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11 hours ago
Lost Ottawa

Brrrrr, that's cold! Or maybe that's refreshing on one of Ottawa hot and humid summer days.

The occasion was the official opening of New Edinburgh's outdoor swimming pool on June 26, 1954.

The young ladies getting doused by lifegaurd Paul Labelle are Claudette Boyer, Yolande Laplante, M. Mills, and Lois Bishop.

The pool was closed officially due to pollution in 1971.

(City of Ottawa Archives CA004739)
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Brrrrr, thats cold! Or maybe thats refreshing on one of Ottawa hot  and humid summer days.

The occasion was the official opening of New Edinburghs outdoor swimming pool on June 26, 1954.

The young ladies getting doused by lifegaurd Paul Labelle are Claudette Boyer, Yolande Laplante, M. Mills, and Lois Bishop.

The pool was closed officially due to pollution in 1971.

(City of Ottawa Archives CA004739)

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Closed for pollution? What does that even mean? Can’t a pool just be refilled with clean water?

Best pool ever! Ten cents for the whole day in the 60s

I loved going there!

On my birthday!

Why was it closed?

Yolande Laplante was my aunt. I used to go swimming there .

Where was it?

And they came in preety handy...as you saved me from drowning one day at the cottage.. but i think you used the boat

I had my first swimming lessons there in the late 50s and it was a regular summer time haunt for most of my youth. They had a morning, afternoon and evening swim everyday. On weekdays the morning swim was free for kids and I think the afternoon swim might also have been free. I only remember paying for evening swims and on weekends.

Back in the days when you had to wear a bathing cap to swim in pools. I always preferred to swim in a lake or river. Although I had shorter hair back then, the rubber on those bathing caps pulled the hair when you were putting it on or taking it off. I hated them.

"Claudette Boyer" Would this be the same Claudette Boyer (1938-2013) who was elected as trustee on the Ottawa Board of Education, and was the first Franco-Ontarian woman elected as an MPP?

We used to call it Flat Rock, don't ask me why. It's still there, just filled in.

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1 day ago
Lost Ottawa

For many an Ottawa lad, summer meant camp, and camp meant a rambunctious bus ride to the lake.

These particular lads are on the bus to the YMCA boys camp on July 1, 1955.

I looked up an earlier Lost Ottawa post and believe they are on their way to camp On-Da-Da-Waks on Golden Lake.

(City of Ottawa Archives CA033415)
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For many an Ottawa lad, summer meant camp, and camp meant a rambunctious bus ride to the lake.

These particular lads are on the  bus to the YMCA boys camp on July 1, 1955.

I looked up an earlier Lost Ottawa post and believe they are on their way to camp On-Da-Da-Waks on Golden Lake.

(City of Ottawa Archives CA033415)

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I remember those rides (from the 60s though) and I remember the kid in front of me throwing up on the floor. Every time the bus would climb a hill the residue of his breakfast would roll back under the seat toward me. The camp was great though.

In late '70s and part of early 1980 went to Christie Lake Boys Camp. Best time of my life. I learnt so much and had fun doing it!

I pitty the bus driver lol.

went to a camp on golden lake with tyro's? back in the 70's. not sure if it was that camp thou. I do remember they brought a family singing group in for us one night.

I am forever grateful to have experienced a girl’s summer camp; Camp Tekakwitha (Barry’s Bay, ON) approx date summer 1970. All the kids had to meet up at Landsdowne Park to get on the bus for our road trip; for most of us it was our 1st time away from home without our parent(s) πŸ• Oh, and the boys camp was on the other side of the lake, lol πŸ˜‰

Back in the early 50s. our neighbourhood store on Holmwood Avenue had a contest of some kind and if you got enough points you got a week at a camp on Rideau River . I was lucky enough to go. Camp is long gone and memories have faded but do remember the excitement of winning.

What a classic photo, such little characters.

I have fond memories of camp, in the 70s and 80s, but was driven there by parents; I don’t even think there was a bus (none of the others mentioned it). But my nieces got the full experience - bus ride there, and the month at camp.

In the 40’s I went to mink lake with OBC and I believe Mr Mcann. We went by train from Ottawa then truck to the camp - some of the best days of my youth. Allan Clark

Now children are robbed of their youths. How terribly sad.

Remember spending time in two different years there. First summer’s experience was great, second summer’s was terrible.

