Founded in 1826 as Bytown, and incorporated as Ottawa in 1855, the city has evolved into the political centre of Canada. Its original boundaries were expanded through numerous annexations and were ultimately replaced by a new city incorporation and amalgamation in 2001 which significantly increased its land area. The city name "Ottawa" was chosen in reference to the Ottawa River, the name of which is derived from the AlgonquinOdawa, meaning "to trade".
In May 1885, electric lighting commenced in the city. In 1908, Ahearn & Soper, (with Erskine Bronson) was consolidated as Ottawa Heat, Light and Power. O.E.L. had been purchased by the city in 1905 for $200,000, forming the core of the Municipal Electric Department, and then Ottawa Hydro.
Completed in 1913, the Connaught Building, was constructed in a Gothic Revival style. In the following decades, buildings built for the government would abandon the style, in favour of formal and functional styles.
Map of Ottawa showing urban areas and names of historic communities.
During her 40s she was rated among the top equestrians in North American. She remained active in skating by volunteering her time as a figure skating judge. She has been awarded with many honours and accolades, including being made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1991 and a member of the Order of Ontario in 2009 for her contributions to sports and for charitable works.