Did you know that 100 years ago, Ottawa had a fleet of electric streetcars? The Ottawa Electric Railway Company’s line to Britannia Park made it an inexpensive destination for the working people of Ottawa.

The electric streetcars stopped running in 1959, but Streetcar 696 is now being lovingly restored at the OC Transpo garages. The Workers’ History Museum talked to Bruce Dudley, a former streetcar operator, about his memories of the service.

If you’re interested in Ottawa’s streetcars and the history of Britannia-on-the-Bay, we invite you to visit our exhibit at the Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre at Britannia Park, 102 Greenview Avenue, Ottawa.

By Cydney Foote