This camp is now known as Red Pine Camp and still in existence as a Family Camp. Great outdoor experience for employees and families.

Camp On da da waks ( translation/ men of the Wood)YMCA Ottawa CAMP led by Jack Pearse before he started Camp Tawingo in the ‘50’s, Went there for 4 years including 2 Wilderness trips to Algonquin Park from this camp. It was a great experience for 3 of the 4 years - learned a lot especially the last year in ‘61

I looked forward to summer camp Ottawa boys club.

Does anyone remember going to Ferndale Ranch camp? It was a western-themed camp down past Kemptville - horseback riding and cowboy hats. It had an evangelical Christian bent. I've looked long and hard at Google satellite images but haven't been able to locate any remnants of the site.

Oh my a different time πŸ˜‚

Wonder how many are named Moochie?

I see trouble there..lol...It must have been a riot !

I went to the YWCA Camp Davern, near Perth.

Camp was a hoot .I went to many Boy scout camps ...

Reminds me of my Camp Echon days ..... i remember it being a lot of fun

We attended Camp Wagon Wheel in Spencerville. The drive back then seemed like hours.

My brother and I went to On-Da-Da- Waks (pronounced oon dadaw wah) a couple of summers in late 1940s. I seem to remember the CNR train was involved, stopping at Eganville. Entertainment included Karl du Plessis playing Flight of the Bumble Bee on piano in the mess hall.

We were on an overnight canoe trip on Golden Lake and got caught in a thunderstorm in the middle of the lake. Scary.

I went to (Ottawa Boys Club's) Camp Minwassen at Mink Lake starting in 1961. I'm the tall guy (top right), Butchie Woods is next to me in the corner. His bother Billy is leaning forward & his other brother Tommy is right above him. Next to Billy with the large duffel bag is my brother André (Dee). Great times. Especially loved the huge mess house & its regimentation. Every meal, one person per table was designated to get the food for the table. Everybody took their turn. That's where I first tasted tapioca pudding.

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1 day ago
Lost Ottawa

Karina Korchinski shares a clipping about the cost of maintaining the Prime Minister's official home in Ottawa in the 1960s.

Writes Karina:

"Today I came across this newspaper clipping, which must date from 1964. Interesting to see the cost of renovations at 24 Sussex Drive. I have no idea why my mother-in-law saved this ..."
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Karina Korchinski shares a clipping about the cost of maintaining the Prime Ministers official home in Ottawa in the 1960s.

Writes Karina:

Today I came across this newspaper clipping, which must date from 1964. Interesting to see the cost of renovations at 24 Sussex Drive. I have no idea why my mother-in-law saved this ...

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Good for your mother-in-law! Perhaps she knew how interesting it would be to read this some 55+ years later.

The PM and his family can't live there due to state it is in. It is not a healthy place for anyone to live. Asbestos is the main thing and then there are many other things that make it unlivable.

The interview with Mrs. Pearson is a little long but still an interesting window on life at 24 Sussex. www.cbc.ca/player/play/2677953854

... And they didn't maintain it.... Cheap buggers

And this is why they let 24 Sussex and Parliament rot for so long and now it's costing even more to fix them up; no one wanted to take the political heat for costs that are really necessary maintenance and upkeep.

I don’t think that our Prime Ministers should get a new building. That’s the same old short-term thinking, and only “cheaper” when we value the wrong things. All parties need to get on board and model the rehabilitation of existing buildings, whether they or we think this or any future political party leader deserves to live in a mansion or not. policyoptions.irpp.org/magazines/june-2021/addressing-climate-change-by-retrofitting-canadas-exis...

The Ottawa Journal, Thursday May 21 1964, p.13

Tear the building down and build a new one, will cost less to taxpayers!

Typical liberal.

Seems that house was always a money pit?

Not much has changed.....

And now the grounds upkeep contract is over $30k. Privet chef and kitchen staff is around $100k and he doesnt even like to be there. But the staff all have to be ready for him "justin case". Food waist is quite shameful. They should just cook it every day regardless and pass it out on the street. Who knows what the security detail costs for the empty house, we also have the cleaning crew. Renos?? Millions, furniture and decor? 500k

The NCC needs to turn 24 Sussex into a museum showcasing all of Canada's PMs and turn Laurier House back into the PMs residence. That way Justin and future PMs can do their part for the environment by taking the #5 bus to work instead of depending on a large gas-guzzling chaufferred limo like he does now.

