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1794 | Lt French | Download original version » (.jpg 8 MB)

Map created by William Chewitt of the potential Rideau Canal route in 1794, based on Lt. French’s sketches during his 1783 survey.

Sketch from Montreal to Lake Ontario [1794]. Thomas Burrowes fonds. Archives of Ontario, B-39.

1812-1815 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 5 MB)

Map of the United States exhibiting the Canadian frontier from 1812 to 1815.

"United States of America exhibiting the seat of War on the Canadian Frontier from 1812 to 1815", 1816, Library and Archives Canada, H3/1200/1816, NMC 12846 .

1824 | Samuel Clowes | Download original version » (.jpg 2 MB)

"Map of the proposed Canal for uniting Lake Ontario with the River Ottawa by way of the Rivers Catarcquay, Gananoque and Rideau surveyed in the years 1823 and 1824", Samuel Clowes, 1824. Library and Archives Canada.

Mr. Samuel Clowes, "Map of the proposed Canal for uniting Lake Ontario with the River Ottawa by way of the Rivers Catarcquay, Gananoque and Rideau surveyed in the years 1823 and 1824", 1824, Library and Archives Canada, H1/410/Rideau Canal/1824, NMC 11962 .

1825 | G. A. Elliot | Download original version » (.jpg 3 MB)

Sketch by G. A. Elliot of both banks of the Ottawa River and the Chaudiere Falls, 1825.

"Sketch of both banks of the Ottawa River and the Chaudière Falls, from P. Wright's house to the Steamboat Ferry on the North side and showing Governement Stores, Richmond Landing and the Road, the Clergy Reserve, the Lebreton and Sherwood property, the Government purchase and Spark's House on the South side]", [1825], Library and Archives Canada, MIKAN 4138620.

1827 | Alexander Sherriff | Download original version » (.jpg 4 MB)

Rough draft of the ground between Dows Swamp on the Rideau Canal and the Chaudière Lake, 1827 .

Alexander Sherriff, "Rough draft of the Ground between Dows Swamp on the Rideau Canal & the Chaudiere Lake", 1827, Library and Archives Canada, F/440/Ottawa/1827, NMC 79951.

1828 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 1 MB)

Sketch of the line of the Rideau Canal from Bytown to Kingston (no. 3).

Maule Family / Earl of Dalhousie fonds. "36 plans and abstract of the estimate of expenditure of the Rideau Canal", 1828. National Archives of Scotland. GD45/3/9.

1829 | Lt. Col. John By | Download original version » (.jpg 3 MB)

"Plan of the line of the Rideau Canal Lt. Col. By Commanding Royal Engineer." John By, 1829. Library and Archives Canada.

John By, "Plan of the line of the Rideau Canal Lt. Col. By Commanding Royal Engineer", 1829, Library and Archives Canada, H2/410/Rideau Canal/1829, NMC 21972 .

1829 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 2 MB)

Plan of the line of the Rideau Canal

Unknown Artist,"Plan of the line of the Rideau Canal", The National Archives of the UK, MPG1-511.

1830 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 7 MB)

Plan of the first eight locks of the Rideau Canal also showing the location of the Commissariat and Royal Engineers Office by Lt. Col. By, 1830 (part 1 of 2).

Unknown Artist, "The First 8 locks of Canal (1/2)", [1830], Library and Archives Canada, NMC-086112.

ca. 1830 | Thomas Burrowes | Download original version » (.jpg 819 KB)

Map by Thomas Burrowes depicting the first lots surveyed in Bytown in 1826. 

Map of the village of Shier Falls [1830]. Thomas Burrowes fonds. Archives of Ontario. C 1-0-0-0-116.

1830 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 1 MB)

Plan of the line of the Rideau Canal showing the situation of the fall in 1830.

Unknown Artist,"Plan of the line of the Rideau Canal showing the situation of the fall in 1830", The National Archives of the UK, MP1-157.

