A BRIDGE TO OTTAWA’S PAST: Kettle Island saga is a journey into historical past


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January 1912: Belle Isle Park improvement at Kettle Island is hailed as Ottawa’s “Coney Island.”

Spring 1912: Titanic sinks; steamer Quinte Queen bought and dropped at Ottawa to change into Kettle Island ferry; public reassured it can have sufficient lifeboats in emergency.

June 1912: Belle Isle amusement park and cottage actual property scheme formally launched.

August 1912: Kettle Island band chief Rocco Graziadei takes over all leisure — silent movie cinema, vaudeville present, music and comedy acts.

1913: Belle Isle Park Co. goes bankrupt; Kettle Island rebranded as Capital Park, folds once more inside a couple of years.

1915: Holt Report recommends new interprovincial bridge under mouth of the Gatineau River.

1940s/50s: Kettle Island handled yearly with mosquito-killing oil dumped by plane.

1959: Chilly Struggle coaching train simulates H-Bomb explosion over Kettle Island; Ottawa planning officers suggest a bridge over Kettle Island.

1964: Completion of the Carillon Dam raises the Ottawa River three metres at Kettle Island, ends cottaging period.

1974: Kettle Island Bridge proposed, then shelved.

1993: Kettle Island Bridge proposed, then shelved.

2008: Kettle Island Bridge proposed, then shelved.

2013: Kettle Island Bridge proposed, then shelved; Island declared Quebec nature reserve.

2016: 20 volunteers with the Nature Conservancy and Ottawa Riverkeeper accumulate 771 kilograms of rubbish throughout a shoreline cleanup.

2019: Federal funds pushes plan to assemble a sixth interprovincial bridge in Ottawa-Gatineau.

2020: Nationwide Capital Fee releases a report and plans public session a couple of attainable sixth interprovincial bridge, together with the revived Kettle Island possibility.