed between the tracks the streetcars ground to a halt.

Is that the smoking man’s shadow from the x files?

Light rail of days gone by!

Is the view of Bronson looking towards Somerset?

Is that the shadow of icestorm man?

Maybe next week! ๐Ÿ™‚โ˜ƒ๏ธ

Shadow man lived on Bronson.

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Sunday December 24th, 2017
Lost Ottawa

Heading out for a Sunday Drive around Ottawa (or maybe to a hockey game) -- when you are Governor General Earl Grey and it is February of 1909.

The GG is shown here leaving the gates of Rideau Hall in his "four-in-hand" sleigh, along with two guards and several horsemen. Quite the production ... but classier than black Suburbans!

Of course, the Earl could have just taken that streetcar to the left ...
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Heading out for a Sunday Drive around Ottawa (or maybe to a hockey game) -- when you are Governor General Earl Grey and it is February of 1909.

The GG is shown here leaving the gates of Rideau Hall in his four-in-hand sleigh, along with two guards and several horsemen. Quite the production ... but classier than black Suburbans!

Of course, the Earl could have just taken that streetcar to the left ...

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The robes (blankets) were probably buffalo (bison) skins. When I was young (1950s) that's what you brought along for a sleigh ride.

My mother in law was born at government house her dad was the head coach man . She told us so many wonderful stories about her life there. She did t move too far away when she left there to queen victoria street with her mom and dad. It would be the home she lived in till she passed away.

We used to go on sleigh rides back in my day. And we would be pushed off and had to get back on. The 50s ahh.

When living in Ashton Mr. Lewis would take our family for a sleigh rides wrapped in big blankets at Christmas.

Turn of the century O-train is running in the background too.

That looks so comfy, though!

Memory definitely looks like a Christmas setting

How Regal! Nice fur coats!

I want a time machine for Christmas.

Terrific photo

I remember that well.

rare for the GG to use public transit :>)

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Sunday December 24th, 2017
Lost Ottawa

When this Ottawa kid comes down -- that's gonna hurt!

No location given ... but I'm pretty sure from other photos in the collection that this that awesome tobogganing hill in the Arboretum. Date is 1952.

Saw some kids there the other day on those thin silicon sheets.

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When this Ottawa kid comes down -- thats gonna hurt!

No location given ... but Im pretty sure from other photos in the collection that this that awesome tobogganing hill in the Arboretum. Date is 1952.

Saw some kids there the other day on those thin silicon sheets.

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I believe we just called it the hill at the'farm'. Yes, we went in the very early 50's. Dad took us on Sunday after Sunday School. The fear of running into a tree seems to stick in my head and a great 'run' ended up on the frozen canal. The hill was really fast and Dad sat at the back steering the toboggan with the kids screaming most of the way down.

Broke my tibia and fibula with a spiral fracture in hole 1 at the larrimac golf course in Chelsea. Was on a gt sno racer at 31 years old. Worst most painful night of my life. Orthopedic surgeon worked for four hours on my leg no anaesthesia because if the booze. He wouldn't come near me on his rounds the next day, must have threatened him. To top it if my buddies son, owner of the sno racer, comes to my bedside in the hospital and says; "you should have turned in the headlight."

I still have the wooden toboggan from the 50’s and it is still splintered. Used to wax it with paste wax to go faster. Walked on the canal from Bank St to the arboretum.

We called it Dom's Hill. Only as an adult did I start hearing the Arboritum. Dom's Hill came from Dominion Arboritum. Loved tobogganing there.

Went to a toboggan birthday party there once in the late 60s Loads of fun as I recall. I must be blocking the bruises out of my memory๐Ÿ˜‚

We had one of the best tobogganing hills behind our house. My dad used to go out and pack it down after fresh snow, wearing snowshoes! Up and down a hill! That is love โค๏ธ

Our favorite tobogganing hill in the 1950s. Seems like a long time ago when you look at the calendar, but recent when you close your eyes.

