Brockville: A quick Visit!

June 22, 2012

Brockville is a town along the St. Lawrence that is quite charming.  The 1000 Island Parkway ends a little to the west of Brockville and if you aren’t careful you will end up on the major highway 401.

http://www.brockvilletourism.com/

I took Brockmere Cliff Drive just in time before I came to 401.  It is a right turn after E. Townline Rd. I almost missed it.  This road meets up with Hwy 2 and that takes you into Brockville. 

Entering Brockville

I found the Brockville Museum and parked my car and was surprised to find it open.  I didn’t dally because I had to keep moving.  My plan was to have dinner at the Upper Canada Village which closed at 5 pm and time was slipping by.  http://www.brockvillemuseum.com/museum/

The Brockville Museum

Next to the museum was the marina and a nice little park where I could watch the boats out on the St. Lawrence River.   Storm clouds are collecting!

Brockville Marina

Boats out on the river.

Boats out on the St. Lawrence

Geese were also enjoying the water.

The St. Lawrence next to the Brockville Marina

Downtown Brockville’s main square and I wish I had more time to explore!

The Main Square in Brockville, Ontario

Brockville was the home of Duncan Darby Macdonald and the MacDonald Research Centre.  Duncan did a great many books on Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry and lots of charts and compilation of various families including McDonalds.  He died awhile back but his collection is with Global Genealogy.  A great many of his works are with the Family History Library and many other archives, libraries and genealogical societies.  They spell his name in a variety of ways and it can get confusing.

http://globalgenealogy.com/globalgazette/gazed/gazed139.htm

 

 

 


The St. Lawrence River and the 1000 Island Parkway!

June 22, 2012

When I was in high school, awhile back, I had a project that I was to do for history class.  I choose to do my project on the Great Lakes.  I used the flour and water to make a relief map on a piece of wood which did require much.  I then traced a pattern of the lakes and painted the whole map.  This relief map was placed in the lobby case for display at my high school for several weeks.  That was unfortunately the last I saw of it.  I didn’t think to take a picture.  Sigh!

Since then I have viewed Lake Superior at Chicago and from the south side of the lake when visiting my husband’s cousin’s home.   I now add Lake Ontario to the list.  I believe I have flow over the lakes many times on the way to Washington D.C. 

The Great Lakes http://www.yellowmaps.com/map/great-lakes-basin-regional-map-655.htm

Kingston is where Lake Ontario meets the St. Lawrence River.  It is the furthest east of the lakes.  This website is from the USA side but it is a lot more informative:  http://byways.org/explore/byways/2488/travel.html?map=St_Lawrence_River_Section

The St. Lawrence River 1000 Island Parkway

My goodness, trying to find a detailed map online of the area I was traveling has taken a good five minutes.  This should help.  It is from the Ontario Yours to Discover website.  This is their home page:  http://ontariooutdoor.com/index.aspx?language=en

This is the map:  http://ontariooutdoor.com/html/en/map_landscapes.html?id=1000

The St. Lawrence River and its many facets

I had a very nice brochure of the 1000 Islands which was very fat.  After traveling this parkway I have come to realize that you need to drive the Canadian side and also the New York side to really enjoy it all.   They featured in Sackets Harbor, NY the Old McDonald’s Farm.  I used to be teased with the song.  Boldt Castle is near Alexandria Bay, NY so I did not see it as I drove east for it was hidden behind the bigger islands in the St. Lawrence.  Boy do I love a castle.  Ever since my hubby and I visited Biltmore in Ashville, NC, I have been intrigued. 

One of many islands in the St. Lawrence

It was amazing.  I spotted mini island, middle-sized islands and very large islands. 

Another island with house in the St. Lawrence

Some of the islands were just tiny, even smaller than the one above, yet they had homes built on them and docks.  On the main land there were docks all along the road.  I was wondering how the real estate agents showed one of these many islands:  Speed boat and helicopter?

Looking east along the St. Lawrence River

This website has a great deal of information and pictures to enjoy. http://www.visit1000islands.com/visitorinfo/

What do you think, shall my hubby and I renew or wedding vows at Boldt Castle for our 10th in 2015? It can’t be anymore expensive than Biltmore  http://www.biltmore.com/  Of course there is the matter of water to cross.

