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By Barry Swackhamer, August 7, 2014
Animals in War, plaque 2
Ontario, Ottawa — Animals in WarLes animaux en temps de guerre
On Elgin Street just from Slater Street, on the right when traveling north.
This memorial includes three plaques. plaque 1: English: For centuries, animals have demonstrated an enduring partnership with humans during times of war. They have served as means of transportation, beast of burden, . . . — Map (db m82254) WM
Ontario, Ottawa — Asbury College
On Wellington Street (Provincial Highway 34) at O'Connor Street, on the right when traveling east on Wellington Street.
was founded on this site in 1891 by G.P. Woollcombe This commemorative plaque was installed on 12th May 1991. ——————— fut fondé sur ce site en 1891 par G.P. Woollcombe Cette plaque . . . — Map (db m75708) HM
Ontario, Ottawa — By Ward Market Heritage Conservation DistrictDistrict de Conservation du Patrimoine du Marché By
On George Street at By Ward Market Square, on the left when traveling east on George Street.
The dense cedar bog that became the site of the By Ward Market was drained and cleared in 1827 by Lieutenant-Colonel John By of the Royal Engineers to accommodate the workers building the Rideau Canal. The area rapidly became the commercial core . . . — Map (db m63692) HM
Ontario, Ottawa — Canada’s CapitalLa capitale du Canada.
On Wellington Street (County Route 34) at Metcalfe Street, on the right when traveling west on Wellington Street.
English: After the union of the two Canadas in 1841 Kingston, Montréal, Toronto and Québec were in succession the seat of government. During the 1850's these cities contended for designation as the permanent capital of Canada. When called . . . — Map (db m83312) HM
Ontario, Ottawa — Canadian Airmen Lost Over Poland
Near Elgin Street just from Slater Street, on the left when traveling north.
“To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die” “Survivre dans les coeurs de ceux qu’on aura quittes ce n’est pas mourir” (Thomas Campbell) This is to express the gratitude and admiration which lives in . . . — Map (db m82249) WM
Ontario, Ottawa — Château Laurier / Le Château Laurier
Near Rideau Street (Route 34) just east of Elgin Street (Route 91), on the right when traveling west.
English: Designed by the architectural firm of Ross and MacFarlane this hotel was built between 1908 and 1912 and enlarged in the 1920s. It was the first in a chain of Château style hotels constructed by the Grand Trunk Railway . . . — Map (db m140226) HM
Ontario, Ottawa — Connaught Building / L’Édifice Connaught
On Mackenzie Avenue (Route 93) 0.2 kilometers south of Murray Street (Route 44), on the left when traveling south.
English: Part of a grand design for the national capital in the early 20th century, this imposing building is a tangible expression of Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier’s vision for Ottawa. The eclectic combination of Gothic and . . . — Map (db m140195) HM
Ontario, Ottawa — Grand Central Hotel / Hôtel Grand Central1877
On George Street at William Street, on the right when traveling east on George Street.
Built as a grocery store by Thomas Coffey, Sr., this building was the Grand Central Hotel from 1889 to 1907, and a Salvation Army hostel from 1908 to 1949. Designated Heritage Property . . . — Map (db m63693) HM
Ontario, Ottawa — Home Children / Les Petits Émigrés
On Wellington Street West (Road 36), on the left when traveling east.

Beginning in 1869, British charitable societies removed children from slums and orphanages in congested industrial cities and brought them to Canada to serve as cheap farm and domestic labour. "Homes" were set up across the country to house the . . . — Map (db m115194) HM

Ontario, Ottawa — John Macoun(1831-1920)
Near O'Connor Street (Route 87) at Argyle Avenue, on the left when traveling south.
English: This field naturalist and botanist was the first to survey, document, and categorize Canadian flora in a systematic manner. After Confederation, he travelled west for the Canadian Pacific Railway with surveying parties . . . — Map (db m139504) HM
Ontario, Ottawa — Lieutenant Colonel Charles-Michel d’Irumberry de Salaberry, CBLe lieutenant-colonel Charles-Michel d’Irumberry de Salaberry, C.B. — (1778-1829) —
On Wellington Street (County Route 34) at Elgin Street, on the left on Wellington Street.
English: A skillful professional soldier, Salaberry formed the celebrated Voltigeurs canadiens. In 1813, he outwitted and defeated a vastly superior American force at the Battle of Châteauguay, helping to save Lower Canada from invasion. . . . — Map (db m83313) HM
Ontario, Ottawa — Lotta Hitschmanova, C.C.1909 • 1990
Founded USC Canada 10 June 1945 Unitarian Service Committee of Canada Harold Pfeiffer, Sculptor — Map (db m75710) HM
Ontario, Ottawa — Maplelawn1831 - 1834
On Richmond Road (Road 36), on the left when traveling east.

