Un-Built Ottawa - Historical Mega-Projects That Never Happened
Canada's National War Memorial, Confederation Sq.
You might have noticed that there's no giant dam with a lake a few hundred metres upstream from downtown Ottawa today. Nor are there docks for ocean-going ships in Hull, nor a giant star-shaped fortress on Parliament Hill, nor a century-old transit tunnel under Wellington Street, nor a 25-year-old "Grand Metcalfe Boulevard" slicing up the middle of the core. It might surprise you that these are just a few of the dozens of huge city-altering projects that have been seriously proposed and considered by prominent leaders at various points over Ottawa history.
Join local history nerd and long-time Jane's Walk leader Dennis Van Staalduinen as he takes you on another mind-bending stroll through alternative history. He'll share lots of examples of surprising mega-projects from Ottawa history distinguished by the fact that they never happened, and we'll consider together how radically different the urban fabric of Ottawa would be if any—or heaven forbid, all—of these projects had gone ahead.