Thursday, June 8, 2017

The creation of the Ottawa River (Sir John A MacDonald) Parkway

The new issue of the Kitchissippi Times hits the streets today, and inside it is my column on the creation of the Ottawa River Parkway aka Sir John A MacDonald Parkway. 

The development of the Parkway was not as fast, or as inexpensive as you might think it was. And there was far more involved than just laying some roads. Thousands of people in Kitchissippi were booted off their land when the government expropriated their property. The Parkway was originally planned to be part of a ring road surrounding the City, which of course never came about.

Read the full story and check out a couple extra photos at the Kitchissippi Times:

Aerial shot of the Parkway under construction.
Looking east from Westboro Beach to Tunney's
Pasture, April 1963
(Source: Ottawa Archives CA-8779)

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