Parliament Hill is such an icon in Ottawa that it’s hard to imagine the city before it existed. In the latest Capital History article, Ashley Newall gives you the story of building the first Centre Block in the 1860s.
Who doesn’t love a good diner? Bowles Lunch’s two Ottawa locations were long-time prime meeting places for rich and poor to congregate and chew the fat.
As the pluralized name suggests, they were indeed a chain, with a second location at 209 Bank Street, right on the northeast corner of Nepean Street. Premier Hats was founded in 1912 by the delightfully named Samuel Gluck, his first store opening on an opposite corner of Bank and Nepean.
Like almost every organization in the area, the pandemic has dramatically altered Historical Society of Ottawa’s educational outreach. Last year, they made the switch to Zoom meetings instead of in-person talks, which seems to have been a successful move.
Ashley Newall’s “Capital History Ottawa” (#colourized) has been chronicling past scenes in the city through his newly colourized photos and accompanying factoids. The project’s home is on Twitter, but once a month, a more in-depth piece delving into the stories behind the pics will be published here on Apt613.
When was Ottawa’s first pub built? Was there ever a nuclear reactor at Tunney’s Pasture? What is James Bond’s connection to the nation’s capital? One Ottawa man could confidently answer all three questions: Andrew King, local artist, animator, and history-sleuth-turned-author.
Interview: Anna Shah Hoque and Cara Tierney, curators of To Be Continued: Troubling the Queer Archive podcast and exhibition
Anna Shah Hoque and Cara Tierney are the curators of To Be Continued: Troubling the Queer Archive, an exhibition that looks at Ottawa’s local histories and genealogies of queerness.
These kinds of educational exhibition go a long way toward putting us in touch with the reality that sometimes gets lost during our modern lives. Bravo, Museum of Nature.
This week’s geotour starts and ends where the Rideau Canal enters the Ottawa River, just below the Chateau Laurier. The tour will feature a moderate walk or bike ride between two provinces and reveal the history of why the Rideau Canal ends where it does.
Up until 1908, the Chaudière Falls had been a major tourist attraction that rivalled even Niagara Falls. Some people even preferred it to Niagara.
Up until this week you’ve been able to drive right up to our geotour locations. This time, we’re adding some serious exercise and a healthy dose of adventure to our geotour choice.
There are similarities and differences between the effects of current COVID-19 crisis and the 1918 flu pandemic on both Ottawa and Canada.
An interview with Carmen Rush, local historian of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada—10.04.19 talk at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum
Carmen Rush will present her talk about Charles Messier during the next meeting of the Ottawa Centre of the RASC at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Friday October 4th at 7:30pm.
Courage and Passion at the Museum of Nature showcases trailblazing Canadian women in STEM—until 03.31.19
The exhibition details the lives and triumphs of such influential women as Margaret Newton, Catherine Parr Traill and Harriet Brooks.
With construction set to begin in 2019, forcing the building to close for at least 10 or as many as 20 years, the heart of Parliament Hill is turning Ottawans into tourists in their own town.