It's actually an American saying but you might hear it more today than you would hear "What's Ur Cawn?*" At any rate, we've gone green to mark this St. Paddy's day, and given that's it's starting to look a lot like spring out there today, maybe we'll soon be seeing a lot more green.
May the leprechauns be near you,
To spread luck along your way.
And may all the Irish angels,
Smile upon you on St. Patrick's Day.
* In Belfast, if you enter a fast food takeaway and ask for a fish supper, the server may well ask "what's ur cawn" in a broad Belfast accent. To which you might reply "fanta". Over the years it has become commonplace to use this phrase as a greeting. So, instead of "what about ye?", you may say "what's ur cawn?".
The Bells Corners Visitors' Guide got a refreshed look today, one that should adapt itself better to various screen sizes including tablets and smartphones. We hope you like it. If you have any feedback or encounter any problems please contact us.
For Bells Corners rail fans who may have missed it, here's a story first published September 24, 2015 about the loss of yet another piece of Bells Corners' railroad history.
CN cleans house in Ottawa: Last piece of Carleton Place Sub dismantled
The Central Canada Railway was chartered to run from the Brockville and Ottawa Railway at Carleton Place through Bells Corners to Bytown. This line opened on 15 September 1870. This was a broad gauge rail line and but was converted to standard gauge in 1880. It was leased and then taken over by the Canadian Pacific Railway on 6 June 1881. The Bells Corners Station was located to the northwest of the community approximately where Fitzgerald Road is now located.
In 1915, Canadian Northern Railway (later Canadian National) built its mainline from Ottawa to Brent, Ontario just to the northeast of the community. A new Bells Corners Station was built on Northside Road just west of what was then known as Cedarview Road (now Cassidy Road) and an overpass was built east of Moodie Drive where the two competing rail lines crossed.
The junction between the two rail lines, Bells Junction, was not installed until 29 July 1966. On 28 August 1967 at 12:00 noon, CP Rail abandoned what was then known as the Carleton Place Subdivision between McRae Avenue in Ottawa and Bells Junction. The remaining portion westward from the junction then became the Carleton Spur. The spur was also abandoned in 1982 and is now a part of the Trans Canada Trail from Fitzgerald Road to Carleton Place.
The CN line continues to exist only as far as Pembroke and is known as the Beachburg Subdivision. However, this once continental line has been abandoned and CN has removed all of the track between Nepean Junction and Pembroke. This line also served a portion of the Pontiac region in west Quebec. Ottawa Central Railway operated a short line providing freight service on this track from 1998 to 2008 when it was bought out by CN. To this day, there still remains one freight movement per week through Bells Corners on the Renfrew Sub. This train provides Caprolactam to Nylene Canada Inc. in Arnprior.
The closest I could find to an image of the Bells Corners train station was a watercolour by Wilfred Flood (1904-1946) entitled "Bells Corners" painted in 1944. It can be found on the "Information for Residents" page as well as on the Tinman Gallery website at http://www.tinmangallery.com/Flood/Water.html.
Happy New Year and welcome to 2016. Since we launched this site just 10 months ago it has grown considerably in size, scope, and readership. We look forward to continuing to serve our community in the coming year. If you make just one new year's resolution this year. make it:
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The annual Bell Capital Cup hockey tournament brings an influx of visitors to the capital region at this time each year and Bells Corners is no exception. We hope that you enjoy your stay and have an opportunity to take advantage of all that Bells Corners has to offer.
Merry Christmas to all the visitors to Bells Corners this year. We hope you enjoyed your visit and will come back to see us again soon.
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Merry Christmas to all the users of the Visitors' Guide including all the local residents of Bells Corners as well as those from outside the community considering or planning a visit or just researching the area. We hope you've found it useful in some small way and will visit our website again.
Finally, for all the bargain hunters out there, remember this Boxing Day to:
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Happy Thanksgiving to all our American visitors. We hope that your visit was an enjoyable one and that you'll return again someday.
Be sure to take the time to vote today. It's the most important thing you can do to preserve this democracy of ours. The old adage of "use it or lose it" certainly comes to mind. Unsure of where to vote or what you need to bring with you to vote? Then visit the Elections Canada website at http://www.elections.ca/ for all the information you'll need. In Bells Corners polls are open from 9:30 am to 9:30 pm today. Get out and vote!