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Virtual Museum Colourizing the past

Download one of our historic photos and add some colour to Ottawa’s transit past. When your creation is completed, submit your colourized photo and we'll share some of our favourites.

Britannia Park

First opening in 1900, Britannia Beach was a popular summer destination for Ottawa residents through the 1920s to today.

Photo: Britannia Park streetcar stop canopy and emergency steel stairway c. 1920. City of Ottawa Archives/RG045

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Sparks Street

Before the first streetcar, riders travelled by horse-drawn carriage through muddy streets flanked by boardwalks.

Photo: Ottawa City Passenger Railway Company horse-drawn streetcar on Sparks St. c. 1871. City of Ottawa Archives/CA001505

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Team effort

Workers of the Ottawa Car Company celebrate the completion of the streetcar “Lalla Rookh” for the Toronto & Scarboro Railway Co. with a commemorative photo.

Photo: W.W. Wylie and Ottawa Car Company workers in front of streetcar “Lalla Rookh” on Slater St. c. 1893. City of Ottawa Archives/CA001508

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