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March 26, 2012

Postcards from Old Ottawa: Major's Hill Park, 1914

Here's the second in our series of scans of old postcards of Ottawa, depicting the city's hot tourist spots during the early 20th century.  Here's a postcard sent in 1914 that shows a tranquil scene at Major's Hill Park.

I can't quite figure out what part of the park is pictured here -- it doesn't look like Major's Hill as we know it today.  Any guesses?

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  1. Mark Tomkins9:13 AM

    I wonder if this was down the hill towards the National Gallery. It's the only hill and it's possible there once was a pond at the bottom. Just a guess though.

  2. I think that's a man-made pond that disappeared when they started construction of the Chateau Laurier.

  3. I meant to say the Chateau Laurier expansion. The main hotel was already completed.

  4. Is it possible that that's actually the river? Right at the mouth of the canal? http://maps.google.ca/maps?q=major's+hill+park+pond&hl=en&ll=45.427366,-75.698947&spn=0.001858,0.002422&fb=1&gl=ca&hq=major's+hill+park+pond&cid=0,0,11326703025554302894&t=h&z=19

  5. neeroc - yes, definitely, that could be the river - but the view now seems so much higher/steeper.
    Hoping someone can identify that building - in the upper-left of the image.


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