At the time, this was the largest North American construction project ever attempted and Public Works Canada and its architects were not initially well prepared.
The Library of Parliament and Parliament Hill landscaping would not be completed until 1876.
Three major rivers meet within Ottawa, making it an important trade and travel area for thousands of years.
Many missionaries would later follow the early explorers and traders.
The Hull–Ottawa fire of 1900 destroyed two-thirds of Hull, including 40 per cent of its residential buildings and most of its largest employers along the waterfront.
The following year, the town would soon be named after British military engineer Colonel John By who was responsible for the entire Rideau Waterway construction project.It ranked 2nd nationally, 24th Local populations used the area for wild edible harvesting, hunting, fishing, trade, travel, and camps for over 6500 years.The Ottawa river valley has archaeological sites with arrow heads, pottery, and stone tools.and is home to a number of post-secondary, research, and cultural institutions, including the National Arts Centre, the National Gallery, and numerous national museums.Ottawa has the highest standard of living in the nation and low unemployment.Greber's plan included the creation of the National Capital Greenbelt, the Parkway, the Queensway highway system, the relocation of downtown Union Station (now the Government Conference Centre) to the suburbs, the removal of the street car system, the decentralization of selected government offices, the relocation of industries and removal of substandard housing from the downtown and the creation of the Rideau Canal and Ottawa River pathways to name just a few of its recommendations.