Name: Anne Prowse
Date: May 05, 2013
Time: 1:00 PM
Duration: 1.0 hr
Language: English
Start: Riverain Park, on North River Rd., across from Stevens Ave
End: North River Rd. & Prince Albert St.
Area: Overbrook
Distance: 2.0 km

We will walk on city sidewalks, a paved path, and grassy areas in the park.

Early Overbrook: Introducing the George Sparks Family and neighbours


Explore the history of Overbrook and how it grew from a pioneering settlement into the community it is today.



Photo:   Sparks House, Overbrook.

The entire walk will stay in the area just east of the Rideau River. This is where the first pioneering families settled in what is now known as Overbrook. We will look at the places they called home and their contribution to the development of Overbrook and Ottawa.

We start in the 1800's with the George Sparks family: their endeavours, disagreements, triumph and tragedy. We will walk by the remaining Sparks residence from this period and also remember some of their neighbours through stories and anecdotes.


From North River Rd. we will walk down Stevens Ave to Marguerite Ave., then take Wolff St. to Ontario St. and back to North River Rd. We will cross the Riverain Park to the pedestrian/cycle path beside the river which we will take to Prindiville St. The walk will end at North River Rd. & Prince Albert St.


Anne Prowse is the co-chair of the Overbrook Environment, Parks, & Heritage committee. She has always been interested in how the present has its roots in the past.