1831 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 3 MB)

John By, "Plan of the Ground & Proposed Military Works on the West Side of the First Eight Locks", 1831, Library and Archives Canada, H1/440/Ottawa/1831 (5 sections), NMC 17423.

1831 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 1 MB)

Plan of the wharf at Entrance Bay.

Unknown Artist,"Plan of the Warfe", The National Archives of the UK, MPH1-1083 (3).

1840 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 1 MB)

Sketch of the Canadas showing the relative positions of several of the military posts.

Unknown Artist, 'Sketch of the Canadas', The National Archives of the UK, MPG1-99(1).

1840 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 960 KB)

Sketch of the Canadas showing the relative positions of several of the military posts.

Unknown Artist,"Sketch of the Canadas (II)", The National Archives of the UK, MPGG1-71(1).

1840 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 1 MB)

Sketch of the land taken for the service of the Rideau Canal above the first eight locks.

Unknown Artist,"Sketch of the land taken for the service of the Rideau Canal above the first eight locks", The National Archives of the UK, MPH1-990 (11).

1841 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 868 KB)

Map showing the piece of land applied for by Mr. John Eagen, coloured yellow, 1841.

Unknown Artist,"Map showing the piece of land applied for by Mr. John Eagen coloured yellow", The National Archives of the UK, MPH1-1143 (1).

1842 | Donald Kennedy | Download original version » (.jpg 5 MB)

Plan of Bytown with its limits showing the exact situation of every street and lot; drawn to a scale of six chains to the inch (2.5 cm) by Donald Kennedy, district surveyor, December 4, 1842.

Donald Kennedy, "Plan of Bytown with its limits shewing the exact situation of every street & lot", 1842, Library and Archives Canada, S/440/Ottawa/1842 , NMC 19056 .

1843 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 1 MB)

Sketch of head land in Bytown, alluded to in Mr. Secretary Byham's letter No. 30 in 1847.

Unknown Artist,"Sketch of head land in Bytown, alluded to in Mr. Secretary Byham's letter No. 30 in 1847", The National Archives of the UK, MPH1-1150 (2).

1844 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 1 MB)

Sketch of Bytown and of the Rideau Canal from Hog’s Back to the Ottawa River in 1844.

Unknown Artist,"Sketch of Bytown and of the Rideau Canal from the Hogs Back to the Ottawa River", The National Archives of the UK, MPH 1/ 918 / 19.

1844 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 1 MB)

Sketch showing the water communications between Montreal and Kingston in 1844.

Unknown Artist,"Sketch showing the water communications between Montreal and Kingston in 1844", The National Archives of the UK, MPHH1-701 (7).

1845 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 880 KB)

Map of land belonging to Nicholas Sparks.

Unknown Artist,"Land Belonging to Nicholas Sparks", The National Archives of the UK, MPHH1-459 (1).

1845 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 1 MB)

Sketch of Bytown to accompany the clerk of works letter dated May 19, 1845.

Unknown Artist,''Bytown (now Ottawa), sketch map showing land lots purchased by the government", Ordnance Department, The National Archives of the UK, MR1-1925 (2).

1845 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 1 MB)

Sketch of land adjoining a portion of the Rideau Canal in 1845.

Knight,Captain J E Alexander, "Sketch of land adjoining a portion of the Rideau Canal, shewing the extent of the basin and reservoir proposed to be formed …", 1845, Ordnance Department, The National Archives of the UK, MR1-1925 (3).

1846 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 901 KB)

Sketch showing the land taken by Lt. Col. By for the Rideau Canal.

Unknown Artist,"Sketch showing the land taken by Lt. Col. By for the Rideau Canal", The National Archives of the UK, MPH1-990 (19).

1847 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 1 MB)

Copy of part of the plan of Bytown B/24, 1847.

Unknown Artist,"Copy of part of the plan of Bytown B/24, 1847", The National Archives of the UK, MPHH1-690 (12).

1847 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 1 MB)

Sketch showing vacant land in Lower Town .

Unknown Artist,"Sketch shewing a vacant spot of ground in Bytown", The National Archives of the UK, MPHH1-690(13).

