Infrastructure

Lower Queen Streetcar Station

History: 

This was intended to allow TTC streetcars to run the length of Queen Street, but keep them underground, thereby reducing traffic. It was to run from Trinity Park in the west to Carlaw Avenue in the east.

Digging was already being done for the Queen Subway Station on the Yonge line, so it was decided to excavate the intended streetcar station at the same time.

Hintonburg Pumping Station

Built in 1895, this structure was originally the pumping station for city water to the residents of Hintonburg. When that town was later annexed by Ottawa, it was converted to a residence and gatehouse for the Lemieux Island Filtration Plant which opened in 1932. Later designated a heritage property in 1987, sadly in 1989 the building burned.
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Bridge 9

I heard about this place online, and decided it would be a good place to kick off an epic round of exploration. It was a fascinating place, but unfortunately I wasn't able to get inside.

Whitefish Falls Hydro Electric Dam

I had heard about this place before, but wasn't completely sure as to its exact whereabouts. One afternoon, while driving to Manitoulin Island, I finally caught a glimpse of it off the embankment as I crossed the bridge.

I entered the small village of Whitefish Falls, and doubled back along a parallel road. This offered me a fantastic view of the old plant from across the water.

William Birch Rankine Generating Station

History: 

After some slowdowns, minor construction began April 30, 1897. This wasn't a serious attempt at construction, but rather just enough to satisfy certain contractual obligations.

Many legal battles and negotiations ensued, and real construction on the site did not begin until May 23, 1901, just over four years later. On January 2, 1905, the station formally opened with two operational 10,000 HP generators producing about 17,000 kilowatts.