"University of Ottawa - Academic Hall (1901)" Ottawa Favorite Tip by yooperprof

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  Go Gee-Gees!
by yooperprof

Favorite thing: "Academic Hall" - at 100 Laurier Street - is one of the oldest buildings on the University of Ottawa Campus. Constructed with limestone quarried across the river in Hull, it was designed in a "neo-Gothic" French style by the Montreal firm of L.Z. Gauthier.

In spring, 2008 I attended a Canadian Studies conference that was jointly held between the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. The university here was an ideal place for such a conference, one reason being that it has been a bilingual institution since it was first founded as the College of Bytown all the way back in 1848. (That was almost a full decade before Queen Victoria chose Ottawa as the location for the permanent governmental center of the "Province of Canada.")

The College received a Royal Charter and became an official University in 1866. Now, the University of Ottawa has almost 36,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and is generally ranked in the top five institutions of higher education in Canada.

Here's an interesting piece of trivia: the sports-teams at the University here are known as the Gee-Gees. That's a horse-racing term: the "Gee-Gee" was the first horse out of the gate.

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  • Written Jun 25, 2008
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