Maps Before Bytown, Upper Canada was Created
now Ottawa, Ontario, Canada



October 22, 2014:

Thanks to Frank Latchford for sending along the map below. This map is dated 1824, two years before Colonel By and his
Sappers and Miners arrived to work at building the Rideau Canal.

Map Source: Map Division, Library and Archives, Canada Map Number C-16156 Map before Bytown, Canada was created (3)

Map before Bytown, Canada was created (1) Map before Bytown, Canada was created (2) Frank Latchford is descended from James Culhane Latchford who was the farm manager for the Ruggles Wright estate. Two more maps will be added to this page soon. One will show the locations of the United Empire Loyalists in Gloucester Township. The other map will show the Rideau River and the canal before construction started and there were no dams built along the route through what is now the City of Ottawa, Canada.


New October 27, 2014: Most of the property owners along the Rideau River in 1825 are United Empire Loyalists. Walkley Road is shown in red. Simon Fraser, the fur trader and explorer is shown as owning land just east of that held by his father, William Fraser (number 5 in green). Most of the early property owners in Gloucester Township were Scots from Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Townships and many of them were involved in the Fur Trade for the Northwest Company, headquarted in Montreal. Some of these Scots were Roman Caholics and their records show up in the registers of Notre Dame Cathedral in downtown Ottawa.
Map Source: Map Division, Library and Archives, Canada Map of Gloucester Township, Upper Canada, in 1825
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