Picturing the Past

A Train Journey through the Ottawa Valley Using the Mattingly Image Collection

Ottawa to Pembroke over the Canadian Pacific Railway



The view in this postcard is south from the Ontario side of the Interprovincial Bridge where, if you look back just before entering the Interprovincial Bridge, there are good views of Parliament Hill. The tracks lead south to Ottawa’s Union Station. A Hull Electric streetcar is on the right-hand track. The Chateau Laurier, which blocks sight of Union Station, is in the centre while to the west are the Rideau Canal locks leading down to the Ottawa River, and then the cliffs below Parliament Hill.


There are a large number of postcards in the Mattingly collection. They provide a good record of many aspects of society in the early part of the twentieth century, and form a particularly good historical record as they were taken, in most cases, under favourable conditions. One has to be careful, however, to discern whether important elements have been glossed over in order to improve the picture!


Leaving the north end of the Interprovincial Bridge we enter the province of Quebec and the railway runs on a series of trestles, allowing good views over Hull, now part of Gatineau.