Yes, those are storm clouds.  I am heading into them rather than running away.


Kingston and the Cataraqui Cemetery – A Special Visit

June 22, 2012

Kingston’s Water Tower

Before I left Kingston, I had to make a visit and pay my respects.  Since I don’t know what McDonald family I am related in Ontario, I do have to make sure I acknowledge all McD’s in all is various spellings.

My goal was to visit Sir John A. MacDonald at the Cataraqui Cemetery in Kingston.  There are many websites that describe this man but I think I will send you here.  The Canadians call him Sir Johnny:  http://www.canadahistory.com/sections/politics/pm/johnmacdonald.htm

I entered the Cataraqui Cemetery from the side off of Sydenham Road.  I had a map of the cemetery from a newspaper handout I found at the OGS Conference - “Special Advertising Feature – Cataraqui Cemetery Celebrating 162 years as Kingston’s Historic Garden Cemetery.”  I passed Christ Church and followed the signs to his gravesite.  There is a sign on the opposite side of Oak Ave. pointing to the gravesite.  The map in the flyer had grave site as #9 and that helped.  It is a very large cemetery. 

Suggestion:  I came up Princess Street and went up Sydenham Road and entered the side of the cemetery.  I suggest you turn from Princess onto John Counter Blvd. then a quick left onto Purdy’s Ct. then right onto Purdy’s Mill Rd.  Then you enter from the front gate where the big stone Pillar’s are.  Follow Maple Ave and turn to the right onto East Ave and around to Oak Avenue.  The grave site is almost to West Ave.  Look for the sign below, remember I came from the opposite direction so it would be on your right if you come in the front gate.

The Entrance Sign to Cataraqui Cemetery, Kingston

This is the sign pointing to the opposite side of the road toward his grave.

Sign pointing to the grave Sir John A. Macdonald, Cataraqui Cemetery

This is what you see as you approach:

Looking toward the grave site area – Sir John A. Macdonald

Sir John Alexander Macdonald’s tombstone which is surrounded by a black wrought iron fence.  I did not see where I could open the gate to get closer.  I suppose for many people could eventually cause damage. 

Sir John A. Macdonald’s Tombstone

Sir John A. Macdonald and me!

I will add more photos later and provide a link to them showing more of his gravesite when I get my posting done for this trip.  I am almost there.  I have to admit that I am and was affected.  I am not Canadian by birth but my parents especially my mother’s side came from Canada and on my father’s are his father’s family. 

An Overview of Cataraqui Cemetery, Kingston

Earlier I had been in the downtown area of Kingston and had seen a historical plaque of another very well-known MacDonell.  The Bishop Alexander MacDonell 1762-1840.  Roman Catholic Bishop of the diocese of Kingston. The plaque was next to the house he lived in while in Kingston.  I did not stand back and take a photo for I was in a hurry to get to Anglican Diocese office for my appointment and still in my car.  This link below will explain the plaque better.

http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMEJVM_BISHOP_ALEXANDER_MACDONELL_1762_1840_Kingston

Plaque for Bishop Alexander MacDonell

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Macdonell_(bishop) I will be visiting other plaques and will come back to share more about this amazing man. 

The clock was ticking and it was time for me to head for Cornwall to the east.  I headed down the main street – Princess and through downtown Kingston.  

Princess Street, Kingston, Ontario

I crossed over the bridge taking Hwy 2 east.  The bridge is called the Lasalle Causeway Bridge and it crosses the Cataraqui River which is the southern part of the Rideau Canal:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Salle_Causeway 

I was soon driving through and under arches that were part of the Canadian Forces Base.  This was my first notice of anything military in Canada, although in Petawawa there is another Canadian Forces Base.  I did not venture from Pembroke up to Petawawa to investigate.   I think I saw Royal Canadian Airforce Signs.  My dad would have loved that, remember the title of this blog:  The Man Who Lived Airplanes.  Very impressive. 

My next milestone was the town of Garanoque where I would leave Hwy 2 for the 1000 Island Parkway.  It was time to become just a tourist.