An excellent example of a country house in the British classical tradition, this handsomely proportioned limestone building is one of the earliest residences in the Ottawa area and a reminder of the estates which once lined Richmond Road. Built . . . — Map (db m115182) HM

Ontario, Ottawa — Maplelawn

This elegant residence and its walled garden are a rare and well-preserved example of a country estate in early 19th-century Canada. Built from 1831 to 1834 for William Thomson, a prosperous farmer, its centrepiece is this finely crafted home . . . — Map (db m115185) HM

Ontario, Ottawa — Maplelawn Oak Trees
On Richmond Road (Road 36), on the left when traveling east.

A row of oak trees was planted on May 17, 1999, next to historic Maplelawn.

These trees represent the high regard in which the community holds this place in their neighbourhood.

The trees were planted in partnership with the . . . — Map (db m115193) HM

Ontario, Ottawa — Nepean Town Hall / Mairie de Nepean1896
On Richmond Road (Road 36) just west of Churchill Avenue (Road 65), on the left when traveling east.

The eastern portion of Nepean Township was annexed to Ottawa in 1950. This hall continued to serve Nepean Township until 1966.

La partie est du canton de Nepean a été annexée à Ottawa en 1950. Le canton de Nepean a continué à utiliser cette . . . — Map (db m115187) HM

Ontario, Ottawa — Nicholas Sparks
Irish Nicholas Sparks (b.1792) was from Darragh, County Wexford. He came "up river" 1816 to work for the founding Wrights of Hull. In 1826 he acquired Philemon Wright Jr.'s widow (Sarah Olmstead) and her nine children (he and she were to have . . . — Map (db m75711) HM
Ontario, Ottawa — Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica / Basilique cathédrale Notre-Dame
On Sussex Drive (Route 93) just north of St. Patrick Street (Route 44), on the right when traveling north.
English: First planned as a parish church in 1839, Notre-Dame was transformed as it achieved the status of cathedral for the new Catholic Diocese of Bytown in 1847, mother church of the Archdiocese of Ottawa, and basilica in 1879. . . . — Map (db m140471) HM
Ontario, Ottawa — Oscar Peterson1925 - 2007
On Elgin Street at Albert Street, on the right when traveling north on Elgin Street.
English: Oscar Peterson emerged from the Montréal working class neighbourhood known as Little Burgundy to become one of the world’s greatest piano virtuosos. His place in the international jazz pantheon is universally recognized. With . . . — Map (db m83311) HM
Ontario, Ottawa — Parliament Clocktower Bell
Near Wellington Street.
This bell was taken from the ruins of the clock tower destroyed by fire February 3, 1916. "The fire raged fiercely for hours. The main tower was not touched until about 11 p.m., and one of the most pathetic incidents of the night, which moved the . . . — Map (db m39748) HM
Ontario, Ottawa — Rideau Canal National Historic Site of CanadaLieu historique national du Canada du Canal-Rideau
On Rideau Street just from Elgin Street when traveling west.
English: The Rideau Canal, a great military engineering achievement of the 19th century, opened central Canada to settlement and trade. The canal construction also brought thousands of people to the area, helping to shape the community of . . . — Map (db m83421) HM
Ontario, Ottawa — Sappers’ BridgePont des Sapeurs
Near Elgin Street at Rideau Street when traveling north.
English: These foundations of “Sappers’ Bridge,” built by Lieutenant-Colonel John By and this Royal Engineers in 1827, represent the contributions of military engineers in Canada. This plaque was erected April 29, 2004, in honour . . . — Map (db m83366) HM
Ontario, Ottawa — Silent Messengers of the ArcticInuksuk created by Kananginak Pootoogook, 1997
Near Princess Avenue.
For generations, the Inuit have been creating impressive stone markers on the Arctic landscape. Inuksuk means "acting in the capacity of a human." They serve many functions, including guiding travellers, warning of danger, assisting hunters and . . . — Map (db m39750) HM
Ontario, Ottawa — South African (Boer) War Memorial
On Elgin Street just from Slater Street, on the right when traveling north.

