A healthy and sustainable Ottawa river is vital for Canada’s capital
Ottawa Citizen

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By Don Butler, Ottawa Citizen, August 19, 2016

On a crisp, sunny day in early November 1864, delegates from the Confederation conferences in Charlottetown and Quebec City boarded the steamer England for a river tour of Ottawa, this new country’s proposed capital.

Ottawa was still little more than a rough lumber town, and many delegates weren’t convinced it should be the capital. But the view from the Ottawa River surprised and impressed them, Queen’s University professor David Gordon recounts in Town and Crown, his 2015 illustrated history of the capital.