UPDATE:  July 7, 2012:  Here is a link to more photos that I have taken of Cataraqui Cemetery in Kingston.

Cataraqui Cemetery

Kingston: Anglican Archive, Visit with a Friend & the OGS

June 21, 2012

Friday June 1, 2012 was going to be a very busy day. 

My first appointment was with the Anglican Diocese office in downtown Kingston.  This was regarding my Brown family research.  The Browns were Church of England and I was hoping to find out more about William Brown my 3rd great-grandfather.  I was in luck I did find his death and burial information.  See the blog: The Boardmans and Browns of Winnipeg. for more information about this trip.  http://boardmanbrown.wordpress.com/

Anglican Diocese Building, Kingston

After I finished up at the Diocese office I headed back to my B&B and waited impatiently for Elaine to arrive. 

Years ago I was reading an online mailing list for the Upper Ottawa Valley and this person by the name of Elaine Brown was sharing information about the various churches and church registers for the area.  I learned that she had compiled a book covering the deaths and burials at the cemetery in Chapeau for the St. Alphonsus Church.  I emailed her and bought a copy.  It was with me on this trip.  We have since shared information and information on McDonalds and Burns families in the area.  My great uncle John (Jack) McDonell married Sarah Burns and she was curious about there marriage.  I visited their daughter on several occasions in International Falls and put Elaine in touch with her.  Sadly Mary died several years ago about two months before I made my third trip to Minnesota. 

Elaine’s family history website:  http://www.personainternet.com/etbrown/burns.htm 

Elaine’s book:  http://www.personainternet.com/etbrown/alphonse.htm

Aunt Lucy’s in Kingston & Rain

Elaine and I were going to have lunch together and meet for the first time face-to-face.  The Briar Patch was no longer offering lunch so she took me to Aunt Lucy’s.  We were together from 12:30 to 4:30 pm or so.  It was a rainy day in Kingston (just like home) but we didn’t care for we were busy talking and sharing and having a great time.  I had so much fun I had dessert.  Elaine really knows a lot about genealogy in Canada and so I am very grateful to her for sharing and caring about a stranger from that country to the south.  HA!  Thanks for lunch Elaine, my treat next time. 

St. Lawrence College – Location of the OGS Conference 2012

The Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS) Conference started at 5 pm with a barbecue and so I parted with Elaine but was feeling very happy and content. 

The rain had moved the dinner inside so we were all gathering in the cafeteria of the St. Lawrence College for the OGS Conference “Borders and Bridges 2012,”  Several ladies came and sat at my table and we chatted about the conference, our research and where we were from.  As usual people are all surprised when they realize that I am from the other Washington located on the western side of the continent. http://www.ogs.on.ca/conference2012/

Registration was open so I stopped by to get my bag of goodies and a USB drive of the syllabus:

Registration OGS 2012

The opening ceremonies were done with pomp.  They had a fully costumed town crier which I understand is an award wining town crier.

The Opening of the Borders and Bridges, OGS Conference 2012

The next day the conference was in full swing starting about 8 am with the opening address.  I didn’t get there till later and cruised the vendors.  I was happy to see the Quebec Family History Society, Lambton County Genealogical Society and more.  I was very strong and didn’t buy too many books.  I had a nice chat with Coleen Fitzpatrick the author of the Forensic Genealogy.  She was telling me about autosonal testing for women opening up more possibilities.  I have been really considering DNA testing. I have a family member whom I would like to test but so far there is resistance.  I purchased her book:  DNA & Genealogy.  http://www.forensicgenealogy.info/

Vendors about to open Saturday June 2, 2012 OGS Conference

The lectures started about 11 am.  I attended several lectures about newspaper research and each lecture gave me more information about sources I had not tried.  John D. Reid gave “Your Family History in Canadian and British Newspapers. He was explaining the OCR and why it was not yet to a place where it could read all the letters efficiently.  He explained that some websites had better OCR technology than others.  He said to take your time and try different searched.   Meldon J. Wolfgang III gave “Extra! Hear All About it! Exploring Some New and Less Familiar Pathways in Newspaper Research.  He had some really interesting sources to use.  He is the man in the picture below.  Evelyn Kolish also gave an excellent lecture:  “Court Records Across the Border: How to Find Your Way Among Quebec’s Court Records.”  Slowly I am gaining confidence with researching in Quebec. 

