Before there was a Confederation Square, there was a Confederation Park, The park was created by demolishing all the buildings between the Old Post Office and the Langevin Block (foreground), as well as the Russell House hotel (the block with the crossing path). Across the park is the old Police Station and old City Hall. This evening, I'll post a picture looking north from the other side of the park. (From Ottawa, The Capital City of the Dominion of Canada, ND)
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2010 marked the last time the Central Canada Exhibition was held at Lansdowne Park. It had been held at this location since it started back in La visite à l'Exposition du Canada central, qui marquait la fin des vacances d'été.
hopping on Sparks Street circa 1865-68, you can see why some people might have been appalled at the choice of Ottawa as Canada's capital. Dirt roads and wooden sidewalks to keep you out of the mud -- and this was after the federal government money started pouring in!