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Tony Smyth re-visits the site of the Canadian Schlasticate
Notre dame d'Afrique, Eastview, Ottawa, Canada


September 2010



Tony writes (12th September 2010):
While I was back in Ottawa recently I stopped by the ‘old place’ to discover that the area is now a heritage site. This must have happened long before I left Ottawa as the plaque refers to the city of Vanier — which has not existed since amalgamation into the city of Ottawa in 2000.

I really had no need to be in that area in the latter years and had heard nothing in the news about this designation.


(source: Tony Smyth)

The entrance to what is now Richelieu Park (the former grounds of the White Fathers’ house)

 

 


(source: Tony Smyth)

The two gateposts.

"When I took the photo of the gatepost with the plaque (right)
I thought as I drove past at 10mph the plaque would be legible when blown up.
Unfortunately, it appears thatI was wrong."


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(source: Tony Smyth)

The nuns’ house as it is today.

As I’ve mentioned before, when the White Fathers’ sold the property to the City of Vanier in 1976, the main building was demolished while the new wing was turned into Vanier City Hall. The nuns’ house, which stood on the other side of the main house from the new extension, was preserved as the main branch of the Vanier City Library. This building remains a branch of the Ottawa Public Library system while the old City Hall is now a community centre.


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The statue of Notre Dame D’Afrique as she stands today. (Regularly painted
— compare this to the statue in the photo on Page 169 of the Gallery).


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(source: Tony Smyth)

This was taken from what would have been behind the main house, looking down the main driveway.
The nuns’ house (Library) is just off the right while the extension (community centre) is just off the left.


Tony has found the following link that will be of interest to all, especially
those who had connections with the house in Ottawa/Vanier/ Eastview:
https://museoparc.ca/en