08
Jan
09

In case you haven’t seen it posted on Spacing or Greater Ottawa, this is an absolutely fascinating look at Ottawa in 1942.

The first 3:30 consist of then-Premier Hepburn’s farm near St. Thomas, a quick glimpse of Toronto (where St. James Cathedral, Commerce Court and the Royal York dominate the skyline) and then it’s off to Ottawa. The rather lengthy segment focuses on the Rideau Canal, Mooney’s Bay and downtown, with a few shots of the train tracks running into Union Station. It’s amazing how much the city has changed since then.

It’s also too bad the ByWard Market isn’t visible at all, but it’s understandable why they wouldn’t show it in a travelogue—as I understand it, it wasn’t a terribly pleasant part of the city, then.

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