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Barrhaven Bridge

Vimy Memorial Bridge

The Vimy Memorial Bridge is located in the Barrhaven area connecting Strandherd Drive with Earl Armstrong Road crossing the Rideau River.  Formerly known as the Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge, the structure was renamed in 2014 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the World War 1. Work began in 2010, but was marred by […]

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Art Centretown

12 Points in a Classical Balance

Described as a “sine curve” or a line whose end joins the beginning to form a loop, this modernist sculpture was created in 1982.  Made from Western Red Cedar and weighing 3,175 kilograms this sculpture formerly sat in the Garden of the Provinces and Territories, directly across from the Library and Archives Canada building.  It […]

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Building Byward Market

Clegg-Feller Building

This building is situated in a prominent location at the corner of Rideau and Dalhousie Streets. If you’ve ever taken the bus along Rideau Street or visited the Byward market, it’s more than likely that you’ve seen this building several times. You may have also wondered why it’s still there, until you see the heritage […]

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Building Old Ottawa South

Graham Fire Station No. 10

Driving along Sunnyside Avenue in Old Ottawa South, one could easily miss this beautiful gabled and buttressed structure nestled on the corner of Fairbairn Street across from Saint Margaret Mary Parish. This stucco, brick and stone bungalow once had a red tiled roof and depending on which resource you consult, has been described as either […]

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Art Centretown

Albert Street Education Centre Retaining Wall

If you are into graffiti art you will be pleased to hear that the City of Ottawa currently has 3 legal graffiti walls. These concrete canvases are located throughout the city at the following locations: Underside of the Dunbar Bridge – 1301 Bronson Avenue. Albert Street Education Centre Retaining Wall – 422 Slater Street. Bob […]

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Building Civic Hospital – Central Park

Dominion Observatory

Located at the north east corner of the Central Experimental Farm, the back and side of the Dominion Observatory are somewhat visible from Carling Avenue. On a daily basis thousands of commuters pass by this building likely giving it little thought, but up close it’s pretty impressive. Designed by David Ewart in 1902, the building […]

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Building Woodroffe – Lincoln Heights

The First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa

If you’ve ever travelled west to Woodroffe Avenue along the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway chances are you are familiar with the sharp spire that peers out just above the treeline before the turnoff. I generally use this structure as a marker to remind myself that the Woodroffe Avenue exit is nearing. I have always […]

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Art Byward Market

Dancing Bear

Walking in the heart of the Byward Market you might come upon this whimsical Dancing Bear sculpture. It’s hidden in the Jeanne D’arc Courtyard and accessible through three walkways, two off York Street and one off Clarence Street. It’s nestled at the centre of a quite courtyard surrounded by several heritage buildings and newer condominium […]