Where did working people go to escape it all in the early 1900s?
Before there was the internet, television, radio, and even before the “movies,” working people turned to “Trolley Company Amusement Parks” for their fun, entertainment, and recreation. For a five-cent fare, they could head west on the streetcar to Britannia Park. Located outside the city in Nepean Township, the park offered beaches, picnics, rides, music, and dancing. Britannia Park was also used for recreation and sporting activities such as swimming, boating, and rowing. There was even a 1,000-foot pier extending out into Lake Deschenes.
Britannia Park was one of the first amusement parks in Canada and well known across the Eastern seaboard of North America. The park was opened in 1900 and its heyday lasted into the 1920s. It continues to this day as a major recreational destination in the City of Ottawa.