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Champlain Park and Westboro Beach are small neighbourhoods in Ottawa’s West end between the Ottawa river and Scott Street, recipe with Tunney’s Pasture on the east side. The map shows the location and diameter of the few remaining Bur oaks that once made up the ancient Bur Oak Forest along the Ottawa River.  Important Note: Use any browser except Firefox 8.0 to view the icons.


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A view of one of the oldest Champlain Oaks on Northwestern Avenue – now threatened by a developer’s proposal.


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3 Responses

  1. Hank Jones
    Hank Jones September 16, 2014 at 5:09 pm | | Reply

    I coordinate a FB https://www.facebook.com/Canada.Nutist wherein people seek tree nut seed for propagation and for food. Might some of us local Canada Nutists come get some bur oak acorns from the Champlain Oaks this month? Cheers, Hank Jones, Coordinator, Canada Nutist

  2. Glenda Jones
    Glenda Jones October 27, 2015 at 10:47 am | | Reply

    We live in West Carleton off Upper Dwyer Hill Road, and have two bur oaks that would have survived the Great Fire. We were very conscientious when we built our home that the tree closest to the house was preserved in all its glory. We are grateful to have these beauties on our property, and are doing all we can to preserve them.
    I was appalled to see Oct. 27 Citizen report of the extensive damage developers have done to these giants. Inexcusable! If these trees had had heritage status, perhaps this wouldn’t have happened. But alas, history is less and less important, it would seem.

    1. Debra Huron
      Debra Huron October 27, 2015 at 3:02 pm | | Reply

      Thank you for your comments. Heritage status for trees? yes, it happens in towns and cities all over the province of Ontario. But it will not happen in Ottawa because the city’s heritage department does not believe trees deserve to have heritage status. We talked to them for almost 2 years about this, went to meetings, provided them with rationale, etc. but the reply was: Nope!

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