Founded in 1826 by Lieutenant-Colonel John By, Bytown was created to support the men who build the Rideau Canal. The Bytown Museum provides visitors with a historical look back to Ottawa's first century. In it's early days, Bytown was known as the lumber capital of the world where the large population of rowdy lumbermen made it one of the most violent places in British North America.
Thirty years later, Bytown calmed down and evolved into the city of Ottawa, the capital city of Canada. The Bytown Museum is located at the Rideau Canal locks between Parliament Hill and Chateau Laurier. Exhibits at the museum focus on that first one hundred years before the region became the Ottawa we know today.
Don't forget to bring your camera, this view from this location is one of the most beautiful in Canada. For those with a tight budget, enjoy Pay-What-You-Can Evenings from June 24 until August 26.
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