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Location DB > Canada > Ontario > Ottawa > Ottawa Electric Railway Co. Hydro Ruins
Ottawa Electric Railway Co. Hydro Ruins
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created by abacab on 12/4/2006 12:48 AM
last modified by abacab on 7/26/2007 11:48 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
Ruins of a late 19th century hydro electric generating station. The image above is from an 1895 illustration looking northeast from Booth Street. Middle Street is on the right and the river is on the left. The great fire of 1900 destroyed the original buildings which were replaced with brick ones, including the new powerhouse, now in ruins, and the building where Vertical Reality resides. The aqueduct between the ruins and VR is now exposed, and would have been covered by the original powerhouse seen in this illustration.
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Type: Outdoors
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: 15 foot climb required.
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information
Middle Street at Booth on Victoria Island
Ottawa, Ontario
Owner: NCC
  • water
  • Falling into the shafts will KILL you
  •  Interesting Features
    Open generator room with huge turbine shafts above the Ottawa River.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1891
    Closed: 1959
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    Built in 1891 to provide power for Ottawa's streetcar system, the building was situated over a flume in the Buchannan channel of the Ottawa River. Streetcars were removed in 1959, so it is presumed this is when the plant closed. Very few buildings in this area survived the great fire of 1900.

    From a 1951 article:

    "Between 1870 and 1890 the horse was undisputed king of local transportation, plodding along faithfully with small wooden cars in summer and with sleighs in the winter. In the latter year, however, an electrified system was planned, and in 1891 the Ottawa Electric Street Railway Company commenced operations. It was the second electric railway in Canada to operate successfully year ’round. The horse-car system and the electric lines were amalgamated in 1893 and a new company, the Ottawa Electric Railway Company, served the community from that time until 1948 when its assets passed to the control of the city of Ottawa, and the Ottawa Transportation Commission took over transit services in the district."

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    Mon, Dec 4th, 2006
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