Victoria Island is adjacent to Chaudiere Falls, and during the late 1800's into the 1900's became an industrial eyesore as much of the area around the Ottawa River here. It is actually an historic portage trail that was used for centuries by natives and voyageurs as a means of getting by the great waterfalls. As such it served as a sacred place to meet and trade. It more recently has been utilized in the spirit of its past, at least on the east side where Aboriginal Experiences have set up a Native village with dancing and other activities. There are still remnants of industry elsewhere, with the potential to became a more engaging part of the river for the public, with some vision.
Ultimately there are plans to develop the potential, but details are not clear...
Here are 2 photos prior to 1900, showing some industrial buildings on Victoria Island.
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