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2 days ago
Lost Ottawa

Ancient vehicles weren't the only vehicles being driven around Ottawa on Labour Day weekend in 1955.

Out in Aylmer, they held their annual soap-box derby on September 5, of which Georgia Herriot was named Grand Champion.

The picture quality isn't that good, but I do like the words painted on car number 19, in the foreground there: "God Bless our Mortgaged Home."

(Ottawa Citizen, September 6, 1955)
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Ancient vehicles  werent the only vehicles being driven around Ottawa on Labour Day weekend in 1955.

Out in Aylmer, they held their annual soap-box derby on September 5, of which Georgia Herriot was named Grand Champion.

The picture quality isnt that good, but I do like the words painted on car number 19, in the foreground there: God Bless our Mortgaged Home.

(Ottawa Citizen, September 6, 1955)

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Wow. . . Georgia Herriot was my classmate at Aylmer Elementary and High Schools, grades 2 through 11. . .

Rollie Guertin Dennis Guertin

I won this. I think I was 9 or 10 yrs old. That is a long long time ago

2 days ago
Lost Ottawa

Sunday Driver, featuring a Crane-Simplex car that was about to be driven to Westgate Shopping Centre on September 5, 1955.

According to the newspapers, the car was worth $9,500 in 1909, which would have made it a high-end luxury car for its time.

The occasion was the visit of the "Glidden Tour," in which a large number of people (mostly from the US) their vintage vehicles to and from a chosen destination during the summer.

According to the caption, the car appears to have belonged to Ruth McElroy of Gatineau Mills. The two gents in the car are Bill Wilson of High Land Mills, NY, and David Tunick of Greenwich, Conn., who must have been on the tour.
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Sunday Driver, featuring a Crane-Simplex car that was about to be driven to Westgate Shopping Centre on September 5, 1955. 

According to the newspapers, the car was worth $9,500 in 1909, which would have made it a high-end luxury car for its time.

The occasion was the visit of the Glidden Tour, in which a large number of people (mostly from the US) their vintage vehicles to and from a chosen destination during the summer.

According to the caption, the car appears to have belonged to Ruth McElroy of Gatineau Mills. The two gents in the car are Bill Wilson of High Land Mills, NY, and David Tunick of Greenwich, Conn., who must have been on the tour.

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A few things I have noticed: two spare tires, license plate is "300" followed by "E 1" is smaller characters, and right hand drive (British company?)... I guess Firestone has been around for a while.

Jay Leno has a 1916 Crane-Simplex in his collection (well, I think he has one of just about everything)...it's very impressive. youtu.be/4BHOkhy8LpY

The 1955 article must be in error; the Crane-Simplex was not made before 1915 or 1916. In early 1915, the Crane Motor Car Co. of Bayonne, N.J. and the Simplex Automobile Co. of New Brunswick, N.J. were competitors. That year, after new capital was injected, Simplex bought the Crane Motor Car Co., sold the Bayonne plant, and greatly expanded its plant in New Jersey. The earliest mention I can find for the Crane-Simplex car is 1916. From the Wall Street Journal, Aug 12, 1916:

Or red T-strsp sandals for the summer. Those were my favorites.

Not to take away from the car - but saddle shoes!!

That's a very advanced design for 1909!

$9,500!! I think my parents paid less that in the early 50s for our little house on Fisher Ave.

Ovfords in winter. Saddle shoes in summer.

A convertible!

Looks like "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang"

$9,500 in 1909 is $287,643.20 today. it is more than a high end luxury car

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3 days ago
Lost Ottawa

You've got to start somewhere, when you are learning to swim. How about the Shirley's Bay up the Ottawa River, at the Citizen carrier boys camp in July of 1954?

(City of Ottawa CA004855)
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Youve got to start somewhere, when you are learning to swim. How about the Shirleys Bay up the Ottawa River, at the Citizen carrier boys camp in July of 1954?

(City of Ottawa CA004855)

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we need things like this back maybe - - just maybe we can turn our children back to those days of moral - respect - and honesty - where they can be WINNERS and losers each of there own to be a better human being -God Bless them days----MOMORIES

Resembles a swimming class I was in back in the day! Fond memories πŸ™‚

Funny. We had a cottage at Shirley’s Bay and I don’t ever remember a dock. Also, the water seemed much more shallow near the shore.