Lecture on Newspaper sources

Everyone was wondering where the banquet would be held.  Well it was in the cafeteria and it was sort of amazing to see how they transferred it into a festive affair.  We were told that over 500 people were in attendance.  The banquet room was filled to capacity.  Susan de Groot of the Ontario Chapter of the Association for Professional Genealogists was attending the conference.  Susan and I have met several times at various conferences and she remembered me.  She kindly invited me to her table.  She is the owner of Windmill Genealogy Services.

Those seated at the table were John Reid of the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa was present.  He gave the one of the lectures on newspaper research that I mention above.  Lisa Louise Cooke of Genealogy Gems sat with us.  She had been busy with lectures all day. Lisa had come all the way from California to attend the conference.  David Obee was present.  I have one of his books that he co-wrote with Sherry Irvine on Canadian Research.  The conversation was lively and interesting. 

Oh, yes they toasted the Queen and I found that very sweet. 

Banquet settings

The lectures started early Sunday morning, June 3, 2012 with the one I was looking forward to.  It was on Quebec land records titled “Digging up Genealogy Gems:  Quebec Land Records,” by Sharon Callaghan who I believe is also active in the Quebec Family History Society in La Pointe, Quebec:  http://www.qfhs.ca/  Her lecture was excellent and I was pleased. 

I decided to take another turn about the vendors and see what other things I could discover.  It actually took me a good hour and half to review them.  So it was almost time for lunch and since I had a ticket I decided to wait and get my sandwich.  When they set out the sandwiches I decided to stay and eat my lunch and again had a lovely conversation with several conference goers who sat down at my table.  I had my Nook Color reader with me, so I gave them an overview. 

Lectures would continue and then they would have a closing address later on in the day but I had to move on.  It was time to head to Cornwall and visit the Glengarry area.


Arriving in Kingston, Ontario

June 20, 2012

It was about 6 pm when I rolled into Kingston on Thursday, May 31, 2012.  I was there to attend the Ontario Genealogical Society Conference:  Borders and Bridge 1812-2012.  It was being held at the St. Lawrence College campus.

I had been touring in Hastings County to the west, visiting Mamora, Stirling, Trenton and Belleville and learning about their libraries and archives for research.  This was regarding my Brown family origins on my mother’s side.  I was not yet done because I wanted to visit the Anglican Diocese in Kingston for the Brown research.  I have described that experience and visit in my other blog: 

The Boardmans and Browns of Winnipeg:  http://boardmanbrown.wordpress.com/

My lodging was in a bed and breakfast called the Briar Patch.  Finding it was a little bit of trouble.  I left Belleville taking Hwy 2 to Tyendinaga, Napanese, Odessa, Westbrook and into Kingston itself. I was a little disappointed because I had hoped to see more of the Bay of Quinte on Hwy 2.  I guess you need to know where to go to see it?

I turned right and headed down Gardiner’s Road (Hwy 6) passed shopping centers.  I came to Bath Rd (Hwy 33) and turned left.  Then I got into trouble.  Bath is a very busy road. 

Hello Kingston

When I am tired it can get interesting.  I pulled into another shopping center and studied my maps.  I found Portsmouth which was to the west of this shopping center I had taken a break in.  I got back onto Bath and headed west past Portsmouth and just as I went past I saw the three numbers for the Briar Patch and pulled in.  It was shrouded in trees.  It was on the north side of Bath St. and there were islands in the middle of the road so it was not an easy place to get to.  They had a nice parking lot so I had plenty of room to situate my Caliber. 

My room was like a suite.  I had a foyer, a full bathroom, a sitting area and the biggest bed I have ever seen.  It took a little bit of climbing to get into it.  Sigh, no desk.  It did have a washer and dryer. Yippee, clean clothes! It was decorated with care and all the artwork and crafts you expect in a B&B.  There was an old door with a big flower wreath across from the bed.  http://www.bbcanada.com/8965.html?showpage=1 

I was greeted by Mark first and the Mary Jo gave me the tour.  She also helped me to figure out where to get some dinner and I chose the Red Lobster down the road to the west.  They accepted credit cards which was good.  Some do not and I didn’t need complication. 

