Tour Locations | Ottawa: Pioneering Days

  • LOCATION 21 | Ottawa: Pioneering Days

    Bytown

    Keep walking straight.

    In 1828 Col. By laid out a town street plan on both sides at the end of the canal. The higher west side, behind you, on the other side of the canal, became upper-town. This was settled largely by the white collar classes - many Protestant English.

    In front of you, to the east, was lower-town, settled mostly by the labouring classes, at the time mostly French and Irish Catholics. The town name was changed from "Bytown" to "Ottawa" in 1885, 57 years later. It became the national Capital two years after that.

    We are now going down into lower town to have a look.

    Continue along the path toward the street ahead.

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