What is it that they are sitting on?

Wonderful childhood swimming memories of several “swimming holes” but the favourite was Black Rapids. But also Shirley’s Bay and the beach just south of Hog’s Back.

I remember when my Dad took us there and then for an ice cream on the way hope .... there were so many rocks to walk on ... no sandy beach there.

I learned how to swim at Norway Bay, upriver from Ottawa!

Not an overweight boy πŸ‘¦ n sight

Before childhood obesity was a thing. Bring back those times

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3 days ago
Lost Ottawa

You've got to start somewhere when learning to swim. If not in the Ottawa River, how about practicing leg kicks while "beached" on the Rideau?

These kinds are at Brighton Beach Brighton Beach in Old Ottawa East, in July of 1955.
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Youve got to start somewhere when learning to swim. If not in the Ottawa River, how about practicing leg kicks while beached on the Rideau?

These kinds are at Brighton Beach Brighton Beach in Old Ottawa East, in July of 1955.

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That's where I took my Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross in the summer of 1958. I came all the way from Westboro 5 days a week for most of the summer. So much better than practicing in an indoor pool.

The remains of the beach used to be a boat launch (canoes, kayaks), used by several clubs, until a few years ago when the city put in a low retaining wall. The shallows of the former beach are now forming reeds, mini-wetlands - kids this spring were wading and looking at the tadpoles and other aquatic life. Someone put in a small kayak dock to the east of it, and the city has a formal dock a little to the west, near the entry of Windsor Park, for canoes and kayaks - it’s fancier now than it previously was, even. So I’ve seen many kids this year using that as a floating dock to go swimming from. And, of course, there’s a kiosk for stand up paddling rentals at Bank St in the CA Paradis parking lot. So the formal beach may be long gone, but the areas still heavily used by neighbourhood boaters - and now, with the river water cleaner, by neighbourhood kids once again. It’s a lovely walk down there in the evenings.

My first job was there, in the snack bar and at the entrance gate. Then Senator Paul Martin was a member. His staff would call and say, "Senator Martin would like to go swimming Please have his trunks ready. He'd go out and swim a slow dignified breast stroke around the rafts accompanied by lifeguards in a row boat. Well known Ottawa police officer then detective John McCombie was a member as well.

This was the late sixties. Water was checked daily. Sometimes there would be a phone call from the City of Ottawa followed by "The water pollution levels are too high. Please get out of hte water right away." The numbers were from the test the previous day. One part of he bronze medallion test was diving to the bottom and getting a handful of sand. The water was a strange orange/brown colour, and I was too scared do that but pretended to have sand in my hand.

I like the slide in the middle. Looks fun! πŸ™‚

I was a lifeguard and swimming instructor at Brighton in 1963-64-ish. Looks exactly the same as some of my classes. Lovely!

My sisters and I grew up learning to swim there every July, every weekday morning for 2 weeks then again for another 2 week session. But every August the water became too dirty or polluted and we all developed ear infections. As a Centennial Year project there was a mile long swim from the beach to a marker 1/4 mile east, and back, then repeat. I was 14 years old and it took me an hour, but I swam the distance and got a paper certificate to say so. One of my sisters and I became swim instructors, I taught there for a few summers, then at summer camps for years, all based at Brighton Beach. I originally thought the play Brighton Beach Memoirs was inspired by us πŸ˜‰

Could this old photo of my grandfather’s friend be on the Rideau? He lived around Echo Drive and Main. Eddie Latimer was an amateur boxer. I was told he married a Catholic and was never spoken to again.

That looks larger than I remember it as a cozy, intimate little community beach where I met my first husband! Memories are less accurate than I think - don't remember the slide either.

I use to go at that beach with my Dad after his work almost everyday. I could easily be there, Wonderful memories.

We would bike over and pay the entrance fee,10 cents? Swim all afternoon.

I had my first swimming lesson here. It must have been late 60s and I think I failed pre-beginner. The beach closed soon after due to pollution. I was happy to move to the RA pool which had sides you could grab on to (I was not a good swimmer lol).

We were lucky to live right across from the beach until we moved to the West end.

Yep, I remember taking my bronze Medallion at Brighton. It'd have been around 1966. Time flies. So fun to paddle or walk there now, and remember it used to be a beach!

