PO Box 523, Station B, Ottawa, ON, K1P 5P6
Sunday, 15 September 2019 16:23

Fall Trip a Heritage Horn of Plenty

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On Sunday, Sept. 15th, 42 HSO members and their guests boarded a coach and headed out to Vankleek Hill, where they visited the local museum — housed in a recently restored 19th-century general store. Participants were then split into three groups for a leisurely walking tour of Ontario’s “Gingerbread Capital” guided by Denis Séguin, the architect responsible for the restoration, the town’s ex-mayor and a well informed resident whose family has lived in Vankleek Hill for five generations. In 1797, Simeon Van Kleeck, an United Empire Loyalist, received a land…
Friday, 14 June 2019 10:00

HSO Members Tour Historic Tucker House

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On Friday, June 14, 2019, eighteen society members took part in the society’s spring excursion to Tucker House, a well-preserved historic estate in rural Clarence-Rockland, just beyond the eastern boundary of the City of Ottawa. The trip was a great success, including a delightful tea and lunch, and an informative presentation from local historian Gilles Chartrand. Tucker HouseHSO member, Mary Edwards, at Tucker HouseThe HSO gang having lunch at Tucker House after a fascinating presentation by local historian Gilles Chartrand (far left)
Saturday, 10 November 2018 10:49

History Lives on at Beechwood

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Not rain or snow or windy cold kept nine intrepid members of the HSO — and two people who had seen it advertised on our Facebook page — from enjoying a special walking tour of Beechwood Cemetery on Nov. 10. Nick McCarthy, the cemetery’s director of marketing, communications and community, led us to the main historical sites and told stories of those buried in this well-tended National Cemetery of Canada. We began at the tomb of Robert Borden (1834-1937), notable because Sir Robert did not want his title, nor his…
Tuesday, 06 November 2018 10:44

Fall Excursion to Historic Dam at Chats Falls

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A brisk wind greeted us as we stepped onto the roof of the Chats Falls Hydro Power Generating Station situated on the Ottawa River at Fitzroy Harbour, across from Quyon, Que. Twelve HSO members and friends braved the November damp and chill to explore this fascinating and crucial component of our community. Our host was Gary Kowaluk and two of his associates. From the rooftop we could see this long rectangular building stretch across the Ottawa River, straddling the two provinces. The view of the Lac des Chats reservoir was…
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