1847 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 1 MB)

Sketch of the land at Bytown disposed of to M. Pinhey with the vacant ground applied for.

Unknown Artist, ''Sketch of the land disposed of to Mr Pinley, the vacant land applied for by him, the portion proposed to be reserved by Mr Elliott and line of proposed wharf and Railroad, 1845, Ordnance Department, The National Archives of the UK, MR1-1925 (1).

1848 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 921 KB)

Plan showing the relative positions of Mr. Smith's distillery and the dam in 1848.

Unknown Artist,"Plan showing the relative positions of Mr. Smith's distillery and the dam in 1848", The National Archives of the UK, MPHH1-690 (14).

1848 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 2 MB)

Map of Bytown showing Barrack Hill, the first eight locks, and Lower Town, 1848.

Unknown Artist,"Bytown - 1848", The National Archives of the UK, MPHH1-690 (20).

1849 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 1 MB)

Sketch of Bytown showing the ground in the lots D and E contained within the yellow line in 1849.

Unknown Artist,'"Sketch of Bytown showing the ground in the lots D and E contained within the yellow line in 1849", The National Archvies of the UK, MPH1-1151 (2).

1850 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 2 MB)

Map of Upper Bytown and Barrack Hill, 1850.

"Upper Bytown [Ottawa, ON] boundaries as marked on the ground and laid agreeably to the M. G. & Board's order", 1850, Library and Archives Canada, 77803/9 CA , NMC [Not given] .

1850 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 1 MB)

Skeleton map showing in vermillion the relative positions of the Ordnance properties.

Unknown Artist,"Skeleton Map of Ordnance Properties", The National Archives of the UK, MPH1-126 (1).

1850 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 1 MB)

Map showing the lot, coloured yellow, applied for by Mr. Augustus Keefer in 1850.

Unknown Artist,"Map showing the lot, coloured yellow, applied for by Mr. Augustus Keefer in 1850", The National Archives of the UK, MPH1-1150 (1).

1850 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 1 MB)

Plan showing the portion of land coloured yellow, applied for as a site for a college in 1850.

Unknown Artist,"Site for a College", The National Archives of the UK, MPH1-1155 (2).

1851 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 1 MB)

Map showing land around the first eight locks and property necessary to be kept for military purposes .

Unknown Artist,"Land necessary to be retained for Military purposes", The National Archives of the UK, MPH1-1155(1).

1851 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 1 MB)

Sketch of Bytown from 1851.

Pilkington, R. Four street plans showing a proposal for extending Wellington Street across Ordnance land, 1851. Ordnance Department.The National Archives of the UK, MR1-1024 (30).

1851 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 1 MB)

Fly-leaf to the sketch dated April 22, 1851.

Pilkington, R. Four street plans showing a proposal for extending Wellington Street across Ordnance land, 1851. Ordnance Department.The National Archives of the UK, MR1-1024 (31).

1851 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 1 MB)

Plan showing the proposed continuation of Wellington Street (with yellow lines) in 1851.

Pilkington, R. Four street plans showing a proposal for extending Wellington Street across Ordnance land, 1851. Ordnance Department.The National Archives of the UK, MR1-1024 (32).

1851 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 1 MB)

Sketch of the east end of Wellington and Sparks streets in 1851.

Pilkington, R. Four street plans showing a proposal for extending Wellington Street across Ordnance land, 1851. Ordnance Department.The National Archives of the UK, MR1-1024 (33).

1851 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 1 MB)

Sketch of the east end of Wellington and Sparks streets in 1851.

Pilkington, R. Four street plans showing a proposal for extending Wellington Street across Ordnance land, 1851. Ordnance Department.The National Archives of the UK, MR1-1024 (34).

1851 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 1 MB)

Plan of Bytown showing in yellow the relative position of lot 24 as a site for a free school.

Pilkington, R. Plan shewing in yellow the relative position of Lot 24 as a site for a Free School', 1851. The National Archives of the UK, MR1-1904.