Use to go there all the time as a kid and also Brantwood Beach❀️

I loved swimming there as as kid……

This was our go to beach in the very early ‘50s.

Interesting that there’s no Smythe road bridge.

I used to ride my bike there from Billings Avenue and Alta Vista to take swimming lessons and my Red Cross badges.

Is Brighton Beach in Old Ottawa East?

Bring back the beach!

Maybe I’m wrong but I seem to remember a small swimming hole near Brewer pool..

Remember the change-room? - up the stairs, put your clothes in the little wire basket which was put in a cubbyhole, in exchange for a bracelet(?), so you could reclaim your clothes when it was time to go home.

That's how I learned and later taught!!

I remember going there lots of times.

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4 days ago
Lost Ottawa

The Historical Society of Ottawa will be hosting the last talk in its virtual speaker series for the year next Wednesday, June 16.

The topic be Marion Dewar and Ottawa's response to the refugee crisis that overtook Southeast Asia after the Vietnam War came to an end.

The talk will be held online via Zoom, so check out the poster for information on how to get the invite.
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The Historical Society of Ottawa will be hosting the last talk in its virtual speaker series for the year next Wednesday, June 16.

The topic be Marion Dewar and Ottawas response to the refugee crisis that overtook Southeast Asia after the Vietnam War came to an end.

The talk will be held online via Zoom, so check out the poster for information on how to get the invite.
4 days ago
Lost Ottawa

Looks like this the booth for the Woodland Boys Camp at the Ottawa Ex in August of 1955, with three lads and a director there to feed you some delicious food.

Mmmm, pie!

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Looks like this the booth for the Woodland Boys Camp at the Ottawa Ex in August of 1955, with three lads and a director there to feed you some delicious food.

Mmmm, pie!

City of Ottawa Archives

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My Dad owned a local grocery store and I remember tagging along to drop off the delivery. Boys camp, right!πŸ˜‰

I worked the waterfront at Woodland Boys Camp for two summers- very early 90’s. Nice memories- beautiful camp

My family went there in the early 50s. My brother was a camper. My Dad was helping the director, mostly by catching the boy that kept running away. I was the only girl in camp, just barely 4 or 5 years old.

My brothers and I went for close to 15 years, 80s through to close in 97. Camper to senior staff. Lots of great memories.

Wayne Montgomery thought you might find this interesting

Is it just me, or do they look like it’ll be a pie in the face of anyone who dares approach the booth?! Like, what kind of work are those boys doing?

WOW, I'm amazed that there are so few responses from campers. I was actively involved in both the Board and Woodland from mid 60's until it was decided to close the Camp in the late 1970's and shortly after that the Board ceased to operate.

I have to ask, where was the Woodland Boys' Camp and who was the Ottawa Boys Work Board?

ah, The Ex! how many memories I have of those days of my boyhood summers!

Ah,brings back memories. I was a councillor there in the early 60’s.

Put those boys to work. Can’t have them standing on street corners.

Born that year so guess I didn't attend πŸ˜ƒ

The outfits!!!! Definitely 1950's.... I have seen similar things in the movies; did not realize every day Canadians wore them too. I assume it is their uniform?

A group of friends from Bells Corners went in the early 60's. Yes...the clam cuts...hikes to Ramsay and Taylor Lakes...playing 4-square at every opportunity...bonfires... Herb Groh...the hot camp nurse....sand in sleeping bags....Gary Cooper, what a character! Where did he go?

Darn missed all this as was overseas

The Ottawa Boys' Work Board was the local branch of a national organization founded about 1920. It grew out of the YMCA and was affiliated with protestant churches. It was also associated with TUXIS, which I read was movement similar to scouting, promoted by protestant churches. From the Citizen, Feb,. 26, 1921:

Not a ting

My brother went to a boys' camp for 2 summers and loved it... and then, he got older and didn't want to go anymore. I enjoyed going there for a visit, it was fun.

Cute 😍

Now I'm really intrigued. Did a quick search and found practically nothing on the Ottawa Boy's Work Board. Does anyone know any background on the organization?

Sorry I hit 'send' by accident! If anyone would like to chat further about the history or operation of either the Board or Camp I would be very happy to do so. Just send me a 'private message' so we can exchange contact information.

That's when boys and men were allowed to have their spaces.

I remember going to the camp with you Wayne to open or close it

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