Hidden Ottawa

CBC Ottawa's Cory O'Kelly is taking residents on a tour of secret places, some of which many residents walk by — and over — every day.

CBC Ottawa's Cory O'Kelly is taking residents on a tour of the city's most secret places, some of which many residents walk by — and over — every day.

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Public Works opened the vault to the Wellington Street Bank of Montreal building to give us a look inside. (CBC)

Inside the vault

The old Bank of Montreal building on Wellington Street is to undergo renovations next year. But for now the vacant building's main tenant is a collection of artworks.

Lover's Walk has mostly disappeared from view. (CBC)

Lover's Walk

The promenade hugging Parliament Hill's cliffs was the place to be for strolls and trysts 140 years ago, but is now inaccessible.

The top of the Château Laurier hotel's tower holds a hidden giant steel water tank that is now unused. ((CBC))

From water to rail 

The tower on top of the Château Laurier holds a hidden, giant steel water tank and below the hotel is an old tunnel that used to connect with the first railway of its kind in Canada run by the Grand Trunk Railway. The Château Laurier was billed as the railway's flagship hotel.

Underneath the Chateau Lafayette was a series of tunnels between Byward Market buildings. Now it is home to an old sprinkler system that protects downtown heritage buildings. ((CBC))

Underneath the Lafayette

A downtown hotel's basement was once the beginning of a long underground trail between buildings in the Byward Market. A sprinkler system there now protects some downtown heritage buildings.

Old homes destroyed in LeBreton Flats are emerging from the soil. (CBC)

LeBreton Flats rises again

A part of Ottawa's history is slowly emerging from the ground at LeBreton Flats, revealing the bones of old homes destroyed decades ago.

Old graveyards reside under parks, buildings and streets in Ottawa. (CBC)

Hidden burial grounds

MacDonald Gardens Park was once home to one of Ottawa's largest graveyards, and many of the bodies remain there to this day. It's not the only place in Ottawa that was once a graveyard.

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