I settled in for the night.  The next day I was to get a full breakfast and great conversation.  This is why I like B&B’s.

The Briar Patch


West to Marmora, Hastings County, Ontario

June 18, 2012

As I left Perth, I left behind the research on my McDonald family for a little while. I would resume my search for my McDonald origins in Ontario when I reached Kingston and headed to Glengarry County (Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry County). 

So it is time to switch over to my other blog:  The Boardmans and Browns of Winnipeg: A Canadian Story

The Brown family is the family of my grandmother Ethel Adella Brown my mother’s mother.  They came from Ireland.  The father, William Brown, and several of his sons to settle in Hastings County, Ontario sometime in the 1830′s.  Some stayed there and are buried there while others moved on to Lambton County, Ontario, then Lapeer County, Michigan and others headed for Manitoba.  I wanted to see if I couldn’t find out more about their time in Hastings County.  I also wanted to find out more about my 3rd great-grandfather William Brown. 

There was method to the madness and the real reason I stopped in Lanark County was to break up my trip to Hastings County, Ontario.  I probably could have skipped Lanark County but since there was a large concentration of McDonald’s settling there along with McPherson and Camerons I thought I best do a little checking.

Hwy 7 is a two lane highway and it was very easy.  I was out in the country now and it was going to take a good two hours and slightly more to get to Marmora in Hastings County, Ontario.  Traffic was not bad and the sun was shining so I had good weather. 

There are these low rock formations along the road that reminded me of mini versions of Utah’s monument valley and swampy areas with cat tails.  I actually saw a beaver house out in the lake, something I have not seen since my childhood. Hwy 7 reminded me of Minnesota.  There are lots of lakes and cabins with signs pointing the way and many many campgrounds.  http://members.shaw.ca/kcic1/beaver.html

I entered the county of Frontenac or rather the Central Frontenac area and drove through the middle of that county.  To the south was Kingston which is on the eastern part of Lake Ontario where the St. Lawrence River begins.  I would be there in a few days for the Ontario Genealogical Society Conference.  These counties along this area are long counties reaching north into the middle of the southern portion of Ontario.  They are like large rectangles and touch Lake Ontario.  Here is a great map with the townships that helps to get oriented.  Find Shabot Lake and that is the road I was on:  http://www.frontenacmaps.ca/pdfs/Accommodations.pdf

Shabot Lake a website: http://www.sharbotlake.com/index.html  I did feel like I was climbing but according to the map Hwy 7 is probably getting into the lower areas and to get higher I would need to go further north. 

The Digital Atlas website has a great map of 1880 showing the counties in Ontario:  http://digital.library.mcgill.ca/countyatlas/searchmapframes.php  Frontenac is #31, Hastings in #28 and #30 is Lennox and Addington.  You can click on the map of that county and do more exploring.  This is useful for studying all areas of Ontario at that time.

I arrived in Kaladar http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaladar on Hwy 7 and it was not long after that I came to the sign for Hastings County.  I was very excited.  I never dreamed I would find my mother’s family and especially get as far as I have on the Brown surname.  I owe my cousins a great deal of gratitude for all their hard work in piecing this family together.   Go to this link to follow me on the Hastings County adventure:  The Boardmans and Browns of Winnipeg: A Canadian Story 

Entering Hastings County, Ontario


Perth, no time to dally!

June 18, 2012

Smith Falls disappeared behind me.  I arrived in Perth very early I had no time to explore because I had to get to Belleville via Marmora, Stirling and Trenton. I took Hwy 43 to Perth.

Yes another sign! Perth!

As I was taking a picture of the Perth sign I turned on the road that crossed a railroad track and there was this cemetery.  I couldn’t resist so I took some pictures.  The name of the cemetery I do not know but it is right there along the highway and across from a very serious industrial plant.  Click on the photo and it will get bigger (hit your back button to return to the blog).  If you look closely at the photo you can see the tall spires of the plant.