We spent hours out on the hill of the Apple Orchard on Dakota drive... not their anymore, now a Metro and gas station

Four of us, as adults, splintered one of those toboggans going down the hill at Carlington! Great times!

Came down this hill on a toboggan in th 50’s some time. Flipped and knocked myself out. Somehow walked back up the hill (no memory) but jumped back on for another run. Head trauma anyone?

You had to be toughto toboggan there. Some hills were slick with ice and some had surprise gullies at the bottom you'd drop into. Best hill around though. Pure winter magic.

I don't remember going sliding in this area but I do remember a hill close to Vincent Massey Park that we went to in the 70's. It was awesome and we had some great times there. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Sure looks like the arboretum to me! Brings back excellent memories of loooong sled rides and even longer treks back to the top...to do it all over again!!

I spent my youth catching air at the Bruce Pit in Nepean and then the Bell hill. I broke my tailbone on a wooden toboggan just like this and had to sit on a rubber ring. D’oh.

Peter Kocoris....I recall you hurting your arm here on a school trip, or was it Peter Hammell. Memory is cloudy but I think you both were involved somehow.

Funny, we were tobogganing yesterday with family and reminiscing about a hill at the Experimental Farm where our dad would take us on “his weekend” with us. We got to almost the bottom of the hill, we wiped out, I got up turned around and got a toboggan in the face!

We had so much fun there as kids! We had our own sliding hill on Skeena Ave, but we loved going to the much scarier Dom’s Hill!

We used to walk from centre town every time to go there we called it devils hill and race our GT sno racers there

Was that in Rockcliffe? If so, then I have some funny black and white photos and video with Sue Haney!

Definitly in that location. We tobogganed there as did my children.

Love the memories this post gave people. Including me.

The silicon sheets are more comfortable than cafeteria trays from Carleton.

Many a bruising ride we enjoyed!

I banged my tail-bone there when the pad on the toboggan fell out. Looks like the exact same spot too.

It does look like Vincent Massey Park .

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Saturday December 23rd, 2017
Lost Ottawa

Here's Lost Ottawa bringing a little Xmas cheer ... to Texas!

Shared by John Ripley, who sent along this note:It arrived just in time for Christmas in Round Rock, TX. Great coffee table book. Nice work, David.
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Heres Lost Ottawa bringing a little Xmas cheer ... to Texas!

Shared by John Ripley, who sent along this note:

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Christmas morning at the kitchen table - turning through each page and listening to my father and mother-in-law talk about each photo and their memories. Conversation not stopping. Awesome.

Bought a copy in Chapters, met the author David McGee, signed book took time to chat. very personable writer. Took the book home, what a ride, the memories! Wonderful collection.

Really good book..I bought it this wk and I can barely put it down..๐Ÿ‘

It's on our coffee table. My mother read the entire book when she visited . She loved it .

My son gave me a copy for Christmas. Brought back lots of memories.

Bought one to read to my Mom. We're both Ottawa natives.

Got mine the other day for my bday, such a great book.

Going to need one for my trip out there next May

I was fortunate enough to be given this for Xmas!!!

I got one for my husband and can’t wait for him to read it!

Great read

Where can I get this?

Great gift thanks Stephanie and Chuku Nwachuku ๐Ÿ’•

It certainly is a great gift!

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Saturday December 23rd, 2017
Lost Ottawa

Photo illustrating how narrow "suburban" roads could be outside of Ottawa in the 1950s.

Would hate to be be driving this at night ... in a snow storm. It's hardly wide enough for one car.

(Suburban Roads Commission, 1956)
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Photo illustrating how narrow suburban roads could be outside of Ottawa in the 1950s.

Would hate to be be driving this at night ... in a snow storm. Its hardly wide enough for one car.

(Suburban Roads Commission, 1956)

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I lived on a rural road near North Gower and the snow was so deep at times in the 50s it took a few days for the plow to get through. Our neighbour took us to school on a horse driven sleigh then!

