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Old February 8th, 2008, 05:49 AM   #1
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Sandy Hill: A lesser known Ottawa neighborhood

I was out today, and decided to put together a photo tour of Ottawa's Sandy Hill neighborhood. Sandy Hill isn't very well known, even to people living in the city, but I find it to be very interesting—and not only because it's right next to my university.

Sandy Hill is located just east of downtown, and just south of the Byward Market. The neighborhood was, at one point during the 19th and early 20th century, the wealthiest neighborhood in the city, but as more bridges were constructed over the Rideau Canal and as streetcars began service into the area, it became much closer to downtown. The upper class citizens began moving to different parts of the city, while the wealth of the neighborhood dropped.

Because of this, Sandy Hill today is very strange demographically. On the neighborhood's western side, you tend to find poorer citizens and students living in subdivided houses, while if you travel east, you very rapidly begin to run into a mix of wealthier citizens, attracted once again to the older downtown neighborhood, as well as many embassies and high commissions. Intro out of the way, now the pictures!




This is Laurier Ave., one of the major throughfares for the area:






Exactly the sort of business you'd expect to see in an area full of students...




Canadian HQ for Amnesty International. Or maybe just Amnesty, couldn't tell with the snow :






These houses are very typical of older Ottawa, architecturally, especially the rounded roof and small balcony:








Mansion converted into the High Commission of Brunei Darussalam:






Laurier House, home to Prime Ministers Sir Wilfred Laurier and William Lyon Mackenzie King:










Kenyan High Commission:




I call this street Embassy Row, since there's probably about a dozen of them along here:






Strathcona Park bookends the eastern side of the neighborhood:


























Hope you enjoyed seeing a different side of Canada's capital!
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Old February 8th, 2008, 06:04 AM   #2
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Yes! definitely enjoyed it :P

When I moved here my family was between living in Sandy Hill or Westboro... unfortunately my suburban minded relatives chose Westboro, but I still sometimes drag my friends for a trek down gritty Sandy Hill.
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Old February 8th, 2008, 06:19 AM   #3
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Wow I've never been through this neighbourhood.. I'll check it out.
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Old February 8th, 2008, 06:25 AM   #4
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It's definitely worth the trip. It's a strange mix of gentrification and run-down, rather unique.
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Life is unfair....All the really attractive cities happen to be where its cold.
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something tells me snow here is very run-of-the-mill just another snowy day!
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^ Ha! Yeah, getting 10 cm of snow is something that happens on a near-weekly basis.
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I got snowed on for the first time ever in Ottawa. I was dancing around like a maniac and wondering why everyone else was so blase, not to mention giving me strange looks.

Great little tour.
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Old February 9th, 2008, 09:07 PM   #9
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I got snowed on for the first time ever in Ottawa. I was dancing around like a maniac and wondering why everyone else was so blase, not to mention giving me strange looks.

Great little tour.
Where are you from? It's a weird concept for me, for snowfall not to be commonplace, you know?

Glad you enjoyed it.
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Old February 9th, 2008, 09:43 PM   #10
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beautiful neighbourhood, and so much snow there
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I almost got an apartment in that building, but I settled on a place with a leaky roof on O'Connor. But I like it.

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It's a weird concept for me, for snowfall not to be commonplace, you know?
I fell the the same way .. it always amuses me when I hear about cities in other parts of the world being shut down for the day when they get a half an inch of snow - back in December we got a foot and a half in one day, and people were just a half hour late for work
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Haha, yeah, that's something I love about this city. Things never shut down, they just happen more slowly.
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have snow much?

looks cosy
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Old February 10th, 2008, 05:45 AM   #14
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Haha, yeah, that's something I love about this city. Things never shut down, they just happen more slowly.
how is that something to love? i love the fact that i can get out of school for barely a dusting!!

and great photos. some great character homes.
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