English: Erected by 30,000 children of Ottawa and adjoining counties in memory of Trtr. G. Bradley • Dvr. R. Bradley • Cpl. W.S. Bradly • Pte. O.T. Burns • Pte. H. Cotton • Pte, E. DesLaurters • Pte. W.A, Hull • Pte. Z.R.E. . . . — Map (db m82252) WM

Ontario, Ottawa — Terry Fox 1958 -1981The Greatness of the Human Spirit — L'eminence du courage de l'homme —
On Wellington Street at Metcalfe Street, on the left when traveling west on Wellington Street.
"I was lucky to do what I did. How many people ever get a chance to do something that they really believe in." Terry Fox On April 12, 1980, Terry Fox began his dream to run across Canada in support of cancer research by dipping his . . . — Map (db m63937) HM
Ontario, Ottawa — Thayendanegea (Joseph Brant)(1742-1807)
On Wellington Street just from Elgin Street, on the left when traveling west.
English: A notable Mohawk warrior and statesman, and principal war chief of the Six Nations, he led his people in support of the British. After the war, he brought his people to Canada to settle near where Brantford now stands. American . . . — Map (db m83315) HM
Ontario, Ottawa — The CommissariatL’Intendance
On Canal Lane, on the left when traveling north.
English: “Plenty of spirits, and provisions of all sorts, with beds, blankets, mits, caps, shoes, etc. shall always be at hand, in the Government store, to answer whatever demands may come for such articles by the people on the . . . — Map (db m83363) HM
Ontario, Ottawa — The Rideau CanalLe canal Rideau
Near Elgin Street just from Rideau Street, on the right when traveling north.
English: Built between 1826 and 1832, the Rideau Canal is the best preserved, fully operational example of North America’s great canal building era. Lieutenant-Colonel John By’s innovative deign was based on a “slackwater” . . . — Map (db m83361) HM
Ontario, Ottawa — The Rideau WaterwayVoie navigable du canal Rideau
On Canal Lane, on the right when traveling north.
English: The Rideau Waterway stretches 202 kilometres through a chain of lakes, rivers and canals, linking Canada’s capital, Ottawa, to the historic city of Kingston on Lake Ontario. To follow the Rideau Waterway is not only a trip through . . . — Map (db m83362) HM
Ontario, Ottawa — The Royal Canadian Mint / La Monnaie Royale Canadienne
Near Sussex Drive (Route 93) at Bruyere Street, on the left when traveling north.
English: Constructed in 1905-1908 to house a branch of the British Royal Mint, this building was one of several designed in the late gothic style by the Department of Public Works in the first part of this century. The building combines the . . . — Map (db m137734) HM
Ontario, Ottawa — Thomas D'Arcy McGee1825 - 1868
Journalist, poet, Irish patriot, Canadian statesman and Father of Confederation, McGee was born in Ireland, where he was involved in nationalist politics. Forced to flee to America in 1848, he worked for several years in the United States before . . . — Map (db m75714) HM
Ontario, Ottawa — Veterans Charter / La Charte des Anciens Combattants
On Wellington Street (Route 34) at Lyon Street North (Route 81), on the right when traveling east on Wellington Street.
English: A programme of innovative social legislation, known collectively as the Veterans Charter, provided an unprecedented level of benefits to those who served in the Second World War. Advanced by the Canadian government, the . . . — Map (db m140225) HM
Ontario, Ottawa — Westboro War MemorialLest We Forget
On Richmond Road (Road 36) just east of Broadview Avenue, on the right when traveling east.

World War I 1914 - 1918

World War II 1939 - 1945

Korea 1950 - 1952

If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow in Flanders fields When you go home Tell them of us and say For your . . . — Map (db m115192) WM

Ontario, Ottawa — Women Are Persons!Les Femmes Sont Des Personnes!
Near Wellington Street.
The Persons' Case of 1929 is a celebrated landmark victory in the struggle of Canadian women for equality. For years, groups had repeatedly requested that a woman be appointed to the Senate, often naming Judge Emily Murphy as their candidate. . . . — Map (db m39749) HM

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