Ottawa is the capital city of Canada. It was founded as a town in 1826 by and it prospered on the lumber trade. The town was renamed Ottawa in 1855, and incorporated as a city. The city name Ottawa was chosen in reference to the Ottawa River.
The city grew and developed rapidly; the construction of the parliament buildings on Parliament Hill began in 1860. The Ottawa Academy and Young Ladies’ Seminary was established on Sparks Street in 1861. Ottawa became part of the transcontinental rail network in 1886. The construction of a vast public transportation network began in the late-19th century when Thomas Ahearn founded the Ottawa Electric Railway Company in 1893.
Here below are some stunning historical photos that will take you back to the old Ottawa in the late 19th century soon after it was incorporated as a city. Vote your favorites and don’t forget to share.