- OttawaStart Blog: History
A collection of every history-related blog post on OttawaStart. Shipwrecks, stone buildings, aviation, lost signs, architecture and more.
- Abandoned Ottawa (Facebook)
- Lebreton Flats Remembered (Facebook)
- Lost Ottawa (Facebook)
- Ottawa Family Tree
- Ottawa Rewind
Andrew King’s excellent collection of Ottawa history. Equal parts storytelling, sleuthing, adventure and exploration.
- The Margins of History
Christopher Ryan loves local history and takes very interesting photos of Ottawa buildings and landmarks. His specialty is researching the backgrounds of some lesser-known architectural gems.
- Mid-Century Modern Ottawa
A collection of photos, drawings and information about mid-century housing design in Ottawa. Written by Saul Svirplys, an architectural historian and PhD student at the University of Ottawa. Focus will soon be changing to 1970s suburban architecture and community design, he says.
- Ottawa Past & Present
You can really get a sense of how Ottawa has changed over the decades with this blog by Alex Laquerre. His posts feature an interactive “slider” that allows you to compare scenes from the past with what they look like today.
In each post, Robert Smythe does an in-depth historical and pictorial study of a very specific feature of Ottawa’s urban landscape.
- Vanished Ottawa
A blog documenting “the vanished and the vanishing” in Ottawa, including buildings, landmarks, etc.
- Vintage Ottawa (Facebook)
Local History Web Sites
- Ancient Ottawa
- Archaeological and Historical Landmarks
- Barrymore’s: 1978-1988
Originally opened as the Imperial Theatre in 1914, the building we now know as Barrymore’s lasted for nearly four decades as on of Ottawa’s premier movie theatres. It closed in 1955, spent a number of years as a furniture warehouse, and then re-opened in the 1970s as concert hall, and then as a restaurant/discotheque.
- British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa
- Bytown or Bust: Pioneer families
A genealogical site run by Al Lewis containing information about pioneer families who settled in Ottawa starting in the early 1800’s.
- Bytown Museum
- Central Canadian Exhibition History
- Closed Canadian Parks: Britannia Park … Victoria Park … Rockcliffe Park
- Colonel John By – Canadian Heritage Gallery
- Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa
- Cumberland Township Historical Society
- Eastern Ontario Ghost Towns
Here’s an idea for a weekend getaway: explore Eastern Ontario’s ghost towns. This site features photos and information about dozens of abandoned towns in Ontario and across Canada.
- Encyclopedia of Ottawa Movie Theatres
- Friends of the City of Ottawa Archives
- Goulbourn Historical Society
- Heritage Ottawa
This site is full of interesting articles and facts. One of the best features is an archive of their newsletters, dating from 1974 to the present. Editor Gordon Cullinham remarks: “Don’t be surprised if you are visited by déjà vu from time to time; the battles are the same, the conditions are the same, and unhappily, the arsenal for engaging the wrecking crews is not much improved.”
- Historical Society of Ottawa
“…founded in 1898 as the Women’s Canadian Historical Society of Ottawa. Its objective is to increase public knowledge of the history of Ottawa through its publications, meetings, tours, outreach programs and participation in local heritage events…”
- Kanata Timeline History
This site highlights important personalities and events tells, telling the story of Kanata from 1977 to 2000.
- Lebreton Flats and Chaudiere Area Photo Album
- One Room Schoolhouses
From local author Joy Forbes, who recently published her book, “Perseverance, Pranks and Pride – Tales of the One-Room Schoolhouse”. It is a collection of 75 stories from English- and French-speaking individuals who attended or taught in local one-room schoolhouses, capturing the fascinating history of our rural education system.
- On To Ottawa Historical Society
- Ottawa Chapter of the Ontario Archaeological Society
- Ottawa Genealogical Society
If you’re looking for ancestors with an Ottawa connection, this should be your first stop. It’s an extremely worthwhile resource, with plenty of material and suggestions to get you started on your search for your great-great-great-great-grandparents.
- Ottawa Branch – Ontario Genealogical Society
- Ottawa Mayors
Some mayoral trivia: Bytown’s first mayor was John Scott (1847). Ottawa’s first mayor was John Bower Lewis (1855). Ottawa has had three female mayors: Charlotte Whitton, Marion Dewar, and Jacquelin Holzman. (from Wikipedia)
- Ottawa Railway History
- Ottawagraphy (a heritage project for sharing Ottawa’s stories)
- Our Little Italy
A history of Preston Street (aka Corso Italia), the heart of Ottawa’s Little Italy, and the home of many of Italian immigrants in Ottawa.
- Parks Canada: Rideau Canal
- Radio history…
- Rideau Canal
- The Story of the Glebe (alternate link)
- Sparks Street – the Commercial and Banking Centre
- Stories You Told Me
- Thomas Ahearn
- Transit history…
- Urban Exploration Ottawa
- Watson’s 2002 Guide to the Rideau
- Watson’s Mill
- Westboro Online Historical Database
Ottawa History Books
- Ottawa: An Illustrated History. Author: John Taylor. One of the best histories of Ottawa available, it mixes maps and photographs with a detailed — but very readable text. Taylor is a history professor at Carleton University.
- An Acre of Time. Author: Phil Jenkins. “I’ve come here to unearth a story . . . the biography of the field beneath my feet”. So begins a journey at once eclectic, invaluable, and unique. A great read for anyone who loves a good story — not just history buffs. Also available in paperback.
- Almonte: The life of Juan Nepomuceno Almonte. Author: Frank Cosentino.
- An Ottawa album: Glimpses of the way we were. Author: by Marion Van de Wetering.
- Fire on Parliament Hill! Author: Jane Varkaris.
- GYPSIES, PREACHERS & BIG WHITE BEARS: One Hundred Years on Country Roads. Author: Claudia Smith .
- Ottawa Titans: Fortune and Fame in the Early Days of Canada’s Capital. Author: L.D. Cross
- Over the Hills to Georgian Bay: The Ottawa, Arnprior & Parry Sound Railway.
Author: Niall Mackay.
- Spies in Our Midst: The Incredible Story of Igor Gouzenko, Cold War Spy
Author: L.D. Cross
- Up the line: More portraits of the Ottawa Valley. Author: Steve Evans
- WHERE THE HECK IS BALAHECK? Unusual Place-Names from Eastern Ontario. Author: Michael Dawber.
- Witches, Ghosts & Loups-Garous: Scary Tales from Canada’s Ottawa Valley. Author: Joan Finnigan.