Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The big top in Kitchissippi in the early 1900s

From the 1850s until the 1940s, one of the highlight events each year in Ottawa was the arrival of the touring circus. But did you know that the circus actually came to our neighbourhood, and in fact the future site of Plouffe Park/Plant Bath was the long-time official circus grounds for the city? My article in this week's Kitchissippi Times takes a look back at the era around WWI when the top touring circuses set up in Wellington Village next to Holland Avenue, and at the future Plouffe Park. Lots of photos, ads and history! You can pick up a copy of the newspaper around the community, or please read the online edition at:

The 1922 circus at Plouffe Park, with Devonshire School
and St. Francois D'Assise Chuch at background left, and
the Somerset Street bridge at background right.
(LAC, PA-44764)

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