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Location DB > Canada > Ontario > Ottawa > Riverview Lodge
Riverview Lodge
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created by abacab on 11/7/2006 2:44 PM
last modified by abacab on 1/26/2014 7:12 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
2 storey wood frame lodge originally used as a restaurant & hotel, then as a residence for many years. On prime riverfront property, it has been bought and abandoned and sits wide open.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Difficult
Recommendation: One of my favourite 5 places to visit.
 Physical Information
2911 Prince of Wales Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
Owner: Developers
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  •  Hazards
  • unsafe flooring
  •  Interesting Features
    2 storeys of old junk right out of the 1950's. Amazingly very little grafitti or damage, except that done by salvage crews. The basement is a cornucopia of personal belongings, momentos and handyman's stuff from the last few decades.
     Security Measures
  • wooden boarding
  • none
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 0
    Closed: 0
     Required Equipment
     Recommended Equipment
    Flashlight, gummy bears.
    According to a 1953 Ontario Department of Highways plan, this location was shown as a "Restaurant and Lodge". On a 1956 plan a Fina gas station stood just to the south. The concrete islands still survive in front of both the gas station and the lodge. An older 1924 highway plan shows nothing on the site, however a Loyal Orange Lodge once stood a few hundred metres to the south. The gypsum board used in the lodge has patent dates from 1948 similar to that in the mystery microwave tower near Greely. This narrows down the opening of the lodge to the period between 1948 and 1953.

    Behind the lodge there were several cabins which stood until the property was "cleaned" up in 2005. It is difficult to tell exactly when this building went from being a place of lodging to a private residence, however it has not been used for the former since at least the mid 1980's. A marina is also said to have existed on the Rideau River here. Close by there are several other motels, all of which are newer and larger. Since the opening of Highway 416 in the 90's the motels further north have been capitalizing on their proximity to the airport.

    A developer now owns the property and has erected a sign. In 2005 anything of value was stripped from the building leaving only framing, bathroom fixtures and other interesting junk for exploring. The building has sat abandoned since being stripped.
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     Future Plans
    The land will become part of a high end subdivision along the banks of the Rideau River.

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    November 2006 Part 1
    Tue, Nov 7th, 2006
    posted by abacab
    25 pictures
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    Plans & Air Photos
    Wed, Nov 8th, 2006
    posted by abacab
    4 pictures
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    i lack a witty title
    Sun, Nov 19th, 2006
    posted by firequall
    13 pictures
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    March 2012
    Tue, Apr 17th, 2012
    posted by Moderate
    8 pictures
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    April 2012
    Tue, May 1st, 2012
    posted by Moderate
    9 pictures

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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Steed on 6/25/2014 10:25 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Jun 25 14 at 10:25, Steed validated this location
  • on Jan 26 14 at 19:12, abacab made this location public
  • on Jan 26 14 at 19:12, abacab changed the following: Status, Accessibility
  • on May 1 12 at 20:48, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on May 1 12 at 16:18, Moderate updated gallery April 2012
  • on May 1 12 at 16:18, Moderate swapped pictures 3 and 7
  • on May 1 12 at 16:18, Moderate swapped pictures 0 and 3
  • on May 1 12 at 16:16, Moderate added some pictures to a gallery
  • on May 1 12 at 16:09, Moderate created a new gallery
  • on Apr 17 12 at 13:33, Opheliaism validated this location
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