Trim Road... from Navan to Queen Street was one lane for a bit during the winter of '78,,,,, if you met an oncoming car... someone had to back up

May 1971 - but this was post an unusual snow storm - on what is now Rockdale Road quite near and approaching Colonial Road.

I remember my sister and I walking down Walkley Road to go to school. The snow banks were 5 feet and taller. I remember a large piece of equipment blowing the snow into the fields.

The suburban roads commissions were a unique feature of Ontario. Has anyone ever investigated their history and extent?

I remember these roads in Alta Vista too. Oh boy did we make great forts!

At least you couldn’t drive into the ditch ๐Ÿ˜‚

Man I wish we still got that kinda snow!!!

I remember those roads in Russell......

We don't see that much snow anymore.

So, how did they get the banks so high? Not alot of loaders around in those days and no blowers

Nice. What parts of Ottawa were considered suburban in 1956?

That was my regular commute between Ottawa and Cumberland for many years!

Had a few roads out Ashton way that blew in like that in the 70s.

Have to take your word for it we’re not that old

Looks normal to me. As a kid in Ottawa growing up. All the snow banks looked that high.

Carina Eliasson Now you know why the ditches were so deep.

Val Lambert This looks familiar.

Well Lyle,at least we wouldn't end up in the ditch,lol

Looks like Eagleson.

Winter 1970 Lavant Ontario

looks like my driveway.

๐Ÿ˜ฎ wow!!!

Roads were like that in 70's

Remember it well!

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Saturday December 23rd, 2017
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It arrived just in time for Christmas in Round Rock, TX.  Great coffee table book.  Nice work, David.

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Glad it made it!

Saturday December 23rd, 2017
Lost Ottawa

Ottawa kids ready for some tobogganing in front of 375 Second Avenue in the Glebe, looking east towards First Ave in the winter of 1927-28.

The youngsters are identified (left-to-right) as : Jean Fraser (standing); Jean, Shirley, Dodie and Harold Barnhart.

Sweet ride!

(Photo from Bruce McCallan, shared by Don McCallan.)
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Ottawa kids ready for some tobogganing in front of 375 Second Avenue in the Glebe, looking east towards First Ave in the winter of 1927-28. 

The youngsters are identified (left-to-right) as : Jean Fraser (standing); Jean, Shirley, Dodie and Harold Barnhart.

Sweet ride!

(Photo from Bruce McCallan, shared by Don McCallan.)

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We lived at 61 Second Avenue. Our next door neighbours, The Willoughbys, moved in to their home in 1926. Mr. Willoughby used to tell me stories about the Glebe when I was a little girl (in the sixties). I remember him telling me about the tall Bell building at Bank & First being an exciting addition to the growing neighbourhood.

Those are my Barnhart cousins. The only on remaining is Shirley . Some of my happiest memories are visiting with their mom on Second Ave. They had an attic that was a treasure house forcexploring

I grew up on Fourth Av. between Chrysler and Percy between 1953 to There were always huge snow banks that we walked on to school.

I remember these days with my mother, brothers and cousins in Lebreton Flats, in the late 60's. We had so much fun!

There was also Rockliffe Park, tons of fun and where I also first learned to ski... good exercise climbing up

Interesting to see it as a newly-built neighbourhood with no trees, and Glebe looming in the background

We had an 8 seater wooden toboggan. Many a ride at the experimental farm. Oh those bumps.....

Children playing outside? Who would have thought it?

Crazy to think that's these childern in this photo would today would be In their late 80's to 90 years of age...wowzers

Cara Davidson this is what i was talking about yesterday

In later years I lived just up the street at 222 Second Ave.

Sure brings back memories of tobogganing on that very street down the church steps ๐Ÿ™‚

Who is the fifth child? They are all so darling.

I remember these days in the Glebe at this very age! Great memories!

What's the closest intersection with Second Ave?

Suzanne Halpenny...thought this might be of interest to you.

What a sweet picture

David Fedirchuk

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