I silently lament that many Ottawans don’t consider Ottawa a “river city” or “on the water”. Ottawa essentially grew from the junction of three fairly mighty rivers and surrounded by dozens and dozens of lakes of all sizes.

A friend posted this video on Facebook last week: Ottawa On The River, 1941, and I was really struck by how much of a role the Ottawa, Gatineau, and Rideau river played, not only the industrial sector, but also the the recreational side.

Even cooler was the footage of skiers and trails in Gatineau Park, including an early Camp Fortune.

It’s a bit dated, but what a great flashback to an older version of outdoor Ottawa: