Ottawa Stories

Overview

Join Cliff Scott as he highlights the famous—as well as infamous—characters, triumphs and tragedies of Canada’s capital Ottawa from frontier times to today

Ottawa grew into the capital city of today from humble beginnings. Early politicians peddled their agendas in back rooms, while their wives worked the politics of high society. Legendary local logger Big Joe Mufferaw might have been the real-life Paul Bunyan. Business titan and self-made man J.R. Booth built and operated three railways in Ontario and then married off a granddaughter to a Danish prince.

Author Cliff Scott brings these and other stories together in a collection of historical Ottawa vignettes. Discover Ottawa’s tenacity in surviving great fires and diseases. Glide along the ice rinks of the ages, from the first formal skating rink in 1868 to today’s Winterlude festival around the world’s largest skating rink. Join Scott as he highlights the famous—as well as infamous—characters, triumphs and tragedies of Canada’s capital from frontier times to today.

Reviews

A good summary of events and characters since the early days of Bytown.

Ottawa Historical Society Newsletter

About the Author

Clifford Robinson Scott

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014
Clifford Robinson Scott photo

Clifford Robinson Scott

Cliff Scott served in the Royal Canadian Air Force and the public service sector, and taught history at the University of Ottawa. Since 1992 he has been active in the voluntary sector, holding executive positions with the Historical Society of Ottawa, the Friends of the Experimental Farm, and the Council of Heritage Organizations of Ottawa.