The cemetery by the sign and highway

The Last Duel in Canada was a very big deal in 1833:  http://www.town.perth.on.ca/siteengine/activepage.asp?PageID=91 

The Last Duel in Canada Campground

Another cemetery in Perth - The Old Burying Ground:

The Old Burying Ground, Perth

Perth’s clock tower in the downtown area.  I can see that Perth would have been a great town to explore.  It was quite charming.

Photo doesn’t do Perth justice


Smith Falls and the Rideau Canal!

June 17, 2012

At dinner the night before, the waiter told me that they really needed the rain to clean the air.  He was right.  As  I wandered along the Rideau Canal in the morning it was apparent that the rain and freshened not just the air but the plants seemed happier.  It was so still and peaceful.

Smith Falls Rideau Canal

 

Smith Falls Rideau Canal looking west

 

Straight across – a little park on the Rideau Canal

 

A boat prepares to lower?


Lanark County: Smith Falls, Ontario

June 17, 2012

Leaving Ottawa, I took Elgin St. to Hwy 417 and was soon on my way west.  Do watch out for one way streets it can be a little confusing or signs that say “No Left.”

This time I was heading into the interior of Ontario.  Hwy 7 took me to Carleton Place where I stopped briefly to gas up the car and get my bearings.  I then turned down Hwy 15 (Dakers Rd) and made my way to Smith Falls.  I arrived very early and found the Comfort Inn on Centre Street right on the Rideau Canal and they kindly obliged me with a room at that early hour. 

Comfort Inn & the Rideau Canal

The room was a luxury from the Econo Lodge in Ottawa.  It had a table with chairs, a desk, nice comfy bed, coffee maker and it was roomy.  I didn’t feel the urge to start making home repairs.  It also had a lanai which was great, so I was able to go outside and gaze upon the Rideau Canal. 

Yup, right on the Rideau Canal

My goal was the Lanark County Genealogical Society which is housed in the Heritage House Museum.  They didn’t open till 10:30 am so I had plenty of time to relax and settle in.  http://www.smithsfalls.ca/museums.cfm

Heritage House Museum

To get to the museum you go southeast down Hwy 43 (main road in Smith Falls) and turn right at Old Slys Road, cross the bridge and turn into the parking lot which is a little beyond the museum and passed a group of trees  It is not the grassy area where the wooden fence is in front of the museum.  Trust me!

There was something going on.  Two ladies were moving chairs and things around over by the gazebo to the left.  I was to learn they were having a volunteer appreciation day barbecue.  So there was lots of activity.

There is a small  fee which was either $2 or $5 and they showed me where the genealogical collection was located.  Of course it was down a very steep staircase but you can go around to the left of the museum and come in the door at the basement. 

I set to work trying to stay out-of-the-way of their preparations.  A little later the Librarian, Shirley Somerville appeared and shook my hand.  She started pulling items from the stacks. 

The Lanark County Genealogical Society website:  http://www.globalgenealogy.com/LCGS/  I think they have a wonderful website so please check it out.  They have links and information about the Archives Lanark, a separate entity which I did not really have a reason to visit at this time since I did not know for sure if my family had been there or settled there? http://www.globalgenealogy.com/archiveslanark/  The website explains how to find them and more.

Don’t forget about the Smith Falls Public Library which also has some information at this link: http://www.smithsfallslibrary.ca/genealogy.html

I wanted to learn more about Alexander McDonell who settled at Sand Point in Renfrew County and new the Laird of McNab.  He was supposed to have settled in Perth first, then went to Glengarry and then up to Sand Point.  I did find a book:  “Renfrew County People and Places” by a Carol Bennet and D.W. McCuaig.  It has a whole section on McNab township which I will need to review.  You never know what you will find at each archive or library. 

The stacks of the Lanark County Genealogical Society, Smith Falls

This trip had been very difficult to plan and prepare for and I didn’t get to really learning about some areas of Ontario like Lanark County and the Scottish settlers who migrated there.  It was settled very early and I need to do more studying.  So I mostly collected interesting tidbits that had anything to do with McDonalds, McPhersons and Camerons.  I left a copy of my McDonald booklet with Shirley. 