1852 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 1 MB)

Sketch of Bytown to accompany the commanding Royal Engineer's letter to the inspector general in 1852.

Pilkington, R. Four street plans showing a proposal for extending Wellington Street across Ordnance land, 1851. Ordnance Department.The National Archives of the UK, MR1-1024 (29).

1853 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 4 MB)

Plan showing Bytown Ordnance property north of Wellington and Rideau streets, 1853.

"Plan showing Bytown Ordnance property north of Wellington and Rideau streets", 1853, Library and Archives Canada, 77803/9 CA, NMC [Not given] .

1853 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 778 KB)

Plan of lot D belonging to the heirs of the late Lt. Col. By in 1853.

Pilkington, R. Four street plans showing a proposal for extending Wellington Street across Ordnance land, 1851. Ordnance Department.The National Archives of the UK, MR1-1024 (35).

1853 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 3 MB)

Plan showing Bytown Ordnance property north of Wellington and Rideau streets, 1853.

No Artist,"Plan showing Bytown Ordnance property north of Wellington and Rideau streets", 1853, Library and Archives Canada, 77803/9 CA.

1860 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 4 MB)

Plan of the land belonging to James Holmes and others that has been affected by the building of the Rideau Canal, 1860.

"The Plan referred to in the humble petition of James Manger Holmes and others to Her Majesty the Queen [dealing with land affected by the building of the Rideau Canal, Ottawa]", [1860], Library and Archives Canada, H12/440/Ottawa/[1860], NMC 4005.

1876 | Brosius, H. | Download original version » (.jpg 6 MB)

Bird's-eye view of the city of Ottawa in 1876.

Chas. Shober & Co., "Bird's eye view of the city of Ottawa, Province, Ontario, Canada", 1876, Library and Archives Canada, 440 Ottawa 1876 H2.

1876 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 3 MB)

Map of the Sisters of Charity property in 1867.

Dessin-bâtiments 005, Archives des Sœurs de la Charité d’Ottawa.

1991 | Bruce S. Elliott | Download original version » (.jpg 256 KB)

Irish at the Rideau Canal, 1829: percentage distribution of petitioners, by county of origin.

Irish at the Rideau Canal, 1829, percentage distribution of petitioners by country of origin. © 2002 Genealogical Society.

Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 1 MB)

Map of lot O, government reserve.

Unknown Artist,"Map of lot O Government Reserve", The National Archives of the UK, MPHH1-690 (11).

Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 1 MB)

Sketch of Upper Bytown showing lot no. 39 applied for by Captain Monk in 1836.

Unknown Artist,"Land Applied for by Captain Monk", The National Archives of the UK, MPH1-990 (7).

Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 684 KB)

Plans of Lots 39 and 40 in the Broken Front to the South of the Timber Channel at the Chaudiere Falls, 1828.

Maule Family / Earl of Dalhousie fonds, "36 plans and abstract of the estimate of expenditure of the Rideau Canal", 1828, National Archives of Scotland, GD45/3/9.

Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 3 MB)

Plan showing the land between Sappers Bridge and St. Paul Street, 1853.

"Bytown...Ordnance Property [north of Wellington & Rideau Streets, Ottawa,Ont.]", 1853, Library and Archives Canada, 77803/9 CA, MIKAN 2133940 .

Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 6 MB)

Sketch of Bytown, Hull, and the Ottawa River.

Unknown Artist, Shortt-Haydon Collection series, Queen's University Archives, accession number V009-PGc-10-1523.

Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 1 MB)

Sketch of the line of the Rideau Canal from Bytown to Kingston (no. 1).

Maule Family / Earl of Dalhousie fonds. "36 plans and abstract of the estimate of expenditure of the Rideau Canal", 1828. National Archives of Scotland. GD45/3/9.

Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 1 MB)

Sketch of the line of the Rideau Canal from Bytown to Kingston (no. 2).

Maule Family / Earl of Dalhousie fonds. "36 plans and abstract of the estimate of expenditure of the Rideau Canal", 1828. National Archives of Scotland. GD45/3/9.