Image: Where would you have found this fine old building? Drawing by Andrew King.
Once “far” outside the downtown core, Ottawa’s West End is filled with fascinating historical places that provide an interesting glimpse into our neighbourhood’s past. We will explore some lesser known, and also some well-known locations along Richmond Rd. within Westboro, Wellington West and into Hintonburg.
With some places still standing, and others long gone, we will stroll through the neighbourhood examining over twenty places of interest that include old movie theatre locations (we had four), train stations, and even a lost turn-of-the-century amusement park. A map showing some of these locations will be provided for participants to follow along.
We will begin our adventure at the Maplelawn/Keg Manor on Richmond Road and make our way east towards Hintonburg, making numerous stops along the way. Due to the distance we'll be covering, this tour is an extended walk, approximately 2 hrs in duration. Even if we are not all completely exhausted from the expedition, we will need refreshments afterwards, so plan time for a coffee or beer with us at the end!
West End resident Andrew King is a 17-year resident of the area. During that time, he has uncovered some interesting tidbits about the area he lives in and experiences through his weekly “Wellboro Walks.” As an artist and cartoonist, Andrew will provide participants with a unique perspective on the historical significance of places they pass by everyday.
Andrew is a local artist who has researched and sketched over twenty-five interesting and historical architectural examples in the neighbourhood. Click here to take a look at Andrew's book of sketches of Ottawa's west end, entitled District 15.