Volunteer Appreciation Barbecue – Smith Falls Museum

The guests had arrived and the program had begun so Shirley headed out to get a seat and some food.  I probably could have asked if I could join them by offering some money but I decided I needed to get some rest and relax for the next day was going to be extremely busy and I had a lot of territory to cover. 

As I was working in my room, I started to hear rumblings.  I looked out and storm clouds were approaching.  It was not long after that the rain started coming down.  Yes, it was a downpour.  I had to close the lanai door because the rain was bouncing everywhere and threatening to come into the room.  You can see from this picture that it had rained, note the rooftop of the restaurant.

After the storm

Dinner time came and I kept it simple and headed for the restaurant next to the Comfort Inn.  I was able to get a booth by the window so I could look out on the Rideau Canal and enjoy the view.  My dinner was delicious a lovely salmon served by a pleasant tall and thin waiter.  It was the best dinner my whole trip!  The name of the restaurant Chuckles Jack.  I am not kidding!  http://www.chucklesjack.com/


Ottawa: A Pub and the Rideau Canal!

June 17, 2012

On Sunday night, May 27th I wandered down Rideau Avenue in search of the Highlander Pub.  While planning this trip I was studying the various restaurants and pubs in Ottawa and getting a big kick out of the names.  I was looking forward to seeing and experiencing the real thing.

The Highlander Pub, Ottawa

The Highlander is the first pub for another another mall area with more restaurants like The Dubliner and shops.  Souvenirs shops that had T-Shirts but they all had Ottawa stamped on them. I was looking for just Canada which would cover a lot of ground for my ancestors came from many areas of Canada.  

The Highlander is right on the corner of Williams and Rideau, the northwest corner.  They lead me to a seat in the back where I could view all the action and the comings and goings. http://www.thehighlanderpub.com/

My Aunt Eddie loved her Scotch so she would be very proud of me for at least visiting.  I know she would have sampled the menu, which is very detailed and amazing.  I was tempted to try some of their offerings but resisted the urge.  The bartender was wearing a kilt with a sporran.  Yes, I am telling the truth, honest, I checked.

Ottawa is indeed a very interesting and colorful city.  My walks along Rideau Street were always an experience for a people watcher like me.  I would return to Ottawa at the end of my journey and do a little more exploring.  It was time to move on.  I would be heading west and south to Smith Falls in Lanark County, Ontario. There was a large Scottish settlement in the area of Perth and I was curious to learn more about it. 

Inside the Highlander Pub

 The Dubliner is next door, maybe another time! 

The Rideau Canal is not too far from these two establishments and I did do some exploring after visiting the LAC.  The Rideau Canal and I would meet on several occasions as I journeyed through Ontario.  Too bad the Culbute Canal is gone and hard to reach, sigh!  Archibald McDonell my great grandfather was lockmaster for the Culbute which is located between Allumette Island and Chichester Township in Pontiac County, Quebec. 

The Rideau Canal travels from the Ottawa River down to Smith Falls and further down to Kingston.  It was built to connect the Ottawa River with Lake Ontario.  It is still in use today mostly for pleasure craft.  It is located where Elgin Street meets Wellington and meshes with the big fancy hotel that looks like a castle the Fairmont Chateau Laurier. I was tempted to go inside and see it and maybe have dinner there?  It would be expensive!  I had considered staying there.

The Fairmont – the west side is next to the Rideau Canal

In the photo above there is a  rectanguler structure and on the far side of the Fairmont is a staircase that leads to a balcony area were you can enjoy the view but the massive railing is too tall and I was having trouble getting good photos over it. It is where Wellington meets the Rideau Street:

A meshing of streets

They had a timeline display of Queen Elizabeth’s visits to Canada along the wall which is part of the Fairmont Hotel.  I believe it was in celebration of her Diamond Jubilee? http://www.thediamondjubilee.org/

The Queens Wall – A Timeline of her visits to Canada

There is the Bytown Museum right on the Rideau Canal.  It does have an archive you can visit by appointment:  http://www.bytownmuseum.com/en/main.html  To the right there is a trail for more exploring.

Bytown Museum & Rideau Canal

The Rideau Canal

The Rideau Canal where it meets the Ottawa

 

 


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